Sweden Says No Political Pressure Spurred Assange Arrest
Posted on Dec 9, 2010
Although the timing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and proposed extradition to Sweden seemed a tad conspicuous, what with the site’s recent big release that angered and embarrassed several powers that be around the globe, Sweden is denying that political pressure played a part in his apprehension.
One Jonas Björk, correspondent for TV4, echoed the sentiment expressed by Sweden’s justice department: “I believe the politicians when they say they haven’t had any pressure from abroad,” he said Thursday. —KA
Swedish media and politicians have rejected speculation that political pressure from abroad was exerted on the country’s justice system to secure Julian Assange’s arrest and extradition. Martin Valfridsson, a spokesman for the Swedish minister of justice, Beatrice Ask, said yesterday the suggestion was “completely wrong”.
“As far as I know no such pressure has been put on Sweden,” he said.
Jonas Björk, a correspondent with the TV4 channel, said the idea that the original rape allegations were a part of a conspiracy to attack the WikiLeaks founder stretched credibility.
“For it to have been a honey-trap operation would have been so complicated that I can’t see how it could have been pulled off; if it was, then I tip my hat to the CIA,” he said.
WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange makes a pre-arrest appearance at London’s Frontline Club.