The lack of transparency makes the Assange case smell
Even Julian Assange’s own legal team were scrambling tonight to get on top of the judgement from the UK Supreme Court to reject his appeal against extradition to Sweden, asking for a two-week stay as it rested on a point of law not raised during the hearings.
So it’s best to leave the legal arguments to the Law Lords.
But there’s a principle at play here that is anathema to our system here at home, like it or not Assange’s home. Secrecy.
Assange has not been charged yet. The Swedish warrant is for questioning in relation to two allegations of sexual assault.
If he is eventually charged and faces trial, it will be in secret, as it’s Swedish legal custom for sex assault cases to be heard behind closed doors.
Nevertheless on 7.30 tonight human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson said Assange needed to face up to the allegations and deal with them in Sweden or they would bug him forever.
More troubling for the Wikileaks chief is his firm belief he is being reeled back to Sweden to put him within arms reach of the United States.
And here’s more secrecy.
There’s been reports a Grand Jury has been convened in Virginia to investigate Assange and Wikileaks, and that a sealed indictment has been drawn up.
Of course US authorities have been mute on the topic, which has only served to fuel the speculation and provide grounds for Assange’s fears.
For someone whose whole MO is transparency on steroids, it’s the total lack of it that must be driving him to distraction.
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