Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

Summary: Breaking news: Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, will be extradited from the UK to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault, after arguing the charges are 'politically motivated'.

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Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, will be extradited from the United Kingdom to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault, a judge ruled earlier today.

However, Assange will all but certainly challenge the ruling with a series of appeals.

The defence team has seven days to lodge an appeal, or he will be extradited in ten days.

The case could reach the UK Supreme Court in London, if appeals go ahead. The higher up the appeal process you go, the longer it takes for a court date, meaning an appeal could run on for years, according to Bloomberg.

The presiding judge said that the Swedish extradition warrant was valid 'on the face of it', but the witnesses Assange's legal team put forward were poor, not credible and 'fed responses', according to BBC sources.

The judge also said that Assange had not made himself available for questioning in Sweden, though it was not for him to decide whether Assange had deliberately fled, and that he has 'no doubt' that Assange is wanted in Sweden for prosecution,

Assange is wanted for questioning, not a trial in Sweden, to answer questions relating to two events which occurred in Sweden last year.

The argument put forward by Assange's lawyers is that the European Arrest Warrant was invalid as the Wikileaks founder not only has not been charged with any offence, but that rape and sexual assault are not grounds for extradition.

One of the main concerns for Assange is that he will not receive a fair trial in Sweden, and that the US authorities will attempt to extradite him to face trial relating to his work with Wikileaks.

The UK would have to be asked permission to extradite him further to the United States, however. Assange himself argued that it would be 'politically impossible' for the UK to give permission to extradite him to the US on charges of espionage.

Also, as the Guardian state, Sweden has no system for bail, meaning Assange would be detained immediately upon his arrival.

Last year, Wikileaks released tens of thousands of US diplomatic cables which revealed embarrassing communiqués between diplomats around the world.

Since being released from custody in December, Assange has been living in the east of England but has had to report to a police station every day. 

Assange has always denied the charges put against him.

Late last year, in response to the US diplomatic cables leak by Wikileaks, an email sent by the US Department of State warned students and prospective diplomats not to discuss or post Wikileaks related content on the web, warning that it could hamper their career in the civil service.

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  • This could drag on for a very long time

    The US just wants Assange out of operation, it really doesn't care how that happens. As long as Assange is spending his whole time avoiding extradition or locked in a Swedish gaol awaiting trial (or even waiting to be charged) he isn't running Wikileaks.

    And that, most of all, is what the US government wants.
    Fred Fredrickson
    • I can see a day

      I look at what's happening in Egypt, in Tunisia, and now Libya and I can see a day when 100,000 Europeans could march on the EU Commission and eject them, replace them with a democratic leadership.<br><br>We could get back our rights. Innocent until proven guilty, no punishment without judicial process, the right to privacy, the lot, and I don't think it's as impossible as it was a year ago.<br><br>If the Libyans can eject Gadaffi, we can eject Barosso.

      Imagine it, an EU leadership that works for Europeans, not foreign powers.
      guihombre
      • I hope we live to see it....

        @guihombre <br><br>All over the world...<br><br>to paraphrase what you said:<br>"I look at what's happening in Egypt, in Tunisia, and now Libya and I can see a day when 100,000 (enter your nationality of choice here) could march on the (headquarters of whatever government is oppressing you) and eject them, replace them with a democratic leadership."<br><br>"We could get back our rights. Innocent until proven guilty, no punishment without judicial process, the right to privacy, the lot, and I don't think it's as impossible as it was a year ago."<br><br>Power to the people....and not to the politicians and the well-connected.
        sissy sue
      • sissy sue: Sounds like you're looking for a &quot;direct democracy&quot;

        which has never worked anywhere and which just leads to a lot more problems, including a "dictatorship of the majority", which can change on the fly, depending on the issue at hand.<br><br><i>Power to the people....and not to the politicians and the well-connected. </i><br><br>Guess what? <br><br>Without government, you have chaos. And with government, you get politicians. You can't get one without the other.<br><br>And, guess who elects the "government officials, aka, the politicians"?
        adornoe
      • RE: Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

        @adornoe@...

        Partially right. A direct democracy will not work without something like the Constitution of the United States to outline rights that cannot be taken away from a person for any reason.

        My personal list is meshes up with the Bill of Rights pretty well, but adds a few:

        1. The right to have sex with anyone you wish, as long as that person consents regardless of age or lack of.
        2. The right to travel where you wish as long as you pay local taxes if you are in said country more than 6 months out of the year.

        There are a few others, but those are covered by the Bill of Rights when read in an expansive light pretty well.
        Lerianis10
      • RE: Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

        @guihombre

        The EU commissioners are appointed by democratically elected national governments. How exactly is that undemocratic?
        WilErz
      • Lerianis10: You don't understand what kind of &quot;democracy&quot; the U.S. is.

        <i>Partially right. A direct democracy will not work without something like the Constitution of the United States to outline rights that cannot be taken away from a person for any reason.</i>

        You're totally wrong.

        There is no such thing as a "direct democracy" in the U.S. and any country that wishes a "direct democracy" like the U.S. and with a constitution like in the U.S., would not be a "direct democracy".

        In the U.S. we have a democratic republic, as defined by our constitution. A democratic republic is not a direct democracy, where the people have a direct say on everything and anything that occurs in the country. Representative government is not direct government.

        Also, please don't post as a response to any of my posts, anything to do with your definitions of age of consent and your "liberal" views about sex with children.
        adornoe
      • WilErz: You're making my point...

        <i>The EU commissioners are appointed by democratically elected national governments. How exactly is that undemocratic? </i>

        I never said something like that was undemocratic.

        What your pointing to is a "representative" type of government making the appointments, sort of like when an elected president in the U.S. makes his cabinet appointments. But, in the U.S., the senate has to approve of those selections, but that's more of a formality.

        A direct democracy is different from what you stated. In a direct democracy, the people make all the decisions, and there would not be any appointments by a representative group that speaks for the majority. A direct democracy would be a majority rule for all decisions.
        adornoe
  • RE: Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

    Oh yes, he raped 2 women: one works with/for CIA, the other one is unavailable, in a governmental mission in Israel. KGB still alive and kicking, under a different name.
    d.marcu
    • There is no need for KGB when much worse beast, CIA, is as alive as ever

      @d.marcu: secret jails, international kidnapping of people, quantity of coups orchestrated and bloody dictatorships installed -- in all of that <b>CIA beats KGB</b>.
      DDERSSS
    • Because we all know that CIA workers aren't people

      @d.marcu
      and only people can be raped.
      Will Farrell
      • It's called a 'honey trap'

        @Will Farrell ... it's the oldest trick in the espionage book. An intelligence service has women available to do exactly this kind of thing - usually to collect intelligence but also to do killings and in this case cry rape.
        HollywoodDog
    • Dmarcu, please give us your name and address

      @d.marcu You are committing slander. Assange has not only not been convicted of anything, he hasn't been accused of anything either. You're patently guilty of slander, and a law firm in London would like to research you.
      HollywoodDog
      • LOL

        @HollywoodDog, aren't there millions of more dangerous "criminals" downloading mp3's and movies for free, in line to be prosecuted, before arresting someone who wrote a message online?
        d.marcu
      • RE: Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

        @HollywoodDog ... your goofiness is as entertaining as ever.
        ItsTheBottomLine
  • cant wait how much time until he end up in usa

    this will turn into a dog and pony show ....
    I just hope that Assange as a ace's up its sleeve and use it
    big time
    Quebec-french
    • So that he can get away with raping people?

      @Quebec-french
      why. If he did rape these women, why do you want him to have an "Ace up his sleeve". So that he can continue raping women?
      Is that acceptable up in Quebec, because most countries frown on that kind of behavior.
      Will Farrell
      • a minute here ....

        @Will Farrell
        If you really think this is a rape case .... than your are right he should go to jail ...... but i really think its a set up. Since when you end up with interpol seeking a would be rapist ...
        Its a honey trap that all. If for any would be reason its really a rape case .... he deserve jail .... but there too many thing weird ....
        Also when a talk about the aces in the sleeve its in the case of a honey trap .... If its a honey trap uber-vengence is in order

        And will never know the real truth only assange and the two would be victim /government agent /paid pro/will never know what happen for real .

        there have been to many thing said on this ... Those who wanna see assange roth in jail for the leak are happy with the rape case ... and those who think he did the right thing with the leak will ALWAYS believed in the honey trap .


        It has nothing to do with the province of quebec or anything btw
        Quebec-french
      • RE: Wikileaks Assange to be extradited from UK; Appeals expected to be lodged

        @Will Farrell This goofy reptile has inside information he knows ALL about the case it was a trap and that scum bag is as innocent as ever. He's an "expert", just like his English is rock solid as is my french... and another fruit cake liberal giving liberals a bad name
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • wow lliberal fruit cake ......

        @ItsTheBottomLine
        wow once again ''ItsTheBottomLine '' great intelligence is showing up ho please will you stfu if you have nothing more that insult to vomit .....

        if you cannot find anything better to discuses try not to swallow your tongue out of your own nothingness .

        damn we have some limited specimen around here
        Quebec-french