Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

Tyler Durden's picture

As of 9:30 am GMT, Julian Assange is no longer a free man. Bloomberg reports that the Wikileaks founder was arrested by London police over rape allegations made in Sweden. "Assange, 39, was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after an international request by Swedish police for the Australian’s detention, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said today in a phone interview. He is to appear at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court at 2 p.m. today, a court official said... The arrest follows a European arrest warrant on one count
of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one
count of rape allegedly committed in August 2010, the police’s
extradition unit said in an e-mailed statement.The arrest warrant was sought by prosecutor Marianne Ny, who said she had been unable to question Assange. Ny started her investigation on Sep. 1 after Stockholm-based Chief Public Prosecutor Eva Finne dropped the rape charge and reduced the molestation charges. A lawyer for the two alleged victims in the case had appealed Finne’s decision." Of course the only thing that is on people's minds is whether (and when) the Australian will release the decryption code to the 1.4 GB torrent file that among other things, may contain data that will "bury" Bank of America. In other news, score one for having unprotected sex with free speech.

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Thomas's picture

He can share a cell with Martin Armstrong. I beg him to release the code.

curbyourrisk's picture

+1.  Martin is brilliant.  No wonder the US is so damn afraid of him!!!!!

Popo's picture

My prediction is that the encrypted archive contains several additional encrypted archives with different encryptions/passwords. That way Assange can give out the password and still preserve some ammunition.

...at least that's what I would do. Let's hope whatever strategy he uses, he planned wisely...

Aductor's picture

Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.

zelter's picture

It's more like a $700 fine, but I don't mind the hyperbole.

snowball777's picture

Are you telling me you don't have a list of people that you'd put away for life if they fucked without a condom?

Now think about Jersey Shore...

Is that your final answer?

Bring the Gold's picture

A powerful argument for Eugenics if I've ever seen one. Maybe just a bit of reproductive despotism IS in order after all.

Thomas's picture

Let's hope all the folks who support the condom laws where condoms 100% of the time.

snowball777's picture

Like gettin' paid to watch fireworks that burn down an asshole's McMansion.

What's yer strike?

Kina's picture

Comment from a participant on an Australian political blog site

 

The most concerning thing is the history of the charges, the bringing of the charges, they way they have been transmitted, and kept from the defendant to the last minute the vast political storm behind Assange and the revelation that Sweden has association with the US security services and the allegation that the charge was not reinstated until there was local Swedish political interference.

Given that and the fact that Assange offered himself up for interview on ‘numerous’ occassions but was rejected….the after being given permission to go to the UK gets an Interpol Red Notice……

Well, a normal person would be driven to extreme scepticism over what now transpires with the charges and whatever witness that are produced….and the fact (which I also found out yesterday) that the women in question (at least one) has worked with/for/in association with the CIA in the past….

 

 

 

We have to assume innocence, that is how it works. Innocent unless proven guilty. And beyond reasonable doubt. Dont know how that works in Sweden.

But now any juror would have to great concern before getting to the position of beyond reasonable doubt. There is now doubt every step of the way and every angle along the way.

Even if the charge is truthful, accurate and he is guilty – Im not sure how he could be found guilty to those standards unless there is overwhelming irrefutable evidence.

And with the tainting of everything surrounding this it is necessary to err on the side of caution and that every tiny little step and assumption now be thoroughly looked at and tested.

blindfaith's picture

you can damn well bet that your boy from Australia, Mr. Rupert Murdick, will make sure this guy gets paint guilty in the stage lights of FOX 24 hours a day for the next two years.

There seems to be some question about Mr. Assange's relationship with the CIA, and now one of the women may also have a CIA relationship.  Interesting...a family fight?

Thank God Mr. Assange did not show a video at the same time of the alleged crime, or the FBI would be after him for showing a movie for gain and in violation of US code!

 

China must be laughing all the way to Teniman Square, and thumbing its' collective nose at "Human Rights Watch" as the west in general.  I can just see the smiles on the faces in Iran and North Korea too.

 

Peace is the x-axis's picture

"..you can damn well bet that your boy from Australia, Mr. Rupert Murdick, will make sure this guy gets paint guilty in the stage lights of FOX 24 hours a day for the next two years."

Perhaps not the wisest of bets?

This published just an hour or so ago in The Australian newspaper, owned by Murdoch's NewsCorp - an exclusive article written by Assange:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/dont-shoot-messenger-...

 

IMA5U's picture

so even if this dood was showing the world the ugly truth ...

...he is fooked because he is also a sicko

 

its perfect deflection to discredit the information he unveiled.

i guess they want us to go back to paying attention to Change we can Believe in

Moric's picture

Hey Tyler, I believe you are missing an interesting part of the story that is developing here... Anon from 4chan has joined the fight. Watch for Paypals main site to be down, watch for postfinance.ch to be down. Assange is becoming the rallying cry for free speech on the internet. It will be interesting to see if Anon converts people to the more radical steps of protest. 

http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/201049/6520/Cablegate-Anonymous-The-Internet-will-not-be-censored

 

Hope you pick up on this developing part of the story.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

Going after Assange has backfired on the government. The truth will set him (and us?) free.

Marla And Me's picture

Or he's a psyops plant to designed to get young idealistic hackers to wreck the kind of havoc that is now unfolding, giving governments the basis for a clampdown of the net.  I'm sure the American government would prefer their consumers get a China-style firewall to filter their "news" and "information."  A good chess player is one who can think several moves ahead of his opponent...  Yes, I am that cynical.  What do you expect from me when I know that Edward Bernays worked for the CIA?

sumo's picture

Anonymous took offence to PayPal’s actions, including the fact that all of the money collected by the account holder - the Wau Holland Foundation - on behalf of WikiLeaks was confiscated.

So Paypal stole the funds? Fuck, Paypal is a Wall St bank, now?


ajax's picture

Here's a bit more from the Swiss end of this story:

http://genevalunch.com/blog/2010/12/06/wikileaks-founder-tells-world-hes...

Funny thing about CH Postfinance accounts: all illegal Brazilian and African "cabaret artistes" seem to get them easily enough as well as illegal Central American "mains-d'oeuvre" and Assange had one too in spite of that little exaggeration about 'living' in Geneve but now Postfinance has changed its mind about the most famous Australian on the planet...

 

eigenvalue's picture

Julian Assange is now in the custody of the 21st Century Gestapo now.

DB Cooper's picture

Would these charges have been pursued with the same vigor if Julian Assange were not associated with Wikileaks?  I think not, and therefore we can see that we are all at risk not for what we have done but possibly more for what we believe, read or say - a frightening 1984 vision.

moregoldplease's picture

I wonder if Julian is an agent provactuer. All the talking heads are caling for more restrictions of our freedoms so that we will "feel safe". None of the released news is particularly earth shattering, in fact its content is mundane.

 

Now if the Banking info should prove otherwise then I can understand the governing banks' fears.

Aductor's picture

Well, in that case they're losing it because he turning every hacker on the web into a free speech mujahedin and Assange into a martyr.

sumo's picture

History in the making.

CH1's picture

Not likely. He's undercutting the legitimacy of the state.

He's a cryptoanarchist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypto-anarchism

Captain Willard's picture

Assange is the victim of a KGB-style "honey-trap" sting.

It's only a matter of time before ZH gets shut down. I hope Tyler has contingency plans. In fact, we should probably start a contingency fund on ZH for back-up servers etc.

 

Dr. Sandi's picture

Tyler. Put down that sheep. THEY are watching.

Or at least use a condom, for Dog's sake. Preferably one of those old-fashioned sheep gut ones. They're all natural and feel like the real thing. At least they do to the sheep.

 

raki_d's picture

What do you know abt Tyler? to use a condom ? 'it' may be a female or may be an impotent who got castrated or got his crotch chewed by cranky Marla or may be "he" is in his 100s who  lost his libido long back during the great depression or may be a gay who only like to be fu**ed, lay on the bottom & not fu** back or the way it posts, it could be a machine too with no external ports. actually you know what? what makes you think he z not the same Julian Assange ?

breezer1's picture

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." -- Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

Seymour Butt's picture

Chilling words. So much for living in the "home of the free."

For the last few years I'm starting to fear living in this country. How the hell did it get to this?

The oblivious sheep still believe in the old "if you have nothing to hide" BS. They don't know they're the frogs in boiling water. Willingly giving away more and more of our freedoms.

By the way, here in AZ private prison construction is at an all time high. And Cheney made a bundle investing in its stocks.

 

saulysw's picture

Turns out that greed is not good after all.....

Oh regional Indian's picture

Pure, bad theater.

Like chinese torture, only frame by frame by framed by framer.

What's being distracted away from? Economy? Too prosaic an explanation.

Something bigger. War? More likely, where are the big signs?

Weather? I think so. The UK, in it's deep freeze, get's to host the hot news item.

 

Slow motion reality TV.

These are masters at an art and most people, instruments at effect instead of being engines of cause, are all at sea.

DISINFO. Like a bad b-movie.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/of-leaking-wikis-and-true-lie...

 

feeeeeelix's picture

this seems scripted to me as well, but alas...

Mercury's picture

It's not very easy to pick sides here.

We have a U.S. administration that can't even bring itself to say that there is such a thing as national interests to protect let alone that they should be defended if attacked or compromised. We have Assange, who is such an egotistical nut-job that his primary objective seems to be bringing down the U.S. government (not "setting information free") -consequences for others be damned (see point #1) and we have a wus Euro police force who, after screwing around for a week has finally decided that yeah, we can probably arrest him for not wering a rubber.

What a sorry collection of human beings is this lot.  To the rest of the world this must look like the latest stupid American reality show.  Cue the final episode where everyone involved sits around and talks about their feelings on the matter set to touching Justin Beiber music.

Bagbalm's picture

Political prisoner.

Trouble is painting him dirty doesn't do a single thing to make them any cleaner.

BennyBoy's picture

Concensual sex without a condom is a crime?

I hope my hooker doesn't find out.

Maybe he gagged her with his...oh, that's right he doesn't like gags.

 

I wish that JA had posted important state secrets instead of govermental drivel.

Wikileaks is more like a tire with an annoying slow leak.

Where's the blow out?

Mercury's picture

Short of nuclear missile launch codes, The U.S. no longer has any important state secrets - that's kind of the takeaway here. You were hoping to see the secret plan for Afghanistan? Obama's playbook for returning the US to economic powerhouse status? The fine-tuned algorithm that determines who gets to immigrate and settle within American borders?...what?

Bring the Gold's picture

Take your pick:

Extensive info with specifics about CIA drug running in Afghanistan.

Plans for mass depopulation via bio-weapons and/or famine.

Info about 9/11 not thus far revealed.

Plans by banks with specifics for planned destruction to pave way for one world currency.

Plans by government for a full blown police state with no recourse.

Information about who sits on Continuity of Governance boards that have controlled the US government since 2001.

Stuff like that. Yeah, the big stuff that's rumored and/or based on known anomalies that seems likely to be going on. Stuff that would disrupt the above plans.

Marla And Me's picture

Don't say you weren't put on notice.  This constant "state of emergency" has legal ramifications that essentially gives the executive, or the COG group, carte blanche.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/10/notice-president-continuation-national-emergency-with-respect-certain-te

Ferrari's picture

I feel so much safer now that that maniac is behind bars. Now I can enjoy Jersey Shore in peace.

And to think Sweden is a corporatist state too.

GeorgeRowe's picture

he allegedly wikileaked into a couple of girls - so what?

If he and his organisation help to unravel the web of lies told by the world bankers and politicians then all power to him and the Wikileaks community.

Aductor's picture

I guess you wouldn't say "so what" if it were you.

Sabremesh's picture

Of course the only thing that is on people's minds is whether (and when) the Australian will release the decryption code to the 1.4 GB torrent file that among other things, may contain data that will "bury" Bank of America. 

Of course he's not going to release the decryption code, you idiot. It's his fucking life assurance policy.