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Sweden denies plans to extradite Assange to US

AFP/The Local · 12 Jan 2011, 15:50

Published: 12 Jan 2011 13:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Jan 2011 15:50 GMT+01:00

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Attorney Mark Stephens told the weekly Die Zeit in an interview to be published on Thursday that he believed Swedish officials were cooperating with US authorities to extradite Assange as soon as the Americans have built a criminal case against him.

"We are hearing that the Swedish are prepared to drop the rape charges against Julian as soon as the Americans demand his extradition," he said, citing sources in Washington and Stockholm.

Stephens called the Swedish charges against his client a "holding case" to buy time until the US can prosecute him themselves over Leaks">WikiLeaks' mass release of classified US documents.

A spokesman for the Swedish justice ministry sharply denied the allegations.

"That's a lie. It is not true. There are no negotiations [with the US] in that field," Justice Minister Beatrice Ask's spokesman Martin Valfridsson told AFP.

Valdfridsson reiterated that a Swedish prosecutor wanted to question Assange over allegations of sex offences and that if she determined there were grounds for a trial, those offences "would be the only thing that would be tried."

Assange's lawyer added his client did not believe he would receive a fair trial in Sweden, which was why he was fighting his extradition from Britain.

The Australian has been living at a supporter's country estate in England since being released on bail on December 16th after his arrest by British police on a Swedish warrant.

Stephens said that he believed the "last station" of an extradition to Sweden would be "a high-security prison in the US."

Assange's lawyers released documents Tuesday saying that if the Australian is extradited to Sweden, there is a "real risk" he will face extradition or illegal rendition to the US, where he could be detained at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere and subject to the death penalty.

A British judge ruled Tuesday that Sweden's bid to have him extradited would be heard in full on February 7th to 8th.

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Swedish authorities want to question Assange about charges brought by two women that he sexually assaulted them, but the 39-year-old says the extradition attempt is politically motivated and linked to WikiLeaks' activities.

The whistleblowing website has released classified documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and from US diplomats stationed around the world.

A US court has reportedly subpoenaed the Twitter accounts of four WikiLeaks supporters as part of a widening criminal investigation into the leaks.

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14:05 January 12, 2011 by RobinHood
The US justice system is in a bit of a pickle with this one. Last month, the British government paid out hundreds of thousands of Pounds compensation to several innocent British citizens, following their torture and detention at Guantanamo Bay as "enemy combatants". Bradley Manning is currently threatened with the death penalty, held in horrible conditions, and unlikely to see the sunlight, or another person, again for the rest of his miserable life. The US extraordinary rendition program is quite rightly recognised as a system for the extra-judicial kidnap, then torture, then permanent detention without trial, of anyone the US government doesn't like. JA's English lawyers will make much of all the aforesaid as good reason to keep him "safe" In England.

What civilized European judge would commit a fellow human being into the human rights black hole that is the current US? Certainly a Swedish judge; especially if it's part of a nice little deal struck between the US and Swedish government. An English judge, sitting in a system where a strong judiciary is independent of the government, is less likely to want JA's tortured soul (pun intended) staining his/her conscience and professional reputation.

The whole thing stinks to high heaven of a US strategy to get JA from out of the UK, and the protection of Magna Carta, and into Sweden, where a pliable government and judiciary will deliver him up trussed like a thanksgiving turkey. Where pliability ends and corruption begins will become apparent as the story unfolds.
15:05 January 12, 2011 by caradoc
i agree that the idea of sending JA to the USA is wrong and should not be considered by any democratic European country.

But he should stand trial in Sweden and face those who accuse him of rape here. The Swedish authorities should guarentee that regardless of any outcome of a trial here in Sweden (for rape) JA would either serve his sentence here (if found guilty) or be released without conditions if found not guilty.
15:09 January 12, 2011 by rjp783
This is the kind of ludicrous conspiracy theory that has become all too common when listening to Assange's lawyers and supporters.

Anyone who actually knows anything about anything knows that the UK government is even more pliable to the US than the Swedish one, and that the legal possibilities for extradition from the UK to the US are even greater than the possibilities from Sweden to the US.
15:17 January 12, 2011 by UScitizen
Yes, Sweden will extradite Assange to the US,

And O J really WAS innocent, and

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause, and...

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
15:21 January 12, 2011 by Lostaussie
Sweden has handed over others in the past on a "wink wink nudge nudge _ALL WILL BE OK_ " basis to the USA. Those guys where tortured and thrown into Guantanamo Bay. Who is game to say it won't happen again in this case?

Remember, the guy has not been charged with a crime yet, he is wanted for questioning over a pretty weak rape case which would not be classed as rape in most 1st world countries.
15:31 January 12, 2011 by Kevin Harris
The two young ladies involved, may or may not have been "raped" by Assange, but if these charges are dropped without trial, they will certainly have been "raped" by their government.

There has to be a trial now, or Mark Stephens will be proved correct, and Sweden will be proved corrupt. So far, the prosecutor hasn't even laid a charge.
15:34 January 12, 2011 by engagebrain
He is being extradited only to answer questions - he offered to speak to the prosecutor before he left Sweden - but was apparently not of interest then.

In the UK it was suggested that the prosecutor did not even have the authority to issue the request for his arrest.

Has anyone else ever been extradited simply to answer questions by Sweden ?

Why cannot the prosecutor jump on a plane and ask the questions in London - Assange is apparently willing to answer them. The prosecutor could be there and back within one working day - case closed.
15:38 January 12, 2011 by Nemesis
There is bets between my friends, to guess the closest date to assange's execution.
15:46 January 12, 2011 by tgolan
'Having sex with scantily-clad women in make-up is not a crime' except in Sweden

The conviction of Magnus Hedman on charges of buying sexual services elevates absurd prejudices with racist overtones to legal precedent and shows that Assange can never get a fair trial in Sweden
15:51 January 12, 2011 by Rick Methven
"There is bets between my friends, to guess the closest date to assange's execution"

I think you mean assassination.

I do not expect that even the US could build a case that warranted the death penalty...

On the other hand.....
16:00 January 12, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Rick Methven,

In this case, assassination and execution will probably be the same thing.
16:11 January 12, 2011 by Puge Henis
What rape charges?

The women went to the police to get some answers to "questions", they didnt even go there to file charges.

J A made himself available to the authorities the whole time he was in Sweden... they were not interested in him.

If all they want to do is question him, he has agreed to any of the authorities coming over to the UK or questioning him via a video link - both have been refused.

If just putting it in without a condom is rape, heck I didnt know I was a rapist (along with billions of other men) as well.

This is what you get when you have nutjob feminists (are there any other?) in positions to influence laws.
16:17 January 12, 2011 by Arturio
With this behavior of Pontius Pilate Sweden now has his hands stained of innocent blood.
17:13 January 12, 2011 by calebian22
Bradly Manning and Assange deserve what is coming to them. What did they expect was going to happen? Swedish justice?
17:31 January 12, 2011 by americanska
by Lostaussie

"Sweden has handed over others in the past on a "wink wink nudge nudge _ALL WILL BE OK_ " basis to the USA. Those guys where tortured and thrown into Guantanamo Bay. Who is game to say it won't happen again in this case?"

by RobinHood

"What civilized European judge would commit a fellow human being into the human rights black hole that is the current US?"

You guys are seriously brainwashed. The problem is the US seems to end up letting everyone know everthing we've done. The US waterboared 3 people to prevent terrorist attacks in teh US and......IN EUROPE.

Everyone hates the boss, no matter what they do. (yes, the US is the boss in that analogy)

If China becomes the global superpower you will be in for a rude awakening. When the big guy really IS a human rights nightmare....and when he doesn't watch out for you.

If you guys would have managed to do something about Hitler maybe the US wouldn't be so compelled to be involved in your affairs.

If you're getting A's your parents probably don't ask if you did your homework. But if you fail a couple of times it's a different story. (i would imagine)
18:48 January 12, 2011 by johnny1939
There is no justice or decency in the world anymore.
19:05 January 12, 2011 by Mib

The US is bankrupt financially, politically, morally and obesity!! The Government preaches democracy wen it suits them, yet they created Guantanamo Bay and have politicians stating publicly to assasinate Assange! The wikileaks saga has so far revealed nothing other than tittle tattle between emabassy staff who think they are powerful. The Chinese and Russians etc have not complained...because they probably knew most of what the wikkileaks are revealing. The facts are the American intelligence made so many mistakes regarding 9/11, that they then ook their fury out on Iraq and Afghanastan. Again, they have made a big mess of allowing millions of mails etc to be stolen ad sent to Assange. The American intelligence are so stupid, they even approved visas or was it passports for the terrorists that were on the 9/11 planes. Now, as a result of that they allow the TSA to intimately touch people in the name of security and you know what...it won't make a difference, because they will make another big mistake and again react incorrectly. So, they will increase their security even more by invading peoples privacy and as a result, the terrorists will effectively have won. The fact is that the American Government needs an enemy to give itself a reason to exist of being a defender of peace and democracy.....but that has been exposed by the Iraq war and now Wikileaks and no-one believes them anymore.

In terms of Hitler, the Americans only got involved when they realised they were going to be in big danger if they allowed him to win the war. No other reason. But, I'm sure Europe was grateful and needed the extra help to finish him off.

China is becoming an economic giant and as a result commodities are becoming more expensive as demand grows. Theyeffectively own the US, but at the same time, they need the US and Europe (who they are bailing out now), otherwise their country will suffer economically and create greater risk to the power of their Government.
19:12 January 12, 2011 by EP
Maybe the two women were scantily dressed and spoke English with heavy accents. Perhaps the Swedish prosecution can get Assange on purchasing sexual services then if the "sex by surprise" doesn't hold up (ahem!)
19:54 January 12, 2011 by Rick Methven

Maybe Amerikanska works for an American defence company and he/she may be concerned that his/her indiscretions may be a subject of the next leak.

Big Brother AND Wikileaks is Watching YOU
20:11 January 12, 2011 by Rebel
So if Assange escapes the clutches of the Swedish government will Obama refuse to add Reinfeldt as a friend on Facebook?
21:08 January 12, 2011 by GLO
US could care less about Sweden, We want ASSange directly,bad news if he gets to Sweden. Your court system will help him apply for a Nobel Prize. ASSange is an enemy combatant, need to get him under arrest ASAP.
22:18 January 12, 2011 by coot
It seems unnecessarily complicated to get him to Sweden and then from Sweden to the US, when the US could ask the UK to send him directly.

But, raising this fear of extradition to the US is a good strategic move for Assange. It forces Sweden to say "We have no intention of sending him to the US". Later, if Sweden does have him and does send him to the US, it will support the story that Sweden was acting in bad faith from the beginning. So, if he is extradited to Sweden, it better not send him on to the US or the government looks even more like fools than it does now.

Otherwise, making this claim just gets him a little exposure in the press, at a time when judicial delays are letting him get out of the daily news.
22:21 January 12, 2011 by sgt_doom
#2, caradoc, makes the insipid statement:

"But he should stand trial in Sweden and face those who accuse him of rape here."

Earth to caradoc, earth to caradoc, where the frigg are his accusers, sonny?

One has withdrawn charges, last time I read of her, and the other is over in Gaza (apparently, she believes that to be the "safest" place on the planet????).

So those "accusers" look to be Beatrice Ask -- whom I believe Assange has never met!

When making comments, please try to make some sense.
22:23 January 12, 2011 by Rebel
Not so. The Brits will riot if Assange is sent gift-wrapped to Obama. However, the Swedes will do what they do best -- passively sit on their hands and worry more about who will win "Lets Dance" rather than dare state an opinion.
22:26 January 12, 2011 by landofthesheeple
Assange is a scapegoat, set up by the black ops just like in '63 ie; JFK.

What was it that Oswald said... "I'm just a Patsy"...

That happened back then because a president by the name of Kennedy was going to end the Vietnam war, but war makes. BIG money for BIG business government contracts... By the way, just what is it about those Kennedy's troubles anyway?

911 was a ploy to secure a strong hold on Iraq oil, as well as set up a government control act known as Homeland Security, which can deny some rights that were initiated in the original amendments/constitution.

Re; Wikileaks, Now the US government will declare a new law in which they will have total control, within their borders, of internet shutdowns and public access.

Getting the big picture now?

Welcome to the "New World Order".

Now lets all see what the ancient ones have predicted for 2012 : )
22:45 January 12, 2011 by americanska
"But, I'm sure Europe was grateful and needed the extra help to finish him off."

Help finish him off? France was doing nothing...Sweden did nothing....the brits were making a go of it because of all the aid the US was giving them.

The US has done more for the world than any country in history. But hey, European's gernally don't like success.
23:11 January 12, 2011 by sgt_doom
Americanska claims, "The US has done more for the world than any country in history."

Huh??? You mean that under the past few presents, and one must include that Nobel Prize recipient now occupying that position, Sharia Law has dramatically increased and spread throughout Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan (which they helped begin the spread in Afghanistan starting back in the late '70s), this is progress?

You, Americanska, have some serious reasoning deficits!

America has consistently supported, and helped put in power, some of the worst scoundrels in human history. Puuuuhlease, dood, read some history for once. Presently, the US military is protecting Chinese mining companies over in Afghanistan presently mining the Afghanistanis' copper -- for use by multinationals in China.

Presently, oil from southern Iraq flow to China, as does oil and gas flowing across Afghanistan in pipelines ending in India, all going for the use of those multinationals in those respective countries.

Nothing is for progress nor America, but everything is for the Transnational Elites and their multinationals.
01:39 January 13, 2011 by Texrusso

The UK has an Independent Judiciary not influenced by UK GOvernment. Unlike Sweden were the legislators, executives and judiciary and influenced by one and the other. And this is the difference between Sweden and UK. From every legal advantage, Assange will get more Justice in the UK, so his lawyers are well adviced and doing the right things. Good Luck JA!
01:48 January 13, 2011 by chokes
I know many of you are not interested in Facts but for more intelligent readers:-

Provisional Skeleton Argument on behalf of Mr Assange

Extradition hearing: 7-8 February 2011

can be downloaded from


It's a PDF. So if your browser doesn't add the PDF file extension, add it yourself. Then open the file in your PDF reader.
05:45 January 13, 2011 by Kevin Harris

Assange is not held at the will of the UK government, he is held at the will of, and under the protection of, a UK judge who is totally independant of the UK government. As Texrusso points out, this is not the case in Sweden.


You seem to under the misapprehension that people's mistrust of the US legal and penal system is limited to the torture of US prisoners by water boarding. I'm afraid there is far more to it than that. There is the regular torture of prisoners by methods other than water boarding. There is the transportation of prisoners to countries where they can be tortured by the security services there. The kidnapping of prisoners, and their illegal rendition to the US. The detention of prisoners without trial for several years. The conviction of prisoners in military kangaroo courts. The holding of prisoners in open cages in tropical conditions for months and even years at a time. The regular beating of prisoners; particularly during interviews by prosecution lawyers. Sleep deprivation befor interviews, by holding prisoners in painful restraining positions for hours and days at a time, and/or blasting them with death metal. Forcing naked prisoners to have sex with one another. Placing prisoners in cells with known sexual predators so they can be raped. Allowing prisoners to be savaged by military dogs. Placing trussed prisoners in the tropical sun with bags over their heads, for hours at a time. Placing prisoners in solitary confinement for years at a time - possibly for perpetuity; we shall see about that. Allowing, and even encouraging, prisoners' mental condition to deteriorate to the point of madness. Deceiving prisoners during interviews with fake photographs, and fake evidence to encourage them to confess. Arresting and torturing prisoners' families to place pressure on prisoners to confess. Threatening a prisoner (Bradley Manning) with the death penalty, unless he provides useful evidence to the prosecution against another defendant (Assange).

This is the legal and penal system to which the US is about to ask a European judge to extradite Assange.

If any of the above is untrue, I am sure you will tell us which one.

The fact you have named yourself after the perpetrator of these disgusting abuses of human rights tells us a lot about what type of person you are. We shall bear that in mind when we read your posts from now on.
15:30 January 13, 2011 by americanska
wow kevin harris, did the aliens tell you that?

you guys on here telling me to "read some history"... you are basing our opinions on modern day conspiracy theorists.

and i'm not sure where some of you grew up, but in many countries there has been a real envy of america for a couple generations. this has probably lead to you being brought up in an environment where people continually make things up and bashes america to make yourselves feel better.

I DO bear that in mind when i read your posts.
19:48 January 13, 2011 by chokes

@Kevin Harris observations reflect the truth, not conspiracies.

The problem is not what WikiLeaks did, the problem is what the US & other governments continue to do:-

Watch the WikiLeak video of the American helicopter crew machine-gunning down a group of unarmed people (including 2 Reuters news reporters) walking down a street in Iraq, then circling around and firing on a car of good samaritans (with 2 children inside) who stopped to help the wounded and dying, and then chuckle about what a nice slaughter job they did.

If you think this is not a crime against humanity then you are not human, you are sub-human. Assange and the WikiLeaks organisation have provided a means to expose crimes like these, by people who do not want the truth to be told in their complete disregard and contempt for ordinary men, women and our future.

The USA is turning into the 21st century version of Nazi Germany. It claims extra-territoriality when it suits it & rejects all other norms of the civilised world when it comes to allowing or enforcing the judgements of other jurisdictions. Obama & the US Congress believe in & use International Rule of Law only when it suits them.

Why does a corrupt nation that couldn't catch Osama bin Liner in over nine years of looking and after pi__ing away trillions and trillions of taxpayer dollars, expend all this energy on Assange and Wikileaks? Bin Laden =1 USA=0 There is simply no limit to the manipulation and exploitation of the word "Terrorist" by America's political class.

'Terrorist', there's that word again, designed to embed fear into the hearts of all Americans & ensure their compliance. George Orwell didn't dream it would work so well. Pres. Dwight Eisenhower warned the US about the "military-industrial complex" in his farewell address, but no-one listened and now you are paying the price: Bankruptcy can be seen here http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html

and finally for our CIA friends:-

"Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work. - Alfred Hitchcock"
12:06 January 14, 2011 by johnny1939
to GLO. You got it. Give Assange the Nobel Peace Prize. He derserves it more than Obama. Lyssnar ni över kölen?
12:43 January 14, 2011 by my5cents
Assange is up against the powers or the New World Order!

Find out more - don't be afraid to look!


There is a new release coming out any day;


- stay tuned if you DARE to find out!
01:41 January 15, 2011 by No Haram Done
Bradley Manning & Julian Assange!


Because citizens can't get real info regarding their governments' ILLEGAL activities, they must rely on BRAVE MEN like these 2!

They should get the Nobel peace prize!

At least they DID something for world peace - exposing government perfidy - as opposed to MY president, who has escalated Bush's wars!

11:45 January 15, 2011 by Rebel
So why can't the little bald dude hold a press conference for the Swedish people and swear that Assange will NEVER be shipped to the the USA?
06:39 January 23, 2011 by theTRUTH4u
He can't! The US is very busy "shooting the messenger"!

I can't wait to hear what is coming out in the next round being released about the corrupt bank system. The entire US economy is collapsing from government fraud!

They are busy crashing the dollar and blaming the rest of the world, while the Feds are just printing more and more money. The national debt is 14 trillion dollars now! Ticking by the minute and every US citizen has a "personal" debt of about $45,000. http://usdebtclock.org/

They happily announced recently that they predict another 5 MILLION foreclosures this year! Where will all those families go? Iraq? Sweden?
14:28 February 5, 2011 by Observant
Make no mistake you CANNOT trust the Swedish Government whatsoever!

It IS 100% absolutely sure that JA WILL be extradited to the US.

Again the Swedes have stated that JA is wanted on rape charges. Yes rape charges and knowing the Swedish Justice system those "rape" charges are nothing but a very low case of touching a person. BUT the Swedes have recently changed all sexual cases as being of RAPE. Somebody should actually RAPE the idiotic Swedish Justice system and then they would know what RAPE actually is.

If you touch a Swedish woman on the breasts then you ARE charged with RAPE or attempoted rape.

Now then IF Sweden was so interested in interviewing JA they could have done it VERY EASILY. JA does NOt have to be in Sweden to be interviewed in Sweden on those allegations.

The SWEDISH JUSTICE System - if they were SO interested in interviewing JA as they STAe that they are - could have sent a prosecutor to the UK and interviewed JA whilst he was in British custody. Most certainly NOT at the Swedish Embassy or else he would be suddenly found back in Sweden!

It is just a lot of BULL to believe the Swedes want to interview JA on allegations of a rape. Yes of course the Swedes called it RAPE because RAPE is considerd the severest of the sexual offences and NORMALLY countries would have just handed the person over to the SWEDES without further ado. But if the Swedes told the truth about this matter - an allegation of possible sexual harrassment - then nothing would be done.

The American society is also nothing but a sham. They call America the land of the free. Again what a lot of BULL: The yanks criticize Russia and China and other countries on Human Rights but if youy are an American and have been convicted of a felony you are NEVER permited to hold a passport. Some Human Right that is!! Americans are very big mouthed with big ideas and certainly untrustworthy.

So my advice to the lawyers for JA DO NOT PUT ANY TRUST IN THE SWEDES and Sweden is in the pocket of the Americans. To disrregard this advice would be catastrophic for JA's security.

Good on you JA fight the bastards they are worthless anyway. Continue your good work by exposing these currupt governments and govenmental official but do not encroach on the private individual.
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