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Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

December 13th, 2012 12:34 admin View Comments

Australia

mpawlo writes “Mr Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has, according to The Age, confirmed his intention to run for the Australian Senate in 2013. He will also form a Wikileaks political party. From the article: ‘Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket. Mr Assange said he is able to fulfill the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.’”

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Julian Assange Runs For Office In Australia

December 13th, 2012 12:34 admin View Comments

Australia

mpawlo writes “Mr Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has, according to The Age, confirmed his intention to run for the Australian Senate in 2013. He will also form a Wikileaks political party. From the article: ‘Mr Assange said plans to register an Australian WikiLeaks party were ”significantly advanced”. He indicated he would be a Senate candidate, and added that “a number of very worthy people admired by the Australian public” have indicated their availability to stand for election on a party ticket. Mr Assange said he is able to fulfill the requirements to register as an overseas elector in either New South Wales or Victoria and that he will shortly take a “strategic decision” about which state he would be a Senate candidate for.’”

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Julian Assange Served With Extradition Notice By British Police

June 28th, 2012 06:13 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

An anonymous reader writes “London’s Metropolitan Police have delivered an ‘Extradition Notice’ to Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, who sought refuge and political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London last week. Scottland Yard have said in a brief statement that ‘the notice requires Julian Assange to attend a police station of our choosing at a set time.’ SY also said ‘This is standard procedure in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process. He remains in breach of his bail conditions and failure to surrender would be a further breach of those conditions and he is liable to arrest.’ However, under international diplomatic arrangements, the British Metropolitan Police cannot actually go into the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest Mr Assange. Assange would have to leave the embassy to be lawfully arrested.This raises the following question of course: Is this the ‘endgame’ for Julian Assange as far as extradition is concerned? If the Ecuadorians fail to grant Assange political asylum, which is a possibility, will he be arrested by Metropolitan Police, and sent to Sweden to stand trial for two alleged counts of ‘rape?’ Will Sweden then hand Assange over to the United States, where many well known and quite senior politicians have publicly stated that they think ‘Assange should be punished severely’ for publishing confidential U.S. diplomatic cables on Wikileaks?”

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Supreme Court Rules Julian Assange May Be Extradited

May 30th, 2012 05:50 admin View Comments

The Courts

sirlark writes with an update on the protracted legal proceedings regarding Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden: “Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his Supreme Court fight against extradition to Sweden to face accusations of sex offenses. The judgement was reached by a majority of five to two, the court’s president, Lord Phillips, told the hearing. Mr Assange’s legal team was given 14 days to consider the ruling before a final decision is made, leaving the possibility the case could be reheard.” This may, however, not be the end. From the article: “Lord Phillips said five of the justices agreed the warrant had been lawful because the Swedish prosecutor behind the warrant could be considered a proper ‘judicial authority’ even it they were not specifically mentioned in legislation or international agreements. This point of law had not been simple to resolve, said Lord Phillips, and two of the justices, Lady Hale and Lord Mance, had disagreed with the decision. But Ms Rose immediately indicated she could challenge the judgement saying that it relied on a 1969 convention relating to how treaties should be implemented. She said this convention had not been raised during the hearing. ” This lead to the court staying the order until June 13th to give Assange’s lawyers time to argue this avenue.

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US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

February 28th, 2012 02:07 admin View Comments

Censorship

beaverdownunder writes with news from The Age that “Leaked e-mails from private U.S. intelligence agency Stratfor indicate that American prosecutors have had a sealed, secret indictment drawn up against Julian Assange as early as January, 2011.” From the article: “The news that US prosecutors drew up a secret indictment against Mr Assange more than 12 months ago comes as the WikiLeaks founder awaits a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against extradition to Sweden to be questioned in relation to sexual assault allegations. Mr Assange, who has not been charged with any offence in Sweden, fears extradition to Stockholm will open the way for his extradition to the US on possible espionage or conspiracy charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of hundreds of thousands of leaked classified US reports.”

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Assange Wins Right To Submit Appeal

December 5th, 2011 12:31 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

beaverdownunder writes “Julian Assange has won the right to submit an appeal of his extradition to Sweden on ‘public interest’ grounds. He now has two weeks to come up with a convincing argument for Britain’s Supreme Court. From the article: ‘The judges ruled that Mr Assange’s case is of general public importance, but the Supreme Court could still refuse to hear his case. Mr Assange now has 14 days to formally lodge an appeal, meaning his stay in Britain, where he has been staying since his arrest in December last year, is certain to stretch into 2012.’”

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Assange Handed Sydney Peace Medal

May 11th, 2011 05:59 admin View Comments

Australia

hihihihi writes “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation’s Gold Medal for ‘exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights.’ It is only the fourth time in the organization’s 14-year history that the prize for extraordinary achievement in promoting peace with justice has been given out. Previous winners are Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda. Foundation director Professor Stuart Rees accused the Australian government of demonizing Mr Assange and aiding US efforts to behave like a totalitarian state.”

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British Court Orders WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Extradited to Sweden

February 24th, 2011 02:23 admin View Comments

wikileaks150150.jpgA British court has agreed to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face rape charges. His attorneys have said they will appeal the decision.

Assange is being sought in Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and coercion stemming from sexual relations he had with two women last year. Assange disputes these claims, and he and his attorneys have argued that the charges are politically motivated. They have fought the extradition, arguing Assange would not get a fair trial in Sweden and suggesting that they fear that Assange could end up being sent to the United States to face charges stemming from WikiLeaks’ release of government documents.

Reuters reports that the judge in the case said that “I have specifically considered whether the physical or mental condition of the defendant is such that it would be unjust or oppressive to extradite him.” But he added that “I am satisfied that extradition is compatible with the defendant’s (European) Convention rights, I must order Mr Assange be extradited to Sweden.”

Assange turned himself in to British police in December, on the heels of the most recent cache of documents that WikiLeaks has started publishing – some 250,000 U.S. embassy cables.

Assange has been released on bond and has been living under house arrest since mid-December. He has signed a $1.5 million book deal, arguing that while he doesn’t want to write an autobiography, the mounting costs of his legal battles have forced him to. For its part, WikiLeaks has also struggled to keep its coffers full, following the decisions by Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to sever financial ties with the organizations and to refuse payment processing. WikiLeaks now has a number of other ways to support it, including the announcement most recently that it’s opened an online store.

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Assange Has Signed Book Deals Worth $1.5 Million+

December 27th, 2010 12:00 admin View Comments

cold fjord writes Julian Assange has signed a major book deal for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds (1.2 million euros, 1.5 million dollars). Assange told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden. ‘I don’t want to write this book, but I have to,’ he said. ‘I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.’ The Australian said he would receive 800,000 dollars (600,000 euros) from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth 325,000 pounds (380,000 euros, 500,000 dollars). Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to 1.1 million pounds, he said. Assange is currently out on £240,000 bail under what his lawyer refers to as not so much ‘house arrest’ as ‘manor arrest’, fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning. The Telegraph adds, ‘Mr Assange said he regarded himself as a victim of Left-wing radicalism. Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,’ he said. ‘I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.’ …. A full extradition hearing is due in London on February 7th.”

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Assange Has Signed Book Deals Worth $1.5 Million+

December 27th, 2010 12:00 admin View Comments

cold fjord writes Julian Assange has signed a major book deal for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds (1.2 million euros, 1.5 million dollars). Assange told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden. ‘I don’t want to write this book, but I have to,’ he said. ‘I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.’ The Australian said he would receive 800,000 dollars (600,000 euros) from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher, and a British deal with Canongate is worth 325,000 pounds (380,000 euros, 500,000 dollars). Money from other markets and serialisation is expected to raise the total to 1.1 million pounds, he said. Assange is currently out on £240,000 bail under what his lawyer refers to as not so much ‘house arrest’ as ‘manor arrest’, fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning. The Telegraph adds, ‘Mr Assange said he regarded himself as a victim of Left-wing radicalism. Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,’ he said. ‘I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.’ …. A full extradition hearing is due in London on February 7th.”

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