you're watching us us in delighted to say that he joins us in the studio. let's break this down beyond one hundred days. ecuador dumped him. britain has him. into extradition and first of all, but the us wants him. what has actually happened today. so what does happen next so, he has been found guilty of tojulian assange who was arrested by british police earlier today? skipping bail. what happens next? well, i think he has been committed the wikileaks chief was dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy in london for sentence at the crown court will — his hideout for the past seven years — his lawyers say happen in due course. that's because they will fight extradition to the united states. the districtjudge in the magistrate's court didn't think she this sets a dangerous precedent had enough powers of sentence, so it for all media organisations looks as though julian and journalists in europe and elsewhere around the world. had enough powers of sentence, so it looks as thouthulian assange is the eu gave her more time, going to face a substantial prison sentence, perhaps three months or theresa may now has to use it — someway, somehow, against the odds — more, for that bail offence, that was when he entered the equatorial to secure a brexit deal. embassy, in 2012. seven years ago. also on the programme. rather than surrendering to extradition. you are a former government lawyer, it was a very dramatic arrest of today, what do celebrations in sudan as its 30 year ruler you make of the british government's handling of the situation?” you make of the british government's handling of the situation? i think it has been reasonable. i think difficult to criticise, the police have respected international law on
diplomatic mrs throughout. so i think it has played it by the book andi think it has played it by the book and i think difficult to criticise. so, then we move on to the calls from the united states to extradite him, is the next stage, then, an extradition hearing to decide if there is a case to answer in this country? that's right. and that will happen in may, i think. yes. and that may be quite a substantial hearing because julian that may be quite a substantial hearing becausejulian assange is bound to make arguments that i think will in some ways be a replay of the kind of arguments he made against the swedish extradition seven or yea rs the swedish extradition seven or years ago. then, he was arguing that the extradition would be an abuse of process and contrary to his human rights and i think he will certainly be arguing those things in respect of this american extradition request, particularly i think the emphasis will be on freedom of expression, on the american side,
some might consider this in america from a first amendment point of view, free speech, and i think here, that will become in our extradition hearing here in london and argument about free expression, in the european convention on human rights, i think. let's come back to sweden ina minute, i think. let's come back to sweden in a minute, but staying with the united states, is it a given that if a country like the united states says, we want this person, that they will get them? no, iwouldn't says, we want this person, that they will get them? no, i wouldn't say that. many campaigners have said that. many campaigners have said that they think the extradition treaty between the uk and the us is unbalanced in favour of the us and that the threshold for extradition is too low. i'm sure that we will hear those complaints again. but it is certainly not a given and i think that the court will certainly take these arguments seriously, whether
julian assange will succeed is another matter. and in the swedish case there were appeals to the high court and the supreme court, and that could happen here again. and might sweden come back into all this and say, actually, we want him extradited to sweden to face some of the charges that we originally levelled against him over i think some of them have expired, but could that potentially cause the uk government a problem? it could do, i think originally there were four allegations, three of them ran out of time but there is one remaining until mid—2020. so, it's conceivable that the swedish prosecuting authority could make a fresh european arrest warrant. i suppose that would depend on what they think the position is in swedish law. if that happens, well, then there would be competing extradition requests and that could mean a role for the home secretary in deciding which should have priority. really interesting to hear your thoughts on this, thanks so much for coming in.
now, it's one of the world's most famous works of art and today, a rare lithograph of edward monk's goes on display at the british museum. it is part of the largest uk exhibition of the norwegian artist's work, which opens to the public today. david sillito has been along. it's just one of those images, and here it is, greeting you on the steps of the british museum... the scream. this exhibition of edvard munch‘s many prints is a clue to why it's so well—known. .. because this was an artist who made copies, different versions — there are a number of screams. this is just one of them. what's important to remember is, we're not seeing a scream, this figure is hearing one. munch described it as an infinite scream, passing through nature, which is why it has become emblematic of the world pressing in on you, an age of anxiety.
this exhibition is a total immersion into that world. the acid thrower, the dead mother... it's a panorama of emotional disquiet and for the museum, the current national mood feels apt. so, why now and why this particular moment? well, i think for the moment, it speaks of all of our feelings in terms of the crisis, the political crisis we're feeling. but it is also a very human image. it is about that nature is telling us that everything leads to death and we must confront that. and munch continually confronted that and continually addressed that in his art. as an artist, his mother died very early, his beloved sister had died very early and he kept on replaying these feelings again and again and again and using those as inspiration for his art. does it feel like a particularly fitting munch moment? 0h, totally.
this is peak munch, i think. if we're not feeling the scream now, we'll never feel it. so, a study of despair and anxiety from more than 100 years ago. but one that feels very now. this, after all, is an artwork with its own emoji. you don't get much more contemporary than that. david sillito, bbc news, the british museum. let's catch up with the weather now, with louise lear. all quiet on the weather front despite a chilly start with some light frost for some of us, as with some light frost for some of us, as you can with some light frost for some of us, as you can see with some light frost for some of us, as you can see by this weather watchers picture coming in from hampshire. but there have been some amazing photographs today, in western scotland, sheltered from the nagging easterly wind, temperatures peaked at just nagging easterly wind, temperatures peaked atjust over 13 degrees in places. a little bit of cloud in
northern ireland and the north—east of scotland. a little bit of fairweather clouds developing in the afternoon but many have stayed dry. but it was still pretty cold along that east coast. still under the influence of high pressure, still dragging in that easterly flow across a rather cool north sea at the moment. we will see a little more cloud continuing to push in across the north sea overnight, that will be good news across parts of wales and the south—west of england preventing the temperatures from falling too low. where we keep the clearer skies, we could see temperatures just dipping below freezing in places. so again, a touch of light frost not out of the question. starting off tomorrow morning on another drive, quiet note with a little bit of more cloud the further west you are and the cloud coming in off the north sea. going through the day, slightly drier air will allow more sunshine to come through but temperatures still struggling. the high pressure stays
without into the weekend. in fact, if anything, we're going to continue to drive in more colder air so it will feel chillier as we get through to saturday and sunday. the good news is, it will continue to stay largely dry. a few extra layers is what is needed first thing in the morning on saturday, which will be a fairly cloudy day. but again, it will be dry. just the risk of an isolated shower across the south—east. temperatures disappointing for the time of year. spot the difference as we go into sunday, maybe we have a greater chance of seeing sunshine, in sheltered western areas but it will be dry and quiet. but not particularly warm. so if you haven't already got the message, and you've got outdoor plans this weekend, you have been warned, it's going to remain pretty chilly but dry.