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    Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant

    Julian Assange will continue to face detention if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a British judge upheld a warrant for his arrest.

    Handing down her judgment before a packed courtroom at Westminster magistrates court, senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from Assange’s legal team that it was not in the public interest to pursue him for skipping bail.

    She said: “I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years.

    “Defendants on bail up and down the country, and requested persons facing extradition, come to court to face the consequences of their own choices. He should have the courage to do the same. It is certainly not against the public interest to proceed.”




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  • davidthegnome (2510 posts)
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    1. If he is ever arrested

    I suspect a quick extradition to the US  will quickly follow.  As such, he really has no other choice, if he wants to keep living even in his already isolated condition… he will have to stay in the embassy.  Or likely be arrested, extradited and probably executed or even assassinated.  He will most likely “hang himself” in his cell some night.  Everyone will suspect murder, but no one will be able to prove it.  Case closed.

    It is an ugly situation and proves that the reach of our unjust empire is very far.  It further proves the complicity of the powers that be in the UK.  Disappointing…. but not surprising.

    I feel very badly for Mr. Assange.

    “There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
  • Peace Patriot (3751 posts)
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    2. Such rampant arrogance! I do hope the Tories fall hard.

    They should already have called an election – they are so unpopular. They are only ruling by arrogance as it is. But surely when they present their fuck-the-poor Brexit plan, they will have to call one. Then the people of the UK – and Julian Assange – will be rid of them, and the enormously popular Jeremy Corbyn and his transformed Labour Party can do the right thing on all issues including Assange.

    We desperately need a socialist revolution here and there. The ‘Tories’ of both countries are looting us blind and ravaging the world with war and ‘austerity.’ It’s no surprise that they hate a real journalist like Assange!

  • HawkeyeX (1207 posts)
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    3. Judge Arbuthnot ruled unwisely

    She needs to tender her resignation effective immediately, since Sweden does not have a valid case against Assange. It was dropped.

    UK should be ashamed of hounding Assange. Give him his freedom and allow him to leave the embassy without being harrassed or arrested.


  • Salemcourt (1011 posts)
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    4. When US says jump

    UK will just ask how high?

    • Entrepreneur (2680 posts)
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      5. America's poodles.

      “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
  • Yanath (1131 posts)
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    6. Her comment on his lack of courage is way off the mark.

    People who defy corrupted power are very courageous. People who genuflect to it and serve it — like judge Arbuthnot — are the real cowards.

  • bemildred (7721 posts)
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    7. Shame, shame.

    Neither blind nor just.

    It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.