UN Rules WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Being Detained Unlawfully

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Submitted by Claire Bernish via TheAntiMedia.org,

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s years-long confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has been ruled unlawful by the U.N.’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and his lawyers have now called for Sweden’s extradition request to be dropped immediately.

The ruling is not binding and the British Foreign Office maintains the legal obligation to extradite Assange. Accordingly, he will be arrested should he decide to vacate the embassy premises.

“We have been consistently clear that Mr. Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the U.K., but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy,” said the Foreign Office in a statement, according to the Guardian. “An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European arrest warrant in place, so the U.K. continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange to Sweden.”

Prior to the U.N. panel’s ruling, Assange had said he would leave the embassy voluntarily and accept arrest should a determination against him be handed down, “as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal. However, should I appeal and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”

Though the panel concluded its investigation and ruled on December 4, it is unclear whether Assange was informed of the findings. Anna Ekberg of the Swedish foreign ministry said there would be no statement before the ruling is formally published on Friday.

Should the Swedish or U.K. governments ignore the panel’s decision, an unnamed and unverified source “familiar with the U.N. working group” told the Guardian “it would make it very difficult for them to make use of U.N. human rights council decisions in the future to bring pressure on other countries over human rights violations — the ruling sends a strong political message.”

Julian Assange reportedly fears not only extradition to Sweden, but secondary extradition to the U.S. over charges of espionage for an historic leak of classified military and diplomatic documents, including infamous footage taken from an Apache helicopter in Baghdad in 2007 that appeared to show the arbitrary assassination of twelve people — including two Reuters journalists.

Ahead of the ruling, one of Assange’s attorney’s, Per Samuelson, said a determination in his client’s favor should lead to his immediate release; and, as he told Reuters, “It is a very important body that would then be saying that Sweden’s actions are inconsistent with the European Commission on Human Rights. And it is international common practice to follow those decisions.”

As The Sydney Morning Herald noted, the U.N. group “has made previous rulings on illegal detention which were followed by their release, such as Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar. However, in 2014 they called for the release of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who is still in jail.”

As Paul Craig Roberts notes however,

At the beginning of Assange’s arbitary detention, I said that the detention was in violation of the rights of asylum and is akin to the Soviet Government’s refusal to allow Cardinal Mindszenty free passage from the US Embassy in Hungary when he was granted political asylum by the US government. I pointed out that in our time Washington now behaves like the Soviet dictatorship half a century ago.


The illegal actions of the Swedish and UK governments were on the orders of Washington, the corrupt government of which is determined to get Assange for publishing leaked documents revealing the criminality and mendacity of the US government.


Washington and its UK vassal claim to be defenders of the rule of law, but, of course, both governments are lawless. We will see if the ruling has any effect on the behavior of “the two great champions of liberty.” My prediction is that the gang of criminals in Washington will not allow its vassal governments to abide by the UN decision. I hope that I am wrong.

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Chuckster's picture

I don't think Julian himself knows what's going on.  I think what he learned from this was: "Don't fuck with the system!".

Looney's picture

The illegal actions of the Swedish and UK governments were on the orders of Washington

The UK should stop wagging its crooked finger – it has as much credibility on any spy-related matters as Zimbabwe does on fiscal and monetary issues.  ;-)


NidStyles's picture

Why does the UN have any say what a sovereign nation does?

RafterManFMJ's picture

...being detained unlawfully.


Where the analysis fails is it assumes there is any law. The only law that exists is what you personally can generate...however you can.

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) RafterManFMJ Feb 6, 2016 2:18 PM

In town, you're the law; out here, it's me.

philipat's picture

Interesting that both The UK and Sweden have previously recognised/instigated/supported every single decision by this same UN Body. But in this case, well....not so much. For context, read this:


Fuck you Obuttboy..


peddling-fiction's picture

"Why does the UN have any say what a sovereign nation does?"


Because "sovereign" countries sign binding agreements in the UN and it is the fabric of post WWII international relations dictated by the "winners".

The winners are not who you think they are. Who funded WWII is more the right question to ask.

Who created the UN is the question and why. What is their real objective?

americanreality's picture

It doesn't, of course.  From the article:  "THE RULING IS NOT BINDING..."  

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TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) NidStyles Feb 6, 2016 12:25 PM

We haven't gotten to a point where things are so broken that comedians can just state facts of how the world operates and everyone laughs like its a clever joke


peddling-fiction's picture

<< Believe Assange is a psyop

<< Believe Assange to be David fighting against Goliath


I believe that Wikileaks and Assange are a clever psyop, making the sheeple believe that the small guy has power to defy nations. Also it induces you to align yourself with the individuals, nations and organizations that help out Assange.

The UN wants to come out as the good guy now.

A great PR stunt.

And most are falling for it.

Don´t get me wrong, I was rooting for Assange just like you before.

Why would the mainstream media (MSM) want to continue to remind everybody about how Assange dissed the US?

MSM would IGNORE him.

It is true that they also attack when necessary, but three letter agencies would have easily picked him up when he was touring Europe and the UK.

peddling-fiction's picture

I know for a fact that when you really try to publish something the three letter agencies fear, they will tear it down or even burn down the data center it is in, just for starters.

Otherwise Wikileaks would have leaked some really startling information.

philipat's picture

So, let me get this straight. JA has given up having a life for 3 years because he is a psyop plant? Who is peddling fiction? Perfect avatar and name incidentally. Now get back under that bridge...

peddling-fiction's picture

Assange wanted to be famous and that he has been achieving well beyond his wildest dreams.

In a Psyop you do as you are told, and if things take longer than "promised", you just have to roll with the punches.

If the US or UK had wanted to arrest Assange, they could have done it easily. They let him tour Europe and the UK creating the buzz they needed, before creating this situation.

The UN is not in the habit of making these strange rulings on a single person, especially when it has to do with the US and UK that are in the permanent UN Security Council. Did that fly right by you Philipat?

The UN focuses on countries and regions.

Philipat, do you believe everything you are being told by media?

Probably you do not understand the concepts laid out here, or are you just "thought policing" Zero Hedge without any kind of self-analysis.

You do not have to agree with me, but you can choose not to show your bad manners in public that do belong under a bridge.


>>It is interesting to see how people react when something they really believed in is questioned, even in our rebel camp.




lincolnsteffens's picture

Don't really know but it may be contractual as part of membership. UN can't order and enforce its ruling but it can limit its cooperation with a nation or even expel from its membership. Not a  likely scenario except for embarrassment and light wrist slapping.

The UN's Universal Declaration charter of Human Rights is involved here. Of course if you read the document I believe much of it refers to "persons" which may not mean "humans" even though the title of the Declaration does and some of the wording does.

Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

I want to know why they used "person" here and not human being. Am I picking at minutia? Not according to American Jurisprudence.

peddling-fiction's picture

Was it Saudia Arabia chairing the UN Human Rights Council panel, that appoints human rights "independent" experts?

philipat's picture

Ha ha..Totally separate issue Troll. Interesting issue, which you might wish to address to London and Washington who were instrumental in getting the Saudis "ELected" as Chair of the UN Human Rights Commission. Why would they do that, and isn't that a more interesting question?

Incidentally, I note that you have been a "Member" for the grand total of 3 weeks and have a rich posting history? I can spot a Troll at a very long distance. Fortunately...

peddling-fiction's picture


@philipat wrote "Totally separate issue"

Assange´s situation has to do with human rights due to his detention. What part of that do you not understand?

If I mention Saudi Arabia, anybody should understand that the US and probably the UK are involved if they know anything about international relations.

It is not an interesting question you pose as to why SA was elected since the answer is due to obvious ties between the mentioned countries and the loads of cash that SA has.

Looks like you are trolling or simply just upset that I dared to question your hero Assange.

If you are a troll, it looks like I hit a homerun.

I used to think that Assange was a victim, until the UN made this bizarre ruling (it´s a good ruling but strange for the UN).

Since I know who really founded the UN behind the scenes, it made sense to me what is really going on.

I have been an avid reader of ZH since 2010 and even remember Do Chen´s original handle so let´s move along, there is nothing to see here.

GardenWeasel's picture

Because the sovereign nations all got together and created the UN for just this purpose, and others of course. Duh.   Countries only whine about the UN decisions when they go against them. 

OregonGrown's picture

F THE UN.....


I am sick and tired of these guys thinking that they are the grand arbitrator of the world...... When truly the are the cancer.


KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Well there is a reason I call it "the kleptocratic circle jerk and debating society on turtle bay". Assange got his butt into this crack and has discovered he's not as wonderful as he thinks........

NidStyles's picture

Can't say that with the lefties around, they will lambast you and call you a "NOTZI".


If you're opposed to the UN dictating to your country what it can do with in it's borders, you're also equally a "NOTZI".

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Assange is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but the UN is a very large herd of them. Y'all can down vote me all you want, but if this is a worry for you, you obviously haven't been paying attention.......

12357111317's picture

ZH only let me vote you down once.

12357111317's picture

Thomas Paine is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but the Colonies are a very large herd of them.

Jesus is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but the Zealots are a very large herd of them.

Jean of Arc is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but France is a very large herd of them.

Erin Brockevich is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but the USA is a very large herd of them.

curbjob's picture

"Assange is a narcissistic idiot with a big ego, but the UN is a very large herd of them. Y'all can down vote me all you want, but if this is a worry for you, you obviously haven't been paying attention......."


No irony here, right ? I mean you're not commenting for you own self gratification, it's for the children .. right ?


peddling-fiction's picture

Everything is ...for the children. /s    LOL

holgerdanske's picture

It is shameful that the European countries just bend over again, and again to the American government.

It is about time Europe stood up for something, anything! for a change.

Liberty with these clowns in power is not possible.

In Ze No's picture

I believe we tried to force down a South American president's plane over this.  Most Americans didn't even blink, refusing to acknowledge if someone did that to us it would most likely constitute an act of war. Let's face it, most Americans enjoy us being the global bully and back those choices 100%.

peddling-fiction's picture

@IN Ze No

When they forced the Bolivian president´s plane down to Austria, while flying back home from Moscow, I was ashamed for Europe´s reaction, and knew something was deeply wrong. Rotten.

It was brash and a signal of things to come. I started to really get worried then.

And here we are seeing all that brashness come to a crescendo.

Interesting times we are living in.

curbjob's picture

The US leads by example  ... the example was set 08/061945 

and just to make it perfectly clear, again on 08/09/1945 .


blabam's picture

Lol the Saudi led human rights commision? Fuck the UN. Oh, and I'm still waiting on some leaks from Russia and China. Let's see if mr ego Assange has the balls for that. 

Amun's picture

"Extraordinary rendition,  is the government-sponsored abduction and extrajudicial (illegal) transfer of a person from one country to another"

The true criminals:




IridiumRebel's picture

This shit show continues until folks start swinging.

stant's picture

I thought I read sometime back he was going to do a data dump on hitlery

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Too late. Everybody else has already raided her server.......

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Bill hasn't raided her server since 9 months before Chelsea was hatched.

Farqued Up's picture

Did Hubbell ever get out of jail?

Edit: Yep, out, served a couple years, last heard in Charlotte, writing novels.



KnuckleDragger-X's picture

I want a DNA test from Chelsea first to verify that......

RafterManFMJ's picture

Call upon the power of the Google and you'll see pictures of the two of them places side by side. There's no doubt she's Hubbel's child.

And it's not a random event that she's had plastic surgery to cover up the tell-tale nose.

Note some of Bill's rape victims said he told them not to worry about pregnancy as he was sterile from a childhood disease...

SoDamnMad's picture

DETAINED UNLAWFULLY   Is that like picking a guy up off the streets in the ME, flying him to Gitmo, torturing him, then letting him go a decade later saying he was innocent.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

johnnycanuck's picture

An excellent round up of the Assange affair here. Members of the circular firing squad should read it.


"Assange is not paranoid. A grand jury has been secretly arraigned in Virginia, the home of the CIA, that is dredging up long-discarded laws to charge him with espionage, even though he is not a US citizen.




Here too,


"According to documents released by Edward Snowden, Assange is on a “Manhunt target list”. Vice-President Joe Biden has called him a “cyber terrorist”. In Alexandra, Virginia, a secret grand jury has attempted to concoct a crime for which Assange can be prosecuted in a court. Even though he is not an American, he is currently being fitted up with an espionage law dredged up from a century ago when it was used to silence conscientious objectors during the First World War; the Espionage Act has provisions of both life imprisonment and the death penalty."




Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Feb 6, 2016 11:48 AM

The UN is unlawful .... a majority of the member states are dictatorships ?

Polymarkos's picture

Are...you...finally...easing up on...the use...of...ellipses? FINALLY!

The_Prisoner's picture

Sure the UN is unlawful. Especially that part that recognises Israel.

Glad we finally agree on something.


As MASTER OF UNIVERSE I hereby grant full amnesty to Julian Assange and order British & Swedish Security Forces to stand down in terms of any attempt to arrest Mr. Assange. Mr. Assange is free to travel anywhere in the World and if any security forces attempt to intervene and arrest him they will be imprisoned in a federal prison for the remainder of their natural lives. This order is binding and not subject to veto by any nation in the World.


signed, MASTER OF UNIVERSE 06/02/2016

FlipFlop's picture

Sweden is a prime example of feminist police state. A typical local rape case (excluding the cultural enrichment program recently) goes something like this: A man and a woman get very drunk and end up sleeping together in the same bed - later woman realises that male partner has penetrated her and panics. After she tells her friends, the court gives the guy a sentance as her story is consistent with those of her firiends'. 

Rape is a rape, but such feminist legal system gives women very asymmetric, arbitrary power to ruin someone's life, just because they were so drunk that neither can recall if sex was voluntary and what did they agree in the night.

Poor Assange!

The_Prisoner's picture

Worth noting that the chick who accused him of rape fucked off to Israel.

he's not the first one to fall for the Jewish honey trap, but he should have known better.

peddling-fiction's picture

Hearsay evidence. Wonderful.