and that it is in fact not a request for asylum per se; instead, they assert, the letter merely expresses Assange's "willingness 'to be hosted in France if and only if an initiative was taken by the competent authorities.'
First off, thats a request even if you continue your typical bullshit lying Assange.
Second, I'm 100% certain he doesn't want competent authorities involved, if they are, he's fucked,
The only reason he's not in jail in Sweden already is because Ecuador feels like trying to be a dick to the US.
He's been utterly destroy. He's shown his true colors. He's shown wikileaks is about his ego, not truth. He's shown he thinks he's above the law and that he thinks EVERYONE else is corrupt and out to get him. He has no friends and his only followers are those to stupid to recognize his bullshit and college kids who think they have to fight everyone else battles for them even when they have no fucking clue what they're doing it for.
At some point, Ecuador is going to get tired of him, after which, someone is going to put him in jail.
The only thing that shocks me so far is that Sweden has a statute of limitations that doesn't take into account that the accused is running from the law. Its one thing to timeout on things when you have no idea who you're looking for ... but they know who and where he is.
He's a douche, so much a douche that even France thinks he's a douche. How sad do you have to be when even France doesn't capitulate?