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Julian Assange Arrest By British Police Delayed By Technicality

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The noose around Wikileaks' Julian Assange is tightening. It appears that not only does British police know where he is, but that he himself is currently residing in South-east England, awaiting his own arrest. In fact, his only ongoing reprieve is that British police is delaying the arrest while Sweden fixes a technicality in its arrest warrant. From the Sunday Morning Herald: "The legal situation surrounding Mr Assange, the hacker who was born in Queensland and co-founded WikiLeaks, was still unclear last night, with reports that he was in a house in south-east England waiting for British police to arrest him. British newspapers said police could not act as Sweden had filled out a European arrest warrant incorrectly." Furthermore, any return to Sweden would likely be game over for Bank of America's most hated person: "The Swedish Supreme Court said last night it would not consider Mr Assange's appeal against the arrest warrant." Of course, Wikileaks continue to plead there is no legal basis in the arrest warrant issued against Assange: "'There has been a lot of talk about legal actions,'' he said. ''But we have not seen any reference to how we are supposed to have broken the law.''" That said, at this point, Julian's days away from captivity are numbered (or, as some of the conspiracy theorists claim, so the media circus would claim). Either way, Bank of America is likely breathing a sigh of relief.

Once again, it only goes to show that if you threaten to take down a government nobody cares; do the same with a bank, and one's arrest becomes imminent.

In the meantime, Charlie Gasparino reports that Bank of America now believes it is the target of the next Wikileaks release which likely will never transpire (and even if it did, will confirm what the conventional wisdowm is: that the bank is merely an organization replete with fraud, deceit, and unpunished criminal behavior, which always ends up receiving the "settlement" treatment).

From Fox Business News:

On who the Wikileaks are targeting:

“FOX Business Network can say fairly definitively, based on sourcing inside the banking industry that it is most likely BofA. “

On Bank of America’s reaction:

“Bank of America clearly believes inside the firm that it is a target. BofA, from what I understand, has assembled a legal SWAT team to deal with this, if it is them and the documents are released.”

 

 

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Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:17 | 773188 bugs_
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You know this paperwork is all wrong!  No such thing as a RoboArrest!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:44 | 773315 joemayo
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insurance.aes256 ?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:01 | 773382 Xedus129
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Downloading now...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:08 | 773413 nope-1004
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Assange wants to go to prison for safety reasons, before the information is released.  He's no idiot.  If he releases it "on the run", he's dead.  Inside a Swedish prison, he'd be hailed as a hero for crippling the US financial fraud system.

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:35 | 773519 DaveyJones
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was toying the same thought

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:16 | 773649 WaterWings
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Your clients' money is probably well spent for that reason. I was gonna say, "It takes a criminal...".

Always know a good defense attorney!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 21:03 | 773862 crazyjsmith
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Yeah, he seems to be rolling over too easy.  It seems the bigger the fugitive, the easier it is to hide, just ask our pal Osama.  If he wanted to hide out, I think that could have easily been arranged.  Probably realized also that the charges are total crap, and it will be a rather easy battle for him to win.  That will only bring him more credibility when the charges get dropped, which I predict they will.   

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 21:50 | 773929 crazyjsmith
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Yeah, he seems to be rolling over too easy.  It seems the bigger the fugitive, the easier it is to hide, just ask our pal Osama.  If he wanted to hide out, I think that could have easily been arranged.  Probably realized also that the charges are total crap, and it will be a rather easy battle for him to win.  That will only bring him more credibility when the charges get dropped, which I predict they will.   

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:01 | 773744 Windemup
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But, but, but, he's a CIA asset? How can that be?

Perhaps they'll stuff his underpants with plastic explosive.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:46 | 773824 OldTrooper
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I wouldn't worry.  The CIA knows how to 'take care of' its own.

But, I wonder which bank really feels safer?  Do they really think he, and only he, can upload stuff?

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 04:16 | 774588 Ratscam
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 21:21 | 773895 CB
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"prosecutors making it up as they go along"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/sweden-assange-sex-without-condom/

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:18 | 773190 Dumb Money
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Assange is helping britain to decouple from the american titanic.  Of course he can stay there without getting arrested

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:09 | 773417 MarketTruth
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Yet, like the Titanic, the plane/boat/car they will be delivering Julian Assange in will have an 'accident' and all people aboard will be killed, oops, i mean found dead.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:16 | 773444 Robslob
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Bankers 1
U.S. Military 0
Free people of the world - 1 quadrillion

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:19 | 773198 unwashedmass
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One can only hope he has passed the BAC info on to others, and that it will see the light of day.

the theft of taxpayer money by these guys grows more vomititious by the day......how much did Bennie give the primary dealers for the 100 Dow points today? what was it? 8B? Our kids will spend a year or two paying that off.

go with god, Julian.....

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:08 | 773416 cougar_w
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Can only hope? On to others?

There was always more than one Julian. Always. There are as many Julian Assange as there are Tyler Durdens. And each Julian has a score of their respective Marla Singers. And so on, until we hit the comments section at ZH.

Down the rabbit hole, the limits of a man or woman vanish.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:41 | 773539 DaveyJones
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go ask Alice. It is fascinating. The internet and this point in history. Too many entry and exit points for information. Too many angry people. Problems for the handlers  

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:17 | 773451 jbc77
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Thats what I was thinking. Lets hope, shit, lets pray he put the BofA data in someone elses hands. He strikes me as an intellignet guy. He had to know he was either going to be killed or arrested. Besides, was Wiki a one man show? The guy had to have a couple people close to him runnig the website? No?

Was really funny to watch one man scare the hell out of BofA execs. Could you imagine these execs, trying to replay in their mind what kind of incriminating emails Assange had in his possesion. BofA execs had been doubling up on Depends adult diapers the last few days..

 

Run Julian, run......

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 04:21 | 774514 Julia
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Of course the data is stored in many places. I should know, since he is my lover. And between you, me, and the wall, it fits so easily on a flash drive that I can name two places I have stored it. You are such how can I say nicely silly people....5 gigs of data. It's backed up everywhere It's on the web now. Zipped on all those free Megaupload sites, as well as all those bad business model sites like Ring around the Mosy--like yes, we consumers will mosy along and not pay you a dime for your silly service since we have flash drives.

Sorry, Julian is calling from the other room-- yeah honey, trying to type with spellcheck, baby. He says we personally have it saved in 3 places between us and have fun plugging and playing. We don't even have to that funny Windows noise to safely remove hardware.

It is  (what's that honey--the other place--are you sure you want me to tell them?--ok, my love)...Julian is not a small man. His is no Vickrim Panda. He wants you to know we have 4 flash drives right here (I forgot about the one in my beautiful Colombian breasts).

Now multiply that by 1,000. Julian thinks in rational numbers unlike that guy that wants to throw money from that loud that thing sounds like a loud clanky whoosh whoosh whoosh--I think is called helichopper Ben. Raised by my drug cartel papa,  I am good at math. 4000 flash drives, zipped files and Mosy's accounts.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:23 | 773779 ZackAttack
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You have to imagine the he and his people are clever enough to have some kind of scheduled job/deadman switch running on dozens of mirrors that'll torrent his BAC data and the rest of the cables unless he kills it.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:19 | 773199 Dagny Taggart
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Don't you think Assange has a Plan B for the release of the bank data? It isn't as if his arrest was unforeseeable.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:22 | 773210 midtowng
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Assange is just the founder. Not the whole organization. The bank data will be released.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:28 | 773250 nonclaim
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Seems logical the data should be released after his arrest so he can claim "I didn't do it". I would wait comfortably at home too.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:37 | 773290 scatterbrains
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maybe that's the real reason whey they've delayed moving in on him.. fear that it will trigger the release ?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:10 | 773421 cougar_w
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Unlikely. Because they are cops and have simply no fucking idea what they are up against here.

No they really did just screw it up.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:50 | 773834 OldTrooper
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Stick with the simplest explanation - it's usually right.  Good call, cougar.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:52 | 773582 Screwloose
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Probably more likely it's because the whole of South-East England is paralysed by a foot of snow.

There are no trains south of London and the roads and airports are closed.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:13 | 773434 cougar_w
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He's actually safer in a jail, for now. And if the next release is really toxic then he can claim he didn't do it, being in jail.

The board is set and the pieces are in motion. No stopping it now.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:38 | 773529 MachoMan
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I'm guessing if that's the case, conspiracy charges (the ever vague target to defend against) will be soon to follow...

 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 03:26 | 774546 Moonrajah
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Dunno about that. He could always have an unfortunate meeting with a shank-wielding inmate c/o BofA in the prison-yard. Or his food could be tampered with. Or he could Eastwood his way out of Alcatrazz and get shot in the process. Or he could try to have unprotected sex with the warden and get tazed beyond resuscitation. Or... well, there are endless possibilities once the man is stuck in a certain place.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 11:10 | 775273 Marla And Me
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You should ask Martin Armstrong if jail is safe.  He's one that firmly believes that TPTB are dumb (at least the politicians) and that no one is truly in control.  He does have a point there, but he changed his tune a bit after the jail beating... Nothing like losing all your teeth and getting your ribcage stomped on while a guard watches on to make you think that maybe, just maybe, someone wants you dead...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:25 | 773232 downrodeo
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He would pretty much have to be the dumbest hacker ever to let himself get arrested without releasing what he was threatening to release. Like the article says though, likely nothing new will be learned.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:33 | 773271 Let them all fail
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Maybe, but there is an important difference between everyone knowing something and having evidence of such.  Plus there are many people out there who don't know whats going on who could be exposed to this news if the docs were released.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:06 | 773402 BobPaulson
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I expect the fraction of people previously in denial whose denial will be reversed by this will be small. 

The reaction to this has been primarily a combination of denial and "shoot the messenger". Everybody who expected this stuff just nodded their head and mutter "no surprise there". The main value of this IMHO is to divide the reality people (red pill) and the peter pan types more concerned with winning Lindens to buy new costumes for their avatars (blue pill).

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:49 | 773569 downrodeo
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Well said my friend.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:37 | 773287 Al Gorerhythm
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Another US inspired "preemptive strike". 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:33 | 773270 neophyte
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Video on Alex Jones show last night with 2 people from Wikileaks stating categorically that the bank docs will be released. However, they say early next year...... unless they plan to drop a bombshell when no one expects it. Go to Denningers site.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:35 | 773282 Common_Cents22
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The two wikileaks guys were on Judge Napalitanos show yesterday too and also said the info would be relased on an American bank after the new year.

 

They got some good leverage to keep Assange out of major trouble I'd say.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:12 | 773430 neophyte
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Sorry, I got it wrong. It was Judge's show that I was referring to.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:33 | 773274 barkingbill
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i also believe the bank data will be released. they can arrest him, but can they arrest the data dump?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:40 | 773303 gmrpeabody
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Maybe the BAC leek is really barter, to stay out of jail. Or even alive.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:31 | 773505 sgt_doom
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Dudes, quite a few low-information commenters today.

Wikileaked docs come from the W-crew, which is made up of thousands of hackers around the planet.

And for your viewing enjoyment:

[Swedish Prosecution Authority on Wikileaks’ warrant: Weird]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLy2UOaA0CU&feature=player_embedded#!

[Chris Hedges]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYCvSntOI5s

[Russ Baker v. George Bush: Family of Secrets]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ZkqfRsiRo

[The Federal Reserve]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-k&feature=player_embedded

[Media and Propaganda]

http://metanoia-films.org/watchonline.php

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:44 | 773555 Atomizer
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My exact thoughts. The group seems widely organised.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 01:16 | 774338 grunk
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His name is Robert Paulson.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:46 | 773563 optimator
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Julian has no plan B.  Mossad has only one plan and we're suffering it.  Julian is their key actor in this production.  There will be no release on BOA, just as surely as there will be an attack on Iran.  I hope on hope that I'm wrong, time will tell.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 03:54 | 774567 Julia
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Anda que te coja un burro, pongalo en su boca, puta!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:19 | 773202 Rotwang
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Unless he is renditioned into the gulag, he should be extradited to Sweden, and unless they do their lame-ass usual and release him to the CIA, he could stand trial, and the woman might have to prove she changed her mind in the 'middle'.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:35 | 773522 sgt_doom
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This is surely "Attack of the Low-information Commenters" today.

Geez, Louise, guys, pay attention:

http://radsoft.net/news/20101202,00.shtml

(Assange Case: Ny Knows the Girls Made it Up but Doesn't Care)
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:19 | 773203 MaxVernon
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I can see the headlines now: "Assange arrested and flown accidently to USA instead of Sweden".

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:27 | 773246 EscapeKey
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"Oh, you meant Stockholm, Sweden, not Stockholm, NJ?"

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:29 | 773255 Overpowered By Funk
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Or more likely, "Assange dies in accident on way to USA instead of Sweden".

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:20 | 773204 Ragnarok
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OT: Great post today by FOFOA for any Freegold followers out there:

 

The Value of Gold

http://fofoa.blogspot.com/2010/12/value-of-gold.html

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:55 | 773363 DoChenRollingBearing
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Thanks Ragnarok, my next stop!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:30 | 773677 Sean7k
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The Labor Theory of Value has to be the stupidest concept ever propagated. Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes- none of them could make it work. That's the problem with Menger and the crazy Austrians- they never stop making sense...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:21 | 773207 tahoebumsmith
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All it will take is 35% of BOA customers to have a run on them. They would have to announce a banking holiday and try to calm the run. It really is that simple, stop paying your BOA Mortgage and your BOA credit card and go withdraw your money. This would end the game in fear the other four whores would be targeted next. The people really do have the power to end this quickly and legally, we just need the masses to understand and jump on board.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:22 | 773211 SilverIsKing
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The bankers should be arrested for screwing us without our consent.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:22 | 773212 fiftybagger
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:51 | 773575 JohnKing
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bingo!

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:22 | 773213 Jason T
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"Once again, it only goes to show that if you threaten to take down a government nobody cares; do the same with a bank, and one's arrest becomes imminent."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIgdKZvlw_Y


Thu, 12/02/2010 - 22:30 | 774024 Dapper Dan
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If you use the Pareto Principle 80 % of Americans will believe that Julian was arrested for releasing state secrets and risking the lives of our brave boys and girls in uniform.

Did any one catch Charlie Rose Tues night? he (3) times baited Rick Stengel with "Julian is trying to bring down the U.S.A right"?

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:22 | 773215 CH1
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Julian is only the face of WikiLeaks. There is a team of people running the operation - they will not stop.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:23 | 773216 sabra1
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am sure he's got reliable henchman ready do press the send button!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:02 | 773387 cougar_w
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There are probably as many Julians and there are Tylers.

Speaking of which, have you noticed how the two are never in the same room at the same time? What's up with that, ya wonder?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:46 | 773561 MachoMan
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Which raises the question, why would you become the face of an organization that will be targeted by governments across the world?  It seems to me that getting captured and becoming a very public showing of the long cock of the law was destined from the start.  My only question is whether this is simply a function of Julian's strange ego/masochism or whether this was planned all along by his handlers.  Clearly, if you know ahead of time you will be getting information as sensitive as wikileaks has certainly obtained, then you run anonymously from the start...  ZH style.  The discrepancy is eating at me.  It just doesn't make sense.

The only other possibility is that Julain has been assured by legal counsel that what he has done is completely legal AND he is certain he can obtain a fair trial in the venue chosen for him (unless he can also ensure venue).  I consider this a long shot.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:10 | 773630 downrodeo
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This is the smartest thing I've heard on the subject to date. This argument is self-evident when you lay it out like that. TY MachoMan!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:34 | 773687 Sean7k
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It all makes for good theatre, but you are only as relevant as your next release. Everyone likes a car chase, but ultimately, who cares.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:28 | 773792 goldsaver
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He probably has an ego the size of Manhattan. He truly believed he could fuck with the big boys and they would leave him alone. Unless he has dirt on the Queen of England or the Illuminati, he is about to spend a few months in a Swedish jail.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 22:21 | 774003 Things that go bump
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As jails go, aren't Swedish jails fairly comfortable places?  We aren't talking the black hole of Calcutta here, you know.     

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:31 | 773798 ZackAttack
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There may be an extent to which, by becoming the (flamboyant) face of this organization, any government that harms him will also martyr him and a thousand more will spring up in his place.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 04:13 | 774579 XPolemic
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There may be an extent to which, by becoming the (flamboyant) face of this organization, any government that harms him will also martyr him and a thousand more will spring up in his place.

It makes no difference if ZERO spring up in his place. If you kill him, you validate the documents, but if you discredit him as a dirty rapist, you can get the media whores to focus on that.

I don't believe he is working for a particular govt. agency, but he could be. Governments are pretty incompetent these days. They tend to rely on the fact that they are vindictive and violent rather than cautious and secure to protect information. Documents have been leaking out of the USG for 50 years (to the Soviets, Press and now Wikileaks). I think all of this talk about assassination is either deliberate hype or a Streisand Effect by idiot politicians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect


Fri, 12/03/2010 - 10:48 | 775182 MachoMan
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Kind of like Timothy McVeigh became a martyr?  David Koresh?  Randy Weaver?  You control the media, you control whether "martyrdom" takes root as regardless of whether the people are actually lunatics (they may very well be), they are never allowed to ever appear as anything other than lunatics.  As a result, the only people who would be enraged by his death would be people who are already sympathetic to the cause. 

Any inroads wikileaks makes into the hearts and minds of the general populace will be as a direct result of its business model, product, and determination...  not the death/incarceration/harm of its playboy wannabe figurehead.

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 06:58 | 781559 XPolemic
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It's not the same thing. When 'McVeigh' blew up a building, there was little doubt as to the authenticity of the message (as opposed to whether McVeigh actually did the up blowing), and so the authorities terminated the message when they executed McVeigh.

In Assange's case, if they execute him, they validate the authenticity of the message (unless it is a double,double switch to authenticate a fake message). Once the message is authenticated, Assange's character is no longer relevant. If on the other hand, they can paint him as a rapist, rogue, liar, they destroy the message's authenticity.

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 13:59 | 782602 MachoMan
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This doesn't make any sense.  If Assange as killed, it will not remotely answer the question as to his motivations and purpose.  It will only mean that he pissed in the wrong cherios or his handlers prefer for him to be dead.  Either way, it does not help us much in our determination.  In short, it will validate nothing.

The only question at this juncture is whether the leaked information is authentic.  Given the reaction of all, clearly, the information is authentic.  All they are doing in the wikileaks business model is gaining credibility.  At this point, the message is immaterial; the sole purpose is to release sensitive information that is factually correct. 

The next phase will involve more explanation as to purpose.  By virtue of wikileaks' editing and the type of information released, we will, over time, gain a much better understanding of its political motivations and aspirations.  It is still in its infancy.

Throughout this time, wikileaks and other similar sources/blogs will transition into the way most people obtain news or, at least, force the traditional media to resume its academic purpose, providing real news.

The last phase will be to utilize all goodwill and trust to bluff, much like a poker player would, in pursuit of its political motivations and aspirations.  If called, it risks losing credibility.  If not, it stands to win the pot...  if it wins enough pots along the way, it will win the tournament, i.e. realize its political aspirations.  This applies to not only wikileaks, but all those who seek to emulate it...  and, in general, non-traditional media sources.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:36 | 773808 karzai_luver
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It actually works the other way around.

There are not many people who would be able or wish to
stand in front of this stuff , especially when you are just getting started.

Just as we kill 20 of the top 25 of the head evil ones there are always more to take up the fight once you get the movement rolling.

I assume a combination of wanting to do what he considers the right thing along with a little extra on the ego and the fact that when it comes right down to it most will not step forward gives you a Julian.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 06:26 | 774653 Cornubot
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Well, julian confessed to a Swedish tabloid that he had sex with so many swedish women that he couldn't recall which ones filed charges against him. So yes, there are perks with being the public face of an USA-hating organization, especially in Sweden where there are hordes of leftist feminist women.

However, Julian missed the feminist part, and didn't realized that if you don't perform as promised, they'll file a complaint. You can dodge the CIA, but you cannot dodge swedish feminists if you don't pull out like you promised.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:24 | 773218 rich_maverick
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Really?  BAC has nothing to worry about?  If I were Julian, I would just release all the information upon my arrest and not do any filtering (to protect any innocents).  Point is that thus far, nothing that Wikileaks has released has really "shocked the world".  Everyone knew that this shit was happening.  Now, they simply have corroborations.  However, if you make the "rape trial" a sensation, it actually makes the BAC stuff more interesting...  Everyone knows that this Interpol thing is B.S.  They just want him to stop releasing all their secrets...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:24 | 773219 spongeBOB
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After all this hoopla he would be a fawking moron if does not release those docs before he gets arrested or at least have others do it for him.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:38 | 773223 Spalding_Smailes
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I am not going to answer to this so-called court, out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people. I've said what I've said, and I'm not guilty.

-Saddam Hussein

If you are Iraqi, you know who I am... and you know that I do not tire. I am the president of Iraq and I refuse to answer these questions because this court is illegitimate.

-Saddam Hussein

The truth can not be drowned by any flood of false indictments.

-Slobodan Milosevic

Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order.

-John Gotti

My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate.

-Theodore Kaczynski

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:24 | 773226 Jason T
Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:25 | 773230 Aductor
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Maybe BAC shouldn't relax just yet. Even if he gets convicted after a trial and appeal, I hear Swedish prisons are quite comfy. He would have plenty of opportunities to direct the wikileaks' team...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:38 | 773296 Rotwang
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This level of 'rape' charge doesn't even qualify for time in Sweden.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:50 | 773344 Aductor
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The prosecutor can change the charges to some extent if s/he finds evidence for more severe crimes, so I wouldn't rule out inprisonment. Then again, he will probably be considered a first time offender, so it will be cuddly an nice anyway. In any case, I was just contemplating the "worst" case scenario (leaving TeaParty hitmen aside).

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:57 | 773372 cougar_w
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If BAC is the target (and not oh let's say JPM, or both) then they will be torched before Assange sees the inside of a courtroom. And he'll have the best alibi in the universe -- being safely in jail -- when the data neutron bomb goes off and blows the financial world to rat shit.

That ticking you hear, it's just Julian Assange laughing his head off.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:25 | 773231 Mark4124
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Tyler... you gotta get that HARD DRIVE ASAP!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:53 | 773347 cougar_w
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No no, it's clearly already distributed content. What we need is the public key and a torrent feed.

Come on Julian. Bust a move on em. Make the mo'fo's dance.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:41 | 773818 karzai_luver
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What we need are some patriots to step forward and send them data from every one of the top 50 banks.

Eventually a tipping point can be reached that triggers something like this. That is the game that is afoot.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:26 | 773236 WineSorbet
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I can't wait to tell my grandchildren about the day the consititution was officially scrapped.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:30 | 773257 MyKillK
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Because an Australian man is about to arrested in England and extradited to Sweden? Please tell me how this has anything to do with the US Constitution.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:47 | 773329 gmrpeabody
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Because an Australian man is about to arrested in England and extradited to Sweden.... for committing a crime against an American. You just can't make this sh_t up! Too funny.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:53 | 773354 MyKillK
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They were two swedish women, numb nuts

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:21 | 773659 gmrpeabody
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He's not REALLY being arrested for anything he did to two Swedish women, numb nuts.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:54 | 773355 MyKillK
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You do realize that the warrant is regarding the rape charges right? Not the leaks...

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:18 | 773457 Dr. No
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Its like Al Capone and Tax evasion.  They get them how ever they can.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:25 | 773664 gmrpeabody
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Yes, I do. I think everyone here does too. Even Assange knows that the rape charge is not why they want him.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:38 | 773531 sgt_doom
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Read the frigging cables, dood, or at least go to The Guardian's site or Der Spiegel and read them.

Geez, how are you guys today?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:27 | 773244 SRV - ES339
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It is long past the time to take these creatures out (they are not human)... by force if necessary.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:10 | 773420 Ethics Gradient
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Don't just site there, man. Live by your convictions and start shooting people that you disagree with!

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 01:37 | 774378 CitizenPete
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Beat them to a pulp with your solid body axe. (Or is the red one a hollow body?)

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:32 | 773252 MyKillK
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A "technicality" is preventing them from arresting him....yea...surrrrre....the media is saying that as of 45-60 minutes ago a new arrest warrant has been filed so where is his arrest?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:30 | 773256 koaj
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im still not sure if wikileaks is some sort of CIA operatation or if he's the real deal. i guess ill never know but i need to have hope that he is the real deal

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:46 | 773324 cosmictrainwreck
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Finally, somebody introduces a tiny dose of reality: a smidge of doubt that the party line (here) might....  just might... have the remote possibility of a  flaw. I do NOT know the answer (the so-called "truth"), but the whole thing smells of a well-orchestrted, well-greased "B" movie. SO MUCH DRAMA. Gimme a break. Real life takes place behind the scenes, very boring, very direct: "sign this or your daughter disappears". Dying to know who his puppet-master is..... ("just sayin' ")

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 05:49 | 774643 Batty Koda
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Correct, the whole thing is a joke and people are lapping it up. Where is the dirt on Isreal? Or the serious stuff on the US for that matter. Some unknown diplomat said Angela Merkal was dull, great.

The Washington Post refused to publish the climategate emails because they were "illegally obtained" but yet they are all over this story.

I'm not going to get my hopes up about this bank release, maybe the coffee girl gets sacked for complaining about her boss in an email and the bankers are shown to be honest chaps who occasionally make mistakes, half of the public say "everyone makes mistakes" the other half say "they are in too important a position to make mistakes" and blah blah blah nothing happens.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:48 | 773336 High Plains Drifter
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Just think about this. People who really want to help you, usually end up dead. Shall we go over this aspect of what we are talking about here? There is much proof out there to substantiate this theory.  Let us look at the Kennedy family for instance. JFK, Robert and JFK, Jr., all dead. Also let us not forget, dear old Teddy, who was in plane crash many years ago, and lived to talk about it. Needless to say, the message was delivered loud and clear to him. Keep your yap shut, do your job as we want it done and don't worry about the murders of your brothers and your nephew. I always wondered how he could live with himself. Maybe that is why he became such a raging alcoholic, having to live with the knowledge that someone killed all those members of your family, simply because they wanted to do the right thing for the American people. Case in  point. Another words, if Mr Assange was the real deal, he would already be pushing up daisies.  The same thing could be said about this man bumping his gums and talking all that trash at the EU council meetings, Mr. Farage. Let us not forget. He spent many, years working for the Rothschild cartel in the City of London, at their precious metals trading concern, London Metals Exchange.  Now he speaks of nationalism and doing the right thing for the people. Lenin said, in order to control the opposition, you must lead it. So now, another useful shabbaz comes forward to do his duty to his god, whoever that is. Maybe I am wrong, but I fear that I am right.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:53 | 773578 sgt_doom
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".. if Mr Assange was the real deal, he would already be pushing up daisies."

Yeah, and if you could find your vagina your life would be a helluva lot easier, dood.

Sorry, WL is composed of thousands of people far more technically astute than you could ever dream of becoming, and for once be thankful they are trying to help.

Word up, goober, Wikileaked diplomatic documents verify that the Bush and Obama people and the CIA fully compromised the Spanish courts and prosecutors.

And concurrently, we have those Swedish prosecutors acting thoroughly compromised.

Any chance you can connect the humongous frigging dots the size of your girlfriend's butt?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:03 | 773740 Bob
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I can't see that it really matters if he's for real or not.  He's demonstrated a need that will inspire others to follow.  He's become a Star. There will be thousands of other guys out there, like kids working to play like Jimmy Hendricks.  If they can do better, they will. This genie is forever out of the bottle. 

This drama has also inspired the IT community to prepare for government censorship of the internet.  This will be vitally important in the months and years ahead. 

Assange is just a timely catalyst and harbinger of things to come. 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 08:03 | 774693 StychoKiller
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"V is for Vendetta" and apparently, A is for Assange!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:30 | 773259 spongeBOB
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He should've hidden in Iran.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:30 | 773260 hack3434
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Lets hope he releases the key for the AES256 Insurance file  

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:31 | 773261 Sofa King
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Does the phrase "he himself is currently residing in South-east England, awaiting his own arrest." not strike anybody else as odd?  Maybe he thinks he'll be safe in a police station.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:34 | 773276 MyKillK
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Yes. I find it very odd.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:31 | 773262 the not so migh...
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I guess we learned something.  If going against the banks just hump your fist and no sex at all to avoid rape accusations.  

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:31 | 773264 John Law Lives
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I wonder if Assange will mysteriously drown in a hot tub the way Matt Simmons did right after he condemned the BP oil spill as being a cover-up...

Tyler, please stay away from hot tubs.  We need you alive and well!

 

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 01:35 | 774369 CitizenPete
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Yeah, that would totally suck, but send a world wide message -- that whou hopefully backfire on them. 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:32 | 773269 thegr8whorebabylon
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When hackers dream of electric sheep

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:50 | 773343 cougar_w
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Indeed.

My vote for most densely literary techno-distopian comment of the day.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:10 | 773757 Bob
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Ditto.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:36 | 773810 ZackAttack
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Awesome book too. We could certainly use a dose of Phil's clear voice right now.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 00:23 | 774251 thegr8whorebabylon
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Tanks U GUYS.  uSUally I feel like a retard on this site.  ;))) 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:35 | 773277 Skeebo
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The Wikileaks team has been waiting for him to get out of the way anyhow.  If anything I would expect his arrest to speed up the release of these documents, maybe a little christmas swan present for us all.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:35 | 773281 Pladizow
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He'll trade the BOA info to be left alone.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:52 | 773349 gmrpeabody
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+100

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:12 | 773432 Ethics Gradient
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Given how unpopular he is with the rest of his leaky chums, I don't this will happen at all. He doesn't have the ability.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 19:31 | 773676 gmrpeabody
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If his own people throw him under the buss, he's done.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 20:13 | 773765 Bob
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He serves a higher cause, regretfully or not.  Unfortunately, perhaps, messiahs often end up serving as inadvertant martyrs.  The cause is only invigorated in the process.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:35 | 773283 High Plains Drifter
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I said it before and I will say it again. BoA is a WASP run bank. It is going down. Besides , it has American in its name. What great irony is contained therein. The death of the largest bank in America which points to the death of America, in the eyes of some of the inner innitiates. As far as Assange is concerned, who knew who this man was before all of this stuff happened? Who really knows who he is now. It makes for great theatre. In the final analysis it means nothing. Julian Assange is just some man who is being used for a purpose. When his time is over, he will be liquidated. Perhaps that nervous look on his face, tells us, that he did not read the fine print on the contract, the part about elimination. You have to ask yourself how some lowly US Army private, can have access to all of this electronic information. Someone does evidentually. That someone is a state. Three guesses and the first two don't count.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 06:16 | 774651 Batty Koda
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Are you suggesting Assange is a patsy for Mossad who will be used to bring down the last large non-jewish bank left in America? It makes sense to me, although I still can't decide what role the jays play in all this.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:37 | 773292 carbonmutant
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There are many competing priorities here. And while some governments don't want the data released, they all want to see it.

Terminating Mr. Assange does not stop disclosure and he has many cards to play.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:38 | 773294 Common_Cents22
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Is BoA connected as well as Goldman and gang?   IF not, BoA info will probably be released.   If BoA failing hurts the rest of the insiders BoA will be protected at all costs.  

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:53 | 773353 High Plains Drifter
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I shall tell you a story about two banks. One is headquarted in New York. Another one ,is headquarted in Charlotte, NC. Now then, who does the FED love more and why?  That is the question.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:56 | 773367 gmrpeabody
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Goldman will get BOA. After all the bad sausage has been unloaded into the public freezer, that is.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:40 | 773305 Uncle Remus
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Would you like some bread with that circus?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:47 | 773330 cougar_w
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You've been unreeling some nice ones lately. Do you have a "best of" edition yet?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:43 | 773308 cxl9
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Assange will be just fine. If he had really pissed-off anyone powerful or important, he would have been dead or co-opted a long time ago.

Death pool, anyone? I see talk of one on alt.obituaries, but nothing active. InTrade isn't quoting odds. I'll take the short side if there are any takers..

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:55 | 773588 sgt_doom
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Yeah, cxl9, I give Joey Lieberman just a few more weeks......

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:43 | 773312 kaiten
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Amazing! So, he´s on the Interpol Most Wanted list already, but the swedish authoroties still have to fix the technicalities for arrest.

Now, tell me something about politically motivated charges. USSA, anyone?

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:45 | 773317 cougar_w
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Meaningless theater. It's not a man, it's a tactic.

And BAC? Well we don't know who is/was in the cross-hairs on the next release, but nothing has changed there. Somewhere a cron job is ticking down the milliseconds until an encrypted tar file is unwound and unleashed on the world. Good fucking luck with that one, BAC. Run all you want to, we like watching you flail around like the strung up puppet you are. Until we don't. As Diamond once said, "Enjoy your remaining moments on earth."

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:48 | 773326 plocequ1
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In other more important news, Leslie Nielsen passed away. Dont call me Shirley

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:00 | 773377 cougar_w
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I would like to think he's somewhere in the spiritual universe working on the comic potential of this entire WikiLeaks affair. Requiescat in pace, dude.

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:49 | 773337 Dingleberry Jones
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I have no idea why anyone would think that arresting Assange is going to quiet Wikileaks or the like. It's a group of people sifting through a lot of data.

There is also a possiblity that Assange actually did assault two women.  The dude is seriously narcissistic and feels that he is above the law. 

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:58 | 773376 hugomarch
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>>The dude is seriously narcissistic and feels that he is above the law.<<

Would you care to back up that statement with even a modicum of fact?  One thing for sure, there are people out there who are envious of him and the success of his wikileaks site.  Cryptome.org has been in business for years but never matched the meteoric rise of wikileaks. 

 

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:06 | 773405 gmrpeabody
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Would you care to back up that statement with even a modicum of fact?

Villain or hero,everything the man has literally done the past several years backs up that fact.


Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:15 | 773443 Ethics Gradient
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As soon as I work out how, I promise to start doing things metaphorically.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:20 | 773463 Dingleberry Jones
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1) Wikileaks rise can almost be directly attributed to one source and one source only: Bradley Manning.  All of the Iraq and Afghanistan information was given to WL from him. As are all of these cables and diplomatic discourse. They are merely milking it.

2) From wikipedia: Narcissism is the personality trait of egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness.

He thinks that he is smarter than everyone else. Read some of his archived stuff at the humbly titled blog of his: IQ.org.

Here are some his thoughts, some of which are plagarized:

http://catastrophist.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/julian-assange-conspiracy-...

He loves being in the media, but has walked out of interviews when they get tough. He's called for heads of state and various other execs to be fired/tried. He slowly leaks information that isn't all that exciting despite his hype.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/23/julian-assange-walks-out-_n_772...

Also, the only thing that you can find on the wikileaks site now are the three main tranches of data sourced by Manning. Where is the rest of the corruption that Wikileaks has exposed?  If they had an "exposure of all corruption" agenda, why wouldn't they still share the old findings as well? It seems that with the exponentially increased traffic to their site, a lot more people would see that stuff. Wouldn't that be better for the world?

Yet, it sadly appears to just be a focused hit job on the US and US interests.  There is a ton of corruption in the world and there is a ton of info. Why does the head of the group insist on saying this, yet his actions speak of only one target now?

I love a good conspiracy theory. More importantly, I love the criminals in government and in corporations being exposed. A free society depends on accountability. 

The point remains that he is an egotistical asshat that has been accused of rape by two women with a strong enough case for Sweden to want him arrested and extradited to their country.

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 05:06 | 774623 AnAnonymous
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There is a ton of corruption in the world and there is a ton of info.

 

Absolutely right. Not only that, but it is reported on a daily basis. Strawsman. it is certainly not like the other countries never were under the spotlight. They are always.

That is the reverse actually. The US, always so keen on pointing fingers at others, fail to pass its own tests.

The US is what some accuse Assange to be.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:00 | 773379 gmrpeabody
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Quit trying to confuse the issue with common sense!

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 18:10 | 773423 AbandonShip
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link to evidence?  Not nice to throw around charges w/o evidence. Only gub-ments can do that.

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:50 | 773341 JG Krielsen
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Word has it that wikileaks have set up a dead men's switch for all the documents still available. Once a day a login to a server would delay the leaking of the documents and their passwords. Don't be afraid, the BofA documents will come online...

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 06:28 | 774655 Batty Koda
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Ooooooh! I almost wet myself! A dead man's switch you say? Julian must be so brave, knowing he's in such danger but pushing forth regardless.

But seriously, if this whole thing wasn't a dog and pony show why wouldn't wikileaks just release the info now instead of waiting to be killed?

Thu, 12/02/2010 - 17:51 | 773345 ReallySparky
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Our administration will want to Fly him to North Carolina for trial complete with a jury of BOA peers.

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