There has been speculation that Serco, the company which runs Australia’s “immigration detention centres” (and various other facilities for incarceration around the world), will play a role in holding or transporting the now incarcerated Julian Assange. The speculation began following the sighting of one of their vans outside the London police station where he is held.
It wouldn’t be surprising, or particularly meaningful, Serco has big contracts for prisons and prisoner transport in the UK. There is a certain sick beauty to it, for those of us who have followed the ongoing refugee incarceration occurring in Australia.
It seems fitting, as he will be held by a company, that, in Australia at least, is dedicated to holding victims of political prosecution (i.e. genuine refugees, which the vast majority of the “boat-people” locked up in Serco’s centres are) in unlawful confinement.