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Wikileaks’ Assange Faces Extradition to Sweden By End of Month

Wikileaks’ Assange Faces Extradition to Sweden By End of Month

A British high court has dismissed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal to reopen his efforts to fight extradition. Assange could now face deportation by the end of the month to Sweden, where he faces questioning on allegations of sexual abuse brought by two women in August of 2010.

In a short statement that suggested the “degree of judicial disapproval of the extended process,” seven judges unanimously ruled that Assange’s request was “without merit.”

Two weeks ago, the court had rejected his lawyers’ argument that a European arrest warrant for his extradition was invalid. Today, they also dismissed arguments that Assange’s lawyers had not been able to sufficiently cross-examine evidence that the justices had used in denying his extradition appeal.

Assange was present for initial questioning by Swedish police in 2010 but then fled to London and has spent the past two years fighting extradition back to Sweden. The 40-year-old Australian has been on conditional bail and subjected to electronic monitoring, curfew and regular reports to local police; he has been staying at the country estate of a supporter. After a two-week grace period, officials have ten days to fly him back to Sweden.

Assange has not been formerly charged in Sweden; prosecutors have been wanting to question him further regarding the sexual assault allegations. Assange contends that his sexual encounters with both women, who were Wikileaks volunteers, were consensual and that the charges against him are politically motivated.

The BBC says that Assange still has some channels of recourse. He has until June 28 to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. Legal experts, though, say that it is unlikely that the ECHR will block his extradition. Fair Trials International chief executive Jago Russell noted that Sweden’s “over-use” of pretrial detention means that “he is likely to be imprisoned and placed under extremely restrictive conditions.”  A detention hearing would have to be held without four days of Assange’s arrival in Sweden, under its rules.

Wikileaks is responsible for the largest leak of classified documents — including some 250,000 State Department cables — in US history.

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1:45AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

The CIA,the Pentagon,the FBI,the Homeland Security,the powerful US vested interest corporations,banks etc etc it seems everyone wants to get their dirty hands on poor old Julian,when all he did,was publish unsolicited information GIVEN to him,in the public interest!!I wonder what sort of threats are being levelled at Sweden and how much the girls involved have been bribed to change their stories??Having seen lots of CIA-based Hollywood blockbusters,we know that there is no end to the dirty tricks in order to get one's way!!The US government and its covert agencies have been VERY exposed,they are very angry and they are very vindictive even when it means shooting the messenger.The general public are kept in the dark on so many issues,it's disgusting.Yet we are forced to pay taxes to pay the salaries of these people who run these covert agencies!I think that just the threat that Julian Assange could end up in Guantanamo Bay should tell the Swedes,that it is against anyones human rights to be put in that potential position!What a witch-hunt this has become and it is to terrify anyone who is thinking of starting up Wikileaks 2 !!

6:54PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Forgetting who he is for the moment to be extradited to another country purely for questioning on allegations (not as far as I understand actual charges as yet) seems unfair. Surely extradition requires people to be facing actual charges in the country that seeks the extradition, if it is merely a case of answering allegations surely he could be interviewed in the UK by the Swedish authorities - I see no special reason why such questioning has to be done in Sweden. Except of course he is who he is and can from Sweden be extradited to the US. I think it stinks and had it been anyone else a lot more people in the UK would be up in arms about it. This does not mean to say I think him innocent of the allegations but neither do I think he is guilty - and obviously Sweden presumably is not sure or they would have charged him by now, it is just the way it is being handled is blatently unfair.

5:08AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I know Sweden as a fair and democratic Country,so if Assange is innocent he has nothing to worry about,if he is found guilty he should take his punishment as a man and not trying to flee the law.

10:17PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Just because of Wikileaks doesn't mean that Julian Assange should be able to get away with not facing the rape charges. He shouldn't have acted like a creep.

8:34PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Martin L. - I am with you on this one. I find no fault with this man Assange. If I sound like Pontius Pilate, let me add that I do not intend to go and “Wash my hands” and leave him to his fate at the hands of those whose nefarious interests he attacked. We must not allow him to be crucified for disclosing Governments secrets. The Governments are our creations. They work for us. We are entitled to know what they are up to. If we accept their argument that secrecy is absolutely necessary for their proper functioning then let their proper functioning ensure safe-keeping of those “vital” secrets. When these can be accessed by a private citizen, they are an open book for a professional foreign intelligence operative. Another point should be considered: If there were fewer Secrets to keep from leaking it would be easier to keep them locked up. I am still not saying that it would be desirable only that no-one, amateur or professional, would ever succeed in disclosing 250 000 of them in one hit.

9:15AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Juliam Assange will be coming to the US after Sweden.

8:16AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

in a short statement that suggested the “degree of judicial disapproval of the extended process,” seven judges unanimously ruled that Assange’s request was “without merit.”

The tax payer has pay more than enough for this creep...IF he would have been an ordinary citizen this would have been done a long time ago but because he think he is God almighty he got privilidge....

Get him back to Sueden where justice for these 2 woman will at long last been done!

GET HIM OUT OF UK!

7:38AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Marianne - I almost always agree with you on this site, but I have to say that I'm absolutely perplexed at your attitude about this. You're usually So Fair, but here, you have convicted and sentenced Assange before any evidence is presented.
I read the two accounts by the women and frankly, I believe it is coerced by agencies that are unfriendly towards Assange.
You do realize that the ultimate venue in mind will be extradition to the U.S. where he could/probably would receive the death penalty or life in prison at the least.
When the state has it in its mind to convict somebody, laws simply don't matter much anymore. These people are powerful enough now to simply re-write the laws they don't like to enable them to convict anyone they want for any reason.
Our governments are no longer owned by the people; we simply don't have enough to bribe them to do their jobs on our behalf anymore.
So I don't understand your hatred of Assange. From what I read, those stories would barely qualify as rape in this country.
It's the most transparent plot I've seen in a long time. Like cellophane.

6:27AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Julian Assange is a true patriot and hero in the eyes of many people, including myself. Releasing the Wikileaks documents has exposed many of the cover-ups and lies our politicians want to bury. I hope his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is successful and by doing, keep the US governments hands off the man they fear for the truth's he has revealed.

6:22AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Julian Assange is a true patriot and hero in the eyes of many people, including myself. Releasing the Wikileaks documents has exposed many of the cover-ups and lies our politicians want to bury. I hope his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights is successful and by doing, keep the US governments hands off the man they fear for the truth's he has revealed.

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