Bet on Julian Assange Escaping the UK Before 2020

Posted: November 4, 2016

Updated: November 4, 2016

Julian Assange escaping the UK seems almost impossible at the moment, but PaddyPower is still allowing their members to bet on when, or if, it might happen.

Julian Assange has lived a bizarre life. He first gained notoriety as a hacker after the Australian Federal Police discovered his whereabouts and raided his home. He pleaded guilty to 25 charges, but ultimately avoided jail time after paying a fine of $2,100 AUS.

Assange Escaping Before 2020 Betting Odds

  • Yes: 1/3
  • No: 2/1

In 2006, Assange and a few others created WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization that focuses on publishing secret information and news leaks including UK gambling news from anonymous sources. Since its creation, WikiLeaks has become one of the most controversial websites in history, repeatedly releasing classified information that some in US intelligence claim constitutes espionage.

In November of 2010, Assange was alleged to have committed multiple counts of sexual assault, and was wanted in Sweden for questioning. He eventually applied for political asylum from Ecuador. In August of 2012, he was granted it, and since that time, he has been forced to live inside the Ecuador embassy inside London. The moment he leaves the building he will be arrested. Now, PaddyPower is giving their members to bet on whether Assange can escape London before 2020.

How could Assange Escape?

While most claim it to be highly unlikely, there are some scenarios in which Julian Assange escaping the UK seems possible. One such scenario involves Mr. Assange traveling to Heathrow airport, or a private airfield, inside of an Ecuadorian ambassadorial car. There are many questions about how this could work, and whether it would actually protect him from escaping.

Another possibility is that Julian Assange could be smuggled out of the country inside of a diplomatic bag. Article 27 of the Vienna Convention states that “the diplomatic bag shall not be opened or detained.” It is technically illegal for a person to be smuggled this way, but the laws clearly state the police are banned from opening such a bag.

A more absurd possibility is the idea of Ecuador staging a James Bond-like breakout involving helicopters and machine guns. Hey, anything’s possible with enough Ecuador online payment.

If you want to bet on Julian Assange escaping the UK in 2020, head to PaddyPower and put down some money. Somewhat surprisingly, his odds of escaping are higher at 1/3, while the odds that he will need to stay inside the London embassy are at 2/1.

Is Julian Assange escaping the UK even possible? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check out GamingZion’s list of online gambling sites in the UK to find more websites offering great novelty bets!

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