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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the we-think-we-don't-like-him dept.

Crime 1020

chrb writes "Interpol have issued a wanted notice for Julian Paul Assange for alleged sex crimes. The Guardian and Wired both have commentary."

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Julian Paul Assange = founder of WikiLeaks (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398080)

EOM

Re:Julian Paul Assange = founder of WikiLeaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398108)

What's WikiLeaks, precious?

Re:Julian Paul Assange = founder of WikiLeaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398404)

What's precious, love?

Bullshit (3, Insightful)

cinderellamanson (1850702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398086)

This seems to be blatant character assassination and should be beneath an international political body.

Re:Bullshit (1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398118)

This seems to be blatant character assassination and should be beneath an international political body.

He had the opertunity to speak to the weeds in person as they requested, but declined. This is the result.

HA! (4, Interesting)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398310)

Spreading rumors of sexual crime (predator, pedo, deviancy, etc.) is standard policy against street people and homeless people. Any question about a new homeless person, asked of any ten other homeless people, will usually attract one to four respondants,"Don't know who that person is. I heard they might be a sex offender. $So_and_so said they heard that there are some new pedophiles around." It is nearly standard policy to run the pedo/predator line against any new people on the street and, if they so much as bat an eye, run them down with it.

Julian Assange is free to have a beer with me on the sidewalk any day! I'll even buy.

It's the other way around actually.. (5, Informative)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398382)

In a statement earlier this month, Assange’s British counsel said that his client repeatedly offered to cooperate with local investigators while he was in Sweden, and has offered to answer questions remotely from Britain since then.

“All of these offers have been flatly refused by a prosecutor who is abusing her powers by insisting that he return to Sweden at his own expense to be subjected to another media circus that she will orchestrate,” wrote attorney Mark Stephens. “Pursuing a warrant in this circumstance is entirely unnecessary and disproportionate.

Re:Bullshit (2)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398120)

Or he doesn't treat his women with respect.

Re:Bullshit (0, Troll)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398148)

.. funny how easily they spread their legs for the political rock-star though.

Wonder why they changed their minds?

Re:Bullshit (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398180)

There's a difference between not treating women with respect and raping them.

Re:Bullshit (2, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398252)

There's a difference between not treating women with respect and raping them.

Apparently not in Sweden...

Re:Bullshit (1)

andoman2000 (1755610) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398268)

and not to Hillery Clinton

Re:Bullshit (1)

euroq (1818100) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398190)

Well maybe... the Sweedish police issued an arrest warrant, then applied to Interpol. The arrest warrant was upheld by a Swedish court. The Interpol notice is exactly what happens when a participating member country applies to Interpol for an arrest warrant. It also says that Interpol has no authority to compel a subject's arrest.

There may be character assassination somewhere down the line, but it would not be Interpol's fault, it would be Sweden's fault (or further down the line... prosecutors, etc.) for asking Interpol to do so.

Re:Bullshit (1)

Steeltoe (98226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398378)

Sweden, with its surveillance of internet activity, even on traffic from neighbouring countries, has already sold off to USA. They're probably nervous these leaks will uncover how deep in US pockets Swedish leaders have gone..

Follow the money, and you'll end up in US, unfortunately. Sweden is just a worse puppet US-state than Norway.

Re:Bullshit (0, Offtopic)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398434)

The best way to assassinate characters is to use the Comic Sans font [bancomicsans.com] .

Legit? (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398098)

I doubt these charges are legit. You'd have to be a really big idiot to advocate a glass house policy if you had skeletons like that hiding in your closet.

Re:Legit? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398220)

Does it matter? They will smear him either way. And yes, sometimes people do attract attention to themselves when they really shouldn't.

Re:Legit? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398254)

Assange -wants- people to look at these leaked documents, if being in the media all the time is what it takes to do it, I'm sure hes willing.

While I'd really like him to be less of a drama queen and just post all the damn documents already, it does draw more attention to them and highlight just how corrupt governments are.

Re:Legit? (1)

yariv (1107831) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398274)

Being that the incidents were this August, it's on the other order (introducing skeletons to your closet while advocating glass house policy?). The accusations are, as far as I understand, about encounters that turned non-consensual in the middle (in one case, when the condom broke...).

Re:Legit? (1, Interesting)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398288)

This is a guy operating with the deliberate intention of pissing most the governments of the entire western world off.
While high-minded, it's not a very smart move if you intend on having a long, healthy and happy life

Re:Legit? (1)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398322)

Much like a police investigator investigating the mafia.

Re:Legit? (2)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398304)

You mean like the New York DA who was going after all those politicians for going out with hookers and was caught himself paying for hookers? Or the "family values" politicians who are caught cheating on their wives, caught with gay lovers, etc? Yeah, if we ignore all of this what you said might actually be true.

Re:Legit? (2)

accessbob (962147) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398410)

According to the Guardian newspaper, the warrant itself is likely illegal. For a European Arrest Warrant to be issued requires that the individual be charged with an offence. Assange has been charged with no offence. He is merely wanted as a witness.

Re:Legit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398468)

Your ad hominem ("he'd have to be a really big idiot"...) argument is pretty soft. I have studied the allegations made by the women extensively and I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be valid. Actually, I think there's more reason to believe they are right.

For contrast, let's put it the other way around: why would the women lie? I think a CIA/FBI/Mossad/[insert] orchestrated defamation campaign is out of question. These people are real, they have real names, they have real background. There is absolutely nothing that could suggest to any sane man that these women are sockpuppets to some secret service.

In the end, people make mistakes. Assange has had dealings with Sweden before, but his visit was highly publicized this time. He got lots of media attention, and at least the other of the girls told later she got an epic picture of him. Is it too far-fetched to think that there was a clash of cultural values and morals, some stupidity on the women's side, Assange got sucked into it and did maybe something the girls regretted? In frustration they filed these claims - that are definitely over the line as much as it goes to Assange's side of story. But I don't see a reason for conspiracy anywhere here, and the claims should be prosecuted in court to clear Assange's name.

Re:Legit? (1)

Pstrobus (149491) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398520)

See also: Gary Hart, 1988 Presidential Campaign, Donna Rice

Powerful people, stupid sex. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And no, I don't know if he did or didn't, that's for a jury of his peers if a case is mounted.

"Sex crimes" (5, Informative)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398100)

Just in case some reads the comments and not the article..

The women themselves said they were not afraid of him, and he did not force them.

Re:"Sex crimes" (5, Funny)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398136)

You have to see it from the governments point of view. They see him having any sex as a crime because they don't want him to reproduce.

Re:"Sex crimes" (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398464)

That point of view is fucked up.

Re:"Sex crimes" (0, Troll)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398188)

However, on 18 November, Stockholm District Court approved a request to detain Assange for questioning on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion. Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny, who had reopened the investigation in September, said she had requested the warrant because, "so far, we have not been able to meet with him to accomplish the interrogation."

If he really was innocent why wouldn't he talk to the authorities? His lawyer claims he'd talk to the authorities via skype, the Swedish Embassy in London or Scotland Yard, well in the world I've you really don't get to dictate the terms of your questioning with the police. If I was charged with rape and told the police I'd Skype with them they'd hunt me down and handcuff my ass.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11831519 [bbc.co.uk]

Re:"Sex crimes" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398362)

If you are innocent why don't you tell us what your masturbation frequency and penis size is. Oh you don't want to talk to me? But you're innocent!

Re:"Sex crimes" (1)

gustgr (695173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398494)

You are not the police and masturbating often and having unusual penis dimensions is not a crime. He was accused of a crime. There was an allegedly victim. As said, he does not get to dictate how or when his questioning should proceed.

Seriously people, just because he is your new superhero doesn't mean you have to get dumb when it suits you.

Re:"Sex crimes" (4, Insightful)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398380)

Well for one thing, when one considers some recent judgments relating to copyright law in Sweden they can have the impression that it has become the lap dog of the United States.

Assange seems entirely willing to be interviewed, just not in person for fear of getting a bullet in the head on his way to the courthouse.

The funny thing is how the U.S. and other countries think smearing Assange like this is going to do anything other than make him out to be a martyr... he'll be replaced just as quickly as he disappears.

so you say they have a jack ruby setup for him? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398486)

so you say they have a jack ruby setup for him?

What the fuck? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398408)

Why is this story filled with assinine comments like this?

Did you miss the part where Assange offered, through his lawyer, several times, to be interviewed by these prosecutors before he had left Sweden? And they weren't interested?

There's no reason for them to go after him now, other than this:

Wikileaks is releasing lots of shit that makes governments around the world look bad, and they apparently feel the need to DISTRACT PEOPLE with these trumped-up "sex" crime accusations, and try to smear Assange any way they can.

Re:"Sex crimes" (4, Insightful)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398412)

If he really was innocent why wouldn't he talk to the authorities?

I'm not saying he is innocent - I don't think we have enough information to decide in either direction, although the manner in which the initial warrant was produced, then voided, then reproduced does seem a little sketchy - but he has perfectly good reason to be wary of hopping on a plane and putting himself in the hands of the police. It's by no means unreasonable for him to believe he'd find himself thrown in a cell somewhere in the custody of someone he's pissed off. The US, for instance, want him on espionage charges - apparently they're unlikely to stick, but for someone who's caused as much embarrassment as Assange I can quite easily see this resulting in two or three years in a cell while they come to a conclusion one way or another.

All that said, though, he's courted publicity and then gone into hiding, which I'd say is a bad move. Either rely on anonymity or on your high profile - you can't have it both ways. As the Guardian article mentions, there are many (myself included) who think that on balance he'd be better off facing his accusation in as public a forum as he can make.

Re:"Sex crimes" (2, Insightful)

dondelelcaro (81997) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398498)

If he really was innocent why wouldn't he talk to the authorities? His lawyer claims he'd talk to the authorities via skype, the Swedish Embassy in London

You're the head of an organization which has managed to seriously piss off a few dozen countries. You have personally read and dealt with many documents which indicate that the countries you have angered routinely ignore their own rules when it suits their national interests. You are now being asked to place yourself in the custody of a country which has ties to (or is one of) the countries whose secrets you have exposed, and seems to be under serious pressure to make you go away.

What would you do?

I know I'd personally try to maintain my own personal security for as long as possible, while trying to resolve the situtation through public, legal means, even if I was certain that the acts in question were consensual.

Re:"Sex crimes" (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398506)

His lawyer asked for them to interview him before he left on a planned trip and they refused. He then asked to make sure it was okay for him to leave the country and they said it was fine. He wasn't trying to dictate the terms, but rather to be proactive about it. There's a world of difference between the two. They don't get to dictate how he lives his life either. He isn't even a Swedish citizen, and the women in question agreed to having had consensual (at the time, which is all that should matter) sex. What more do you want? He is being treated differently, and we all know why.

Re:"Sex crimes" (5, Informative)

shop S Mart (755311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398196)

lol no QFTA "The investigation stems from separate encounters Assange had with two women during his August visit to Sweden, where he was applying for Swedish residency and attempting to secure the protection of Swedish free-press laws for his secret-spilling website. According to local news reports, the women told investigators the sexual encounters began as consensual, but turned non-consensual. One woman said Assange ignored her appeals to stop when the condom broke."

Re:"Sex crimes" (2, Informative)

makomk (752139) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398420)

That's interesting. Previous reports claimed he didn't use a condom at all.

Re:"Sex crimes" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398524)

And you actually believe any of these reports? hah.

Re:"Sex crimes" (1, Offtopic)

defaria (741527) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398504)

Woman: "Don't!... Stop!... Don't.... Stop.... Don't... Stop... Don't Stop, Don't stop, don't stop don't stop don't stop"! I hear it all the time! ;-)

JimmieLeaks (-1, Flamebait)

sanman2 (928866) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398510)

Frankly, that guy does look like a trenchcoat-wearing freak. You can tell just by the look of him.

There's only one way to describe a guy who deposits his semen in a woman against her will...

KinkiLeaks (2, Insightful)

sanman2 (928866) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398358)

Does anybody remember that time some guy hid a camera in the gym that Princess Di was going to, and recorded her doing thigh contraction exercises?

Some news show got revenge on him by inviting the guy over for an interview, while secretly hiding a camera in his hotel room, where they recorded him wanking off to a porn video offered on the hotel TV.

So the moral of the story is that if you like to pry open the secrets of others, then others can pry open your secrets too. Turnabout is fairplay. Just because you're a crusader with a camera, pen, laptop, or website, doesn't mean you're above being reported on. Comes with the territory - you gotta be able to take it, if you wanna dish it out.

I don't mind reading about Julian Assange's sex life. Enquiring minds wanna know.

Out of curiousity... (5, Interesting)

g4c (919548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398124)

How often does Interpol get involved in sex crimes cases? Specifically, I'm wondering if this is common practice, or if it's only common practice when the suspect is as famous/meddling/troublesome-to-xyz-government as Julian Assange.

Re:Out of curiousity... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398186)

You can tell from the progress against human trafficking ... rare to never.

Re:Out of curiousity... (4, Interesting)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398218)

That's exactly what I was wondering. According to Wikipedia, Interpol:

focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, organized crime, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes, piracy, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption.

Seems a little below their level, unless it falls under public safety or crimes against humanity?

Re:Out of curiousity... (0, Troll)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398538)

Below their level? Rape is worse than almost all the crimes you list there.

Power abuse and crimes in governmental positions (1)

Steeltoe (98226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398294)

Of course it is common practice. We just never get to hear about it, usually.

This is bull*hit power-abuse of the worst sort, and should be exposed for what it truly is. The criminals are now trying to cover their tracks, however, truth will prevail and bring them to justice.

*cough* Hillary *cough* Clinton *cough*

The sad thing is that if Wikileaks had published it all in one go, we've probably never would've heard a percentile of what is now coming out. Yes, journalism has really sunk to new lows all-around, and now people like Julian have to do their work for them.

Finally some real news to read.. The continuation will be interesting..

scary (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398132)

The scary part is that a) with the resources at the disposal of the U.S govt, I doubt they would have hard time fabricating a sexual assault case and b) these days it's enough that a girl with some acting skills points at you and cries, and that's it - game over.

Re:scary (2, Insightful)

wampus (1932) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398206)

Fabricating a sexual assault case is a whole lot harder than a bunch of much more effective ways to make him go away forever. People get killed in automobile accidents all the damn time.

Re:scary (3, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398270)

If he suddenly dropped off the face of the earth it would just create a martyr out of him, something you cant fight. If he gets smeared into oblivion as a sick pervo that doesn't care about anyone else but himself its much less risky

Re:scary (2, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398296)

If he ends up with a couple bullets in his head like Gerald Bull did, he won't be a martyr, he will be a footnote that there will be investigative documentaries about.

"Julian Assange...oh yea, that dude that pissed off the wrong people and ended up dead in London...I think he had a website."

Re:scary (1)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398428)

That wouldn't work at all. Wikileaks is not Julian Assange and will continue to work just fine without him.

Re:scary (2, Insightful)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398314)

If he suddenly dropped off the face of the earth it would just create a martyr out of him

You mean except for the fact that especially in the US that most people despise him and Wikileaks and would be happy if he was killed?

Re:scary (0, Flamebait)

wampus (1932) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398372)

If The Man really wanted to effect a proper smear campaign, they'd announce that Assange took a job at Microsoft. That should get the last of the neckbeard holdouts to drop his ass.

Re:scary (2, Insightful)

g4c (919548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398272)

I don't think the goal is to make him go away. I think the goal is to publicly discredit him so Ma and Pa Amerkin will never listen to the information he releases that paints the U.S. government in a negative light. Given the stigma attached to sex crimes in the U.S., I think it is the perfect vehicle to try to discredit somebody. You never have to be charged or convicted to be considered guilty of sex crimes here. It is enough to be accused.

Re:scary (1)

wampus (1932) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398440)

In that case, a dead hooker and some drug charges would be easier than some vague Swedish coercion charge, and is definitely in the CIA's wheelhouse.

Re:scary (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398276)

You cant stop the flow of data... unless you get stabbed with a sword. A freakin' sword, can you believe that Mel?

Re:scary (1)

Cheney (1547621) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398502)

If you're going to go through the efforts.. it's 'Mal'.

Not Mel. Otherwise, good job.

Re:scary (3, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398328)

Yeah, if I were him I'd avoid going anywhere right now. Homes aren't safe either, but they beat traveling. In fact, he probably is doing exactly that, considering he's cautious bordering on paranoid.

Still, even if it were easier to murder Assange than to make charges stick, it would very much add to Wikileaks' credibility, moral high ground and popularity. Assange is already a popular hero; making him a martyr as well would be a stupid move.

Re:scary (1)

santax (1541065) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398470)

Neh, the 'good' thing about these cases is that they are hard to proof. Surely they don't have spermsamples. But if there are more than 1 'victim' then it must be true! I don't believe it for 1 moment btw. The guy is being set up.

Re:scary (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398522)

Yeah like this one:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11860928 [bbc.co.uk]

But in this particular case, it's not plausible -at least right now- because he's too public. Hence, they are trying to defame him.

Re:scary (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398536)

Yeah let’s be honest after the atrocities that America has committed in Iraq alone, a little bribery and the punishing of an innocent man would be a tiny drop in the ocean. I'm just supprised they didn't get the cia to say he had a wmd in his pocket then take him out via drone.

Fine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398168)

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few.


(Yes I know what happens later in the movie)

this it bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398184)

Julian is gay, total bottom. I know because I used to hook up with him.

Assange is a dead man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398200)

and so is everyone ELSE at wikileaks if they fuck with Mother Russia!

Re:Assange is a dead man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398400)

WTF is this russian mafioso mentality? It makes you look weak. Barking dogs don't bite. Are you really feeling so insecure collectively?

I applaud Assange (5, Insightful)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398214)

One thing I respect that dude for, is his ambition. Not even the 'strongest' nation on earth could derail him. Think about that for a second.

A quote I remember in one interview he had with the BBC...

"I get personal satisfaction when I expose what governments have denied the citizens they represent and will continue to do so till the very end."

This dude is one hell of a dude. I wonder what governments really fear if all they are doing is 'doing good' as they say.

One thing for sure: We now know what many governments were thinking despite the public rhetoric. I personally cannot wait for the financial documents to be exposed. My hunch...BoA.

Re:I applaud Assange (4, Insightful)

offrdbandit (1331649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398248)

Our Justice Department is lead by a cowardly ideologue.

Re:I applaud Assange (4, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398286)

I applaud the government for not going after Assange. Any remotely free government should have first off released all the info that Assange has released first off, and secondly should admit to being wrong when it does break out. The only person that should be punished should be the US government.

Interpol does... what? (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398222)

Interpol has no authority to compel a subject’s arrest. It issued 5,020 Red Notice last year for a variety of crimes.

Most telling line of the articles, imo.

Where are the espionage charges? (-1, Troll)

offrdbandit (1331649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398228)

It's time for the gloves to come off... These people don't care how many people die as a result of their rampages. The soldier that leaked the documents should be tried for treason and anyone associated with the release of the documents should be charged with espionage.

Re:Where are the espionage charges? (0, Flamebait)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398366)

Yes, chairman, we will harmonize this affront immediately!

Re:Where are the espionage charges? (2, Informative)

neokushan (932374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398418)

He has invited the various governments to give file numbers that could potentially put people at risk and they've flat out refused. So far, I haven't seen a single part of the leak that puts anyone in danger. It names names, but they are generally all high up government types, not anyone on the front lines or whatever.

Re:Where are the espionage charges? (5, Insightful)

g4c (919548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398426)

The way I see it, governments kill all kinds of people directly and indirectly in secret--and the U.S. has a particularly rich history of this. As such, I want every government's secrets to be plastered everywhere. The number of people that may conceivably die as a result of these leaks is absolutely nothing compared to what has been done in secret for decades. Of course, I'm a pacifist and an anarchist, so I consider the idea of having to balance secrecy and disclosure so that the state can continue to exist in its preferred form (I believe it's called "national security") kind of moot. YMMV.

Re:Where are the espionage charges? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398450)

There is some kind of study going on at the federal level here in Australia about that. If they can charge him for releasing Australian information in the cables they can revoke his passport.

Re:Where are the espionage charges? (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398462)

Should they charge all those who are seeding the documents torrent?

do-gooder or not (0)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398246)

he is still a egotistical assbag. Fortunately for him being an assbag is not a crime.

I still have a hard time supporting an organization with someone like him at the helm.

Re:do-gooder or not (2, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398302)

Citation please... Or is that your opinion because of what he does.

Re:do-gooder or not (0, Troll)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398306)

Citation for what? It's an opinion and I'm entitled to it.

Ooh yeah, he's BAD man, REAL BAD! (1)

Steeltoe (98226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398514)

And we're entitled to think you're a prejudiced handy idiot for the powerful.

Have you read his statements? What do you agree or disagree with?
Why these ad-hominem attacks on someone you've never met or just heard rumors about?

Handy idiot for the powerful indeed.

Re:do-gooder or not (2, Funny)

NoSig (1919688) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398386)

Like the US under Bush?

Well, unless it leads to you abusing others' (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398432)

That is what the claim is with all this stuff. The claim is that he at the very least coerced sex from a couple of women. More or less the claim is it started consensual, but then turned non-consensual. That would be an egotistical thing to do, thinking more about yourself than the other person, and also on that is illegal.

Of course we've no idea if it is true yet, but if it is that would be a case where being an egotistical assbag IS a crime. You can think whatever you like, but when your ego causes you to infringe on the right of others, you are generally entering illegal territory.

INFORMATION RAPE (0, Flamebait)

arhhook (995275) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398262)

Probably because he's promoting the recent raping of SKRIT information recently released by Wikileaks.

COINCIDENTALLY, these two incidents happen around the same time?

IT MUST BE TRUE GUISE.

Bond, James (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398282)

I care why? why is this post here?

Sex crimes... (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398308)

Re:Sex crimes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398402)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATBr_b-6ZKI [youtube.com] this has a ball

This is BS... (1)

Picardo85 (1408929) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398324)

Talk about bad cover blaming the Wanted Notice on the alleged sex crimes. If he wasn't running Wikileaks this wouldn't have happend.

Re:This is BS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398528)

I think it's just another incremental step in their smear campaign which they begun against him right around the time of the *first* big disclosure of Iraq war documents by Wikileaks.

First they trumped up the charges against him (probably one or both of those women was prepped by the CIA or some other organization who doesn't like Wikileaks).

Then a Swedish prosecutor who had oversight of the case, threw out the charges because they were too weak.

Then later, they brought the charges back again (and made several improper disclosures to the media about the circumstances of the case, supposedly that is illegal under swedish law).

Now Wikileaks makes another big splash that makes some government(s) look bad, again, and oh coincidentally this "Assange is a rapist!" bullshit is back in the news again.

Give me a fucking break, its a textbook smear campaign. How stupid do they think people are?

could be dangerous (4, Interesting)

cool_arrow (881921) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398340)

I'll bet even money that if they throw him in a cell that he unexpectedly and mysteriously hangs himself when nobody is looking. ;D

This is scary (4, Informative)

Post-O-Matron (1273882) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398350)

Got modded Troll for saying this which I'm not sure why.

Anyway I think the chances of these accusations against Assange being completely unrelated to the leak and the timing being coincidental are pretty slim. It's kinda obvious that higher powers have targetted him. It's even more scary because it seems that these days the easiest way to hurt someone is by accusations of sexual assault. Who would dare hint that it might be untrue? I mean even on Slashdot one gets modded down -1 as Troll for raising this option...

Here's a quote from the article:

According to local news reports, the women told investigators the sexual encounters began as consensual, but turned non-consensual. One woman said Assange ignored her appeals to stop when the condom broke.

I don't understand - the condom broke in the middle so she asked him to stop, he didn't - and that's rape?

Re:This is scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398472)

Yeah I mean too late then. Take a morning after pill and charge him for your STD test. Sheesh.

Captcha was: 'Heckle'

Re:This is scary (4, Insightful)

euphemistic (1850880) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398484)

I don't understand - the condom broke in the middle so she asked him to stop, he didn't - and that's rape?

Yes. If anyone in the middle of sexual intercourse says stop, you have to stop. If you choose to disregard this direct request, it's rape or at the very least sexual assault - no matter what point during intercourse it happens.

Anyway, I have no clue whether these things happened or not, all I know is that Assange is in a world of trouble regardless. He has chosen one dangerous road.

Re:This is scary (4, Insightful)

koreaman (835838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398530)

Of course it's rape; is that a serious question?

Watch out Assange (1)

Heartlessly Hoping (1943962) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398436)

If Interpol is cooperating with the US in assassinating Assange's credibility because of Wikki leaks activities this is the least of his worries. He had better hire an army. Conspiracy much?

Not a new tactic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398452)

This isn't new. Remember when Muqtada Al-Sadr started talking about how he didn't respect the temp Iraqi government? They suddenly created an arrest warrant for allegedly murdering a cleric in 2003, despite the fact that the guy was lynched and Al-Sadr wasn't there.

Didn't happen until *after* he fingered a bank. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398496)

Yet another indicator of where the power really lies.

Sweden (4, Insightful)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34398512)

Well, that answers the question of Sweden being the US stooge.

I was gonna write "our stooge", but I'm ambivalent on this one, as I am ambivalent about the disclosure of secret diplomatic cables.

Assange might be an asshole, but I want this guy protected.

Interpol?u mean the Final Solution folks from ww2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34398534)

wow . i feel so much better now.

Just for that im donating money to wikileaks.

GO JULIAN!!!!!

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