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This goes to show what happens when you stick it to the man too vigorously:

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tue, December 07, 2010 -- 5:50 AM ET
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Has Been Arrested on a Swedish Warrant

British police said on Tuesday they had arrested Julian
Assange, the beleaguered founder of the WikiLeaks
anti-secrecy group, on a warrant issued in Sweden in
connection with alleged sex offenses.

Mr. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, was arrested by
officers from Scotland Yard when he went to a central London
police station by prior agreement with the authorities, the
police said. A court hearing was expected later.

The widely anticipated arrested came after Mr. Assange, who
denies the charges of sexual misconduct said to have been
committed while he was in Sweden in August, threatened to
release many more diplomatic cables if legal action is taken
against him or his organization.

Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/world/europe/08assange.html?emc=na

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nokomisjeff
Dec. 7th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
That sucks. I have been a financial supporter of wikileaks since the beginning, and now they canceled the PayPal account and they froze his defense fund in Switzerland. Oh well, there are other ways of sending money for his defense, My greatest fear is that Assange will have an "Accident" while in jail. It saddens me to hear people talk about how bad wikileaks is, how against the US they are. This is just not the case. If you look at their document dumps, they expose misdeeds on a worldwide basis. Since the demise of the 5th estate, an organization like wikileaks is necessary to fill the void.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 7th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
If he does, in fact, have an "accident" in jail, or is the victim of a seemingly random crime in public that kills him, or just flat-out disappears, then things are even worse than they appear.
tanadariel
Dec. 7th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know that sexual offenses, including rape, are excusable just because the offender happened to create a site that releases confidential information to the public.

I'm sorry--I don't particularly like this man. He seems to exemplify the "I can, so I will" attitude, without any regard to ethics or integrity. But, if he's wanted for sexual offenses, then haul his ass off to court. His other actions shouldn't even be an issue in this case.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 7th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
You're right: the case should be resolved in court. And other aspects of his life are irrelevant, as you state.

But the timing of these charges and his arrest leads to a reaction on my BS meter.

tanadariel
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I don't doubt that the timing of his arrest is anything but questionable at best. How many sexual offenders commit a crime and flee the city, if not the country, without any real pursuit from government officials? But I'm hesitant to dismiss the charges so readily. It seems there was some basis for this case in August, when Assange was under a lot less scrutiny (and far fewer people even knew who he was). The case might be reopened because of political motivations now, but the original motivations still stand.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 8th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Fair enough—and I think your comments on this matter have provided a valuable perspective. Thanks!
thecriz5
Dec. 7th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Here, here!
nokomisjeff
Dec. 7th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Plus, the Swedish court had dropped the charges after the "victims" admitted that the sex was a case of permissible drunken lust, but the timing of this re-opening of the case makes me wonder. even more, the original statements of the victims were conveniently misplaced for weeks, then suddenly reappeared. Plus, their allegation that he tampered with the condoms by putting pin pricks in them makes my BS meter go off. Sounds like a hatchet job to me. Now, they've effectively cut off all of his funding for a defense, closed all the bank accounts (even in Switzerland...which is neutral), and are harassing his legal team who has reportedly found their offices and telephones bugged. If I didn't have a high opinion of government before, I have an opinion that those apparatchiks should be in Dante's Bolgia 5 of his Eight Circle of Hell.
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