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sarah q



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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/world/europe/08assange.html

Britain Arrests WikiLeaks Founder in Sex Inquiry
By ALAN COWELL AND JOHN F. BURNS

LONDON — Police in Britain arrested Julian Assange on Tuesday on a
warrant issued in Sweden in connection with alleged sex offenses,
British police officials said, the latest twist in the drama swirling
around the anti-secrecy group and its beleaguered founder.

Mr. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, was arrested by officers from
Scotland Yard’s extradition unit when he went to a central London
police station by prior agreement with the authorities, the police
said. A court hearing was expected later in the day.

In a statement, the police said: “Officers from the Metropolitan
Police extradition unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on
behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape.”

Mr. Assange denies the charges of sexual misconduct said to have been
committed while he was in Sweden in August. It was not immediately
clear if Mr. Assange would resist extradition to Sweden for
questioning by prosecutors there.

Previously, his British lawyer, Mark Stephens, has suggested Mr.
Assange might resist on the grounds that Swedish authorities could
interview him by video-link from Stockholm or at their embassy in
London and that the extradition request itself is
politically-motivated.

“It’s about time we got to the end of the day and we got some truth,
justice and rule of law,” Mr. Stephens told reporters on Tuesday.
“Julian Assange has been the one in hot pursuit to vindicate himself
to clear his good name.”

Mr. Stephens said his client had been seeking to learn from the
Swedish prosecutor “what the allegations are he has to face and also
the evidence against him, which he still hasn’t seen,” The Press
Association news agency reported.



also from the Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/06/wikileaks-julian-assange-police
Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:58 am
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whether or not you agree with what Julian Assange is doing, I think it is clear that this arrest is completely bogus and suspect. No one gets hunted down by Interpol over alleged rape charges with no evidence. It doesn't happen.
Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:04 am
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i didnt read the guardian report provided above and this may be included in it, but australian television reports are indicating that assange's lawyers made requests to the swedish prosecutor for meetings but received no response, and that the charges were not explained to assange or his legal team before interpol issued its warrant, which with that lack of action is apparently not adhering to legal guidelines.
Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:11 am
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sarah q wrote:
whether or not you agree with what Julian Assange is doing, I think it is clear that this arrest is completely bogus and suspect. No one gets hunted down by Interpol over alleged rape charges with no evidence. It doesn't happen.


Eh....his lawyer didn't do him any favors threatening trial or assassination with a file that is "a thermonuclear device." Kind of thoroughly negates the righteousness of Wikileaks.
Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:29 am
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So... He turned himself in?
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yeah. Funny how this entire episode was fogotten about after wikileaks went quiet once the helicopter footage thing had died down. Soon as he releases more and bam! they push this again. Interesting that he's been staying here though, don't eat the sushi
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See Arrrgh wrote:
So... He turned himself in?


he did. and he's been refused bail and been remanded in custody. he's a dangerous sex offender for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.
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Z-0 wrote:
See Arrrgh wrote:
So... He turned himself in?


he did. and he's been refused bail and been remanded in custody. he's a dangerous sex offender for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.


I would imagine that being denied bail deals more with him being a "flight risk" (as odd as that sounds, seeing how he turned himself in). I've been looking to see what "facts" exist around the sexual assault charges. Has Sweden said anything, or have they been quiet after they issued the warrant to Interpol? The only way the "consensual sex without a condom" charge makes sense is if he neglected to tell this woman (these women) that he had an STD, then passed it onto them through consensual sex.

I'm still shocked that he turned himself in.
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Z-0 wrote:
See Arrrgh wrote:
So... He turned himself in?


he did. and he's been refused bail and been remanded in custody. he's a dangerous sex offender for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.


That is the part of the story that rang a bell for me as well. I couldn't figure why the condom mattered and if that was salacious reporting, or a hint to what might come out (STD).

I would say that I cease to be amazed at the smear campaigns and suggestions of assassination/death...but honestly, I am still amazed by Huckabee and others.

All that said...Assange really should kick his lawyer in the balls for making him look like a common extortion artist.
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See Arrrgh wrote:
Z-0 wrote:
See Arrrgh wrote:
So... He turned himself in?


he did. and he's been refused bail and been remanded in custody. he's a dangerous sex offender for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.


I would imagine that being denied bail deals more with him being a "flight risk" (as odd as that sounds, seeing how he turned himself in). I've been looking to see what "facts" exist around the sexual assault charges. Has Sweden said anything, or have they been quiet after they issued the warrant to Interpol? The only way the "consensual sex without a condom" charge makes sense is if he neglected to tell this woman (these women) that he had an STD, then passed it onto them through consensual sex.

I'm still shocked that he turned himself in.

honestly, regarding the legal principles i couldnt comment. i dont know what swedish law is being applied here. i dont think its surprising that he turned himself in, from a PR/image point of view. but he is fighting extradition to sweden fearing an unfair trial, again not a surprising move.
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if he has nothing to hide why wouldnt he turn himself in?
Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:59 am
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The original Gizmodo link I saw has been updated. They've got more details out now. There's 4 accusers total.. One says he used his body weight to keep someone down while they had sex. Which is a bit different than the sex by surprise dealy.

I can't find the link at the moment.
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it'll be all sorted out, john pilger's now taken up assange's cause.
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Z-0 wrote:
, john pilger's .


what stuff has this guy done? i know hes very critical of the usa but i cant put my finger on exactly why i know this name
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Z-0 wrote:
See Arrrgh wrote:
Z-0 wrote:
See Arrrgh wrote:
So... He turned himself in?


he did. and he's been refused bail and been remanded in custody. he's a dangerous sex offender for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.


I would imagine that being denied bail deals more with him being a "flight risk" (as odd as that sounds, seeing how he turned himself in). I've been looking to see what "facts" exist around the sexual assault charges. Has Sweden said anything, or have they been quiet after they issued the warrant to Interpol? The only way the "consensual sex without a condom" charge makes sense is if he neglected to tell this woman (these women) that he had an STD, then passed it onto them through consensual sex.

I'm still shocked that he turned himself in.

honestly, regarding the legal principles i couldnt comment. i dont know what swedish law is being applied here. i dont think its surprising that he turned himself in, from a PR/image point of view. but he is fighting extradition to sweden fearing an unfair trial, again not a surprising move.


Exactly. If he was only facing these seemingly flimsy charges from Sweden, then I wouldn't be surprised. However, he's made himself a sitting duck in a legal system of a government that is a) friendly with the US, and b) has its own beefs with Assange and WikiLeaks. Because of this, I'm surprised that he turned himself in.

Like laurapalmer said, he needs to kick his legal team in the balls for how they've handled all of this thus far.
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