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Julian Assange Could Be Arrested on Friday

Julian Assange Could Be Arrested on Friday

Yet another twist, if you wish to call it that, in the case of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange: The Guardian reports that a police letter has informed him he must present himself to a London police station on Friday at 11:30 am. Since last week, Assange has been seeking political asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London, to avoid extradition to Sweden where he would face police questioning about allegations of sexual assault in August of 2010 brought by two Swedish women.

Assange has claimed that the sex was consensual and that the two women’s allegations are politically motivated. He has also accused Sweden of being a “Saudi Arabia of feminism.”

A spokesman for London’s Metropolitan police said that a surrender notice had been served this morning “upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at a date and time of our choosing.” The police also noted that “this is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process.” If Assange fails to surrender, the spokesman said that it would be “a further breach of conditions” and that Assange would be “liable to arrest.”

Ecuador has said that Assange is under its protection while it considers his asylum application and, indeed, so long as he remains in the embassy’s building he is “beyond the reach of the police,” according to the British Foreign Office. Ecuador’s ambassador to the UK left London on Sunday to return home to discuss Assange’s application for asylum.

A number of well-known Americans — including Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, Naomi Wolf and Bill Maher — have signed a letter supporting Assange’s application for political asylum in Ecuador. Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and who has long supported Assange, has also signed the letter, as have about 4,000 others. On  Monday, Robert Naiman, the policy director of Just Foreign Policy, delivered the letter to the Ecuadorian embassy.

Stating that the US government had made no secret about its “hostility” to Wikileaks, the letters notes that “there is a strong likelihood that once in Sweden, [Assange] would be imprisoned, and then likely extradited to the United States.” Assange and his supporters have said that, were he to be extradited to the US, he could be charged and found guilty under the Espionage Act and sentenced to the death penalty.

Wikileaks is responsible for the largest leak of classified US military and diplomatic documents ever.

 

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11:36PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Thanks for the article. This is going to be very interesting how this plays out because Governments are showing their tactics.

7:16AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

very sad

6:38AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Also why did Assange choose Ecuador? Is it because they do not have an extradition treaty with the United States? (I do not know whether they do or do not). I know that Ecuador is not enamored by all of the U.S. foreign policies and has recently decided to stop sending their military officers to the United States training school for Latin American military personnedl School of the Americas in Fort Benning Georgia. However Ecuador does belong to the U.S. sponsored Organization of American States and I believe does receive some aid from the U.S. government. I believe that there must be more to the Assange story.

6:34AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

I'm confused about this whole situation. As Martin L says how can Assange be extradited to Sweden if criminal charges have not been entered? Why hasn't Sweden tried to question or investigate him further in England?" If Sweden has a deal with the US to extradite Assange to the US after he returns to Sweden, well, doesn't the U.S. have an extradition treaty with England? Why can't England extradite him to the U.S. directly? Also, I understand that everything released through Wikileaks had been vetted through the New York Times as not being dangerous to national security and it appears that most or all of these diplomatic cables did not really have any truly secret information. I know with the Nicaraguan cables what was in them was no surprise to anyone who follows the international political situation there closely as I try to do. So how can Assange be convicted of espionage?

2:51AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

The guy is obviously a jerk in bed, but that does not mean he actually raped anyone. One of the 'victim's' only wanted him to have an AIDS test because he dd not use a condom. The other 'victim' threw a party for him after the 'rape.'
I think that these two women have come under pressure to press rape charges simply so he can fall into the hands of the US. Everyone knows that as soon as he is extradited to Sweden, he will disappear, never to be heard from again.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

An extended interview with Julian Assange recorded during filming of John Pilger's latest film The War You Don't See. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A26WOvkMzo&feature=related
"The attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are a response to an information revolution that threatens old power orders, in politics and journalism. The incitement to murder trumpeted by public figures in the United States, together with attempts by the Obama administration to corrupt the law and send Assange to a hell hole prison for the rest of his life, are the reactions of a rapacious system exposed as never before.The US Justice Department has established a secret grand jury just across the river from Washington in the eastern district of the state of Virginia. The object is to indict Julian Assange under a discredited espionage act used to arrest peace activists during the first world war, or one of the war on terror conspiracy statutes that have degraded American justice. Judicial experts describe the jury as a deliberate set up, pointing out that this corner of Virginia is home to the employees and families of the Pentagon, CIA, Department of Homeland Security and other pillars of American power."

9:05AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

America wants to get him here from Sweden to isolate, punsih, torture him for exposing truths about war and power politics. The real criminals Rumsfeld, Rove, Cheney, Bush are free in society, and should be under investigation for war crimes. Julian Assange needs to be protected from being extradited to the US. This has nothing to do with alleged Sweden offences and everything to do with the capture of this brave gentleman who dares challenge truth to power.

1:14PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Assange does not particularly appeal to me...however since whistleblowers do have the problem of being accused as soon as they whistleblow of very bad things i tend to think these women should take lie detector tests and younger women are just not very good anyway...they tend to lie more.

1:10PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

I hope they spirit him away somewhere safe before they can get ahold of him.

12:58PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

The fact that the man is a blatant misogynist is deplorable and disgusting, but not worthy of the death penalty, which he rightly fears if Sweden sends him to the US.

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