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Assange Loses Round in Extradition Battle

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Posted on Feb 24, 2011
bbc.co.uk

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is still resisting extradition from England to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault and rape, and Thursday, a British judge made his fight a little tougher—but Assange was ready with a speech and a plan to appeal.  —KA

BBC:

At Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in south London, District Judge Howard Riddle said the extradition would not breach Mr Assange’s human rights.

Mr Assange said the ruling, which he will challenge, was due to a “European Arrest Warrant system run amok”.

[...] Following the extradition ruling on Thursday, Mr Assange said: “What we saw today at Belmarsh was a rubber-stamping process. It comes as no surprise, but is nonetheless wrong.

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By DarthMiffy, February 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

What happened to the two women? Why haven’t we heard from them? Why aren’t
they out campaigning against the Swedish rape charges?

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By bpawk, February 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

I don’t understand how someone should be forced to go to a country to answer questions regarding an alleged rape for which there are no formal charges. I thought the onus is on law enforcement to prove someone is guilty - the person accused doesn’t have to prove he’s innocent. What do you want from a nation of bloody wankers who love and keep on the dole their royals.

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By diamond, February 25, 2011 at 5:05 am Link to this comment

You know as well as I do, JohannG that there have been no rapes. You know that all of this is simply part of the witch hunt put in play by the CIA to harass and hopefully imprison Assange in Sweden so he can be kidnapped and sent to America for ‘interrogation’ and possible execution.

The problem for their hopes in this regard is that this extradition case will be appealed all the way to the European Court of Human Rights and that court will not allow Assange to be sent to any country where there is a chance he could be sent to America and given the death penalty for ‘espionage’, which he also never committed.

It is certainly an indication of how far America has fallen. After WWII German soldiers had two choices: go one way and surrender to the Russians or go another way and surrender to the Americans. Nearly all of them chose to surrender to the Americans because they expected that they would get better treatment from them. These days those involved with or supporting Wikileaks have one great fear: that they will fall into the hands of the Americans and as Greenwald puts it ‘End up in a black hole’. America has entirely lost its moral authority in the world and its persecution of Julian Assange, a man who has not been charged with any offence, only confirms that fact. The real criminals are in the White House and the corporations: Bank of America, for example which Wikileaks has extensive information on, confirming their criminal activities are being protected by the persecution of Assange, who is not a criminal. This might all make sense on some other planet, but it certainly makes no sense on this one.

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By Anonymous, February 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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An appointed Wikileaks Human rights board? - Why not?

I’m no scholar, and I know the govnt. hates me, and wants us to shut up, but
here is an idea that’s already begun with Wikileaks and by all means this idea
should be expanded, edited, etc.

We already know who the opposition for this idea is - so i don’t need to go
there.

What if in time - Assange gets cleared of all of the charges?

Then what’s the next step for Wikileaks?

I’m asking you to look down the road, obviously many years. Let’s brainstorm -
How can we take Wikileaks to the next level? 

Lets say, Wikileaks, continues, and releases docs to the the world without
mentioning names in the reports as usual, but, only under conditions that have
been satisfied by;

  An Appointed board of humanitarians from around the world - these must be
individuals at the forefront of human rights working in concert with Wikileaks.

Maybe our current human rights organizations could organize and work with
Wikileakes on this?

Overview of the idea:

The new Wikileaks Human rights board:

Before releasing documentation to the world wide web, etc. the documentation
in question would sent to directly to the perspective governments/individuals
in violation -

A decision of action or discipline would be required within a time limit (set by
the Wikileaks human rights board) to correct the action, and to make amends,
and a public statement of correction regarding the action/lie that’s
happening/told, described in the documentation.

An idea of how the process would work in very broad terms.

I will use the USA as an example.

1. First response. The documentation would first be sent direct to the White
house for review (by the president) and a time limit would be given (by the
Wikileaks human rights board) for a response to the documentation and the
actions and lies that were committed, described within the documentation.

2. A time limit regarding the First response from the President would be
required. Failure to respond within that time limit would nullify an (out of public
eye document). If the time limit is passed, or, a failure to satisfy the Wikileaks
board for disciplinary action taken and lies explained, then the document would be
released onto the world wide web for all the media channels to publish at will.

3. If the president has satisfied the Wikileaks Human rights board with
corrections made, and action has been taken. Then the documentation would
not be released, but put in temporary holding status by the Wikileaks board
until verification of the corrections made, and disciplinary action taken, has
been satisfied by the Wikileaks human rights board.

This is just an idea. But it is a starting point, and a possible way to have some
transparency in the government without compromising operations
and diplomatic negotiations.

Since the Wikileaks Human rights board has the keys/options of publishing
any/all documentation received, the documentation itself, would
have to be the only insurance against intimidation by government/individual
threats to the Wikileaks human rights board.

Anyway, probably just a utopian pipe dream for a violent free tomorrow.

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By JohannG, February 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm Link to this comment

Wikileaks needs everybody’s support. Julian Assange
is to be commended for helping expose corruption,
plain evil, greed and stupidity. He has exposed
powerful people and made the U.S. and other
governments look incompetent. He has thus made some
ruthless enemies. He is correct in fearing for his
safety and due-process rights. Let’s face it: The
U.S. justice system is corrupt and can not be
trusted. Problem is that Mr. Assange also had sex
with two Swedish women who claim that he did not
behave as a perfect gentleman at some point during
the mostly consentual intermezzo. These woman have
legal rights and were persuaded to bring suit against
Mr Assange. Mr Assange has every right to try to
prevent extradition to Sweden but in the end will
have to go there and face his accusers.

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By gerard, February 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

Getting back to Assange, regardless of the Patriot 10101 comment:  I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again—The release of the State Department cables has the potential to improve the way the United States does “diplomacy”.  The revelation, in a nutshell, is that so long as officials and military commanders can work secretly, doing things the public knows nothing about, we are going to have wars, exploitation, injustice, graft, theft, and dishonesty.  The WikiLeaks release throws light on such underhanded proceedings.
  That means, however, that now it is up to us citizens.  We can’t beg off our political duty to be informed and take consistent action together.  It’s our move.
  The big problem now is, will we do our duty, will be take our democratic responsibilities seriously?
Or will it turn out that we really don’t want democracy all that much and would rather be ignorant, exploited and reduced to political zombies?
  Sure, government may try to “kill the messengers” -but that won’t succeed if we defend them.
  Sure, government may use expanded methods for keeping secrets.  But if there are enough potential young “geeks” out there, growing up with a taste for freedom of information, they’ll discover the codes in time, and ten years from now we’ll be right back where we are today—presented with an alternative to dodge the same issue or to defend the “whistle blowers” of tomorrow and preserve our right to know.
  Better grow up now by making the decision not to remain children of darkness and deceit.

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