Dear Ecuador consular authorities,
I write to you with a suggestion for achieving resolution to the ongoing matter of Australian political activist Julian Assange, who remains effectively imprisoned in your London Embassy:
- Negotiate a deal with the Swedish and British governments for Mr Assange to be relocated to the Ecuador mainland, but face trial under Swedish law
- If criminal trial should result in a guilty verdict, then arrange for Mr Assange to serve his sentence within Ecuador's corrections system, under Ecuadorian law, at a facility within Ecuador chosen by the Ecuadorian government
- At the conclusion of his sentence, or upon being granted parole, Mr Assange to be discharged to live out his life within Ecuador enjoying the political asylum he has previously been granted
Mr Assange does stand accused of sexual offences, for which a guilty verdict and custodial sentences are a probability. He does need to account for these matters. However, he is right to be concerned that his deportation to Sweden runs a high risk of him being handed over to American authorities and facing years of isolation, torture and other abuses.
This suggested compromise solution will offer the opportunity for him to attend to his prosecution and participate in resulting legal remedies, without risk of unjust abuses once Sweden is finished with him.
Thank you for reading this letter. I look forward to your thoughts in this matter.
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This said, I would also recommend frequent peer code reviews - this will inspire better work, knowing that people are accountable to their peers. Also, be on the lookout for single-sourcing, and fight it off like the plague, even if it has a productivity cost. Yes, Natalie is brilliant with the middleware. But what if she gets hit by a bus, or leaves to have a kid? Defend in advance by ensuring there are others who can instantly step in and take over from her.
Again - an energised culture with a strong team spirit - a deep and powerful soul - will optimise the workplace far better than any arbitrary standards.
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