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      Julian Assange May Be Free on Bail

      A British court ordered bail for Julian Assange on Tuesday, with strict conditions, but either the UK or Swedish governments may appeal the bail decision and deep uncertainty shrouds the next few days. Here is what is known as events rapidly unfold:

      The appeal of the bail decision could be decided as early as Friday. If the ruling is upheld, Assange will be released with severe time and place restrictions. If not, he will be back in a British prison in days.

      The conservative Swedish government, rocked by this week’s terrorist bombing and with 500 troops in Afghanistan, will seek to extradite Assange for a hearing on non-consensual sex charges in Stockholm. The length of the extradition process is unknown. Complicating the case is the fact that under British law the accusations lodged in Sweden against Assange do not amount to criminal acts. Also under British law an extradition request can be rejected if it is deemed “political.”

      Both the British and Swedish governments face domestic criticism that they are servants of US policy, not protectors of civil liberties and due process. If compelled by American pressure, it is possible that the executive branches of the three governments will take extraordinary steps to extradite Assange to the United States by the first of the year.


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      Reader Comments (3)

      I'm very grateful to you for acknowledging the importance of the wikileaks saga and continuing to keep us informed with the actual facts. Happy belated birthday to you as well.

      December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

      How can the U.S. presume to prosecute a non-citizen for a violation of it's criminal code? It doesn't make sense. It's outlandish, in fact. Country X cannot prosecute a citizen of Country Y for violation of its domestic laws. It would be like Russia passing a law that made speaking English illegal, and then extraditing and prosecuting American citizens. People should be extremely upset that the U.S. government is willing to depart this radically from reality and the most basic principles of law. I wish some news source would raise this issue.

      December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Uebersax

      Mainstream news organizations (other than the ones that were offered the leaks) were caught with their pants down ie. NOT reporting any of this for years and are shamed therefore and pulling their heads in. No-one in the U.S. seems to be that upset by their deliberate skewing of the information and disinformation and have thus swallowed the lies.

      December 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAntigone

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