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Wikileaks Founder Arrested In London

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the that-didn't-take-long dept.

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CuteSteveJobs writes "The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by London police on behalf of Swedish authorities on allegation of rape. Assange has admitted that he is exhausted by the ongoing battle against authorities. The Swiss Government has confiscated $37K in his Swiss Bank account. PayPal and Mastercard have frozen Wikileak's accounts, hampering Wikileaks from raising any more funds."

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Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (3, Informative)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472080)

...just two starstruck women sympathetic to WikiLeaks' cause — one of whom was a longtime activist and even a part of an organization that arranged one of his talks, and thus obviously not a CIA "sparrow".

All the sordid details here. [dailymail.co.uk] It's a must-read for people who think US intelligence agencies are somehow behind this.

Would this have been able to happen without Sweden's strange "rape" laws? No, probably not. Would the case have received as much attention from authorities if it was an ordinary person? Again, perhaps not, but that's the price of fame and notoriety: famous and well-known people often get different treatment — and what treatment they do get garners massive news coverage.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Informative)

dropadrop (1057046) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472098)

There have been no charges for rape in Sweden as far as I'm aware, but still that's what all newspapers are touting. I guess it's possible that they used that for the interpol request as it was the closest available option though...

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472144)

R.I.P Assange, you did a good job!

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (5, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472156)

See, that's the thing, I've heard conflicting "reports"...I've heard reports say that he savagely molested and raped two women, I've heard reports that they both decided to file against him once they both existed, I've heard "rape" in Sweden is not wearing a condom...

I don't think anyone in the public knows the full, true story. Hopefully, we will, but as of right now, I don't think anyone does.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (5, Informative)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472236)

Read the story that OP posted. It agrees with the other stories I just read. It's not rape at all, what a bunch of BS. Every time I heard it before I was wondering if either it was the CIA or whoever trying to get him, or him taking advantage of his position, but it just sounds like he's a womaniser. He had consensual sex with 2 women, who are now complaining he didn't use a condom, which is apparently illegal in Sweden, but it's hardy rape by most people's definition. The charges have obviously been used as an excuse to try to catch the guy though, it's all very dodgy and basically wouldn't have happened to anyone else.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

jscotta44 (881299) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472280)

When in Rome! You have to deal with the laws where you reside. Placing your culture's more's on another culture is one of the things that causes such strife in the world. Sweden is a country with the laws created by their people - not American laws.

BTWI am American and live in Texas.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (1, Informative)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472398)

He had consensual sex with 2 women, who are now complaining he didn't use a condom, which is apparently illegal in Sweden, but it's hardy rape by most people's definition.

Actually, according to an editorial penned by Assange's lawyer last week, he started having sex with each woman with a condom on, with their consent. At some point, the condom either came off or broke. The women then withdrew consent, appealing to him to stop. Assange did not stop.

Assange's lawyer doesn't think that it counts as rape, even though the women told him to stop and he didn't stop, because there wasn't any violence. However, he readily admits that the women withdrew consent. He just doesn't consider nonconsensual sex to be rape.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

js3 (319268) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472440)

I think he should have dealt with the charges instead of running and hiding.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472142)

I'm guessing you're not from the U.K. because the Daily Mail is probably the least reputable news source in the known universe.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472224)

"The Daily Mail want us to be scared of everything - even the weather. Remember when it snowed? SNOW, there is SNOW! Immigrant snow! Immigrant, gypsy snow! Immigrant, gypsy, pedophile snow! Don't make a snowman, or it will come into your house and fuck you." -Russell Brand

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472344)

The daily mail will give you cancer [thedailydust.co.uk] .

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472264)

I don't know. It isn't great, but I'd put at least the Sun below it, and probably the Mirror.

That said, the Sun probably doesn't claim to cover lots of news - it just focuses on anything to do with football and anything that has big breasts.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (1)

david.given (6740) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472284)

He's right about the 'sordid' bit, though...

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

Tim C (15259) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472380)

I am from the UK and while the Daily Fail is abhorrent, it's by no means the worst.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472150)

Sure, no dirty campaing! Just a note, one of the womens involved:
"Anna Ardins cousin and near friend is Lieutenant Colonel Mattias Ardin, Deputy Head of Operations, Swedish Joint Forces Land Component Command, who works with Nato Operations ... in Afghanistan. Theres a possible CIA connection." http://www.skandinaviflorida.com/web/sif.nsf/d6plinks/JEIE-88LLB7

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472290)

Umh... no. I've worked with him and no he's not on the CIA payroll.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472386)

An Anonymous Coward and the Daily Mail agree? That's me convinced!

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472166)

Just like Al Capone, who went to jail for tax evasion instead of being a gangster.

And his threatening to leak his insurance file if something happened to him is a classic case of terrorism or blackmail as anything.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (5, Insightful)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472246)

Right, because leaking more papers is just as bad as comitting mass murder, flying planes into buildings, bombing campaigns and the like. Blackmail? Sure.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472414)

If it damages the USA, who is solely responsible for maintaining peace and democracy in the world, then yes, yes it is.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (3, Insightful)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472308)

It wasn't blackmail, since he didn't demand anything. Your post on the other hand is defamatory.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472168)

That's really weird, because when I last went skiing in the swedish alps and started having sex with this 15yo, everyone was like 'yah thats cool man'.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

muyla (1429487) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472206)

Do you mean the Swiss alps?
It's a different country, you know..

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472352)

The Swedish Alps?? After that did you travel to Italy to see the great wall of China?

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Insightful)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472174)

...just two starstruck women sympathetic to WikiLeaks' cause -- one of whom was a longtime activist and even a part of an organization that arranged one of his talks, and thus obviously not a CIA "sparrow".

Given the misteps with blogs and tweets that both women made, I doubt they're anyone's sparrows, but it's worth noting here that being a longtime activist would be good cover for an agent. Plenty of opportunity to travel and you don't have to explain why you don't have a real job.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472178)

From the provided link:

Earlier this year, Sarah is reported to have posted a telling entry on her website, which she has since removed. But a copy has been retrieved and widely circulated on the internet.
Entitled ‘7 Steps to Legal Revenge’, it explains how women can use courts to get their own back on unfaithful lovers.
Step 7 says: ‘Go to it and keep your goal in sight. Make sure your victim suffers just as you did.’ (The highlighting of text is Sarah’s own.)

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (4, Insightful)

ledow (319597) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472214)

Seriously? You're quoting the Daily Mail for facts?

Personally, I'm very, very bored of the whole "story" by now but you're quoting SERIOUSLY deficient "sources" and also assume (I have no idea if it's true in this case) that people are uncorruptable or can't start one thing in public while having an ulterior motive contrary to that. Also - read the damn article you cite - there are a million and one pointers in even that unresearched, rumour-ridden heap of journalistic crap to find at least 20 alibis and explanations that clear the guy, but somehow a court ends up issuing an international arrest warrant in full public view during the middle of a PR crisis? Somehow, that seems unlikely unless there is a factor pushing that. Stupidity is the usual explanation for anything in government, but it's not the only one.

I don't care if there is or isn't an inter-government conspiracy to get this guy - it wouldn't really surprise me either way. I don't care if he's arrested, deported, charged or not. What worries me more is that the US aren't hideously embarrassed and resolving to tighten things up on their end but instead out to quell a single proponent of the discovered material. "Our systems failed and this guy got hold of it - I know, let's threaten to kill this guy and / or make his life hell!" not "Okay, let's fix this system".

Yet again, the US shows that it can't be seen as "wrong", only other people/countries are ever wrong. These were supposedly private communique that were intercepted, stored, disseminated and publicised on every country's national TV networks - by a PRIVATE in their army. Says a lot for the US military / diplomacy process and the other militaries working alongside them - to me, it's just a warning not to deal with or trust the US military until they've cleaned their act up. To them, it's a case of making some Australian "freedom" nutter out to be public enemy No 2 (behind that other bloke that they never caught / can't prove is dead).

(P.S. I find *every* single piece of leaked material entirely boring, uninteresting and unsurprising. Hell, I was expecting something *juicy* to come out of that lot and there was absolutely nothing. I'd be shocked if that's *all* my military had to hide, and I'd be embarrassed for them if anything *juicy* had actually come out. The US's reaction has made this a news story, not anything posted on the website in question)

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472294)

Yet again, the US shows that it can't be seen as "wrong", only other people/countries are ever wrong.

As opposed to countries which always insist that they are never in the wrong and that the US and the Zionists are always to blame?

You're quoting the Daily Mail? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472222)

What's next? An exclusive from the Sun's "News in Briefs"?

They are behind it (1, Informative)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472228)

Chief prosecutor dropped the case, saying there was nothing to make a case about. two girls also did not make any accusations or allegations.

but then, a swedish politician intervened. after the intervention of that dipshit, the case was reopened, and a MORONIC interpretation of the law was made, saying that 'not stopping after a condom broke is rape'.

the asswipes, INVENTED a new law, right on the spot.

and you are saying that cia was not involved. speaking of which, i have a bridge to sell you.

Re:They are behind it (4, Insightful)

jscotta44 (881299) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472340)

Mistaking incompetence for evil is a common mistake. Politicians are often incompetent (true they are also often evil, but that is not the point). The CIA doesn't have to be involved for some politician to have reasons to take the guy down. It might be as simple as a craving public attention. Or it might even be a someone that thinks that, according to the intent of their laws, that not stopping when the condom breaks is rape.

Re:They are behind it (3, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472378)

a MORONIC interpretation of the law was made, saying that 'not stopping after a condom broke is rape'.

What's your agenda, exactly, that you're deliberately mis-representing what's been said/reported? It's not that not stopping after a condom breaks is rape in Sweden, it's that not stopping after the woman says "stop!" that matters. Nobody invented that on the fly just for fun.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472244)

So it is a coincidence that the Electronic Pearl Harbor man was arrested on real Pearl Harbor Day? Just asking.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472248)

No dirty tricks?

Quote the article you linked: "The prosecution's case has several puzzling flaws, and there is scant public evidence of rape or sexual molestation". "Swedes are calling the whole squalid affair a honeytrap, a plot to bring down the Wikileaks supremo".

So you're saying that there's no possibility, at all, that the women aren't being paid to pursue this so that, thanks to Swedish extradition treaties, Assange can be turned over to the U.S.?

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (1)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472262)

Daily Mail ?

Hardly a reputable source - its a gutter rag.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472314)

Huh? You think that a "longtime activist" can't be working for the CIA?

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (3, Informative)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472318)

I know many have stated this below, but I'm going to say it one more time because it needs to be rammed home in no uncertain terms.

The Daily Mail is a right wing propaganda machine. It is not to be trusted as a source of unbiased information.

If you want the flip side of the coin, go read The Guardian articles. They are predominantly left wing, and you should be able to extrapolate a happy middle ground. Either way, citing The Daily M^HFail as a credible source just makes you look like an idiot to any and all of the reasonable British public.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

TheHonch (1390893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472324)

Swedish laws are pretty pro-attorney, you often have to sit in jail until the trial if the crime you are suspected of is severe enough, no bail here. We had another high-profile rape-case recently involving a famous footballplayer [google.se] , he was freed but had to spend over a month in jail and got fired from the team. FD I had to spend 47 days in Swedish jail for a crime I didn't commit, got 37000SEK but never an apology.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472392)

So let me get this straight. We uncover a Russian spy in the country and we send her back to Russia where she becomes a super star and the CEO of a big bank, within months. Assange facilitates release of data (which the NYT and other organizations helped with, too) and he is treated like Osama, accused of raped and slandered by many people including two anonymous facially-digitized women who are destroying his reputation without having any potential for due process (how can he face anonymous digitized photographs?!)

Also, what's the big deal about him supposedly having consensual sex with these women, but "not wanting to use a condom". If you don't want someone to have sex with you without a condom, don't have sex with them without a condom. Duh.

Again. Russian spy? Go back to Russia and become CEO of a bank. Australian guy facilitating release of information essentially behaving as a journalist? Talk show hosts declare "fatwa" on you, interpol puts out alerts on you, and people say you should be executed for things that the government simultaneously says are "putting lives at risk" and "are not a big deal, because it's not that important a collection of information that he got his hands on".

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could go around ruining people's lives by accusing them of crimes and they got their name and face plastered everywhere, but you got to enjoy total anonymity? Just think of all the people that you felt slighted by that you could utterly destroy.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472404)

Because it's perfectly normal to initiate an International Manhunt for a minor criminal matter which consists mostly of hearsay.

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

Shienarier (185368) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472408)

Hypothetically, who would you bribe, coax or coerce into doing something like this?
Some die hard militant woman that isn't sympathetic to the cause at all?

Re:Sorry, no "dirty tricks" campaign here... (2)

VShael (62735) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472422)

Sorry, you want to use the Daily Mail, a UK tabloid famous for it's high quantities of bullshit, as a SOURCE?

No, I don't think so. It's a shame so many Americans, who don't know the Daily Mail obviously, have 'labelled' you Informative.

Here is an article with some much more reliable sources, which detail the ladies in question connections...

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27005.htm [informatio...house.info]

Wikileaks is also being criticized by Cryptome (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472104)

Here's a just published Register article that discusses the strong criticism of Wikileaks by John Young of Cryptome:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/07/cryptome_on_wikileaks/ [theregister.co.uk]

Re:Wikileaks is also being criticized by Cryptome (1)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472296)

Well, obviously the public's 'right to know' over some of the most recent revelations is dubious at best. It started out as a good idea that fell victim to the 24 hour news cycle, and now WikiLeaks is just another antagonist. It's sad, but it's as corrupt as the organisations they claim to fight against.

I wish him well... (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472106)

...and hope that his site will continue to 'spill the beans.'

Re:I wish him well... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472258)

If he tried not to spill his beans so much, they wouldn't have been able to do this to him.

I guess now we will see (2)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472108)

Will Assange's people put the money where his mouth is and release the key to the insurance file?

Re:I guess now we will see (3, Informative)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472196)

He's not dead yet.

Re:I guess now we will see (3, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472364)

He's pining for the fjords! Or was it fnords?

Re:I guess now we will see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472208)

Will Assange's people put the money where his mouth is and release the key to the insurance file?

Not unless he actually gets put in prison and/or extradited to the US.

Re:I guess now we will see (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472226)

Probably at some point. I think the belief in USG circles is that the stuff will get released regardless of the actions of the USG. Wikileaks is a rogue. That sort of belief is dangerous to Assange and to the other members of his group, as that means the USG is free to pursue arrests, extraditions, and espionage charges at the widest possible net.

This is considered the largest leak in US history and an example will be made.

Re:I guess now we will see (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472356)

Yep, I want to see those torture videos.

Re:I guess now we will see (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472396)

I hope he doesn't until the trial is over. Standing trial isn't a violation of his rights.

A police officer commented... (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472116)

"... you're nicked slaaag!" A more senior police officer added. "We'll stitch you up like a kipper!" While the Met Commander finished with "You're goin' down, you grass!"

Hahaha, what (1, Insightful)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472120)

Are we expected to believe that based on a non-violent rape allegation (which was dropped, brought up, dropped) - in which he was not even taken into custody - that Britian is arresting a Swedish national to extradict?

I wonder if he'll magically disappear off the grid and end up in one of the US's inhumane 'prisons'.

Re:Hahaha, what (4, Informative)

Sven-Erik (177541) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472126)

Actually, he is of Australian nationality.

Re:Hahaha, what (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472234)

Assange is an Aussie, and probably turned himself in (yes, that's right, he turned himself in) to British authorities so he could expect acceptable treatment while extradition to Sweden for trial was being arranged. Assange faces real charges in Sweden, and has the expectation of a trial and judges and testimony and everything, charges that will take time to resolve and during which time he will receive humane treatment under a country that still respects the spirit of the Geneva Convention and other humane-treatment conventions.

The longer he can make it take to deal with those charges, the longer he can avoid a quiet US extraction to Gitmo where he can look forward to fun activities like being stacked naked with other men and waterboarding while the US delays his trial until after he's disclosed his sources under torture, then the US can make a big show of pardoning him in the name of freedom once Blackwater has taken out the sources of the leak, because Assange himself is not a threat.

It's also possible that he's hoping that his extradition from Britain to Sweden somehow makes it difficult or politically inexpedient to extradite him to the US once his trial (and possible incarceration) in Sweden are resolved. The extradition terms from Sweden to the US may not include some of the new terrorism "soft charges" that only require the US get their hands on someone, not that there be an actual crime committed or charges made or a trial or expectation of humane treatment or any of that inconvenient nonsense. The addition of an extradition from Britain to Sweden may add complexity to the subsequent negotiations for extradition from Sweden to the United States.

At worst, he's buying time until the US gets their hands on him. At best, he's avoiding the possibility altogether.

It wasn't rape! (4, Insightful)

bencoder (1197139) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472122)

He isn't accused of rape, reminder available here [businessinsider.com] .

He also voluntarily turned himself in at a police station.

If you're in London and can make it out NOW, please consider protesting [justiceforassange.com] .

Re:It wasn't rape! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472240)

He "voluntarily" turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. If he's so innocent, why didn't he "voluntarily" return to Sweden?

Do you think my "HANG ASSANGE FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!" banner will go down well with the justiceforassange.com mob? :-)

Re:It wasn't rape! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472316)

He "voluntarily" turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. If he's so innocent, why didn't he "voluntarily" return to Sweden?

Do you think my "HANG ASSANGE FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!" banner will go down well with the justiceforassange.com mob? :-)

I can answer that:

"But Assange's legal team remains determined to fight his extradition on grounds ranging from the failure of authorities to provide him with details of the warrant issued by Sweden, and human rights grounds – including that the Wikileaks founder may be unfairly deprived of his liberty in Sweden, and that he risks not facing a fair trial.

The media attention surrounding Assange's case is likely to complicate any future criminal proceedings, although the lack of a jury system in Sweden is likely to fuel arguments that he will be protected from public and media interest in the case."

From The Guardian [guardian.co.uk]

Re:It wasn't rape! (2)

ocularsinister (774024) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472334)

He claims that he tried to, but the prosecutor in Sweden wouldn't let him or even agree to a meeting with him or his lawyer. Eventually he asked the prosecutor if he could leave the country, she gave the all clear and he left.

Re:It wasn't rape! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472276)

He is accused of rape.

Marianne Ny, director of the Stockholm prosecutor’s office, said in a statement that she had moved to have Mr. Assange extradited to Sweden on suspicion of “rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.” The accusations were first made against Mr. Assange, 39, an Australian who created the whistle-blowers’ site, after he traveled to Sweden in mid-August and had brief relationships with two Swedish women that he has described as consensual.

...

According to accounts the women gave to the police and friends, they each had consensual sexual encounters with Mr. Assange that became nonconsensual. One woman said that Mr. Assange had ignored her appeals to stop after a condom broke. The other woman said that she and Mr. Assange had begun a sexual encounter using a condom, but that Mr. Assange did not comply with her appeals to stop when it was no longer in use. Mr. Assange has questioned the veracity of those accounts.

Source: New York Times [nytimes.com]

Re:It wasn't rape! (5, Interesting)

bencoder (1197139) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472382)

that article is from the 19th of November. Things have moved faster than you know.

Stephens, told AOL News today that Swedish prosecutors told him that Assange is wanted not for allegations of rape, as previously reported, but for something called "sex by surprise," which he said involves a fine of 5,000 kronor or about $715.

***

"We don't even know what 'sex by surprise' even means, and they haven't told us," Stephens said, just hours after Sweden's Supreme Court rejected Assange's bid to prevent an arrest order from being issued against him on allegations of sex crimes.

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/12/sex-charges-and-arrest-warrant-against.html [blogspot.com]

Confiscated? (5, Interesting)

qbast (1265706) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472124)

Had submitter even bothered to read articles he has linked to? Government has not 'confiscated' Assange's money. Bank closed his account, but Julian is free to pick up his money and make deposit in another bank.

Well. now we do it (5, Insightful)

QuantumBeep (748940) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472134)

Time to decode that insurance file.

And, with what I assure you is no humor, I hope on behalf of all honest human beings, lovers of justice, haters of sniveling cowards, and believers in justice and truth whatever brand it carries, that what is in that file hurts the fuck out of the liars and thieves that stand in places of power.

Don't let Julian Assange be the last real man on earth.

Re:Well. now we do it (4, Informative)

Uthic (931553) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472164)

"The Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit confirmed at 10.30am London time (2030 AEDT) that the 39-year-old Australian had been arrested “by appointment” on a European Arrest Warrant an hour earlier." Seems that he turned himself in, so not sure the insurance file key would be released. Mind you his threat to do that if he was arrested (I don't think he specified for a particular reason) seemed a bit off.

Re:Well. now we do it (1)

slim (1652) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472366)

Wikileaks is more than just Assange. He could disappear and the organisation would keep going. So the insurance file key isn't required just yet.

Indeed, initially there was to be no figurehead for the organisation -- but they found that world media wanted there to be one, so Assange stepped up to the task.

Re:Well. now we do it (1)

TheBlackMan (1458563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472416)

Time to decode that insurance file.

No. He is not dead yet. Let's see what happens first and act later.

Alle Hagel die Grammatik Nazi! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472160)

Assange has admitted that he exhausted by the ongoing battle against authorities.

Is it too much to ask for a little proof reading? Oh..wait..Slashdot. Nevermind!

WTF??? (4, Insightful)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472186)

Since when do Swiss banks or government care about where the money comes from?

Hypocrite assholes.

Re:WTF??? (1)

ThePilgrim (456341) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472232)

Since the US Government threatens a tax audit?

Re:WTF??? (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472272)

Since they opened US branches, the US was finally able to demand and get access to Swiss banks. That just might be a reason they care, although he is not American.

Cool! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472188)

Maybe somebody will slip a pencil between his ribs in the prison shower...

Outrage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472190)

Recently, the Swedish authorities have changed their mind about Assange more times than they have changed their underwear. (Captain Obvious: That is a sign of them trying to find a reason to nail the man.)

Who's up for a bloody revolution?

Re:Outrage (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472204)

(Captain Obvious: That is a sign of them trying to find a reason to nail the man.)

More a sign that some very, very powerful people would like them to kindly reconsider their decision.

Amazing... (1)

Pollux (102520) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472192)

If we could devote even one tenth the resources that were allocated to finding just this one guy and put it towards finding all the serial rapists and child molesters who are at large, imagine how many real threats to society could be taken off the streets!

Re:Amazing... (1)

bejiitas_wrath (825021) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472238)

Yes, but that does not seem to be as newsworthy as the Wikileaks guy. Strange world we live in today.

wtf (1)

zakeria (1031430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472194)

"he is certainly a man of strong sexual appetites"
I think the key to the above is "man" no?

Google - thanks! (3, Informative)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472200)

Lets not forget (in the future) that searching for "Wikileaks" on Google takes you to 213.251.145.96 Google is US company, just like eBay/PayPal or Amazon. So, no excuse any more for those "low-abiding" dickheads.

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472202)

hahaha for RAPE ffs?!?!? considering what wikileaks has been responsible for, I hardly think arresting him for rape is even worth it, let alone justified...

"The Wikilag Archipelago", by J. Assangenitsyn (1)

Max_W (812974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472212)

Gosh, it just repeats itself 1:1. Josef Stalin was the first ethnic minority leader.

As a Muslim (-1, Flamebait)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472216)

Millions of people in the West lead sexually promiscuous appalling lives, and government does not give a flying arrest warrant (or let them free, as Polanski, for example), yet, in the case of the whistle blower, they go all Taliban on his ass.

Don't get me wrong, J.A. would be rightfully stoned in the Shariah state (in shaa'a Allah, one day it will come here, to US), but in this case much more important that the Western hypocrisy is revealed itself in it's naked promiscuous ugly truth.

Re:As a Muslim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472292)

If Allah doesn't want me to have sex out of marriage, he should give me a call; I'm sure he knows where to find me.

Re:As a Muslim (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472298)

And millions upon millions of Muslims are filthy pervert paedophile homosexuals, just like their disgusting prophet (shit be upon him).

So go fuck yourselves you bunch of camel fucking deviants.

OH..google up "islam and homosexuality" and you'll soon find out that all the little Muslim boys get fagged up by the disgusting Muslim men, and then when they turn 18 "it never happened".

It's true.

That's what happens when you create dysfunctional societies where they have no access to women, just each others anuses.

Re:As a Muslim (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472346)

I don't understand why you are modded up, you want to make the US a Shariah state? That would mean even less freedom, which is exactly what Julian A. is fighting against. Do you really think they would need something like an arrest warrant if the US became an Islamic dictatorship?

Re:As a Muslim (2)

xavdeman (946931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472420)

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. "A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. "Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome." Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50, London: Longmans, Green Co., 1899).

Re:As a Muslim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472424)

I think I'll cast my vote (our method of stomping out morons such as yourself) for freedom and let each person decide their religion, lifestyle, etc. individually. Want to be a promiscuous man-whore...great, you're likely to die of any number of disease. These things have a way of sorting themselves out. Take you Shariah law with you on the way out of the US.

Re:As a Muslim (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472436)

Dude, are you drinking this early in the morning?

Trying to burn Karma?

Most Muslims I know mind to their own spiritual and moral life and aren't interested imposing their values on others - they love Western freedom. Unlike those states you mentioned, here in the West, they don't get harassed or killed of they're Sufi or whatever form of Islam they practice.

That form of "Islam" you refer to isn't Islam - it's really Saudi fucked up mental illness in the guise of Islam.

Intelligence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472254)

On a late night politics show on the BBC yesterday, they were talking about Assange and WikiLeaks, with Ms Colleen Graffy, former deputy US assistant secretary of state one of the guests. If that woman is the best the US have, no wonder they should be embarrassed over the leaked cables. Intelligent is one thing you would not say she was.

You play with fire... (1)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472268)

You get burned. End of.

Shameless Rant (1)

cosm (1072588) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472278)

On what charge can they seize his bank account? On what charge can they seize any money? This is it people. This is how the globalist react to a threat. I am here in America. It is disgusting me, watching the news each day, radio-talk show host, they all condemn Assuage, sucked into the ad hominem attack that was crafted by the power that be. Check Google Trends, look at 'WikiLeaks' [google.com] , then look at 'Assuage'. [google.com] The powers that be know how to coddle the masses, give them a drama piece, mention some sex, and they will go wild. The character assassination has worked, not because they took down Assuage with repeated 'turrorist', 'think of da children', 'hes a spy' ramblings, but because to people, Assuage is WikiLeaks. Listen to Eric Holder. Listen to Hillary. Their fucking power struggle for the spread of the plutocracy is threatened by freedom of information, see how violently they are reacting. In my experience, those who are guilty and have something to hide will act the most defensive and get extremely belligerent when somebody tries to expose and correct said bad behavior. Enter the US Government.

Do you fear your government? You should, but it didn't always have to be this way. It used to be that you were the government. There was at least some voice. Now, nameless and faceless pockets full of international money control the puppet. We've seen it in the elections. We go from extreme conservative to extreme democrat president, and its more or less the same. Less freedom. Hell, the latest white-house has honored FOIA request about as 'great' as his predecessor. Oldboss, newboss, that gig.

This is just a rant. But I am sure all of you that come here for the insightful comments (this is not one) are tired of listening to the fucking talking heads in the mainstream media reiterate the same points. 'He's a terrorist', 'He should be charged', 'He this' 'He that'. How about the talk about the fucking cables themselves, how about they talk about how this is similar to the pentagon papers, how about they talk about why the government is reacting so violently to this in light of the fact that these cables are mostly common knowledge amongst the powers that be and anybody that knows anything. I know why they don't talk about it. Because they drink the fucking coolaid. Or maybe they're co-conspirators. Or both. Fuck it. Check off this citizen on another bullshit watch list. Wouldn't surprise me.

Like George Carlin said, just getting fucked by that big red white and blue dick. [youtube.com]

I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (0)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472300)

Not in the handling of Assange, but his own double standards. Apparently WikiLeaks is being controlled from "secret locations", yet he isn't disclosing them! (BBC News [bbc.co.uk] ) How is it fair and consistent to disclose the US's "list of vital sites" (which no-one need know) but not WikiLeaks' "list of vital control sites"? ;)

Re:I like the double-standards that BBC reveals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34472374)

This is the stupidest argument I have heard today.

You are expecting wikileaks to leak information about themselves? Information which I'm pretty sure the US would just love to get their hands on - you know, after the providers dropped wikileaks already. There is so little logic in this argument, that I am finding it very hard to actually explain just how stupid it is.

From the wikileaks' twitter page (4, Informative)

floydman (179924) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472312)

"Today's actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won't affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal"

http://www.justiceforassange.com/ [justiceforassange.com]

PROTEST Today Westminster Magistarte’s Court meet 13:30[GMT]

Can someone correct me if I am wrong, but didn't he mention that he will release all the documents if he gets arrested?!

They finally got him! Public Enemy no. 1 !!! (5, Insightful)

VShael (62735) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472322)

No, not Osama Bin Laden. Don't be silly.

They moved heaven and earth to get this guy. I think that shows us all, where their priorities lie.

Whatever sex crime he got arrested for... (2)

dandv (1246510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472328)

...I hope it was worth it and he had a threesome with those two women.

Whores. (-1, Flamebait)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472350)

thats what its all about. whores. 'activists' for a long time, 'feminist warriors' .... ending up to be the whores who have given the powers that be, the VERY sources that propagate the male-dominant society, the means to end an effort for truth.

im calling them whores in front of the public. there are a lot of men who would stomach a rape in the ass so that these kind of filth came out, and truth be known, but these bitches werent able to handle a single man's infidelity.

curse on their souls, in both sides of this reality. i hope they get treated like whores they are, in this life.

From the provided link: Earlier this year, Sarah is reported to have posted a telling entry on her website, which she has since removed. But a copy has been retrieved and widely circulated on the internet. Entitled ‘7 Steps to Legal Revenge’, it explains how women can use courts to get their own back on unfaithful lovers. Step 7 says: ‘Go to it and keep your goal in sight. Make sure your victim suffers just as you did.’ (The highlighting of text is Sarah’s own.)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336291/Wikileaks-Julian-Assanges-2-night-stands-spark-worldwide-hunt.html?ito=feeds-newsxml [dailymail.co.uk]

Human psychology on display in comments (0)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34472426)

It's completely possible to like and dislike different aspects of the same person.

Assange has done something laudable with Wikileaks. For this he deserves out admiration. At the same time, he has problems with transgression in the sexual arena of his life, and he must answer for his crimes in Sweden. It is possible to see both aspects of the same person at the same time. Assange is human, like all of us, not some demigod beyond reproach.

But what politics does is insist we view him as an angel or a devil only. So many comments here insist that it is only possible to process the identity of Assange as an angel. It's silly. Just admire the man, and insist he pay for his crimes, at the same time. Can some of you do that please? He does not get a walk on his crimes because of the good he has done. Does OJ Simpson deserve to walk on murder charges because he was a celebrity? Obviously no. But he DID walk. Why? Because of the same psychology you see on display in the comments here: admiration for the man clouds your ability to keep different aspects of his life as separate in your judgment of the man.

So anyone who forgives Assange, or downplays his crimes: congratulations, you think just like the fools on the OJ Simpson jury that let OJ Simpson walk. Do you consider the fact that a jury let OJ Simpson walk an outrage? Good: then stop defending Assange, or otherwise, you are a hypocrite.

Look: Wikileaks will continue after Assange. And the facts of Assange's crucial role in Wikileaks creation will never go away and will always serve as his virtue. No matter what crimes Assange committed, he did something very good in Wikileaks, and he deserves our thanks for that. But he committed a crime in Sweden, so he must pay for it. BOTH realities are true.

The cause does not die. We are humans, and we are fallible, and we fail. But the cause goes on. Remember that, and don't whitewash Assange in your mind because you suffer from the same cult of personality delusions as the most shallow TMZ watcher.

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