WikiLeaks Julian Assange Arrested, Appears in British Court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police on a warrant issued in Sweden surrounding allegations of sexual crimes.

For those who have been under a rock lately, WikiLeaks is the controversial website that has leaked thousands of secret U.S. military and State Department documents in recent times.

From Bloomberg/BusinessWeek:

Assange, 39, will remain in custody until his next hearing on Dec. 14, Judge Howard Riddle ruled today at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court. Assange told the court he will fight the extradition.

“These are serious sexual offenses,” Riddle said at the hearing. He said that the case is not about WikiLeaks.

Assange was arrested “by appointment” today at 9:30 a.m. after Swedish police issued an international arrest warrant. His surrender to police followed a European 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.

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31 Comments on “WikiLeaks Julian Assange Arrested, Appears in British Court”

  1. Ina Says:

    The charges were dropped earlier, this arrest today IMO has nothing to do with the rape but everything with wikileaks. JA said he wanted to talk to the police, he went to the police himself. He is not arrested for the wikileak. Some Americans want his head, for some he is a hero.

    I supose this is about freedom of speech. Where are the limits? I know in America you can say kill homosexuals. In America you can say everything you want. But if you make enemies in the government, you have to be shut up.

    JA claims strong media keep the governments honest.

    Wikileaks btw will just continue.

    Personally I just think when it is dangerous as in human lives at stake, to leak, don’t leak?

  2. cali patti Says:

    TO: ~~ Ina Says: December 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

    “I supose this is about freedom of speech. Where are the limits? I know in America you can say kill homosexuals. In America you can say everything you want. But if you make enemies in the government, you have to be shut up.”

    This INA person is not an American. She is apparently uneducated to how we live in the states and what our laws are.

    Freedom of Speech is exactly that. Assange did NOT speak, he released stolen documents from a foreign government. (he is NOT an AMERICAN) He should be classified and treated as a hostile foreign spy.

    As to Americans allowing the killing homosexuals, let that statement of Ina’s stand to show how uninformed and stupid this women is.

  3. Ina Says:

    This INA person would like you to check out some church in Topeka, Kansas where a reverent says those things about gays.

    And this INA person is member of mensa. Not really stupid.

    Assange: he was arrested for rape btw not for theft and it still has to be proven he raped.

  4. Ina Says:

    He is Austrailian, he was said to have committed a crime in Sweden, was arrested in England for that, but you think America should get him because of… wikileaks? There are no charges.

    Why are there no charges?

  5. cali patti Says:

    Freedom of speech, that freedom allows a reverend to speak. His speaking is not America “allowing the killing of homosexuals.”

    Assange’s rape charges from information that is out will probably not hold up, unless that country has laws I am unfamilar with.

    Mensa membeship means squat if you make stupid statements.

    I will not reply to again and regret replying to you originally. I remember you from trying to incite from way back.

  6. Ina Says:

    🙂 LOL ” trying to incite” , wth? I just commented on an article here on J.’s blog. Talking about stupid statements: yours wan.

  7. Ina Says:

    “You can say kill homosexuals” I don’t say anything of allowing homosexuals to get killed.

    Anyway, Assange won’t try and fight his arrest. I suppose he must think he will be better off in jail waiting for his trial than out in the open where it is easy for nutjobs to shoot him.

  8. zelda Says:

    Ina you are a pain in the butt……..don’t bother to spit out a reply.

  9. Ina Says:

    Well Zelda no idea what is bugging you, perhaps you should move your butt around more then? 🙂

  10. Ina Says:

    Jon what happened to your blog? I hope you are doing fine 😉

  11. snoopysleuth Says:

    Cali Patti~~I totally understand what you are trying to say. It is inane to judge all of America because of one minister in Kansas. I am glad very few have such tunnel vision.

    I doubt if the British police are playing games by holding Assange on rape and serious molestation charges. This has nothing to do with the Wikileaks, whatsoever. The British police would have to have enough evidence to hold Assange or he would have been released.

    I haven’t commented here in quite awhile and I am sad to see some things have not changed.

  12. Reader Says:

    John, It is sad to see someone come in here and call another commenter stupid and uniformed all because they belong to a particular bashing clan. The Ina commenter simply voiced an opinion and her point of view can be quite interesting. This kind of attack is what drives people from a well maintained blog, i hope an apology comes to you from anyone who has such disrespect for you to try and start a fight here.

  13. kreuzer33 Says:

    No worries. I only check the blog early in the morning and at night. People will fight…people will call each other names…it’s all part of the blogosphere. Let’s keep it a little more clean though. If you want to have a personal fight…take it elsewhere 🙂

    Assange was arrested for rape allegations, not about WikiLeaks. You can have your own discussion on your thoughts on WikiLeaks. Actually, that would probably be a very thought provoking discussion!

    Hell…I’ve heard from all sides. I’ve heard those who say it’s wrong to release the information…and others who think the information should be public knowledge. I’ve heard people say “if the government has to hide it…we as Americans have the right to know.” Others say “it is putting our nation, our people and our troops in danger.”

    Who knows. Maybe all of the above are correct. The thing about America is that we are free to voice our own opinions.

    Ina~ In the United States, we do have the freedom of speech, but it does have it’s limitations. Limitations include the “harm principle” and the “offense principle”, typically in the case of hate speech.

  14. Reader Says:

    Snoopysleuth, “I haven’t commented here in quite awhile and I am sad to see some things have not changed” You say such a thing to John who has such a respected blog. You gave your opinion on Assange. but you need to keep your personal Ina problems on your own blog. YOU are the one who needs to change!
    John’s blog has been just fine. You want John to kick Ina out? Is that your goal here after so many months not commenting here?

  15. cali patti Says:

    John I am sorry to have caused anything with INA.
    I never should have replied to her.

    Reader, you are correct I never should have called INA stupid or uninformed. My personel feelings should have never come out.

  16. kreuzer33 Says:

    Don’t worry about it. People can’t get along and agree 100% of the time. What would be the point of having a discussion if we don’t have differing opinions.

  17. Reader Says:

    John, differing opinions in a discussion are great and we learn much from each other, imo commenters calling each other names is a deterrent to a good read. The ones who do that would not like it to happen to them. It humiliates and tends to be a type of bullying that turns visitors away from an otherwise happy blog to read. I have commented in the past but became uncomfortable to continue for that reason once before. Just OUT OF THE BLUE, someone calls another stupid and uninformed or yanks the strings on behalf of someone else to stir up a fight. God only knows what I am called right now for having my opinion on this but I don’t think getting along, is calling people names. There are several name calling blogs and they are an open sore in the blogging arena. This is your blog and if you are not bothered by it, I do apologize to all parties here that I took liberty to write my opinion on the subject in general. Thank you for listening. Sorry (End)

  18. kreuzer33 Says:

    Nope…you shouldn’t feel bad for expressing your opinion. Frankly…I get VERY tired VERY quickly of the name calling and the bashing of each other. Come on. We’re all adults here. If you want to state an opinion, even if its TOTALLY opposite of what others think…then go for it! Let’s not call each other names and bash just because someone has a differing opinion.

    One of my all time favorite movies came out well before my time: 12 Angry Men. I’m sure you’ve seen it (BTW the original is far better than any remake). Just watch the film and look at the points it brings. One person stands up for his belief. By the end of the film, all are in agreement. He stood up for what he believed in. He was cool, calm and collected. He didn’t resort to name calling or any childish behavior.

    There’s A LOT that we all can learn from that film 🙂

  19. Ina Says:

    Hi reader and John, thank you. It would be nice to be able to discuss things without attacks, namecalling, stalking. I have never seen 12 angry men lol, I would run for it I think. 🙂

  20. Ina Says:

    Btw John, that is interesting, I thought Evreything was allowed to be said so I suppose this reverend is doing an offence? I would give you the link lol but the comment just poofs if I try.

    ttp://www.dallasvoice.com/gay-bashing-pastor-decides-to-abide-by-funeral-protest-laws-1020942.html

    I left out the first h so it might work. Freedom of speech I suppose is also freedom of actions somehow?
    Freedom of protesting on a funeral? (Not sure.)

  21. Ina Says:

    “At least 17 states have considered legislation this year restricting protest activities around funerals.”

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

    Wikileaks: Daniel the 20 year old son of 39 year old julian says he hopes the British arrest won’t mean that he will be handed over to the US.

    Some say the women accusing Assange, are CIA agents. This I think must be checked then?
    His lawyer says Assange is innocent. But that might be his view or just his job? As usual, a trial will tell if he did the things he is charged of, or not. Will it be a fair trial, what do you think John? (meaning, do we still have confidence in the law?) I am not sure. This case will have many question marks. How powerfull is the US government, how criminal is JA.

  22. kreuzer33 Says:

    All links in comments go through the approval process. I have far too many spam sites that post links in the comments section.

    Can we just agree to state our opinions and, in an adult manner, state our disagreements with others statements. It’s not hard to do. DON’T make it personal.

    I won’t let this turn into a forum for people to do battle with each other. I’m not going to sit and facilitate bickering because people don’t like each other. I gave up that drama in high school.

    If it continues…I’ll stop posting on any of these topics…

    I’m John….and I approved this message 🙂

  23. Ina Says:

    Bravo! 🙂 I like that thought.

  24. Ina Says:

    So what are your views on Assange and should he not be arrested for his leaking as well as this rape case? lol it sounds as if he has a bad bladder 🙂

    Now if he is going to be trialed for rape will this prevail over the accusations that may come up for leaking crucial info? First case first?

  25. kreuzer33 Says:

    Ina~ My statement goes for you as well. You have not been immune to being involved in these back and forth bickering.

    Thanks!

  26. Ina Says:

    Well no worries I don’t attack :)I just replied as you well know.
    Can we continue the discussion?

  27. kreuzer33 Says:

    You guys can continue the discussion all you like on this topic…

  28. Ina Says:

    It would be nicer if you joined, since it is your blog. 🙂 Don’t you have an opinion, idea?

  29. Ina Says:

    About the arrest?

  30. kreuzer33 Says:

    Like most things…I’m still learning and listening to what both sides have to say. It’s more interesting to me to listen to what others are saying.

  31. Ina Says:

    yes I like to hear more too. This is friom their about section of the wikileaks site.

    “WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organisation. Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists (our electronic drop box). One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth. We are a young organisation that has grown very quickly, relying on a network of dedicated volunteers around the globe. Since 2007, when the organisation was officially launched, WikiLeaks has worked to report on and publish important information. We also develop and adapt technologies to support these activities.

    WikiLeaks has sustained and triumphed against legal and political attacks designed to silence our publishing organisation, our journalists and our anonymous sources. The broader principles on which our work is based are the defence of freedom of speech and media publishing, the improvement of our common historical record and the support of the rights of all people to create new history. We derive these principles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In particular, Article 19 inspires the work of our journalists and other volunteers. It states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We agree, and we seek to uphold this and the other Articles of the Declaration.”

    The rights of all people to create new history, that phrase. I think the wikileak people want to create a new history. No matter how dangerous for the world? JMO.


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