Breaking: Assange to be extradited to Sweden to answer sexual crime allegations

The ABC reports:

Two judges at the High Court in London have upheld a Swedish request for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange so he can be questioned over alleged sexual crimes.

The 40-year-old Australian citizen is accused of the rape and sexual assault of two former volunteers for his WikiLeaks organisation.

Mr Assange showed no emotion when the result was read out, and outside the court he said he would appeal the decision.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cam30/ Chelsea

    “What can explain this ambiguity? Could it be that living in Sweden, a country with considerable feminist cred, where 85 percent of the men take paid parental leave, drives some women nuts? Perhaps being surrounded by a nation of sensitive egalitarian guys makes a lot of women—even professional feminists—nostalgic for a golden age of insensitivity which Assange, an Australian national, had the ability to conjure up for them. That he’s also engaged in meaningful political activism makes for a heady contradiction.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/12/13/julian-assange-wikileaks-founder-remains-a-sex-symbol.html