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    Sweden could question him by videoconference at any time. He has offered to willingly, and Sweden has done so in plenty of cases in the past. Now why is it they refuse to do so in this particular case?

    Even if one assumes Assange guilty of sex crimes, it is often legal cases involving unsavory characters that establish important legal principles. Better ten guilty (or more, depending upon which USA founder you ask) go free than one innocent go to jail, and all that. Please consider what that important concept, foundational to justice, means in practice.

    Terrible though it may be to contemplate, it is far more important that government officials not have the power to imprison people (even people outside the jurisdiction of US law) for leaking and disseminating important documentation of what the government is doing than it is to prosecute two sex crime cases for which charges have not yet been filed.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 04:27:35 PM PDT

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