07 Dec 2010

Assange Surrenders to British Police


Julian Assange surrendered by prearrangement to British police this morning.

The Guardian
reports that Assange’s attoneys are trying to make a bail arrangement in which “a security of at least £100,000 and a surety – where third parties guarantee to pay the court if he absconds” would allow Assange to be at large while he fights his extradition to Sweden.

[I]f extradited to Sweden under the EAW, Assange will be vulnerable to other extradition requests from countries including the US. The US has an extradition treaty with Sweden dating back to 1960s, when the two countries agreed to “make more effective the cooperation of the two countries in the repression of crime.” Extradition under the treaty is likely to face a number of obstacles, not least the fact that the likely charges facing Assange in the US – under the Espionage Act or other legislation protecting national security – are not included in the exhaustive list of offences set out in the law. There may also be issues of jurisdiction, since the offences which Assange is accused of did not take place in the US.Even if Assange’s case falls outside the scope of Sweden’s treaty with the US, there would still be scope for the country to agree to his extradition to the US.

Swedish law permits extradition more generally to countries outside Europe, although the process is subject to safeguards, including a ban on extradition for “political offences” or where the suspect has reason to fear persecution on account of their membership of a social group or political beliefs.

There are no reports of the Wikileaks “nuclear” retaliation package’s password being released so far however.


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