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Risk of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being sent to Guantánamo

On January 11, a British court held a procedural hearing regarding Sweden’s attempt to extradite Julian Assange in order to question him about sex crimes accusations.

Assange’s lawyers have released an outline of the arguments they intend to make in opposition to extradition. Most of them centered around the impermissibility of extraditing someone who has not been charged with a crime — i.e., merely to interrogate them — but one of the featured arguments focused on the danger that if Assange were sent to Sweden, that country would then extradite him to the U.S., where Assange would be subjected to grave injustices:

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, could be at “real risk” of the death penalty or detention in Guantánamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden on accusations of rape and sexual assault, his lawyers claim.

In a skeleton summary of their defense against attempts by the Swedish director of public prosecutions to extradite him, Assange’s legal team argue that there is a similar likelihood that the US would subsequently seek his extradition “and/or illegal rendition”, “where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantánamo Bay or elsewhere”.

Assange’s lawyers cite the Obama administration’s policies of rendition and indefinite detention at Guantanamo as a reason why human rights treaties bar his extradition to any country (such as Sweden) which might transfer him to American custody.

Americans still like to think of themselves as “leaders of the free world,” but in the eyes of many, it’s exactly the “free world” to which American policies are so antithetical and threatening

[Excerpt of a Salon article by Glenn Greenwald]


2 Responses to “Risk of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being sent to Guantánamo”

  1. The truth behind these Wikileaks will eventually lead to the truth that the Obama Administration was responsible for this happening. That the Wikileaks were a tool designed to account for a conspiracy that the Bush Administration and previous Republican Presidencies were supposed to be accountable for. The plan has truly failed because of the evidence of corruption coming from within the MindControl Operations that the DNC is truly accountable for ever since the J.F. Kennedy Assination including ROBERT kennedy as well as Dr. Martin Luther King.

  2. The Extradition Treaty between Britain and the US from 2003 is much more US-friendly than the treaty between Sweden and the US from 1963. And if Assange would be extradited to Sweden, they can’t extradite him to US without permission from Britain. This means that an extadition from Sweden to US has to be approved by two (2) countries.

    With that in mind, Mark Stevens is doing exactly what American authorities want. To keep Assange in Britain.

    The rumours about secret meetings between Swedish and US authorities are probably created by the US and everyone swallow this American bait, including Assange and his lawyer.

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