Julian Assange refused bail – will stay in custody until 14 Dec. hearing

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court today that he will fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime charges. Assange has been refused bail and will be remanded in custody till 14 December. It appears the reasons given by the court were that he has a “nomadic life”, refused to give his address and there is no record of his entry to the UK.

This means there will be a long drawn out legal battle, during which, potentially, any number of other actions might be filed while Assange is way-laid in London. Assange turned himself in to Scotland Yard – the HQ of London’s Metropolitan Police – earlier today to face the Swedish arrest warrant.

Asked if he understood that he could consent to the extradition Assange cleared his throat, according to media present, and said: “I understand that and I do not consent.”

Assange denies the allegations, which which stem from a “dispute over consensual but unprotected sex,” during a visit to Sweden in August. We wrote a comment piece at the time detailing the allegations, and arguing that his personal actions were poised to put the whole Wikileaks operation at risk.

Assange and his lawyers claim the accusations are swiftly taking on political overtones, especially as the Swedish authorities only issued the Interpol red notice after he had been in Sweden for about 40 days after the original rape allegation and after he’d left for press meetings in the UK.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has rejected the claims of his laywers.

A Wikileaks spokesperson told media the extradition proceedings against Assange would not would not stop the release of more secret files and that Wikileaks remains “operational”.

The formal charge on which this extradition is based is “rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion,” stemming from consensual sexual encounters with two separate women that – at some point – became non-consensual. Essentially this boils down to such tawdry issues of whether he agreed to use a condom or not and whether it broke or not. Colloquially this is know as “sex by surprise”. No, really.

A charge of “Sex by surprise” normally ends up with a fine of 5,000 kronor or about $715.

The specific charges are:

Charge One: A “Miss A” alleges she was victim of “unlawful coercion” on the night of 14 August in Stockholm. Assange is alleged to have “forcefully” held her arms and used his bodyweight to hold her down.

Charge Two: The second charge alleges he “sexually molested” her by having sex without using a condom, when it was her “express wish” that one should be used.

Charge Three: A third charge claims Assange “deliberately molested” Miss A on 18 August.

Charge Four: A “Miss W”, alleges that on 17 August, Assange “improperly exploited” the fact she was asleep to have sex with her without a condom.

Update 1: Assange’s lawyer has now said that a bail application will be made.

Update 2: Sweden’s Director of Prosecution, Ms. Marianne Ny, will hold a press conference at 16.45 pm in Gothenburg.

Update 3: Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has told a press conference that says the “sexual misconduct case” against Assange has nothing to do WikiLeaks or his work releasing secret US diplomatic cables. “We have nothing which indicates that this is a plot,” she said.

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  • DaveS

    Good for Scotland Yard and that UK judge. Too bad he’s being extradited to Sweden rather than Guantanamo.

    • Nick

      Yeah, screw due process!

      • TheGame

        It’s all a game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see that the EU is funding the operations of wikileaks. It’s how you “wag the dog” to draw attention away from the bailouts of Ireland and soon Portugal and Spain. Notice all the revelations never seem to target and EU country? It’s very US focused. That’s why Interpol dragged their feet in detaining him and that’s why he’ll never be extradited to the US. He’s a pawn in a bigger game of international diplomatic warfare, and we’re all falling for it.

      • aha

        EU is not a country!

    • Dude

      And you really don’t know why the terrorists hate you?

    • http://lambright.com Wayne Lambright

      It seems like many of the comments are not in support of Assange, let us know what companies you work for so we can boycott your ideology.

      • peeters

        Hé Guys, it seems to me that we all missing a few facts! It´s not me defending wikileaks but it´s much more high level. I really love the US and back in 1789 the founders of the US really did something which was revolutionary: They established something called Freedom of Speech.

        And that´s what it´s all about. It´s not Europe vs. US or US vs. someone called Julian Assange. It´s a unified assault on Freedom of Speech.

        I don´t understand why techcrunch and all those other exposed Internet corps don´t cry out and defend what they actually stand for.

        Today, the internet – at least in most western countries – is one of the last Islands still having the oppertunity to spread information about virtually everything cross borders.

        Right, I don´t like pornographie, Fascism online and other discusting opinions but I want to defend our freedom of speech here and now.

        Of course wikileaks isn´t the best example and they exposed the US (and their Allies) and more over they exposed real People and brought them into a very dangerous position. That´s not okay for me!!!!

        I do not want to support wikileaks for what they do and are but what they´re stand for in thi particular case.

        Please remember the outcry as Yahoo buckeled for china a couple of years ago or what is with RIM and Indias desire to “read” all blackberry traffic.

        I really do not appreciate how this developes and how governments keep on pushing on internet providers to open up interfaces to our very personal and intimate information.

        It is really time to stand up and defend our right on freedom of speech, that´s the real underlying message

  • POng Peets

    LOL, its pretty clear that the CIA is working overtime to get this dude under control! If it wasnt for his “insurance file” I am sure he would have already been found mysteriously strangled in his cell.


  • http://tricksbycinger.blogspot.com Cinger

    They are going about this all wrong.

    They are going to make him into a martyr which will just make the whole WikiLeaks “movement” stronger.

    Not that that’s a bad thing.

  • Twitterrified

    The women just made it all up: http://ow.ly/3j91p

    And Interpol is chasing after this guy??

  • xyz

    Good one

  • tom
  • fbdeveloper

    Am i right to think that in custody in the UK is safer than roaming ‘out there’ when there are wolves all around? Kind of smart move, Mr. Assange

  • http://www.theartoflifeitself.org Stephen Bamber

    I can’t help thinking Mr. Assange has been a little naive. There was never a chance in hell he would have been granted bail once in custody.

    How this plays out will have a profound effect on a whole range of contemporary discourses: freedom of information, net neutrality, human rights, etcetera.

    I sincerely hope he is granted as fair a hearing as we are capable of delivering in our 21st century neoliberal world.

  • http://www.theartoflifeitself.org Stephen Bamber

    Thanks for the updates Mike.

    The Guardian (UK) has a high quality live stream for updates on this case:


  • Henry

    So who is next in command for WIkiLeaks?

    If they’re recruiting, sign me up.

    • fbdeveloper

      Sounds like you will thrive as an undercover journalist

  • Kminks

    Refused bail???

    Sounds like his attempt to prove he didn’t rape these women by volunteering for an extended stay with a bunch of male inmates.

  • TS
  • Tostada-man

    Good! If I, a average Joe dude like me with somewhat proficient hacking skills, tap into the DoD, State Dept or TechCrunch’s crappy network, steal the secrets of government (or Mike Arrington’s agenda) and start emailing them to everyone that will pay, well I am sure I would never see the light of day again, locked up in Shawshank or something.

    Why is this Julian dude different? What makes him so special, that everyone thinks he should be above the law? His accent? His wavy, heavily-gel hair? The fact that he likes to be photograph while sucking on his pinky?

    If you are “brave” enough to pick a fight with the 6’2″, 195 lb school bully, don’t come back crying because someone twisted you like a pretzel and know you can see your own hemorrhoids up closed. If you decided that you wanted to fight the US of A, be man enough to face the consequences, because they have more Jack Bauers, more Jason Bournes and more Cristinas Aguileras than you, OK?

    wait….What did I just said?

    • William Zanelli

      WTF you banging on about @Tostada-man

      He didnt steal anything… the chap who stole the info is an American custody..

      Assange et al provide a secure facility and resiliant facility that allows files to be published on the net – its not an issue when those files serve your purpose, but its a crime if the files lay bare your misgivings?!

      If there is anyone who should be in the dock, it should be the American government, who orchestrate DDOS attacks on WikiLeaks servers, DNS providers etc.. – is that allowed by your US law?

      You have US senators who publically say Assange should be killed… yet no one bats an eye lid? But if that was Ahmedinijad, you’d want to invade Iran + neighbours? Hypocrites!

      What pisses you off, is your meddling in world politics and other countries’ affairs has been laid bare – your angelic government has been exposed!

    • Flavor Flav

      Are you familiar with the affliction, stupid idiot? Cause you suffer from being one, happy fourth birthday, Jellyboy.

      • Tostada-man

        Yeah, yeah, yeah… “The US is baaaad…the US is baaaaad”

        Like it or not, your beloved internet, and your Google, and your http, and your ethernet, and your Intel…well, everything you are addicted to (made of plastic and silica) came from the US. Does that gives the US the right to piss over everyone else as it pleases? No, but I don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate. Where is Microsoft based, huh? Where was that iPhone thingy you like so much designed? Who gave you Angry Birds, for crying out loud?

        Yes, the dude that stole the files should be castrated with a lightsaber, but are you really saying that Wikileaks is innocent only because they “didn’t stole anything, they just provided a medium for files to be shared”? Is that really your opinion? So, as long as I am not actually stealing, I can profit from it? Did I got that right? I mean, after all, I am just a yank, that needs the rest of the freakin’ World to explain to me how things work, right? Because here in the US we have no idea how to do things, right?

        Next time some dictator tries to conquer your land and make you pray to some funky-looking symbol, don’t come cryin’ to us. OK? We don’t care. We’re only morons that can’t create anything useful for the world…is that how you think? (Unless there’s lots of oil under your land, in which case we like to use our B1 bombers and drones like crazy…but I digress…)

        The sad part is, every single body lying in Normandy dies defending the liberty of every person in Europe…even Anocranial-Inverted dudes like that one…..

      • Michael

        @Tostada-man… Wasn’t Tim Berners-Lee from England? (P.s. The answer is yes!) (P.p.s If you dont know who he is, don’t type about things you don’t know about!!)

  • Flavor Flav

    1. Look at a calendar
    2. Internet
    3. Humans
    4. Do as I say not as I do
    5. Out of bag
    6. Morons
    7. Yeah Right!

  • http://www.digitalundivide.com Fred Thomas

    They finally put the shackles on him. He should have asked Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro for asylum.

  • Hoofer

    anything to screw those nazi yank bastards can only be a good thing

  • Evelyn

    Visa and Mastercard seems to have taken it upon themselves to act as policeman, judge and executioner in this matter.

  • Matt Auckland

    The only thing this whole “cable gate affair” has highlighted is the shocking state of security within U.S government establishments.

    You would’ve thought that after Gary Mckinnon hacked NASA & the Dept. of Defence back in 2002, that they would’ve stepped up security somewhat, but seeing as a US Army Private First Class has once again highlighted the shocking state of security in the U.S, it is only to clear they haven’t learnt.

    Let’s not let Julian Assange’s court case distract from these facts.

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  • Cojones

    now who has the balls to read this:


    …or maybe you just better close your eyes. it may make you sad inside.

  • John

    I hope the rapist rots in jail forever!

    And to any of you that feel information, no matter what kind should be freely available to everyone, please post any credit cards, bank accounts and etc. here for us all to see……

    • Dan

      Credit cards? Go insure some building, wait for september, bomb it and you’ll make more than all the cc you’ll find on the net. After, please blame it on some guys with beards. If you need instructions on that go ask your puppet leaders. Your nation is so blind that the true leaders gave you a black puppet now, to forget about all the crazy shit they did before.

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