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Assange extradition

By Gwynne Dyer      

Julian Assange should have gone to Sweden, because the Swedes would have been less likely to grant an extradition request than the British government under David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister at the time. Poor judgement.

Julian Assange's explanation for taking refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy was that he feared that once in Sweden, he would be extradited to the United States. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, U.K.—Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is an unattractive character, and he also has very poor judgement. He should have gone to Sweden seven years ago and faced the rape charges brought against him by two Swedish women. (Those charges have since been dropped, but Swedish authorities are considering whether to reopen the investigation.) Even if he had been found guilty, he would probably be free by now under Swedish sentencing rules, since no violence was alleged in either case.

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