Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Julian Assange's arrest set to trigger heated debate

Julian Assange's arrest set to trigger heated debate

De Montchalin's remarks come as Juan Branco, an attorney for Assange, is urging French President Emmanuel Macron to appeal to authorities to block the WikiLeaks founder's extradited to the U.S. Branco suggested Macron should "take this man under our protection", noting that the 47-year-old Australia native has a child in France.

What will happen next for Assange is still uncertain, as he begins to fight extradition to the United States.

What the government and its cheerleaders are really asking here is for us to suspend fundamental principles and practices underlying free speech and a free press.

As Assange settled in to his first night in British custody, his allies and enemies alike are gearing up for what promises to be a long, dogged legal slog, not only over his possible extradition to the US but over how courts should view his actions. Assange had been living in the embassy for seven years to escape arrest and possible extradition to the U.S.

When asked on Thursday if he "still loves WikiLeaks", Trump did his best to back off the notion, saying, "I know nothing about WikiLeaks, it's not my thing".

Assange originally sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors wanted to question him over a rape allegation, which he denied.

The Assange prosecution "would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations", the ACLU's Ben Wizner tells Sullivan.

While the "feces" allegation was not the only strike against Assange - he was also accused of meddling in Ecuador's political affairs to influence the country's government - but his conduct as a guest at the embassy certainly did not help. But the line there is a little too close for comfort for me, and many others. The warrant has since been dropped, but Assange is now in police custody in London for skipping bail. "That's not a useful way to talk about what distinguishes the Assange case".

For Swedish prosecutors, there was little to do with Assange outside of the reach of British police due to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which says law enforcement officers of a host country can not enter an embassy or consulate without permission. She argued that "journalism organizations should have their say".

Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson said prosecutors will examine the case before determining how to proceed.

Correa told CNN Thursday that the decision by his successor to revoke Assange's asylum status was "the biggest betrayal perhaps in Latin American history".

Moreno said Thursday that Assange was a "spoiled brat".

Linking to a Guardian column by Owen Jones, Greenwald pointed out on Twitter Friday that people on "the actual left" in the United Kingdom, the United States, Latin America, and Europe have denounced the extradition effort while "U.S. establishment liberals have largely cheered it".

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