Sunday, January 16, 2011
Is the Swedish attempt to extradite Assange about investigating rape claims, or assisting the US in seizing him for indefinite detention and prosecution? So far, the Swedes remain curiously silent on the subject. Everyone, including those who believe that Assange may well have raped the alleged victims, should publicly insist that the Swedes agree that this proceeding should not be used for the ulterior purpose of delivering Assange into US custody.
Lawyers for Julian Assange, the founder of the wikileaks antisecrecy group, said on Tuesday that they would oppose his extradition to Sweden because he might subsequently face illegal rendition to the United States, risking imprisonment at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, or even the death penalty.
They made the assertion in defense documents released after Mr. Assange made a brief appearance in a British high-security court for a largely procedural hearing concerning his resistance to demands for his extradition to Sweden, where he has been accused of sexual misconduct.