WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange confirmed today that he is considering requesting asylum in Switzerland, or possibly Iceland, to escape a growing number of international calls to act against him. Assange says WikiLeaks is examining creating a foundation in Switzerland through which to operate.
WikiLeaks has been condemned by US officials as a grave threat because the whistleblower organization has published a number of seriously embarrassing classified military documents related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A number of hawks have called for direct military action against WikiLeaks in general, and Assange in particular, and the Senate is considering a bill that would label WikiLeaks a “transnational threat” to the United States.
Assange has recently been operating out of Sweden, but was denied a request for Swedish citizenship. An Australian citizen, Assange has been wary about traveling to many Western nations recently, fearing for his safety.
5 thoughts on “WikiLeaks Founder Assange May Seek Asylum in Switzerland or Iceland”
God bless Julian Assange! I don't know if I'd go to Switzerland. They recently caved in to US demands to turn over names of Americans banking in their country so that might not be independent enough to be a safe haven for Julian.
Yes, I agree! Switzerland is not as save as Iceland. But I'm not sure if that is still the same Iceland where Bobby Fischer got Asylum when hunted by the CIA and FBI around the world.
I agree with JLS. But I'd stay away from Iceland, too: the economic basket case is ripe for bribes from the US of Aid. But where exactly does that leave the poor man to go? Canada, the erstwhile refugee haven from the US draft (the 'other' land of the free)? Not under the Harper government. He might as well hide out along the Af-Pak border–it's worked for OBL and Omar so far!
I guess he can't go back to Australia then. They are a partner in the Afghan war, and could try Assange for Treason.
idk what Australia's treason laws are but the Aussie government seems to act like a US puppet so yea, he definitely can't go there.
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