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Posted on 12/07/2010 2:58:27 AM PST by bd476
WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden, according to Sky sources.
A fresh European arrest warrant has been received by Mr Assange's lawyer - as anger grows in the US over the latest leaked embassy cables by the whistleblowing website.
Sky sources have said officers from Scotland Yard detained the 39-year-old Australian at around 9.30am. Labelling the move as a "political stunt", Mr Assange's solicitor Mark Stephens said his client wants to find out what allegations he faces so he can clear his name.
Two women in Sweden have claimed they were sexually attacked when Mr Assange visited the country in August. He denies the claims.
Sky News' Rhiannon Mills said: "Authorities in the UK are involved because it is believed Julian Assange has been living in the south east of England.
"They are now obliged to detain or arrest him."
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...
Good. Actually, he’s probably safer now, before he P.O’s the Russians and is slipped a plutonium coffee.
WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested in Britain
LONDON | Tue Dec 7, 2010 5:40am EST
(Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police on a European warrant issued by Sweden over allegations of sex crimes including rape, London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday.
Swedish prosecutors issued the arrest order for the 39-year-old Australian who is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of committing sexual crimes, which he denies...
End of excerpt. Story continues on Reuters:
WikiLeaks founder Assange arrested in Britain
Time to get the popcorn. Either nothing will become of this, or he wasn’t bluffing about his, “Insurance.”
That's what I was thinking too, Hacksaw. Hopefully British authorities will hold him awhile.
Unfortunately Assange has a throng of angry followers who in the past few days have launched a "payback" campaign of revenge through DDOS attacks. It is not going to be pretty.
Time to release the poison pill!
Got plenty of popcorn here. The problem with negotiating with any kind of criminal is that they're criminal first. Anyone who would believe anything a criminal will or will not do is not making wise decisions.
Governments have already taken some big hits with the introductory releases.
Arresting Assange shows that they're willing to risk the release of more classified documents.
Either way they did Assange a huge favor because now no one can harm Assange and he will have his chance to be heard in a court of law.
Nothing happens when he gives out secrets that endanger our troops, but let him release how obeyme manipulated climate accord and used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord and all of a sudden he gets arrested. I wonder.
Fox News saying he surrendered to British authorities.
Insurance = the fit may be about to hit the shan.
While it would have been preferable for none of the leaks to come out, especially if they truly damage US interests, they have certainly shown that the emperors are without clothes.
Blackmail only works if you don't release the material. Once it is out, he loses all leverage.
I was hoping this would happen. Let all of his poison out and let the chips fall where they may. Now, lets see if his co-conspirators are dumb enough to bring the world of hurt down on themselves that releasing their “secrets” gets them.
This guy is a deranged anarchist, a very clever one but deranged nonetheless. Look at his bio, he’s a pretty disturbed individual.
He and Manning should be shot.
Send a message of our own.
But under this leadership, that won’t happen because philosphically, Bam and Holder actually agree with him.
More likely scenario would be strategic releases to create leverage at weak points such as just releasing tidbits of info from the Brits since they are the ones holding him.
He made me look bad.
Say hello to Pfc Bradley Manning - at a "gay" event. Let's repeal DADT. Then we can have 20,000 Bradley Manning's out of control in the military.
MNo, once the “pill”has been released, he and his co-conspirators no longer have any power, and if you think their actions will all be forgiven and forgotten after a trial....think again, what kind of people are being damaged by these releases of secrets.
Tnere will be no mercy, no quarter, no sympathy for Assange and those who are stupidly arrogant enough to aid and abet him. They will all be hunted down.
Assange is just the tip of the iceberg. Unlike what Baghdad Bob Gibbs leads one to believe, Wikileaks is not just “one guy with a keyboard and a laptop.”
When are they going to hunt down the N Y Times? (another indiscriminate disseminator of vital secrets)
What about the Wikileaks Advisory Board?
Cyber leakers now have a place to go Web site says goal is better government
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - Monday, January 22, 2007
Author: REBECCA CARR ; Cox Washington Bureau
Washington — Secretive governments may have met their nemesis.
A new online effort called Wikileaks seeks not only to archive hot tips and documents that reveal government corruption and questionable policies, but also to encourage them.
Asserting that leaking government information is the “most cost-effective means of promoting good government” around the world, Wikileaks is seeking any and all leaks.
Taking a page from the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, an information respository and exchange maintained by its users, Wikileaks promises to be a vehicle for “untraceable mass document leaking and analysis,” according to its Web site. The focus is on releasing information in places not known for heralding the public’s right to know: China, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
“But we also expect to be of assistance to those in the West who wish to reveal unethical behavior of their own governments and corporations,” the site states.
The need for a site where people can post information about government corruption without fear of reprisal is apparent, said Sue Dreyfus, an advisory board member. The site has not yet listed other board members, but it says it was founded and partly funded by dissidents, mathematicians and technologists across the globe.
The sooner the better. I look forward to the morning Bill Keller’s(spit) mutilated traitor rat carcass is found hanging 3 stories from the roof of the ‘Red Rag Hag’.
Right next to Sulzberger and the rest of board of directors.
Was it rape-rape, or just two kids getting a bit out of control(thank you Wooppie,poopie)
Judge Napolitano was on Foxnews this morning saying it is not rape....contrary to what the media says. Apparently it was consensual sex and the condom broke!.....through no fault of his own. He does not have diseases....yet is being arrested for this anyway.
This is diturbing IMO is THIS is what they get him for.....if they can get him for this false charge, none of us are safe.
The Swedish charges are very shonky. Apparently it is ‘sex by surprise’ and also a suggestion that because he was famous, the women could not exercise free will. Rubbish!
These are some of the people:
Anon612 on Twitter
who want to shut down all of these sites
Computer World December 7, 2010
WikiLeaks furor spawns rival DDOS battles
'Anonymous' group launches attacks against Swiss bank for freezing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's account
I read this from another article....
“The 39-year-old Australian was detained by Scotland Yard officers at around 9.30am after he voluntarily went to a police station in central London.”
He VOLUNTARILY went to a police station? WHY?
Agree. That is exactly right, Maggie.
Assange fancies himself to be some kind of leader but there are too many people, too many groups friendly to the idea of cracking sites of a country du jour, yet Assange will have no control over whom they target and when they target.
Assange is a narcissistic cyber-terrorist with no power other than what he has stolen through espionage.
Just guessing but it's probably because of the alleged death threats he and his children have received.
He has been living in a thieves den. He can't trust anyone in his immediate group or for that matter, anyone outside of his immediate group.
The British would be doing him a huge favor by keeping Assange under arrest for his own protection.
Yes, that's what the Guardian and BBC are also saying.
Slow down a bit.
A. He is reported to have turned himself in to the local British police station, in other words, it was his choice, he made it after hiring a barrister (attorney) and this happened across the pond, in the United Kingdom.
B. He has more than enough money to retain a competent barrister, which means that other than the thousands of hackers who want to exact revenge upon the Internet, he has one loyal paid friend by his side.
C. Considering the alleged death threats which were made against Assange and his children, being locked up in a jail for a day or two is probably safest for him.
SkyPilot, lol, those pictures are worth a thousand words.
Good grief, it’s Officer Dangle. That cheap suit’s not foolin’ nobody, dude, lol.
Yes. I have been hoping that authorities have a Plan B, C, D, and to be safe, a Plan E through Z.
You’re right - I was at first thrown off cause he wasn’t wearing his shorts - but I believe you are right, sir.
Protective custody. Sorta like Otis used to get. You won’t fall down, get snowed on and driven over, in a jail cell. Leastwise it’s real hard for the average joe.
Not sure what point you are trying to make. Assange is no hero of any sane person.
The damage that Julian Assange has done with the relatively few files he has released thus far will be doing damage and putting lives at risk for years to come in many countries all over the world.
Assange received stolen United States military secrets and committed espionage against my country.
Yet Assange has also done the same to many other countries, countries with different definitions of justice and certainly different means of administering it.
Do you recall what happened in 2004 to Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko when election results angered one of his neighboring countries? They slipped a dose of dioxin to an otherwise handsome and healthy man. It was a miracle he survived.
Viktor Yuschenko before ... Viktor Yuschenko after
It’s difficult for me to give Assange a pass on anything, but having just read the story, there is not even a scintilla of doubt he’s innocent and the victim of two jilted sluts, one of them a vengeful radical feminist.
I think this story will make the guy more popular. Also it’s sad to see that attractive commie sluts are out there banging these marxist anarchy types.
Bingo. That's the perfect description of the upside of him staying in jail awhile. I wonder if he will be smart enough to stay put.
He fathered children?? Ididn't realize, must have missed that. Pity the kids with a sick dad like him. How awful to live with someone like that and become targets of threats because of what their quite disturbed daddy does and has done.
While he's locked up, look at the sites and companies targeted by his thousands of followers who are vowing to take them down out of revenge or "payback."
According to one report I heard, Assange has two children. Although it's difficult to verify if he is actually his son and not an imposter, someone asked his son today:
"...have you been in contact with your father in the past few days ?"
" I haven't been in contact with him in the past few /years/."
“Got plenty of popcorn here. The problem with negotiating with any kind of criminal is that they’re criminal first. Anyone who would believe anything a criminal will or will not do is not making wise decisions.”
Write another version of that sentence substituting government for criminal and then ponder whether one is any more or less true than the other. As a friend of mine used to say with a wry grin, “Six dozen of one, half of the other”.
....And the Russians do not suffer fools gladly.
I no longer blindly defend "US interests"... It depends ENTIRELY on the agenda of those "interests" and WHO is implementing them.
If Marxists are setting and implementing the agenda for the US then I am FULLY against that agenda and want it to be crushed. If Marxists run our federal and some state governments, then it is my sincerest desire to see those entities utterly destroyed.
Blind faith in a government and its institutions leads to where we are now. I have faith in freedom and I hold faithful to the concepts of individual freedom and liberty as outlined by natural rights. Sadly, this makes me and all those who are faithful to the same, enemies of THIS state and government because of what it has become.
F'em I will watch and cheer, and if this is nothing more than a ploy to stifle our freedom even more... Then we will be pushed even further down the road of radicalization and our numbers will grow along with the anger. The F'ers may think they can predict the course this will take but things veer off course very quickly once people start bleeding.
But he wasn’t the only one in possession of the info. I guess we shall see what his accomplices decide to do with it.