EDIT: This debate has now been conclusively settled, by the release by Oxford Union of the Q&A session with Julian Assange. Scroll to the end to read of it.
About two weeks ago, when the news came out that Julian Assange would speak via videolink to the Oxford Union, there was a student initiative to protest.
First, a protest was organized outside the Oxford Union.
Then, another person started a group and started advertising and planning a protest outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
Another Angry Woman @stavvers said...There is now a Facebook event for Assange protest in London, 23rd January https://t.co/M4SdxgiF
[[original tweet link:https://twitter.com/stavvers/status/289006059874549760](this tweet has been quoted because the user has blocked me)
The dual protests were widely reported at the time. One publication that publicized them is the Huffington Post:An appearance by Julian Assange at Oxford University is prompting students to organise demonstrations in London and Oxford in protest. [...] Now, a group of Oxford students is organising two protests to coincide with the event on 23 January. One is to take place at the university, while the other will be held outside the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has sought sanctuary.
The fact that this was in the Huffington Post, among all the others, is important. Bear it in mind.
Two weeks passed. The event happened yesterday. By all appearances, there was a protest held outside the Oxford Union, but there was no protest outside the Ecuadorian embassy. A vigil by Assange supporters was held instead.
The footage from the event has not been released, but there was some commentary by attending journalists. Of this, one, on Huffington Post, made this claim:
From the Huffington Post article:Another student, Rachael Savage, asked him "What would you say to the protesters outside who say your appearance tonight diminishes the seriousness of rape and sexual assault?" He told her there were 28 supporters of him and no one else, something the security staff said was not true: no supporters of Assange had turned up all night, the Guardian wrote.
It seemed clear that Assange had been referring to the vigil outside the embassy, and not the protest outside the Oxford Union.
And then the conversation took an absurd turn. @sandraeckersley, a Twitter user with a reputation for reliably partisan attacks on Julian Assange, denied there had been any plans to protest outside the embassy.