Advantages See how US politicians behave
Disadvantages How much of this has been driven by Assange's ego?
“That’s wormwood (scrubs)!”Or, correctly, it was Wandsworth Prison in south London where Assange spent just over a week following an attempt by prosecutors in Sweden to extradite him in relation to sexual assault allegations which have been made against him by two young women.
If this is the case referred to in the review subject, it relates purely to Assange, the Wikileaks founder, and not to the website itself.
I couldn’t understand why Assange was making such a big deal about the Swedish allegations. If any European state wished to talk to me (or you for that matter) in connection with criminal charges, I would have no choice but to go voluntarily. Assange claims to have racked up nearly £600,000 in legal bills thus far, and that’s before it’s even decided whether he will be extradited.
I find it difficult to understand why someone who’s used to taking such a combative stance in his work isn’t taking the same attitude with such a personal matter. If he is innocent of any wrongdoing, as he claims, then why is he not prepared to put his side of the story to the Swedish prosecutors readily?
Most of the facts of the investigation thus far are readily available, for those bothered enough to read about them. More worrying than the actual allegations is the fact that before any Swedish court has had a chance to decide on the facts of the case, a vicious assault is being waged online against the two women involved.They’ve been named and had their photos posted on the internet by people (who always seem to prefer to remain anonymous in situations like this) who claim they’re CIA agents and left wing feminists (never a nice term used in this context). Surely their identities should have remained confidential, at least until the outcome of any investigation?
Assange himself has given many interviews since being released on bail, some of which I have seen or heard. In a Today radio 4 interview with John Humphrys, it would be fair to say he came across awfully. Partly due to Humphrys superb handling, if you were to judge him purely on that 25 minute interview you would probably want him found guilty. On the other hand, in another interview with David Frost he came across much better.“Have you heard the argument? Is there no (criminal) offence in't?”
It’s been said that the charges being levelled at him would not amount to a criminal offence under UK law, and indeed is/are the least serious of all the differing sexual assault charges under Swedish law.
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