Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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Assange Voluntarily Enters the Legal System–But When Does He Come Out?

Right now, people are demonstrating outside a British court, where Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange will most likely receive bail and a court date, according to the American papers, or, according to the English papers, he will enter the European fast-tracked extradition system. Assange turned himself in early this morning local time on Swedish charges, described by the (British) police as "one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010." One interesting thing to note, according to the Guardian: "If extradited to Sweden under the European Arrest Warrant—a process which could be concluded quickly under the fast-track procedure—Assange will be vulnerable to other extradition requests from countries including the US."

14 Comments / Post A Comment

KarenUhOh (#19)

When does he come out? Rocker/Author/Talk Show Host/President-in-Waiting has the answer: The senior Republican Mike Huckabee said that "anything less than execution is too kind a penalty."

mushr00m (#5,504)

He kind of has to be charged with something to be extradited here. And I doubt the Espionage Act counts.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

That kind of thinking is so USA 1.0.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

The BoA stuff is set to post on an automatic timer, I hope.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

Yeah, I'm in the hoping-this-doesn't-interfere-with-the-banking-stuff-cause-that's-gonna-be-awesome camp. Also – been loving the CableGate Roulette.

Moff (#28)

Cold iron may hold him. But still! It is unwise to trifle with the fair folk.

deepomega (#1,720)

Be sure to wrap his wrists thrice with a fine silver chain, or he will be able to change his form to slip away.

Matt Langer (#2,467)

Can you imagine going through life with the insurance policy this guy's got? To be able to threaten the world's governments and militaries and banks with nothing but a 256-bit encrypted AES key? Christ! That would really go to your head! So much so that you might even force yourself on unwilling sexual partners!

Matt Langer (#2,467)

Tangentially: did anyone else notice that the Truthers are all boned up over this torrent purportedly containing CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE of government involvement in 9/11? Goddamn I can't wait until they crack open this piñada and all they find is a trove of emails between a bunch of Bank of America fratboys talking about bird-bathing each other. Then we'll have a conspiracy behind the conspiracy! Can't wait!

6h057 (#1,914)

DEAR PEOPLE IN CHARGE: PLEASE RESPECT MY DESIRE TO TORRENT THE NEW R KELLY ALBUM BECAUSE WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD PAY FULL PRICE FOR THE WHOLE ALBUM?

deepomega (#1,720)

Spoken like a traitor and an unpatriot.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I should never have watched that Ralph Nader documentary; now all I can think of is overdressed women rushing up to him in the supermarket and saying, "hey baby, wanna talk about politics?"

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Giving next year's Nobel Peace Prize to guy imprisoned by the Swedes at the behest of the US — does the Norwegian Nobel Committee dare to dream that dream?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Countdown to Ecstasy

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