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December 07, 2010

Breaking: Julian Assange Arrested in London

Updated and bumped: Assange denied bail by magistrate and jailed pending extradition hearing. Again, from CNN:

"London (CNN) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange handed himself over to police Tuesday, promptly appeared in court where he was denied bail, and left for jail in a police van. A judge will now decide whether to extradite him to Sweden to face questioning over allegations he had sexual relations with two women without their consent. He has not been charged with a crime."

"The judge at the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court ordered Assange jailed until December 14, despite several celebrities coming forward and offering to pay his surety, or bail. It was not immediately clear if the court would decide on that date whether to release him. The judge repeatedly said the case is "not about WikiLeaks," but about serious sexual offenses that allegedly occurred on three occasions with two women."

Maybe they're just funnin' with him. Still not sure if it's flaming skull-worthy, but getting closer. Original post below the fold.


(Almost flaming skull worthy. I'll leave that for others to decide)

It's on the allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct in Sweden, not anything involving WikiLeaks, but at least it's a start. From CNN:

"London (CNN) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested Tuesday in London on a Swedish warrant, London's Metropolitan Police said. Assange was arrested at a London police station at 9:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. ET) and will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrate's Court later in the day, police said." Original Post:

Swedish authorities had issued the warrant for Assange so they can talk to him about sex-crime allegations unrelated to WikiLeaks' recent disclosure of secret U.S. documents. Assange's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said his client would fight extradition to Sweden, according to Britain's Press Association."

Of course he's playing up the "victim" card here and claiming this is all persecution for his brave stand for...well, whatever it is he thinks he's bravely standing for:

"Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has said he has long feared retribution for his website's disclosures and has called the rape allegations against him a smear campaign."
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