Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UK: It is Comforting to Know That Julian Assange, 43, Has Less Freedom Than Edward Snowden

According to The Associated Press, a Swedish court on Wednesday (July 16) upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, 43, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for two years.

Assange's lawyers said they will appeal the Stockholm district court's decision.

No charges have been brought against Assange in Sweden but he is wanted for questioning by police over allegations of sexual misconduct and rape involving two women he met during a visit to the Scandinavian country in 2010. 

Prosecutors have declined to allow the possibility of questioning him in London. 

COMMENT: Even if Sweden had dropped its case against Assange, he would face immediate arrest by British police for violating his bail conditions when he fled officials and sought refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Police have maintained a constant presence outside the embassy since then.

In a meeting with reporters at the embassy to mark his second year in hiding, Assange said had no intention of going to Sweden because he has no guarantees he wouldn't subsequently be sent to the United States, where an investigation into WikiLeaks' dissemination of hundreds of thousands of classified US documents remain active.