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Julian Assange Has Been Arrested

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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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Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:34 | 784968 Thomas
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He can share a cell with Martin Armstrong. I beg him to release the code.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:20 | 785242 curbyourrisk
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+1.  Martin is brilliant.  No wonder the US is so damn afraid of him!!!!!

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:55 | 785370 Popo
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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. least that's what I would do. Let's hope whatever strategy he uses, he planned wisely...

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:02 | 785024 Aductor
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Of course not. Don't be ridiculous.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:08 | 785034 zelter
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It's more like a $700 fine, but I don't mind the hyperbole.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:46 | 785123 snowball777
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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?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:17 | 785448 Bring the Gold
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A powerful argument for Eugenics if I've ever seen one. Maybe just a bit of reproductive despotism IS in order after all.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 13:20 | 786041 Thomas
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Let's hope all the folks who support the condom laws where condoms 100% of the time.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:36 | 784976 Dagny Taggart
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got FAZ?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:49 | 784997 LongSoupLine
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got BAC puts?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:48 | 785127 snowball777
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Like gettin' paid to watch fireworks that burn down an asshole's McMansion.

What's yer strike?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:47 | 784984 Kina
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:55 | 785135 blindfaith
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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.


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:21 | 785244 Peace is the x-axis
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" 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:


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:45 | 784987 IMA5U
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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

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:48 | 784991 Moric
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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 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.


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

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:51 | 785001 Internet Tough Guy
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Going after Assange has backfired on the government. The truth will set him (and us?) free.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 12:28 | 785815 Marla And Me
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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?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:59 | 785017 sumo
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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?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:37 | 785537 CH1
Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:01 | 785167 ajax
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Here's a bit more from the Swiss end of this story:

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...


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:48 | 784994 eigenvalue
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Julian Assange is now in the custody of the 21st Century Gestapo now.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:51 | 785002 DB Cooper
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:52 | 785006 moregoldplease
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:01 | 785022 Aductor
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:05 | 785028 sumo
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History in the making.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:04 | 785026 ArgentDawn
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Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:39 | 785549 CH1
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Not likely. He's undercutting the legitimacy of the state.

He's a cryptoanarchist:

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:55 | 785012 Captain Willard
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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.


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:08 | 785035 Ricky Bobby
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Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:09 | 785037 Dr. Sandi
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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.


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:48 | 785131 Peace is the x-axis
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Hail from NZ?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:15 | 785189 raki_d
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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 ?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 08:56 | 785013 breezer1
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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

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:06 | 785188 Seymour Butt
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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.


Tue, 12/07/2010 - 15:30 | 786503 saulysw
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Turns out that greed is not good after all.....

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:03 | 785020 Oh regional Indian
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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.



Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:06 | 785030 feeeeeelix
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this seems scripted to me as well, but alas...

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:21 | 785039 Mercury
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:25 | 785068 Bagbalm
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Political prisoner.

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

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:28 | 785077 BennyBoy
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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?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:51 | 785124 Mercury
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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?

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:36 | 785529 Bring the Gold
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 12:35 | 785848 Marla And Me
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:33 | 785090 Ferrari
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:39 | 785104 wcvarones
Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:41 | 785110 GeorgeRowe
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:53 | 785143 Aductor
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I guess you wouldn't say "so what" if it were you.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:50 | 785129 Sabremesh
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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.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 09:50 | 785134 Hat Trick
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East Asia, er...Julian Assange, has ALWAYS been an enemy of the State. The Ministry of Truth says so...

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:06 | 785185 Arch Duke Ferdinand
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Golly gee willikers kould bee gittin tyme for my Stayte Vizit'n Parayde with mee in an opin Landau....cauze I'yve bin there, don that.

'N peeple of the wurld reely lov the Austrian Royil Familee.

hrh ADF

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:25 | 785192 Shylockracy
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The most important revelation made by Wikileaks so far has been indirect.

By exposing the methods and (re)sources of the American Empire, Wikileaks generated considerable pressure on the festering network of stooges, hangers-on, collaborationists, fifth columnists, quislings, agents of influence, propagandists and economic hit men charged with implementing locally policy decided in the City of London, in Wall St. and in Tel Aviv.

These local leverages of transnational power may be close to breaking point, and no effort will be spared in keeping the status quo. The more they abuse the system, however, the more their power is compromised. At this point, we can only welcome the disruptive effects of new revelations. The trickle speed is also masterly: it is like watching the worst psychopathic monster receiving his Ling Chi comeuppance.

What cannot live with the truth must die, and the sooner the better.

Btw, apart from running to the bank (remember, remember the 7th of December), I'm also saying today buh buh the corporate whores Paypal / Amazon / Mastercard.



Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:08 | 785196 bugs_
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a Condom Sabateur!

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:16 | 785225 Cornubot
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So it's OK to molest, harass and rape (depending on your definition of rape) women as long as you're the face of Wikileaks?

Maybe he'll not be found guilty of being any less than a bastard who uses his fame to have sex with women all over the world (allegedly he had sex with more women than the two who pressed charges, ok "consulted with the police" during his first week in Sweden as he couldn't recall which women made the complaint when interviewed). 

You big aussie stud, you.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:29 | 785276 guasilas
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Arrested for not using a condom?  The jails are never going to be big enough.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:16 | 785226 Die Weiße Rose
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It is 30 years since singer John Lennon was shot dead in New York.

The world marks John Lennon's anniversary of his assassination on 8 December

The former Beatles lead singer was born in Liverpool in 1940 and went on to front the iconic pop group, but is often remembered as much for his activism as for his songwriting.

Lennon was a leading voice in the protest against the war in Vietnam, which he combined with his career as one of the biggest names in pop by writing songs such as Give Peace A Chance and Happy Christmas (War is Over).

Lennon and Ono moved to New York in August 1971, and in December released "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". To advertise the single, they paid for billboards in 12 cities around the world which declared, in the national language, "WAR IS OVER—IF YOU WANT IT". The new year saw the Nixon Administration take what it called a "strategic counter-measure" against Lennon's anti-war propaganda, embarking on what would be a four-year attempt to deport him: embroiled in a continuing legal battle, he was denied permanent residency in the US until 1976.At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building.

30 years later, has anything really changed in regards to Governments misleading People into immoral wars, Human rights,Freedom of the Press,the US Government abuse of Power.

Where are the people with the Guts to stand up to lousy governments ?

Is everyone asleep ? Julian Assange was haunted like an Animal for exposing the fraud and

crimes by those in power and Governments internationally and the US should know better than to try and silence watch-dogs like wiki-leaks. Remember Nixon,Vietnam War crimes ?

Remember Iraq, Abu Ghraib ,Guantanamo bay, Afghanistan ?

this time there is no John Lennon and generation Y has finally capitulated

to a life of blissful ignorance via fuck me in the head remote control.

wake up !

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:27 | 785270 wcvarones
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"One of the women involved in the claims is a radical feminist in Sweden who is known to have a theory that men dominate their social positions through sex and she's also been known to write a blog called 'seven steps to legal revenge'."

That's what you get for f*cking a feminist.




Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:10 | 785274 ThisIsBob
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Who were responsible for the security of the US secrets anyway?  Lets see... State Department stuff, Pentagon stuff, hmmm.  Why aren't those two screaming assholes, McCain and Liberman, all over Gates and Clinton?  It was nothing short of gross negligence  under their watch which made this brouhaha possible to begin with.

And why aren't the New York Times and the Guardian and CNN, and the rest of them under fucking arrest?  They did exactly what Wikileaks did - they published the same content.

And where, by the way, are their voices in support of Wikileaks?  Did these news outlets have the "right" to re-publish stolen secret content first published elsewhere?  Immunity for the second publisher, but  not the first because now its just news?






Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:55 | 785366 Kina
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The comments about the US (and Sweden) on international blogs are extremely heated. The US is definately making no friends.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:58 | 785386 Freewheelin Franklin
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"Unlawful coercion". As opposed to "lawful coercion"., what the government does, everyday.

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 11:28 | 785498 Gordon_Gekko
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Oh get over yourself, you corrupt and incompetent blood-tainted government money funded "authorities" and their minion news media. He was not "arrested", he SURRENDERED. 

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 12:33 | 785841 tony bonn
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bitch marianne ny is a criminal terrorist...

Tue, 12/07/2010 - 15:00 | 786429 Rotwang
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It gets interesting now. The Hansel and Gretel crumbs in the woods (the encrypted file) was picked by so many crows and other foragers. Indigestible.

They are all waiting for the enzyme release, which plausibly must come through an originally 'trusted' source path, each of which having been provided with a supposedly non-tracable release path.

Imagine the blow-torch frenzy working up the back-track of JAs past associations.

Wish we could have that kind of multiplier effect from QE by the Bernank, and some real juicing of the economy. Everyone running in circles, turning stones, and getting paid for it.

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