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Assange remanded in custody; Wikileaks promises to continue publishing material

Wednesday, December 8th 2010 - 07:25 UTC
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The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been refused bail by a court in London but vowed to fight extradition to Sweden. Mr Assange denies sexually assaulting two women in Sweden. He was remanded in custody pending a hearing next week. Read full article

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  • xbarilox

    “One of the charges is that he had unprotected sex with a woman, identified only as Miss A, when she insisted he use a condom. Another is that he had unprotected sex with another woman, Miss W, while she was asleep.” ???????????????? While she was asleep? hahaha

    http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=244986&Itemid=1

    http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=244986&Itemid=1

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 08:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Arrested in Britain under obviously phony accusations (they where dropped weeks ago in Sweden but curiously “revived” hours after the last bunch of leaks) after having publicized incriminating documentation about the ruling powers…………

    Freedom of speech anybody?
    Let's hear the opinion of those Brutons and Malvineros soooo preoccupied about Argentina’s Press Freedom?

    Who is the Brainwashed?

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 08:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    He's wanted in sweden, so we'll send him to sweden where he can go to trial or whatever.

    I was under the impression that in order to be proven innocent you first had to go to court. If his arrest is politically motivated it would be Swedish politics.

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    First turnip explanation...... and a pathetic one.
    The level of brainwash of the Brutish youth knows no limits....

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Think, the British believe that everyone is entitled to their day in court. That includes both anarchists and indeed countries!

    If there is a reasonable accusation and a legal warrant then extradition must be considered. Provided that it is believed that the accused will get a fair trial, then extradition will take place.

    Does Sweden have a poor reputation for injustice?

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 09:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (5) Hoyt

    I am not criticizing the excellent European legal systems. (Even if in this case they ar obviously being misused and disrespected)

    I am criticizing the posters in here that denigrate Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela etc…….., when we try, by the same legal means, to bring criminals with blood on their hands, but happen to own a newspaper, to justice…..

    You know perfectly what I am talking about…..
    You are one of those posters :-)
    .

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ed

    # gdr ; my valioso mate ......

    not at all...known or not .. depend on who you are ....

    these type of operations are not new but similar ...like once
    Russian revealed the ** Sykes - Picot Treaty 1916 ** !?.

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Does Sweden have a poor reputation for injustice?

    Does Argentina have a poor reputation for injustice?

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 12:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    An attack on media freedom. Now, how can the West keep complaining about China or Chavez with a straight face?

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    I thought the accusation was 'rape', not embarassing the USA ?

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    I am criticizing the posters in here that denigrate Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela etc…….., when we try, by the same legal means, to bring criminals with blood on their hands, but happen to own a newspaper, to justice…..

    Think talking bollox again
    Why didnt you let Chile have that nice terrorist chap back, some weeks ago

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    “ .... Here’s what we know. There is a long history of the CIA viciously smearing people who dare to cross the US state machinery. There is a strong chance the claims against Assange is another case of it. But there is also a long history of otherwise admirable men turning out to be rapists, and there’s a chance this is another case of it. This should be tested in a court of law – and the trial should be watched very careful to make sure it’s not being rigged by bribes or threats....”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-this-case-must-not-obscure-what-wikileaks-has-told-us-2154109.html

    I thought that was well put!

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 02:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “First turnip explanation...... and a pathetic one.”

    It's pathetic for someone accused of rape to go to court?

    He's probably innocent, but it should still go to court if evem to prove his innocence.

    Dec 08th, 2010 - 02:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    @11

    IMO it is pretty clear the charges are politically motivated. According to the article, US Defense Minister Gates has publicly said of Assange's arrest that it is 'good news'. And why is that? Because Gates is just concerned about Assange's dangerous behavior toward women, or because Gates knows that Assange's job is bothersome to US foreign policy?

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 12:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    His arrest couldn't stop this new leak today:

    “The British government's deep fears that Libya would take ”harsh and immediate“ action against UK interests if the convicted Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison are revealed in secret US embassy cables that show London's full support for the early release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

    Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, made explicit and ”thuggish“ threats to halt all trade deals with Britain and harass embassy staff if Megrahi remained in jail, the cables show. At the same time ”a parade of treats“ was offered by Libya to the Scottish devolved administration if it agreed to let him go....”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/189254

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 03:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    for the first time l have to agree with the Argentinean posters about Julian Assange. the whole thing sounds like a trumped up charge masterminded by the CIA. got to get him in custody somehow, to get him off the streets. everyone is terrified of the leaks to come, and l said EVERYONE

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 09:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    It's a serious game he's playing, hope for his sake he's holding some very good cards....

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 09:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (17) Isolde
    Crystal clear opinion from a British lass……

    (18) Westi
    Really?..... Don't say!

    But.......What do you mean exactly with: when playing a “serious game” you need to hold “good cards”.

    That the basic human rights, laws and rules blazoned by the “Advanced” Western Democracies don't necessarily must apply when the “game is serious” and the “stakes are high”?

    Malvinas, for instance.......

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    You know what I mean think, you're not that naive...are you? Freedom of Speech is a fine thing but it does not mean you can get away with saying or doing or broadcasting absolutely anything you want. I'm not saying it's right that he's persecuted in this way (if he is being persecuted that is, maybe he actually is a rapist), I'm just saying what tha fuck did you expect Assange? a medal or something? Wikileaks absolutely REEKS of trouble.

    That's quite a leap relating this to the Falklands think, that's quite clear cut once you get past all the rhetoric, it's merely an irreconcilable dispute over sovereignty of some Islands, quite straight forward.

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 11:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    16: “...Alex Salmond claimed Scotland was offered a ”parade of treats“ by Libya, which were all turned down, according to the cables....”

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 02:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Sure Zethee. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 10:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    So you believe wiki leaks up until you disagree with some of what the leaks say?

    cool story.

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 10:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Well he was released by the British Gov., so now I am waiting for the next leak to get the complete story. I am sure that they got a nice juicy deal, otherwise the release of a mass murder, sick or not, doesn't make any sense to anybody.

    Dec 09th, 2010 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @19 Think, l agree with you about Julian Assange,.........
    but not the Falklands, different case all together.
    @20 WestisBest, even if he's got very good cards,they will get the poor soul. He has immense courage.

    Dec 10th, 2010 - 10:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • stick up your junta

    @24
    Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2010/10/06/Chile-Argentina-row-over-asylum-deepens/UPI-46521286396201/

    Dec 10th, 2010 - 10:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ed

    27 gdr..... all right .

    Dec 10th, 2010 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frase

    Definitely smells of a set-up. The way that they are trying to silence wikileaks is way more embarrassing than any of the leaked cables so far. The timing just seems incredibly convenient.......

    Whichever way you spin the pressure on the U.k government by Libya, it's pretty embarrassing , but it would be hypocritical of me to assert that the leaks should stop as they show successive British governments to be spineless lightweights.

    Seeing as this is inevitably getting linked to the Falklands, at least they're not caving in on the Falklands issue.......

    Viva Assange y viva la autodeterminación de los isleños!

    Dec 11th, 2010 - 08:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “The way that they are trying to silence wikileaks is way more embarrassing than any of the leaked cables so far”

    So they're trying to silence wiki leaks by sprawling his story over the media over his arrest?

    “Whichever way you spin the pressure on the U.k government by Libya, it's pretty embarrassing , but it would be hypocritical of me to assert that the leaks should stop as they show successive British governments to be spineless lightweights.”

    Those same leaks also say how the threats were ignored.

    Dec 11th, 2010 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frase

    Maybe I misunderstood, but are you implying that nobody is trying to silence wikileaks?

    I think it's naive to think that commercial interests played no part in his release whatsoever, and that it was purely on compassionate grounds.

    However, I do agree with your earlier point that he should face his charges in Sweden, as long as it's a fair trial completely separate from wikileaks, and ultimately doesn't lead to extradition to the U.S.

    Regards,

    Frase

    Dec 12th, 2010 - 12:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    “Maybe I misunderstood, but are you implying that nobody is trying to silence wikileaks?”

    Yes, i don't know the entire situation, and personally i like the whole wiki leaks thing.

    However. I also think that any intelligent person would realise that by arresting this man, if it was a “cover up” would not cover anything, but rather broadcast his story to the entire world.

    The last thing you want to do when trying to not bring attention to a story is to gain the entire worlds media on the subject.

    Dec 12th, 2010 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frase

    Where are you quoting “cover up” from? High level North American politicians have been openly musing about how they can stop wikileaks, some calling for Assange's execution/assassination, others about which laws they can try him under.

    The series of big companies that have cut their links to wikileaks, after simultaneously familiarising themselves with their respective terms and conditions, most citing 'illegal activity´(despite them not being charged with anything) and all since the cables have been released, suggests they are acting under government pressure.

    And I doubt that the denial of service attacks on wikileaks was carried out by concerned citizens working independently.

    In light of these things, I don't think that it is overly unintelligent (as you seem to be suggesting) to conclude that people are trying to silence wikileaks.

    We'll have to see how the trial unfolds, if he is proven guilty and gets sentenced proportionally (in the same way that the last person was sentenced for the same crimes, and in the way that people do get sentenced for this crime), or if he is proved innocent in court, then fair enough, but is it really that far-fetched to suspect at least a slight bit of political motivation behind this?

    Dec 12th, 2010 - 12:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zethee

    Where are you quoting “cover up” from?
    “Definitely smells of a set-up. The way that they are trying to silence wikileaks”

    Unless i mistook what you said, my using the words cover up, and you using the word silence, still ammount to the same thing.

    Even if he goes to jail, it wont stop Wikileaks. Not much of a silence.

    Dec 12th, 2010 - 02:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • free.comment

    Wikileaks supporters will continue, The database has been copied thousands of times over.

    We respect the law. We hope that justice will respect Free Speech.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLcUVNee_UI&feature=related

    We do not forgive. We do not forget.

    Dec 16th, 2010 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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