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Sweden appeal keeps Assange in prison

Sweden appeal keeps Assange in prison

Published: 14 Dec 2010 17:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2010 21:27 GMT+01:00

Lawyer Gemma Lindfield told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court that Swedish prosecutors intended to challenge the bail order.

The appeal is expected to take place within 48 hours.

In a chaotic 30 minutes outside the court, Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens had earlier wrongly told reporters that Sweden would not appeal the granting of bail for the Australian who founded the whistleblowing website.

The 39-year-old Australian had given a thumbs-up to the packed courtroom in London as the judge granted him conditional bail, one week after being arrested at the request of Swedish authorities.

But two hours later, lawyers for Swedish prosecutors announced that they would appeal the ruling, meaning the case will now go to Britain's high court and a new hearing must be heard within 48 hours.

Until that time Assange, who denies the allegations, must stay in his cell at Wandsworth prison in London.

"This is really turning into a show trial," Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens told reporters after hearing the Swedish decision.

"They clearly will not spare any expense to keep Mr Assange in jail."

District judge Howard Riddle had earlier granted bail worth £240,000 ($378,000) but ordered that Assange wear an electronic tag, abide by a curfew and live at the country estate of a supporter.

"I am satisfied that the conditions I am going to impose will make it certain as far as the risk of flight is concerned," Riddle told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Celebrity supporters in court included socialite and campaigner Bianca Jagger, while US filmmaker Michael Moore offered to put up bail. Assange's mother Christine had flown in from Australia and was also in court.

The announcement of bail prompted cheers from about 20 supporters who had staged a protest in support of Assange outside court, but the response became muted as it emerged that he would not yet be free.

Even if Sweden had not appealed, Stephens said the court had demanded that those standing bail for Assange come up with 200,000 pounds in cash before he could be freed -- and this was unlikely to be raised immediately.

Another member of the legal team, high-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, earlier told the court that the rape and molestation allegations made against his client by two Swedish women should not be taken seriously.

"It was very clear this is not an extremely serious offence. It is arguably not even a rape offence," Robertson said.

He added that Assange was being held in "Victorian" conditions in prison and was being detained in solitary confinement and allowed just one visit per week.

Assange was arrested on December 7 after giving himself up to police acting on an extradition warrant from Sweden.

His legal team has condemned the claims as politically motivated, noting their timing coincided with WikiLeaks' release of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables which have touched off a global storm.

Swedish prosecutors insist their investigation is based on law.

Wearing a dark suit and a white shirt, Assange spoke in court Tuesday only to confirm his name, date of birth and address in Victoria, Australia.

His next appearance at the court is on January 11, with a full extradition hearing set for February 7 to 8.

Earlier, Assange blasted three global giants which have stopped money being sent to his website -- credit card companies Visa and MasterCard and the Internet payment firm PayPal -- and accused them of being US puppets.

PayPal has said its decision to restrict the WikiLeaks account was not the result of any US pressure.

The three firms have been attacked by computer hackers for their stance.

In a statement to Australia's Channel 7, he also said WikiLeaks would not stop releasing the data, which has included candid reflections from US diplomats of world leaders and global events.

"My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed," Assange said, in a statement from prison he dictated to his mother.

US President Barack Obama has led worldwide condemnation of the leaks, dubbing them "deplorable", and Washington is pursuing a criminal investigation into how WikiLeaks obtained the information.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

20:18 December 14, 2010 by scandicpaul
Does anyone understand why the Swedish prosecution service has not asked to interview Assagne whislt he is in England and thus at least decide if they are going to prosecute him or not?

It seems that while he was still in Sweden they decided not to continue with the case againt him thus missing the opportunity to question him; then after he left Sweden for England changed the decision and decided that they wanted to interview him in light of possible "secondary" rape charges. It is also noticable that under Swedish legal system neither of the girls have actually made the allegations it is the Swedish prosecution service who have decided to persue Aggagne - but why in that case do the women have a lawer representing them and a champion of women's rights at that?

The challenge to the extreemly harsh bail conditions seem to strengthen the view that he is being persecuted or is this simple a sign of an incompetent and struggling Swedish prosecution?
20:26 December 14, 2010 by ghostof911
scandicpaul asks, is he being persecuted or is this simple a sign of an incompetent and struggling Swedish prosecution?

It appears that Sweden is simply being vindictive.
20:38 December 14, 2010 by velofisch
Maybe the rape allegations in the first place were personally motivated. But I am sure that it is due to pressure from the US that the dropped allegations were reopend and used as a reason for seeking an Interpol warrant.

Why should the CIA create allegations if they can find some women who were disappointed that they were not the only ones that Assange had sex with? It is always better to use some grain of truth to start a smear campaign.
20:41 December 14, 2010 by philster61
There is a Russian word for this. "Kompramat" Its when a public figure is systematically set up for a sexual scandal. Sweden is about to go through a series of firsts. First, obviously the first terrorist bombing in Stockholm.Expect there to be more in the near future. And now the political use of sexual scandal in order to prosecute,convict and condemn an individual. Welcome to the dark side Sweden.
20:46 December 14, 2010 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
His lawyer said on the news tonight that they had agreed for him to be intereviewed by the Swedish prosecutor at Scotland Yard or the prison where he is being held or even at the Swedish embassy in London. The prosecutor has refused.
20:47 December 14, 2010 by Rebel
Oh give the government a break...when Obama speaks Rheinfeldt listens.

Bildt on the other hand barks and fetches sticks.
20:50 December 14, 2010 by don willer
All Swedish citizens should contemplate whether or not Marianne Ny, Sweden's Director Of Prosecution, has followed procedures that are the norm in their justice system, if she has not she should be investigated, if her actions are found wanting she should face prosecution herself. The world is watching, Sweden's reputation is at stake, nothing else will do.
20:53 December 14, 2010 by philster61
"The world is watching, Sweden's reputation is at stake, nothing else will do."

Bit too late. Sweden's reputation is already badly tarnished..
20:54 December 14, 2010 by Rebel
Everyone who voted Moderate in the last election should e-mail Reinfeldt and tell him that if Sweden hands him over to Obama then you will not vote for their party again for any election.
21:01 December 14, 2010 by gedw99
Oh Gee looks like the rest of the world is getting a taste of the Swedish way of dealing with things.
21:04 December 14, 2010 by don willer
Philster you are probably right, I have a strong feeling that Prosecutor Ny is guilty of prosecutorial misconduct, if this is the case no one is Sweden is safe. I suspect that WikiLeaks will have a leak provided by someone in Sweden's Prosecutors Office, I certainly hope so.
21:04 December 14, 2010 by marianne667
as a swede I am throwing up my hands!!!! I am so disappointed in my country I would like to cry. On top of evrything else they have invited 7 FBI agents to come in and help to sort out the bomb situation. Oh boy, Oh boy what is next in this sorry saga.
21:08 December 14, 2010 by sgt_doom
To review the connections: prosecutor Maria Kjellstrand's husband works for Justice Minister, Beatrice Ask, who replaced Thomas Bodstrom in that position, and Bodstrom went to work with Claes Borgstrom at his law firm which quickly volunteered to represent accusers Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen against Assange, and Borgstrom is a friend of the prosecutor-in-charge, Marianne Ny, and Par Nuder is a close confident of Thomas Bodstrom.

Does this about cover it??? It appears that like few Americans, few Swedes fully comprehend the security state they exist in and the absolute corruption which that entails.
21:09 December 14, 2010 by EP
If I shake hands with a woman in Sweden ... can I be accused of molestation?

I wish the taxes I pay would go to something a bit more worthwhile then Marianne Ny and her vendetta ...
21:25 December 14, 2010 by snow_ice
Typical American way of dealing,,

create some security problems for a country, here in this case was Stockholm blast, offer security and intelligence services in return to keep clear for further attacks, mean while told opposition government that is "Sweden Democrats" to pop up into the scene, and then keep pressure on governing authority from both sides,,leave no other option for them only to keep "Assange" in jail by allegations.

if some body said no meanwhile,,make one more blast,, and then put responsibility to some specific society from here they can get all fuel to keep so called war on terror going on............
21:26 December 14, 2010 by rocky92
I can't believe it. Sweden provide refuges 40 years ago for those Americans who don't want to join Vietnam wars. Now they have become puppets/puppies under US.

Meanwhile, I think it is a stupid way that Assange deals with his legal trouble. He is supposed to accept interrogation in Sweden, He already have stayed behind bar for a week and rest of the period like a house arrest in Britain, which gov. has much better relationship with US. I am not sure he would be in custody much longer in Sweden than in UK.

In such a funny "rape" case, I think he would lose less freedom in Sweden, unless the entire Swedish system has been corruptive. The British does not seems to be nicer with their bail conditions.
21:29 December 14, 2010 by babychuma
Hey guys, don't you think that all this should come out in open court before you go whinning on about conspiracy? right now all that has happened is that a forigner has been accused of rape in Sweden and arrested in a country that has reciprocity. Shouldn't Assange be brought back to face his accuser where the alleged crime was commited? Or does inconvenienceing US policy equate to a get out of trouble free card in Sweden? I say bring him back and see what he has to say for himself.
21:44 December 14, 2010 by Albertoz
Madam Marianne Ny has turned a witch hunt into a bitch hunt. Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of democracy and we in Australia are watching the Swedish government as it attempts to pervert this basic human right. Thinking Swedes should visit the website of GET UP, an Australian action group that holds governments large and small to account. We have an open letter to President Obama as a full page advert coming up in the New York Times this week in respect of Paul Assange. The Cold War is over, now we have the Word War and the truth will win that war.
21:50 December 14, 2010 by thebittertruth
@Rocky..you miss the facts completely..Are you SWEDISH? Because missing the facts has become the new excuse swedes advance for the mistakes they make

"Meanwhile, I think it is a stupid way that Assange deals with his legal trouble. He is supposed to accept interrogation in Sweden"

Are you just dumb to make the above statement? Did Assange leave Sweden through some secret Back door? Why did your intelligent Ny tell him he was free to WALK and then issues a warrant of arrest for him when he left

Are you even aware that this same Assange asked for a residence permit and was turned down? So why should he now just pick his bag and hop along to Sweden just because an incompetent NY tells him to do so?

GROW UP
21:54 December 14, 2010 by don willer
Knowing what we know now would you trust the Swedish justice system ? I wouldn't and Assange doesn't.
22:08 December 14, 2010 by TwoToTango
Booo frickin' hoo.

I'm sure the sexual misconduct charges (not rape) won't hold up in court. Assange should stop running and grow a pair. If he is innocent what has he got to run from? The court should acquit him and if it doesn't then surely this would shine a light upon the whole corrupt system?

I doubt this has anything to do with the US and everything to do with crazy 68 style feminism gone mad even in the so called conservative party. You can barely look at a woman without being accused of having commited rape in your mind.
22:16 December 14, 2010 by philster61
True teototango.

In the surreal world of Swedish justice, even thought is a crime....
22:19 December 14, 2010 by eZee.se
@William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha,

That is very interesting and I think says far more into the case the Swedish govt. has against J.A.

Since they have no real case to speak of they just want him here... after which remember that old saying "Possession is...".
22:20 December 14, 2010 by Daniele
In a banana state you would expect things like this, not from Sweden. With this Sweden has lost all its credibility as a state helping the world improving human rights conditions, freedom of speech, justice.

Now we know: Sweden couldn't care less - the US, that we already knew, thanks also to Wikileaks.

An organized hypocrisy, that's what is about.
22:22 December 14, 2010 by Albertoz
To Booo frickin' hoo. Paul Assange has not run from anyone. Furthermore if you had a decent Australian sized pair you would know that Ny is a glove puppet for the Americans. This is what Wikileaks is all about. Nothing hurts some politicians more than a good old fashioned dose of the truth.
22:25 December 14, 2010 by wenddiver
From a US point of view, it would probably be better if he wasn't a rapist, so he would not be in jail. That would allow him to be grabbed and questioned more easily about his accomplices. I would guess they will be trying to get the whole network, and not just one man.

I can't imagine the US would want him in a nice place like Sweden's jails when Turkey, Columbia or Korea is available.

Look I'm Nostradomus "I predict his life and his buddies will be a living hell from here on in".
22:29 December 14, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
I don't understand why everyone is focussing on Sweden. The UK has an open door to US extradition treaties (the NatWest three, hacker Gary MacKinnon). What's more Haig has said he'll deliver Assange's head on a platter if the US ask. At least in Sweden, he has some chance.
22:34 December 14, 2010 by Attestupa
Hang your head in shame Sweden. Your actions are keeping a person in solitary confinement for ten days who has been charged with no crime. A total disgrace.
22:54 December 14, 2010 by svenskamerikansk
Assange is a self absorbed adolscesnt fool and his admirers even bigger self absorbed adolescent fools.

Assange deserves all the grief he gets, while Sweden deserves all the ridicule it gets for such a bogus arrest on such asisine grounds.
23:09 December 14, 2010 by Radical1
Snow ice your so very very true what you said!
23:18 December 14, 2010 by Nilspet
As a local I am now wondering: does it mean that these days I have to ask a woman (women) to sign an agreement with me before having sex with her (them)? Maybe it is also a good idea to film the act so that you can show to the judge that it is perfectly consensual in case. Seems like sex life in Sweden can be a risky business these days..you never know when your partner would sue you for a rape (?) Any advice?

How can we be so ridiculous?
23:23 December 14, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
if the bully wants him they can stick ny blame to ny inocent being
23:55 December 14, 2010 by Ivan Juric
I was in Sweden earlier this year, the people are nice and friendly the country beautiful...I do however find this whole saga quite bizarre as it seems to be an unholy alliance between the (man hating) feminist left and the USA government with a meek and mild Swedish Government stuck in the middle of it...
00:17 December 15, 2010 by heroine
I truly fail to see on what grounds Sweden is opposing bail.

He's not going to flee the UK (as he has surrendered his passport).

If he does post bail, it will be with a lot of other people's money - no way he would damage his reputation by jumping bail.

Most importantly, the method of committing the crime of which he is accused (NB: not even charged) in Sweden ("rape" by way of having unprotected sex - by mutual consent, mind) is not a crime in the UK. How can he even be a danger to the British public if it's not even a crime here?

I'm trying hard to believe that Sweden's not acting as a stooge for the US government, but they're not really giving me much reason to.
01:15 December 15, 2010 by saraswed
why does everyone think its all about US.its not long ago dulee johnsson was accused of rape.even the clubs sponsors threaten to quit sponsorship if not sacked.he was cleared by the court why wouldn't Julian stand trial.atleast questioning at first
01:26 December 15, 2010 by Julie B
In most countries in the world even murderers can be granted bail and not held in prison after it has been granted. Julian Assange has not even been charged. He is wanted for questioning only (ever heard of teleconferencing?) Even though we do not know all the facts of this case, there has been no denial from the prosecutors that it is based upon two women claiming 'rape' that consists of broken condoms and other minor accusations. Unfortunately this means that people around the world either assume that Sweden has repressive laws or it is a puppet of the USA. I will be boycotting all Swedish products and will not buy products at Ikea until the Swedish people demand a better legal system and stop using 'rape' as a weapon to stop an editor doing his job. Sweden used to have an enviable reputation for fairness and equity, so sad that that has now gone.
01:35 December 15, 2010 by sgt_doom
Let's see now...certain elements in Sweden appear to be hellbent on extraditing Assange to their country.

Person or persons in the Swedish Armed Forces warn off friends from being in a specific area about the same time a "suicide bomber" -- who ends up killing no one but himself (remote-controlled bombs, anyone???).

FBI agents called in from America and may "coincidentally" be in Stockholm the very same time Assange happens to be extradited back.

Will "coincidences" never stop??????

Of course, the FBI agents will never, ever happen to find remote-controlled bombs on the person of the suicide bomber -- or they may be there to obscure that salient fact.
02:07 December 15, 2010 by amconion
As a Brit I am used to my Govt toadying to the US - I had thought of Sweden as a comparitively enlightened and confidently independent nation - with the invite to the FBI that bubble has been well and truly burst!

OK - older guy has sex with Wikileak groupies - condom bursts(unfortunate) - authorities recieve a complaint and dismiss it - OK - Swedish MP applies pressure to have case reopened - hmm bit fishy - Sweden spend a lot of money pursuing Assange without even charging him(including an appeal against bail even though he is to be tagged and has surrendered his passport) - nothing strange in that eh?

UK give bail to guy that S. Africa want to talk to on murder allegations but makes Assange jump through hoops?

Three organisations(at least)sever their connections with Wikileaks - all stating that they were not pressured by US govt.

It clearly all just a coincidence - you guys are well paranoid!
02:25 December 15, 2010 by RJMC
I always regarded Sweden with admiration as as an independent, open and democratic society but with governments everywhere out to stop Wikileaks, it is worrying that this case could be used for that purpose. Rape is a very serious crime, let us hope that it is not being used as a political tool to censure what many regard as the freedom of information. Sweden should be more sensitive and tactful in dealing with this case as the eyes of the world are focussed on it and at the moment it looks very much like Julian and Goliath.

RJMc Dublin
02:48 December 15, 2010 by Nilspet
@Julie B .. please make your voice heard (to your friends, etc). It may help bring back justice to Sweden. As a local I am sick of this type of allegation. It is simply disgusting to use rape allegations against freedom of speech.

I really do hope that justice will prevail in this case. Only god knows?
03:04 December 15, 2010 by BillTuckerUS
Is the use of the extradition procedure even legal in this case?

The Guardian (London) published a letter from Sarah Ludford, MEP, on Dec 14, stating that the EAW (European Arrest Warrent) is only supposed to be used for '"the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution", which [she says] must mean imminent charge followed by trial.' She cites the case of "Asztaslos last February, which confirmed that it is not a legitimate purpose for an EAW to be used to conduct an investigation to see whether that person should be prosecuted."

Letter at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/14/european-arrest-warrant-julian-assange?
07:52 December 15, 2010 by Rubí77
Go Sweden, go!

Those two sweden women are too brave.
08:37 December 15, 2010 by Twiceshy
The democracies are acting worse than dictatorships.
08:51 December 15, 2010 by RobinHood
The circumstances of these "rapes" are now widely known outside Sweden: The victim's published advice to spurned women about how to get revenge on a man. The post "rape" party given by the victim in honour of her "rapist", the pleasant post "rape" breakfast", the generous post "rape" loan of money to the "rapist" for a train fare. The meetings between the victims to discuss the evidence before they reported the "rapes" to the police. The fact that the alleged crimes are not in fact "rapes" in countries which apply the correct legal definition of rape. The extremely irregular conduct of the prosecution since the complaints. The absence of criminal charges.

All this is well known by every lawyer in the world with an interest in free speech. The English judge and Australian defence barrister tried as hard as they could not to be rude about the integrity of Sweden's legal system, but their disdain for Swedish justice was there for all to see.

In the eyes of the world, Sweden is now just another banana republic that uses the law to persecute instead of prosecute. If the US applies for extradition while JA is held in Swedish or English custody, Sweden's international reputation will be ruined for good. For the good of the Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt should set aside the usual rule not to interfere with a criminal prosecution, take control of the case, and hold a public enquiry. Everyone involved in this "persecution" should be suspended and questioned by SÄPO to see if they have been influenced by a foreign power.
09:53 December 15, 2010 by pissed off australian
this is NOT going to end well if JA is not released ,the people i speak to here think the whole thing is a set-up .the australian government is it would seem turning its back on JA ,the poms are holding him UNCHARGED at the request of ,as i see it , a backwards country with archaic laws that are laughable .before all you hairy legged womens rights slappers get all up me , rape ....F@#king despicable executable crime in my book ,what happened in this case???? well the first prosecutor though NOT enough to lay charges....SO WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT .
11:37 December 15, 2010 by Milkshake
So, Swedish DJ Basshunter is charged with sexually assaulting two females at a Scottish nightclub. He gets bailed and is allowed to return to his native Sweden. Rules for one and rules for another????
12:39 December 15, 2010 by saraswed
why is everyone calling what assange is doing freedom of speech ?????? on what way ???????.i support holding in prison or wrong but why is he doing that
13:10 December 15, 2010 by Nilspet
@Saraswed ... I do not understand your comments/questions. Does anyone else here understand them?

Ok. I am going to try to sort it out for you a bit. Do you understand what a freedom of speech means? Look at Lars Vilks for example .. Julian was doing just that. So the same rule should apply to both Vilks and Assange, right? In a civilized country like Sweden we should not have double standard. Swedish people in general detest double standard practices. But it seems like general population are being misled and misinformed about this case through bias media.

As a global citizen protected by international law, JA has the right to exercise free speech just like you and everyone else have. He has taught the world that we need better and honest governments in order for us humans to have peaceful societies, etc etc. He should even be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

There have been enough comments and information about the baseless allegations against him so I will not write more.
15:08 December 15, 2010 by Gojam
Sweden wanted to avoid parliamentary scrutiny over it's ties to the USA cables show.

From Daily Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8202745/WikiLeaks-Swedish-government-hid-anti-terror-operations-with-America-from-Parliament.html
15:40 December 15, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
from rape to "sex by surprise". all hope is not lost for the cheap (chief) prosecutor.
15:45 December 15, 2010 by philster61
This is all due to Crazy Claes Borgstrom.The man who thinks all men are rapists just because they are ......er...."men". This is exactly the mentality that sent Tito Beltran to prison for two years. And that was probably a bigger miscarriage of justice than what we are seeing with Julian Assange.
18:43 December 15, 2010 by hsifm
To EP @ #14

Not if the condom you have on at the start of the handshake remains on and intact throughout the transaction. (At least under American law.)
21:14 December 15, 2010 by Jadawin
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8202745/WikiLeaks-Swedish-government-hid-anti-terror-operations-with-America-from-Parliament.html

Why is there no news on Swedish websites about this? Your government wants to keep the ties to the USA a secret, so your parliament can't take a look at what's going on - they were afraid because of your strong sense of neutrality.

I think, your politicians have no clue how damaged the image of Sweden has become just because of the Assange persecution by Ny. And now it looks like even the swedish people have been lied to with the clear goal to avoid parlamentary control.
02:17 December 16, 2010 by Zencali
I am way over here in Oregon but I think I realize something you guys don't: there are other obvious reasons the are ALL detaining Assange. First of all don't forget, the has uncovered thru helpers crimes committed by government and military, etc. So of course important people in several countries want to talk to him; catch him; prosecute him; adore him -- all kinds of reasons to want to have your hands on control of him right now. For one thing, if that young soldier you took the cables is being prosecuted for a Crime then Assange could be a "material witness" and other papers may be being drawn up against him YES IN America or other places. Anybody naive enough to think U.S. court system is fair or reasonable needs to get their head examined.. I don't know much about UK or Sweden but chances are they aren't much better than big brother U.S.

They do what they want in the first place; they trick you usually even over small offenses; they pull the wool over your eyes in the court room and a favorite thing to do in California is make you come back about 10 times over some small traffic ticket and you soon learn it is cheaper just to pay it even if innocent because they have their way of punishing you anyway.

There has been a huge movement to overpenalize people in America causing myriads of new jails and prisons tobe built. People have spent time in prison for smoking onejoint of marijuana. There is no fairness at all. The rich can do much better but even they can get skanked. There has also been a movement to convict people on "circumstantial evidence". There always was a movement to be hard on poor people and minorities. This is not a fair court system in America. So how about Sweden and UK. Somebody tell me. I am 64 now and female and have a pretty clean life slate free from crime record. Most people can't say tht in U.S. I have a high I.Q. and am world travelled and ecuated and I can tell you for sure: they do what they want to you; break every rule and then you have to sue them and that takes years. There is only submission and shut your mouth and forget it. Don't dwell on it, they say. Don't be bitter.
03:46 December 16, 2010 by ghostof911
sgt_doom@01:35 December 15, 2010

Looks like the FBI agents in Stockholm will not be needed to apprehend Assange. It is highly unlikely he will ever return to Sweden. Sweden had done its part in its role as US stooge. Assange will be held in the UK until the US completes is conspiracy charge against him at which time he will be extradited directly to the US.

"Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents, are looking for evidence of any collusion in his early contacts with an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the information."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/world/16wiki.html?_r=1&emc=na
04:03 December 16, 2010 by PaulHummerman
Frankly it's reached the point where I dare not comment any more. They have tabs on all of us.
08:29 December 16, 2010 by Rebel
hsifm, yesterday my train was delayed so I took teh time to browse through the non-Swedish newspapers at the store. The Assange case was front page in several German and British newspapers. Yet on none of the Swedish newspapers I have noticed over the week has it been prominently featured.

Guess it is time to start asking why the alleged free press in Sweden is operating the way it is. If anything comes out of the Assange case other than Obama locking the guy up at Gitmo for the next several decades it will be the shattering of the myth of a free and independent press in Sweden.
13:19 December 16, 2010 by Luis17lp
I respect the dignity, freedow religion, of J.Assange

and justice (Humain Rights).
14:12 December 16, 2010 by Nilspet
@ Rebel

Oh ...free press in Sweden. Are you kidding me? SVT, SR, ... charge us the so-called TV license fee like 1000 SEK per year claiming that they need money to operate independently.

It is a plain lie ... they have never been free and soon they will be like Fox News.
15:16 December 16, 2010 by Rick Methven
Assange granted bail at 13:00 GMT today should be out any time now
21:36 December 16, 2010 by domsworld77
dont worry julian double murderers here only get 13 years
16:24 December 17, 2010 by danielatrujillo
weniver it's COLOMBIA and please don't be so ignorant: you accused the man as a rapist in your speech and not only are the allegations pathetic, but you have no idea whether this man is guilty or not.
19:08 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
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Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
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Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police. READ  

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
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Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water. READ  

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US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
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US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

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Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian
Police intervene after neo-Nazis attack an anti-Nazi rally in Kärrtorp, December 2013. Photo: Hampus Andersson/TT

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian

A Stockholm court has cleared three neo-Nazis of stabbing a Nigerian man in an unprovoked attack. But two of the men will face jail after they were convicted of racial agitation at a riot. READ  

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