Within hours of Julian Assange's bedraggled figure being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy yesterday, the Labour Party had called on the government to block his extradition to the United States.
What the government and its cheerleaders are really asking here is for us to suspend fundamental principles and practices underlying free speech and a free press.
James O'Brien referred to Assange's revelation of war crimes as "important journalism" but also conceded that it was illegal, saying that it was not a straight-forward issue.
However, legal experts have said the Government has very limited powers to block extradition even if there is the political will to do so.
The Wall Street Journal, taking aim at Julian Assange's "many apologists", says the WikiLeaks founder "has never been a hero of transparency of democratic accountability".
A law change following the case of accused cyber-hacker Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger's, shifted responsibility away from ministers to the courts after then-home secretary Theresa May intervened to stop his extradition to the USA in 2012.
For President Donald Trump's part, he simply claimed not to know anything about WikiLeaks at all, despite heaping praise on it in the past.
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But prosecution in the United States might not be his only worry - or, ultimately, the most pressing. Three weeks later, he entered the Ecuadorian embassy requesting political asylum.
The United States will nearly certainly ask for him to be extradited to the States but Assange has said that he will fight an extradition order. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation & @metpoliceuk for its professionalism.
The Swedish prosecutor is now under pressure to reopen the sexual assault case against Assange which it was forced to drop in 2017.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Assange would get no special treatment from his native country or consular offices.
Assange was finally questioned for two days in November 2016, after a change in tactics from Swedish authorities who had previously argued that he had to travel to Sweden to be interviewed.
Extradition lawyer Ben Keith said the court will not assess the evidence against Assange to determine his guilt or innocence but will scrutinize whether the offence he is accused of in the USA would be a crime in Britain.
On Thursday, Zakharova said Russian Federation plans to raise Assange's arrest with "international organizations".
Prosecutors in Sweden have since confirmed that, while the investigation has not been resumed, they are looking into the case.