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  •  From the sworn statement of the prosecutor: (9+ / 0-)
    Subject to any matters said by him, which undermine my present view that he should be indicted, an indictment will be launched with the court thereafter. It can therefore be seen that Assange is sought for the purpose of conducting criminal proceedings and that he is not sought merely to assist with our enquiries.
    The questioning is simply a requirement to indict him.  The goal is to indict him, compliant with the multiple findings of probable cause by the Swedish court system.  He cannot be indicted remotely because the process starts a time limit on when the trial must begin.
    Mr. Assange has also committed to traveling to Sweden immediately if the Swedish government pledges that it will not extradite him to the United States.
    Which would, of course, be illegal.  I take it you've never read the Extradition for Criminal Offenses act and the fact that it bans the government from even issuing an opinion on an extradition request until the courts take it up?

    Even if that wasn't the case, the whole concept of governments negotiating with fugitives to get themselves to turn themselves in via making binding committments on extradition requests that don't exist is frankly an absurdity.

    Sorry, Assange is not "all that", and the ridiculous hoops that you want everyone to jump through for him before he deigns to face his accusers, who he's had weighting nearly a thousand days for justice, is an insult to rape survivors.  You make it more than obvious that he matters fifty million times more to you than them and what they went through.

    •  rei, time to head to other parts of the GOS - (4+ / 0-)
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      sviscusi, Quicklund, vcmvo2, duhban

      look at whom you are arguing with.  it is a no-win debate.  there are some who don't want to hear facts - they'd rather spin.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:20:33 AM PDT

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    •  You do not speak for all rape survivors. (2+ / 0-)
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      WB Reeves, bsmechanic

      We all know that the vast majority of rapists are never prosecuted.  Few of us have found justice.  Many of us fight rape culture and impunity every day, in ways large and small.

      A whole lot of us are saying that Assange should be questioned on these matters with the ultimate outcome justice, whichever side that falls on.

      But you seem to default to "it's illegal" for him to have assurances that many reasonable people believe are warranted, as a way of stopping real discussion.

      I actually do believe he should have those assurances, not because I believe he is "all that" or that great men never rape, but because it makes sense to me to ask for such safety measures, given the hatred for him that exists in governments. I would do so if I were him.

      So, the way you keep throwing out "it's illegal" is not really convincing people.

      Many people here have stated that we want justice served, but because we do not agree with you about how that should be accomplished you are calling us rape apologists.

      You, who are ostensibly a rape survivor, are calling other rape survivors rape apologists.

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