Friday, December 3, 2010

Travel Warning for the United Kingdom

Travel Warning
Bureau of Consular Affairs
United Kingdom
November 3, 2010
The United States Department of Fear has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in United Kingdom about the security situation in United Kingdom.  In August 2010, Julian Paul Assange, the 39 year-old founder of WikiLeaks, allegedly molested and raped two Swedish women in Stockholm.   On 3 December 2010 Julian Assange was added to the Interpol Most Wanted List and an arrest warrant for Julian Assange was issued by the International Public Prosecution Office in Gothenburg, Sweden.   Based upon a security review following the transit of the alleged rapist to London, U.S. government personnel from the Embassy have been advised that the immediate, practical and reliable way to reduce the security risks is for American women to leave the United Kingdom.   
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit United Kingdom each year.   The British government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors.    Nevertheless, the presence of alleged rapist Julian Assange in London presents a serious risk.  While most victims of rape in Britain are British citizens, we have reason to believe Julian Assange may try to hit on foreign women, including Americans.
It is imperative that female U.S. citizens understand the risks involved in travel to United Kingdom, how best to avoid Julian Assange, and who to contact if one becomes a victim of this alleged rapist.  Common-sense precautions such as avoiding press conferences and Internet cafes during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where a computer nerd might hang-out, can help ensure that travel to United Kingdom is safe and enjoyable.  
Safety Recommendations
Do not display expensive computer hardware, particularly the new 13” MacBook Air, or other geeky electronic items, as these may attract Julian Assange.

U.S. citizens who believe they are being targeted for sex with Julian Assange should notify British law enforcement officials and the U.S. Embassy in London as soon as possible.  Any U.S. visitors who suspect they are at risk of being molested or raped by Julian Assange should consider returning to the United States immediately.  U.S. citizens should be aware that many cases of crime are never resolved by Scotland Yard, and the U.S. government has no authority to investigate crimes committed in United Kingdom.  
Assassination Attempts
While you are enjoying your vacation in the United Kingdom law enforcement operations targeting Jullian Assange may occur.   These operations may involve the land, sea, and air assets of American, British and NATO armed forces.  U.S. citizens are advised to remain in their homes or hotels, and avoid London and surrounding areas during these operations.  
Predator Drone strikes may cause crowds to gather on roads, blocking traffic on streets, including major arteries.  U.S. citizens should take cover in such situations.  
During your stay, Apache attack helicopters may be searching the United Kingdom for Julian Assange. Since the flight routes may change suddenly, U.S. citizens should monitor local media sources for new developments and exercise extreme caution while within the vicinity of the helicopters.   
If you witness a missile attack, do not go the assistance of the wounded.  Be mindful of the fate of the Iraqi rescuers in the van depicted in the so-called “Collateral Murder” video released by WikiLeaks on 6 April 2010.   
Further Information
U.S. citizens are urged to monitor Fox News for information about fast-breaking situations that could affect their security.    The United States Department of Fear provides updates on Twitter.  
Any U.S. citizen who spots Julian Assange is asked to please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate.   
Embassy Address and Phone
24 Grosvenor Square, London, United Kingdom
Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000

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