Assange: Real Fear Is Extradition to US

As Officials Call for His Execution, Assange Hopes to Remain in Europe

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.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.