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Could the Lib Dems save Julian Assange?

Posted by Jason O on Dec 17, 2010 in British Politics |

Apparently, the US to applying to have Julian Assange extradited, a decision which will have a political implication because of the Home ¬†Secretary’s input. Could it be an opportunity for the Liberal Democrats to signal to their left wing that they matter by demanding it be blocked?

There are good reasons for blocking Assange’s extradition to the US, in that his personal safety has been threatened by senior political figures including the former Republican nominee for Vice President.

This could be fun.

1 Comment

Criostoir
Dec 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

It would be very difficult not to extradite him as the only real ground would be if he were threatened with the death penalty which he isn’t. Among the criminal laws apparently broken by Assange is 18 U.S.C. 793(e), which provides:

“Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, (etc. etc.) relating to the national defense, … (which) the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates (etc. etc) the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same (etc) …

“Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”


 

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