Well, I’m sure espionage is a big no-no in Embassies but we all know any major embassy around the world has intelligence staff masquerading as diplomatic staff so it isn’t like nation’s don’t violate the rules. It’s more a question of what sort of response you expect.
Like when we caught all those Russian spies in America, both America and Russia didn’t want to have this major beef between each other. So none of the spies were charged with espionage in the States, and they were exchanged for someone who did spying for us over in Russia.
I don’t really understand Assange’s concerns to be honest. I’m not an expert on Swedish law or society but they seem like one of the last nations I could imagine just randomly extraditing someone to the United States. If I had to bet, I suspect Assange’s charges will amount to nothing in Sweden, but since he ran away instead of appearing in court the issue is still legally pending. Based on what I’ve read of the incidents I just doubt it results in a conviction or anything in Sweden, and I doubt Sweden would just willy-nilly extradite him to the United States.
Sweden is one of the most liberal countries in the world with one of the most lenient criminal justice systems, I just really don’t see it.
Further, as several legal experts have said in the news, if the U.K. extradites Assange to Sweden, then apparently Sweden has to get approval from the U.K. to extradite Assange to the U.S., so legally it doesn’t even appear that being in Sweden is any legally different than being in the U.K.
For that matter you would be hard pressed to find another country as willing to do stuff for the United States than the U.K., and they never extradited Assange to the U.S. I think the fears of Assange being extradited to the U.S. are simply overblown.