Speaking to reporters shortly after his release today in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange insisted he wasn’t particularly concerned about a possible extradition to Sweden, but rather was extremely worried about being sent to the United States.
Sweden is the one seeking his extradition at the moment, but reports suggest the Obama Administration is already in talks with the Swedes about the possibility of “acquiring” Assange.
Exactly what he could be charged with in the United States is unclear, though there are rumors of a grand jury secretly empaneled to investigate him. With a number of officials openly calling for his execution, however, Assange clearly would just as soon not find out what they might try to charge him with.
The Administration continues to insist that Assange is “not a journalist” and therefore that freedom of the press doesn’t apply to him. This doesn’t appear to have any actual basis in US law, but with officials salivating at the prospect of “acquiring” Assange and putting an end to the embarrassing leaks, this may be at best a sidenote.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Saudis Demolish Historic Shi'ite Neighborhood, Sparking Unrest - June 27th, 2017
- Turkey, Kurdish Forces Trade Fire in North Syria's Afrin District - June 27th, 2017
- Mattis: US Will Keep Arming Syrian Kurds After Raqqa Falls - June 27th, 2017
- Russia: US Warning to Syria Is Unacceptable - June 27th, 2017
- Saudi Arabia Insists Qatar Demands Are 'Non-Negotiable' - June 27th, 2017