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Assange extradition gang rape - mom

2011-02-24 18:05

Sydney - The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange condemned on Thursday a court order for his extradition to Sweden as "political and legal gang rape", the Australian Associated Press reported.

A British judge ruled on Thursday that the 39-year-old Australian can be extradited to face rape and sexual assault claims, dismissing arguments that he would face an unfair trial.

"I would say that what we're looking at here is political and legal gang rape of my son," AAP quoted Christine Assange as saying.

"It's a real David and Goliath situation," she said.

"You've got misuse of the European arrest warrant, first time ever that it's been used this way."

Former computer hacker Assange says the claims against him, made by two women he met during a seminar organised by his whistleblowing website in August last year, are politically motivated because of the work of WikiLeaks.

Assange rocked the world's diplomatic institutions and infuriated Washington last year when WikiLeaks began releasing more than 250 000 secret diplomatic cables sent by US embassy staff.

"What Julian through his site is proving (is) the need for WikiLeaks," his mother said. "I'm, obviously, scared for him as a mother but the world ought to be scared for its democracies."

She said that she had expected the extradition order, and that her son felt abandoned by the Australian government.

"The greatest fear I have is that the Western world in its effort to shut up someone who's telling the truth to the people of their countries will breach every piece of legislation in order to get him and will co-operate across borders to do so."

Comments
  • Madelane - 2011-02-24 19:18

    This all is just to pat and convenient and smacks of a witch hunt by those in power who fear the embarrassment of exposure of their base self serving natures.

  • stevenvanzyl - 2011-02-24 21:40

    The time of cold war tacticts are fortunately over. Now is the time of information flow. This has already shown its worth in its ability to mobilise people to stand up to despots with less finesse than some in the West. There the leaders hide behind the popular vote won on the bloodied card of the uninformed voter. What democracy? Julian's extradiction and trial will be watched by billions, with hawk eyes, to ascertain if fairness prevails. If he is sacrified on false information he will become a martyr, and his dream of open information will become a burning desire for millions more. So, whichever way his case goes will be a victory for open information, our right to know and our right to make informed decisions. If however, he is found guilty of rape etc. in a fair trial, then he deserves what he gets. What he has done for the flow of information will not be stopped. It is a win win for all concerned, but him. His outcome is the result of his choices, and to the benefit of those believing in the fairness of basing decisions about what policy will be followed on informed decisions. This open information, and social networking empowers people to communicate, mobilise against unfairness and change the world. Watch India.

  • stevenvanzyl - 2011-02-24 21:48

    The time of cold war tacticts are fortunately over. Now is the time of information flow. This has already shown its worth in its ability to mobilise people to stand up to despots with less finesse than some in the West. There the leaders hide behind the popular vote won on the bloodied card of the uninformed voter. What democracy? Julian's extradiction and trial will be watched by billions, with hawk eyes, to ascertain if fairness prevails. If he is sacrified on false information he will become a martyr, and his dream of open information will become a burning desire for millions more. So, whichever way his case goes will be a victory for open information, our right to know and our right to make informed decisions. If however, he is found guilty of rape etc. in a fair trial, then he deserves what he gets. What he has done for the flow of information will not be stopped. It is a win win for all concerned, but him. His outcome is the result of his choices, and to the benefit of those believing in the fairness of basing decisions about what policy will be followed on informed decisions. This open information, and social networking empowers people to communicate, mobilise against unfairness and change the world. Watch India.

      feppie - 2011-02-25 08:14

      Agree, but what are the chances of him to have a FAIR TRIAL?

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-25 09:28

      Small. And if he's extradited to the US, None at all is my guess.

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