Julian Assange has chosen a new legal team to represent him in his quest to prevent extradition from London to Sweden, where authorities are seeking to interview him in a sexual assault case involving two Swedish women.
The campaign to defend Marine Pfc. Bradley Manning received a surprising boost when top State Department spokesperson, Philip Crowley, criticized the Pentagon’s treatment of the Manning as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.” The president lost an opportunity to warn against abusive treatment of Manning, who is in solitary confinement and forced since March 2 to sleep naked through the night. Manning was arrested in May 2010, and is charged with downloading hundreds of thousands of diplomatic reports on Iraq and Afghanistan, and passing them to WikiLeaks.
I find it chilling to hear so many U.S. government officials calling for the leader of this organization, Julian Assange, to be labeled an "enemy combatant" and jailed - or worse.
Inside sources say the U.S. Justice Department is preparing charges of conspiracy to violate espionage and computer protection laws against Julian Assange, in order to avoid bringing charges against mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times.
Sweden’s appeal of a British magistrate’s decision to grant bail to Julian Assange is likely to be decided tomorrow. The first hearing on Sweden’s demand for extradition is scheduled for January 11 in London. The feeling is growing among WikiLeaks watchers that “someone is pushing Sweden”, as one attorney says. There are two examples cited:
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:
Russia suggested a Nobel Prize for Julian Assange, stepping up their criticism of US spy agencies as the scandal unfolds. Meanwhile, Swedish prosecutors have yet to charge Assange with a specific offense, even as his London bail and possible extradition hearing nears next Tuesday.
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who today turned himself into Scotland Yard to face an arrest warrant, is well aware of the worst-case scenario facing him as he sits in Wandsworth prison. This is the initial assessment.
Congressman Paul, Thank you so much for your courage in standing up for WikiLeaks at a time when so many seem intent on killing the messenger. Your statement, “in a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble,” should be posted around the world.