Assange expelled from embassy and arrested for both Bail Act offence and US extradition request

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Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wasn’t his source for thousands of hacked party emails, he was in active contact with his real sources in Russia’s GRU months after Seth Rich’s death. At the same time he was publicly working to shift blame onto the slain staffer “to obscure the source of the materials he was releasing,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller asserts in his final report on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.

“After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking,” the report reads. “According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an ‘inside job,’ and purported to have ‘physical proof’ that Russians did not give materials to Assange.”
Scorched. Earth.
 

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I think a little perspective is needed.

 

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I think a little perspective is needed.

So America did terrible things in Iraq and other places without our direct knowledge, and Assange having discovered our misdeeds had to punish us with Trump?
 

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So America did terrible things in Iraq and other places without our direct knowledge, and Assange having discovered our misdeeds had to punish us with Trump?
Strawman much?

No, I just think the discussion is incomplete without that video.

Have you watched it?
 
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I saw it when it was brand new to American eyes. It was horrible then, it is horrible now. Do past virtuous acts excuse or mitigate current crimes, like bail-jumping, rape, or conspiring with Russia to affect the outcome of the American president's election?
 

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The most recent comments haven't focused on that but on shit-smeared walls, which seems rather trivial by comparison.

Where was your outrage one or two pages ago?
 
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Did something written there obligate me to comment? I'm commenting now and you're arguing that I created a strawman argument. I'm saying past virtues do not mitigate current crimes. Do you have a contrary argument or are you just pissing into the wind?
 
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Whatever.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the debate has gone from outrage to war crimes to outrage over leaked information to outrage over rape to outrage over bad house guests.

All of it with little to no consequences. A series of outrages that all distract from the previous ones

I don't know about you, but it makes me feel kinda nauseated and want to hit the reset button.
 
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Whatever.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the debate has gone from outrage to war crimes to outrage over leaked information to outrage over rape to outrage over bad house guests.

All of it with little to no consequences. A series of outrages that all distract from the previous ones

I don't know about you, but it makes me feel kinda nauseated and want to hit the reset button.
I don't see it that way at all.

There's no question at all about whether he's guilty of a Bail Act offence, for which he'll probably receive a prison sentence next month of about a year.

The question of whether Assange is guilty of rape is up to a Swedish court and is completely unconnected with the question of whether or not he helped expose US war crimes. It may be that part of his defence is that he's innocent and he is the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the US in retaliation for what is said to be his role in exposing US war crimes, but that's an issue for the court, not him, to decide.

Similarly, the question of whether or not he should be extradited to the USA is completely unconnected to the alleged rape. He will doubtless raise a number of reasons why the extradition request should be refused, including ones relating to him personally, such as whether or not he'd receive a fair trial in the US and the conditions in which he might be held, and also more general ones such as whether the activities complained about in the indictment do, in fact, amount to an offence in English law and the chilling effect of his possible extradition on legitimate journalistic activities.

It's wholly right that he should argue these points, and it's quite possible that the courts will agree with some or all of them. His previous behaviour has ruled out bail, so he has only himself to blame for the fact that he'll have to argue them from prison.

Personally, I hope the British courts will refuse the US extradition request and either send him to Sweden for trial if they still want him or, if they don't, then send him to Australia or anywhere else he wants to go that will have him.

But whatever happens to him has to be a decision for the courts, not him and not governments.
 

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I fail to see all this "outrage". I see a discussion of events as they unfold, almost tepid compared to the heat in other threads, along with some humorous digs about being a bad house guest. Perhaps my threshold for nausea isn't as low as yours, detrius.
 

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In the early days of Wikileaks notoriety they worked with journalists going through the material and redacting things they felt were dangerous.
This was in the days of Manning's leaked papers. But Assange didn't like the time it took and pushed wikileaks into a publish and be damned strategy that started to reveal things it really shouldnt - rape victims details, the names addresses and phone numbers of most Turkish women.
It also started lying about the nature of what it was leaking and finally got into misinformation and election interference.

Whatever wikileaks was once , it tarnished itself and lost its value and trust. That was all because of Assange. So while it's fine to praise what good it did achieve you can't do that without also considering what happened after and who was irresponsible enough to take it down that course.
 

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Normally he'd be released at the half-way point and deported, but he'll remain in custody, on remand, while the extradition request is argued. That's almost certainly going to take a couple of years, I would expect.
 

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It will be up to the "British authorities" (which I assume means the government, but I'm not certain) to decide whether the Swedish or American application should take priority. I suspect that Swedish one will win out, but that's just an informed guess rather than based on anything solid.
 

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By the way the equipment used by Assange in the embassy is going to be handed over to American authorities, which will be used in building the case against him there.

 
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Yes, that sounds like an oxymoron these days.
It's not just the government's current weakness that's causing the problem -- it's pretty much an unprecedented situation, complicated by the fact that Sweden's request will be made under the European Arrest Warrant procedure, with the courts in control, but the US one is made under a bilateral extradition treaty, which gives more discretion to the Government, so different rules and procedures apply in the two cases.

This, from Sky News, makes what I think is a convincing argument that Sajid Javid, our Home Secretary, will give priority to the Swedish request, for both legal and domestic political reasons: Why the UK is likely to favour Sweden's request for Julian Assange over US. I hope they're right, since I think the Swedish case is much stronger than the American one.