Assange on Interpol’s Most Wanted List

December 1st, 2010 at 1:39 am | 1 Comment |

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The Guardian reports:

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.

Assange’s details were also added to Interpol’s worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: “sex crimes” and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden. “If you have any information contact your national or local police.” It reads: “Wanted: Assange, Julian Paul,” and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.

Friends said earlier that Assange was in a buoyant mood, however, despite the palpable fury emanating from Washington over the decision by WikiLeaks to start publishing more than a quarter of a million mainly classified US cables. He was said to be at a secret location somewhere outside London, along with fellow hackers and WikiLeaks enthusiasts.

In contrast to previous WikiLeaks releases, Assange has, on this occasion, kept a relatively low profile. His attempt to give an interview to Sky News via Skype was thwarted today by a faulty internet connection.

But he was able to give an interview to Time magazine in which he called for Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, to resign. “She should resign, if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering US diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the US has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that,” he said.

Assange’s reluctance to emerge in public is understandable. It comes amid a rapid narrowing of his options. Several countries are currently either taking – or actively considering – aggressive legal moves against him. This lengthening list includes Sweden, Australia and now the US – but so far as can be made out, not Britain.

The US attorney general, Eric Holder, announced yesterday that the justice department and Pentagon are conducting “an active, ongoing criminal investigation” into the latest Assange-facilitated leak under Washington’s Espionage Act.

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  • armstp

    I can only imagine who was involed in these likely trumped up charges. By the way does Interpol put all rape suspects in every country on its most-wanted list or just high profile guys like Assange who piss off governments? Does Sweden put all of its rape suspects in an Interpol hunt?

    This rape investigation sound pretty darn fishy. two women? come on.

    “Both the women concerned were quoted as saying that they had not wanted the charge of rape to go ahead, saying that they had never felt physically threatened by Assange, and that this was “simply about a man who has some problem attitudes to women.” ”

    Why did the Swedish government not interview Assange on the charges when they were first brought when he was in Sweden? Assange remained in Sweden a month and prosecutors did nothing. Seems like the Swedes have given mixed messages.

    “That he remained in Sweden for more than a month makes clear police could have interrogated him. Mark Stephens, Assange’s British lawyer, said the Wikileaks founder offered to be interviewed during a visit to Sweden’s embassy in London but it was declined.

    In perhaps the understatement of the week, prosecutor Marianne Ny said Assange was a flight risk. He apparently left Sweden more than a month ago, though immigration officials certainly could have stopped him. Bjorn Hurtig, Assange’s lawyer in Sweden, said his client had been told he was free to leave Sweden even though the interview had not occurred.”

    is the U.S. involved? was it a KGB type “honeytrap”?

    “One’s suspicion about this is raised by the fact that Assange applied for a Swedish residency permit two weeks ago, an application now obviously slowed considerably. One of the effects of a permit would be to make any extradition request more difficult to fulfil, and bail easier to obtain. If the US is planning to take legal action against him, having him sitting in a cell on a rape charge, or living as a guest in Sweden, would make things a lot simpler for them.”

    Did the women even go to the police regarding a rape?

    “There, a timeline of events takes us into the truly awful minutiae of sexual relationships, with it being suggested that the women went to the police to see if Assange could be forced to undertake an STI check after non-condom sex took place (Arvid’s account), that a condom broke during sex (Assange’s), with some suggestion that the harassment charge arose when Assange did not move out of Arvid’s apartment where he was staying.

    It’s notable that the account (by fellow blogger Sarah Gunnerad) of Arvid’s side of the story alleges no coercion, and does not even make clear a fully non-consensual aspect to the unprotected sex.”

    Or was it really just a jealous love-triangle:

    “One never wants to prejudge a case like this, but there’s a steiglarrsonesque quality to this — Assange appears to have started seeing woman two (SW), while staying with/’seeing’ Arvid, woman one. Given that Arvid’s blog contains a manual for revenge on ex-lovers, including advice about ‘the big lie’ and getting the law involved, you can’t help but entertain suspicions about ‘hell hath no fury..’ and a bit of anti-phallocratic rage, etc etc.”