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      Assange Future Still Remains Unclear

      Gareth Peirce, a lawyer representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, addresses the media outside the supreme court. (Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)After ruling 5-2 that Julian Assange can be deported to Sweden, Britain’s Supreme Court has granted a two-week reprieve for consideration of treaty issues not previously heard during the two-year case. With the new hearing unpredictable, Assange also has the further option of appealing his extradition order to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

      In the event of extradition, WikiLeaks and Assange supporters will need to build support in Sweden where a court proceeding is highly possible. Meanwhile, the US administration might at any moment request his extradition to the US where a federal grand jury is examining possible conspiracy or espionage charges. Stratfor has reported that a sealed indictment is already waiting. (New York Times, May 31, 2012) A US trial would be the most significant since the Pentagon Papers case against Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo forty years ago, which ultimately ended in a mistrial and contributed to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

      Meanwhile, the court-martial proceedings against Pfc. Bradley Manning are being challenged by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which seeks documents from the government necessary for Manning’s defense. It is widely believed that the Pentagon and Justice Department are pressuring Manning to testify against Assange, who himself is a co-petitioner with the CCR in the request for the documents.

      For more information, please see The Trials of Julian Assange: A View From Sweden and Julian Assange's New Legal Strategy.

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      Reader Comments (1)

      Dear Tom!
      You are right about the Security of Julian Assange in Sweden. Me my self am fighting the corruption here I will write abut it separately, but the Court in Sweden are not free, they need to obey the orders of the other authorities.
      My concern is Sweden alady has send two Swedish citizen but original from Egypt to be torture. Here could a USA plain, landet i our country and those persons be deliver to USA to be transportet to Cairo for torture, without charges.
      My other concern is the Lawyer Claes Borgstrom, he with Sven Å Christianson droged a man who is in prision to make he confese a lot of crimes to denominate him a Serial Killer. After help of a group reporter call " Uppdrag Gransning" "Mission to Research" now evry crime that the " Serial Killer has confese, is open and find that the accusations before was not clear and to end he is been cleening one after the other... He is not receiving more drogs.
      Here in Stockholm news for a long time ago, apper that one of the women in Assange case, is friend of a polis and this two was been met one month before the charge of Rape.
      Perhaps after the Men with use his brain better and not " His penis to go to sleep with inapropiate woman. Of Course I am fighting to get Proteccion to Children and Women agains Rape with my Foundation for Implementation of Human Rights.
      With my best Wishes

      June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne Torjek

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