Was WikiLeaks Julian Assange Arrested Unjustly?

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Julian Assange -- the founder of WikiLeaks -- has been arrested in the UK and may be extradited to Sweden where he is facing charges of rape, molestation, and unlawful coercion.

Does anyone else find this fishy?

Just a few weeks ago, WikiLeaks released a huge amount of secret documents. And now this.

Assange denies all allegations and claims it's a conspiracy. According to the Boston Globe:

Assange and his lawyers claim that the accusations stem from a "dispute over consensual but unprotected sex" in Sweden in August, and have claimed the case has taken on political overtones. Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has rejected those claims.

Assange is best known for his work founding and serving as the editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks, which is a government whistle blower website that releases secret documents by the barrel, some more interesting than others. In the past couple weeks, heat on the site has become intense after they released a bevy of embarrassing documents about world leaders and government secrets.

In making his decision to deny the 39-year-old Australian bail, the judge noted that Assange gave no permanent address and also that he has access to enough money to help him run.

According to CNN:

English socialite Jemima Khan had offered to pay surety of 20,000 pounds ($31,500) and journalist John Pilger also offered a sum of money.

Assange, for his part, denies all accusations and has pledged to fight. Meanwhile, a spokesman for WikiLeaks said the U.S. diplomatic secrets wouldn't be stopped by Assange's arrest.

"This will not change our operation," Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Associated Press ahead of Assange's hearing. As if to underline the point, WikiLeaks released a cache of a dozen new diplomatic cables, its first publication in more than 24 hours.

I smell a rat for sure, and as distasteful as it might seem to reveal top secret information, it's equally (if not more) distasteful to trump up charges and a reason to hold a person against their will.

The world was just looking for a reason to get rid of Assange. I suppose he is lucky it's this and not a sniper.

Do you think this is trumped up?

 

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