A British judge ruled today that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations. The Wikileaks founder’s lawyers said they would appeal the ruling.
Judge Howard Riddle dismissed Assange’s arguments, which sound a lot like media hype, including that Assange would then be extradited to the U.S. where he might be executed. His lawyers also claimed the charges would not amount to rape in other European countries. I’m glad to have a legal ruling saying that’s not the case.
We’ve said it over and over again – you can recognize the politics behind the sexual assault charges against Assange, while also recognizing it’s a good thing that sexual assault charges are being taken seriously. Assange has turned this whole situation into a media circus to try to keep himself out of a Swedish jail. He certainly doesn’t seem to care about what all this negative attention means to the two women who have been so regularly insulted in the press and courts of multiple countries.