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    Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, is expected to be arrested in the coming days after Swedish prosecutors filed a new warrant with British authorities.

    The Independent revealed yesterday that a procedural error with the European Arrest Warrant had delayed the arrest of the 39-year-old Australian, who is wanted in Sweden over sexual allegations but has been in England since October.

    Police in Gothenburg claim they have now submitted a fresh warrant to the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Soca is expected to instruct Scotland Yard to arrest Mr Assange and have him appear before an extradition hearing – although as of last night the Metropolitan Police had yet to receive the warrant.
    Source: The Independent

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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    Source: The Independent

    Here's hoping he can get himself out of this.
    Here's hoping he spends the rest of his life in prison for rape. Or better yet that the Russians get pissed and kill the bastard.

    It's clear that "Firsters" love this son of a bitch because they don't care about putting peoples lives at risk, clearly an un-American position.

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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    I have to wonder what the europeans think about this situation. I mean, usually they're in hog heaven whenver the us gets it's tail caught in a crack.
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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    There's a German aide to their Foreign Minister who's probably a bit pissed off at wikileaks since he was sacked.
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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Here's hoping he spends the rest of his life in prison for rape. Or better yet that the Russians get pissed and kill the bastard.

    It's clear that "Firsters" love this son of a bitch because they don't care about putting peoples lives at risk, clearly an un-American position.
    definitely hope they bring him to trial for the rape charges...also hope they shut that damn website down.

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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Arrest him. Give him a fair trial. Then lock him up and throw away the key.

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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Here's hoping he spends the rest of his life in prison for rape. Or better yet that the Russians get pissed and kill the bastard.

    It's clear that "Firsters" love this son of a bitch because they don't care about putting peoples lives at risk, clearly an un-American position.
    Actually, he did not commit rape

    The most important parts of the article being

    Today, a former attorney for Assange - James D. Catlin - has confirmed that the charges are for having sex without using a condom. He notes that:

    The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors.
    He also accuses the prosecutors of "making it up as they go along", and said that Sweden's justice system is destined to become "the laughingstock of the world" for pursuing the case against Assange.

    And Assange's current London attorney - Mark Stephens - told AOL news that he doesn't even know what the charges against Assange are, but that they are not rape:

    Stephens, told AOL News today that Swedish prosecutors told him that Assange is wanted not for allegations of rape, as previously reported, but for something called "sex by surprise," which he said involves a fine of 5,000 kronor or about $715.

    "We don't even know what 'sex by surprise' even means, and they haven't told us," Stephens said, just hours after Sweden's Supreme Court rejected Assange's bid to prevent an arrest order from being issued against him on allegations of sex crimes.

    "Whatever 'sex by surprise' is, it's only a offense in Sweden -- not in the U.K. or the U.S. or even Ibiza," Stephens said. "I feel as if I'm in a surreal Swedish movie being threatened by bizarre trolls. The prosecutor has not asked to see Julian, never asked to interview him, and he hasn't been charged with anything. He's been told he's wanted for questioning, but he doesn't know the nature of the allegations against him."
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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by randel
    ...also hope they shut that damn website down.
    Yes because free speech is absolutely terrible. I find it absolutely repulsive that so many in the media (who ironically are calling for his head) call the United States a bastion of free speech and compare it to "authoritarian countries" by claiming they have none. The reality of the situation is that, according to legal precedent set down by NYT vs. US it is not illegal to possess or publish classified documents, as it is covered under the First Amendment of the United States. Yet, even though there is such a legal precedent, we have the United States government, politicians and media calling for the abolishment of universal First Amendment Rights and its replacement by the freedom of government-approved speech (not to mention of course the promotion of the assassination of someone for...what?).

    And you think China is bad in terms of free speech rights. At least they're open about it. At least the media there is open about its affiliation with the state. Then again, this case sort of confirms the complete impotence of the mainstream media and its direct tie to the state, so it's not really surprising that the media is calling for the abolishment of the first amendment given that it already only prints according to state tolerances.

    EDIT: The ignorance surrounding these accusations and the wild conclusions that most of you have jumped to is absolutely astounding. Does anyone here even know specifics about the case? Or about how it was initially dropped because there essentially isn't one, then further pursued by an egomanical DA who is out for blood, regardless of guilt?
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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    Actually, he did not commit rape

    The most important parts of the article being
    I got to say the Daily Mail article linked to in there is enlightening:

    They parted on friendly terms and she bought his train ticket back to Stockholm. When she asked if he would call, he said: ‘Yes, I will.’

    But he did not and neither did he answer her calls.

    The drama took a bizarre and ultimately sensational turn after she called the office of Woman A, whom she had briefly met at the seminar.

    The two women talked and realised to their horror and anger that they had both been victims of his charm.
    So there seems to be a rather absurd basis for these charges and these women are really more annoyed that he would not get tested for STD's. Pretty much they proved he is a sleaze, but then again they both seemed to be rather obsessed with him and looking for sex all along so it all makes things questionable.
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    Re: Net closes on Assange: arrest by British police expected in days

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Here's hoping he spends the rest of his life in prison for rape. Or better yet that the Russians get pissed and kill the bastard.

    It's clear that "Firsters" love this son of a bitch because they don't care about putting peoples lives at risk, clearly an un-American position.
    Here's to Assange resisting and getting shot down in the road, like a dog.
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