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Assange Loses Extradition Appeal: Has Wikileaks Lost Its Way?

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Assange himself was silent throughout the proceedings and “gave no emotion” after the judges explained their decision. Outside the court, Assange did not answer questions shouted at him by the media and directed people to visit a website set up to support him:

“No doubt there will be many attempts made to try to spin these proceedings as they occured today but they were merely technical. So please go to swedenversusassange.com if you wish to know what is really going on in this case.”

Assange was briefly jailed in December of 2010 and has since been under house arrest at the estate of a wealthy friend at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk; he must wear an electronic tag to monitor his movements.

Wikileaks, and Assange, made constant media headlines last year after the site released a gargantuan trove of classified United States military documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and classified State Department diplomatic cables. Assange shepherded the release of those documents which he “hoped would reshape the very nature of government.” But from December on, he has made headlines more for fighting the extradition order, while Wikileaks seems to have lost something of its force. Last month, Assange announced at a London press conference that Wikileaks would cease to publish documents due to a lack of funds, as credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard and services like PayPal have blockaded donations to the organization. Defections and disputes among members — and between some of them and Assange — have also weakened Wikileaks, with some people forming their own document leaking sites.

Previous Care2 Coverage

WikiLeaks Suspends Release of Secrets to Seek Cash

Wikileaks’ Assange Faces Arrest In Australia

Wikileaks Decides to Release All Files

 

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3:18AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Sweden should leave him alone. Swedish women are more than capable of taking care of themselves. It's inconceivable he could have raped a female Swede. It does seem to be politically motivated. It would be horribly dirty of them to further extradite him to the US.

9:46PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Weird case. But technicalities aside, why would anyone want to defend a self-proclaimed act of massive vandalism? What he did was destructive to national security and hurtful to our women and men in the field not only in the line of fire, but in diplomatic and foreign assistance posts worldwide including the Peace Corps, USAID and Care. It caused a lot of stress among our allies and friends around the world. I totally believe in freedom of speech but this was yelling fire in a crowded theatre. Documents of ongoing operations and negotiations are classified for many good reasons including human life. That's why divulging them is illegal in every modern democracy.

Assange like most anarchists rightly criticizes the established order but, has very little in the way of concrete suggestions on how to improve it. When it comes to actual policy proposals our government could implement that would make the world a better place, he draws an almost complete blank. In that he is very much like Al-Qaeda: They and he criticize the West a lot but haven't got a clue what they would do if they were in power. That is the profound moral flaw of most anarchists: they eschew all public responsibility by advocating the wholesale destruction of the social order, without constructing anything reasonable to replace it. Good riddance to Wikileaks.

6:01PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

sweden is acting on behalf of the american government no doubt

11:16PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

What about Paypal, Visa and Mastercard? I suppose they are all US companies. I wonder if, under international law, they are allowed to stop people supporting WikiLeaks? These trials cost the earth. Why did he leave Sweden? My understanding is that the police had no charges to lay and he was free to leave - he did not run away!!! Why would he want to go to Sweden when the trial will be behind closed doors? If, when, he is finally sent to the US it will be goodbye Julian - remember Guantanamo!

10:45PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

This is why the Occupy movement can't put forth an individual leader. I hope that the Wikileaks idea can survive without him.

6:22PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Anyone who has ever dared to stand up for our rights and freedoms has either had trumped up charges made against them, been vilified, asassinated or crucified. This is not new.

3:38PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

When Facebook stop publishing my WikiLeaks posts so that I close down my Social Justice page - it's obvious that even they have been 'got at'!

12:46PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Why believe Assange and not Cain? Do we judge based on politics or fact?

11:51AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

I agree... it a set-up.

9:42AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

total set up.

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