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  •  My biggest question is (0+ / 0-)

    How does he get to Sweden without being picked up by our people?

    We lose if we choose to forget; the lives of men, and money spent.

    by DeanDemocrat on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 06:50:41 PM PDT

    •  Simple (1+ / 0-)
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      On leaving the embassy he will be arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of an offence under the Bail Act. At the police station he will be refused further bail and issued with a notuce under the European Arrest Warrant procedures (since his was the first case to go to the Supreme Court, it is unclear whether this has already been given by their ruling and its publication)

      Assange, as a known flight risk, will be held in custody until the Swedes send one or more of their police to pick him up. He will then be transfered to their custody for removal to Sweden, probably by air.  

      No doubt given the prominence of the case, he will be transported in a secure vehicle to a private part of one of the London airports (likely Heathrow)  Quite likely the Swedes will arrange a private flight although a commercial scheduled flight is a possibility.

      Whether the transfer of custody takes place at the airport or at the police station will be agreed between the two police forces.

      Continuing on a TV near you; "The Magical Mitt Sorry Tour (Underpants Edit)"

      by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:06:12 PM PDT

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    •  Seems the craziest argument to me. (0+ / 0-)

      The easiest time it would have been for the US to get him was before he came to Sweden in the first place.  There are a lot easier countries to extradite to the US from.

      The next easiest would have been after he moved to Sweden but before rape charges were being pursued.

      The next easiest would have been after he fled to the UK but before the UK court cases.

      The next easiest would have been after the court cases but before he fled to the embassy.

      From here, what would probably be the easiest way for the US to get him?  Probably letting him get to Ecuador and then having him "disappear", with the deniability that kidnappings in Ecuador aren't that rare.

      Next easiest (or easiest, if they don't want a "disappear" approach) would be to let him go to Sweden, wait until the proceedings are done and he's served any sentence he might get, if any, and then go after him, wherever he decides to go to next, so that they don't have to go through all of the extra legal hurdles of the EAW.

      Of course, as linked in the article, it's increasingly unlikely the US will ever go after him.

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