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  •  Nothing to say? (0+ / 0-)

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 09:20:35 AM PDT

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    •  Yup... (0+ / 0-)

      Can't figure out how you're ok with an accused rapist doing whatever he can not to clear his name.

      The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

      by lcj98 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 10:16:19 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps Assange is more concerned at this point (1+ / 0-)
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        BradyB

        Perhaps Assange is more concerned at this point of being extradicted to the US and facing the death penalty or possilbly the rest of his life in prison, than he is with clearing his name of a possible rape charge.

        And if I was in his position, the possibility of being charged with rape would be overshadowed by the possibility of being charged in the US under the espionage act.

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        Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents the WikiLeaks founder in the US, said Assange and his legal team considered it highly likely that he would face an onward extradition to the US if he were sent to Sweden.

        "The concrete reality [is] that he was facing a political prosecution in the US, he was facing the death penalty or certainly life in jail. Faced with that, he had extremely limited choices."

        Barring a last-ditch appeal to the European court of human rights, Assange could have expected to be extradited imminently, after the supreme court rejected the last of his attempts to resist removal to Sweden over accusations of sex assaults made by two women in August 2010.

        The Assange team believes the US is likely to seek to prosecute him on espionage charges, which carries a potential death penalty, and that his chances of resisting any such extradition warrant would be more difficult in Sweden, where he would not receive bail during investigations into the alleged sex crimes and where his lawyers believe political and public opposition to a US extradition claim would be weaker.
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

        by allenjo on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 10:48:32 AM PDT

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