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Bildt denies US contact on Assange extradition

AFP/The Local · 8 Dec 2010, 17:02

Published: 08 Dec 2010 11:22 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2010 17:02 GMT+01:00

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"The answer is no," Bildt said in response to an AFP question whether there have been any contacts between Stockholm and Washington on the possible handing over of Assange to the US if he were brought to Sweden to face justice.

Swedish prosecutors have filed an international arrest warrant against Assange, who is accused of sexual molestation and rape. The 39-year-old Australian was arrested on Tuesday in the UK and made clear that he will fight extradition to Sweden.

"We have an independent judiciary, quite independently acting in accordance to the law and [which] does not have any contacts with Swedish political authorities or with any other authorities," Bildt said.

During his brief visit to Belgrade, Bildt met with his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic to discuss Serbia's future on its path towards European integrations.

"Serbia is making a good progress, there are some outstanding issues, but the progress is quite evident and I think it will be recognised," Bildt said.

In October, EU foreign minister called on European Commission to offer its opinion on Serbia's EU bid. Serbia hopes to obtain EU candidate status in 2011.

In a statement on its website, the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten) explained that if the United States filed a request with Sweden for the extradition of Assange, the UK would, according to EU rules, also be required to give its consent.

"When it concerns extradition to a another member state there are rules which allow the country executing members state (the state which hands over the person in question), under certain circumstances, must approve a further extradition," the agency said in a statement.

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"When, on the other hand, it involves an extradition to a state is not a member of the EU, authorities in the members state which executed the arrest order (the state which hands over the person) must consent to such an extradition.

"Sweden cannot, therefore, extradite someone to the United States, for example, without such consent."

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:58 December 8, 2010 by Alf Garnett
As with most well trained dogs, Bildt is doing what his owner is telling him.
12:09 December 8, 2010 by Kevin Harris
What a good medium sized dog he is.

If we have learned anything from Wikileaks (especially the Lockerbie "bomber" stuff today), it is that diplomats are a bunch of lieing, thieving, shysters who will do or say anything, with no regard for justice, morals or the truth.

No wonder they didn't want us to see what they had been up to. Sorry Mr Bildt; your credibility is blown.
12:16 December 8, 2010 by Texrusso
Julian Assange is a MATYRE & a HERO!!! His Name and Wikileaks will Live on and History will absolve him.
12:18 December 8, 2010 by Yuretz
Freedom for Assange... bla..bla..bla..

Why no one asks Who "leaked" to him these documents?

Obviously not without the special services of one of the countries.
12:52 December 8, 2010 by Kevin Harris

No one asks becasue it is already widely known that Bradley Manning has admitted downloading the documents and giving them to Wikileaks.
13:00 December 8, 2010 by RobinHood
"Informal discussions have already taken place between US and Swedish officials over the possibility of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being delivered into American custody, according to diplomatic sources." The Independant - 8 December

Oh dear. I do hope Carl Bildt isn't about to be embarrased. He wouldn't tell us lies would he?
13:03 December 8, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
Even though he's medium sized, he sure makes a great lap dog for Uncle Sam. Now if we could only housebreak him and the rest of the Swedish politicians.

Once they stop pooing on the rug and making a mess they'll be perfect!
13:11 December 8, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Can't see how the Yanks can prosecute Assange, like all good citizens as soon as he found out the documents were stolen he let them know they had a leak. The fact that he let everyone else know !!
13:32 December 8, 2010 by KungsholmenGuy
If whatever extradition laws that happen to be in place at the moment between the US and Sweden are too weak to get Assange into an orange jump suit in Gitmo now, then they (the USA) will have 2 more years to pass new laws while Assange is under lock and key here in Sweden, if Assange is imprisoned for that length of time

And at the end of those 2 years, a possible Sarah Palin or some other Republian as incoming President, in the name of homeland security and anti terrorism saber rattling, will likely add even more pressure on Sweden to hand over Assange.

In my view the future not looking bright for Mr Assange at the moment.
13:37 December 8, 2010 by Yuretz
Yankees are willing to judge anyone who tries to show or shows the true face of America. They have always been hypocritical and dishonest.
13:42 December 8, 2010 by zircon
Desk photo- And where is our photo where we shook hands, senor Bildt? (Just kidding.)
17:04 December 8, 2010 by Mib
Wikileaks has shown that most if not all policticians, Government officials will lie through their back teeth in the knowledge that no-one will find out the truth.....but what Wikileaks has done......it has shown the truth and the damage is to the authorities that want to control the media etc.It shows that to the public, we are lied to and that Democracy only exists when it suits the Government. The US and others are acting just like China in trying to block information that we should know about. The people in high positions who have asked for Assange to be assasinated...treated like a terrorist are almost as bad as Al Qaeda. Sarah Palin should be ashamed of herself and God hopes that she never gets to be President!!
17:15 December 8, 2010 by kauffner
Even if you assume Bildt is lying and that Hillary is in fact leaning on the Swedish government, what is the point of this? Just to have Assange go back to Sweden and face some nothing charge that has a maximum fine of $700? And why would he flee to Britain? Either pay the fine, or go to Bolivia, Equador, or some other country where a European arrest warrant cannot be executed.
17:24 December 8, 2010 by cmbsweden
The US has declared Assange an "enemy combatant" which, in their lexicon means he is eligible for accomodations at Camp XRay (Cuba). And that's where I honestly expect he will end up thanks to Sweden's complicity.

Way to be classy Sweden. And yeah, I am both an American and Swedish citizen, so as far as I am concerned both governments can go suck "#¤%.
18:41 December 8, 2010 by zoroastrina
" God hopes that she never gets to be President!" Wow! May god forgive an apostate's comment in a foreign language, which I have been learning along with Finnish from books for one and a half years: Få gud förbjuda att Sarah Palin blir statschefen av Amerikas oeniga stater, men gut är borta (deus absconditus), eller hur? Eller han/hon/det är död enligt Nietzsche och mig också. Väck inte den björn som sover! Vakna inte döda!

In "Europe -- the Faltering Project", Cambridge 2009 Habemas writes: (...) public communication is a force which both stimulates and orients citizens' opinions and desires, while at the same time compelling the politica system to adapt and become more transparent (136). [Economic and foreign policy should no longer be conducted] through backroom deals behind the backs of the populations. (...) The alternative for [the Eurozone countries] is to act as Uncle Sam's poodle and to throw themselves at the mercy of a global situation which is as dangerous as it is chaotic."(195-196) I trust only Julian Assange and others of like ilk.
12:38 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
Yeah right...I believe whatever Bildt barks to press. As Wikileaks has demonstrated quite clearly you cannot trust what any lapdog of Obama will say.
17:00 December 9, 2010 by eslaporte
There is problem with sending Assange to the US.

Well - this summer the European Court of Human Rights prevented the UK from sending 4 "terror suspects" to the US.


First of all, NO EU member state may extradite any person to a nation that practices torture or ill treatment of inmates, including post-conviction, prison conditions.

The US, state and federal jurisdictions, liberally use solitary confinement, which is accepted in the international community as a form of torture. Also - the 4 men would likely be spending the rest of their lives at a supermax, and be denied even the ability to see sunlight and be locked in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives.

This is torture and ill treatment of inmates - and the ECtHR refused to allow the extradition of these four men to the US--- this argument can be used to prevent Assange's extradition to the US.
14:37 December 10, 2010 by bcterry
If there was a request to extradite, with good evidence to merit it, i would comply in a heartbeat.
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