Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden
May 30, 2012
The Britain Supreme Court ruled earlier this morning that Wikileaks founder and journalist Julian Assange would be extradited to Sweden to be questioned about sexual misconduct allegations. The 5-2 ruling comes after a group of prosecutors ruled the European Arrest Warrant seeking his extradition was valid. The Australian journalist has been fighting this ruling since December 2010 and has been under house arrest in England for 540 days without being charged for a single crime.
Assange has 14 days to leave the UK to head to Sweden. But this extradition brings up concerns of the possibility of Sweden’s secretive pre-trial procedures that will be most likely hidden from the media and the public. Assange believes the rape allegations from two women are politically-motivated smear campaigns to tarnish the reputability of Wikileaks.
Questions of what will happen to Assange in the coming proceedings also point to the role of the United States. There is fear that once Sweden has tried the journalist, they will extradite him to the U.S. where he can be charged with espionage & possibly conspiracy, then jailed for life. The U.S. has already taken measures to bring down Assange, calling him a terrorist & questioning Wikileaks supporters throughout the world. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton plans to travel to Sweden this upcoming weekend, an unusual business trip coming at a convenient time to possibly make negotiations about Assange under the table.
Assange and his lawyers can still file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if it agrees to hear his case within 14 days. He can put the extradition on hold, which could push the final verdict back a few months. In the situation that Assange & the Wikileaks team are unable to publish, the journalist has already said he has a network of thousands of people ready to continue the whistleblower’s mission for government transparency. Supporters have downloaded a file encrypted with a code shatterproof even from governments. A key will be released to open the files & disseminate them if Assange cannot publish.
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- G. Razo