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    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

    The 39-year-old Australian denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.

    Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT.

    He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

    Mr Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of rape, one of unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation, alleged to have been committed in August 2010.
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    If he's innocent, this is a bad day for the sovereignty of certain European governments and for free speech in general. If he's guilty - lock him up and throw away the key for the sexual charges he faces - however I wonder whether pressure has been put on the two women to make these charges.

    Some of the leaks have done the UK population a big favour - however last night's more security oriented leaks on steps to protect Baltic States in case of Russian attack were really dangerous.

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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Some clarification is needed.

    1. He turned himself in. He was not "arrested" in the classic form of the term with police hunting him down and throwing him in cuffs.

    2. The case for sending him to Sweden is very weak. One of the women in question is a known feminist who believes men dominate women and need to be punished.

    3. And the rule of law has to be followed. This has nothing (in theory) to do with the Wikileaks situation and even in Sweden the case against him is very weak to say the least. Many are saying it is an overzealous prosecutor that is going after him.

    Also dont count on the US getting him at least legally. The US justice department is looking for something to charge him with that does not involve the death penalty (as many on the right want), since no European country would release anyone to the US with the threat of a death sentence.

    And then comes in the lack of credibility the US justice system has in many European countries these days, and the clear political motives behind wanting Assange given over to the US. What law exactly has he broken to be brutally honest? Over 3 million people had access to this information on a daily basis before it was leaked.. it was hardly hugely secret stuff.

    As for the latest leaks.. pft, the Russians already knew that lol, so freaking what.
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Some clarification is needed.

    1. He turned himself in. He was not "arrested" in the classic form of the term with police hunting him down and throwing him in cuffs.

    2. The case for sending him to Sweden is very weak. One of the women in question is a known feminist who believes men dominate women and need to be punished.

    3. And the rule of law has to be followed. This has nothing (in theory) to do with the Wikileaks situation and even in Sweden the case against him is very weak to say the least. Many are saying it is an overzealous prosecutor that is going after him.

    Also dont count on the US getting him at least legally. The US justice department is looking for something to charge him with that does not involve the death penalty (as many on the right want), since no European country would release anyone to the US with the threat of a death sentence.

    And then comes in the lack of credibility the US justice system has in many European countries these days, and the clear political motives behind wanting Assange given over to the US. What law exactly has he broken to be brutally honest? Over 3 million people had access to this information on a daily basis before it was leaked.. it was hardly hugely secret stuff.

    As for the latest leaks.. pft, the Russians already knew that lol, so freaking what.
    On the right? LOL you libs have been whining about this guy because he exposed Obama and Hillary for the fools and backstabbers they are. So dont try and throw this on the right as it has only hurt those on the left.

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    Wikileaks: Julian Assange's 2 one-night stands spark a worldwide hunt | Mail Online

    this is a very detailed account of the two women and their charges against Assanges. It sounds incredibly bogus to me.
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    -- It sounds incredibly bogus to me.
    And that's the Daily Mail saying that too. There's two things that strike me - 1) the first accuser "Sarah" held a party for Assange after they allegedly had sex (or she was raped) so is that Stockholm Syndrome or something else? 2) the two women met after the sexual liasons - was there an element of competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Duty View Post
    On the right? LOL you libs have been whining about this guy because he exposed Obama and Hillary for the fools and backstabbers they are. So dont try and throw this on the right as it has only hurt those on the left.
    Wanna bet that I can find more posts calling for his death from conservatives than libs?
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    And that's the Daily Mail saying that too. There's two things that strike me - 1) the first accuser "Sarah" held a party for Assange after they allegedly had sex (or she was raped) so is that Stockholm Syndrome or something else? 2) the two women met after the sexual liasons - was there an element of competition?
    Yes, that struck me as very very odd for someone who had just been "raped". I do not know what the laws are there, but I suspect that over here such a case would not stand up in court - no pun intended.... okay - a bit intended.
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    If he's innocent, this is a bad day for the sovereignty of certain European governments and for free speech in general. If he's guilty - lock him up and throw away the key for the sexual charges he faces - however I wonder whether pressure has been put on the two women to make these charges.

    Some of the leaks have done the UK population a big favour - however last night's more security oriented leaks on steps to protect Baltic States in case of Russian attack were really dangerous.
    By Sarah throwing him a crayfish party, by her own actions she showed that he hadn't raped her. (No jury in the U.S. would believe she was raped and then, a few days later, throws him a party.) I fail to see that he did anything wrong with the other woman. It also sounds like this Sarah lady, by her "How to Get Revenge" posts on her website, is a real piece of work.

    Perhaps this is what karma's all about.

    Mr. Assange is about to suffer some major inconvenience. Can't say as I feel sorry for him. Hope he's extradited to the States and tried for espionage. In any case, I'm sure he's had the stuffing knocked out of him. Hope this slap-back hurts.

    As to Pete's post re "the case for sending him to Sweden is very weak," if Sweden has an extradiction treaty with the UK, I would be surprised if the UK "evaluated" the charges...I don't think that's protocol. He's been charged. They have an extradition treaty. Bye-bye. Also easy to take the death penalty off the table so that the U.S. can get him extradited. That's not rocket science.
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Wikileaks: Julian Assange's 2 one-night stands spark a worldwide hunt | Mail Online

    this is a very detailed account of the two women and their charges against Assanges. It sounds incredibly bogus to me.
    It is very bogus.

    Here is a photo of his accuser:



    Her name is Anna Ardin. She has worked for several groups connected with the CIA. If the US wants Assange destroyed that badly, they have got a crapload of wrongdoing that they are attempting to hide.

    And, BTW, Assange is not charged with rape or molestation, as the mediawhores are claiming. He is charged under a strange Swedish law called sex by surprise, because he did not use a condom. LOL.

    Can't wait to see what is in that poison pill that is about to get dropped on us by Wikileaks. I bet it's going to be damn good.
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    Re: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    And, BTW, Assange is not charged with rape or molestation, as the mediawhores are claiming. He is charged under a strange Swedish law called sex by surprise, because he did not use a condom. LOL.

    I think women should have the right to not be made pregnant against their will, myself.

    But, hey, that's just me.
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