Jeremy Hunt’s new press freedom envoy Amal Clooney advised WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on how to sabotage the Government’s bid to arrest him, leaked documents have revealed.
In her role as a human rights lawyer, Mrs Clooney told Assange, 47, he was ‘uniquely qualified’ to become technology minister of Ecuador, in whose London embassy he was holed up for seven years.
The bizarre legal ruse could have won him the right to a safe passage out of Britain so he could avoid being jailed for breaching bail conditions imposed as he fought extradition to Sweden, she said.
Mrs Clooney, wife of Hollywood star George Clooney, became Assange’s lawyer after he fled British justice in 2012 and sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge. He was dragged out by Scotland Yard officers in April and now faces jail in the US, which is seeking to have him extradited on espionage charges. He also faces sex assault charges in Sweden.