UK 19 June 2012 The desperation of Julian Assange Complainants of rape and sexual assault have rights too. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Julian Assange today sought refuge in the London Embassy of Ecuador. It is reported he is seeking political asylum. Assange is, of course, entitled to assert whatever legal rights he has in resisting extradition to Sweden to answer serious allegations of rape and sexual assault. But every delay, every evasion, of Assange in answering these allegations is also a further delay in dealing with the allegations. It appears to me that Assange’s ploy is just another desperate stunt to frustrate and circumvent due process for investigating these allegations. The allegations of rape and sexual assault against Assange are serious, and they require answering. There is something which should not be forgotten in all this. Complainants of rape and sexual assault have rights too. › Julian Assange seeks political asylum in Ecuador WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange. Photograph: Getty Images David Allen Green is former legal correspondent at the New Statesman. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!