WikiLeaks: Julian Assange Arrested
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, an accused sex criminal, has turned himself in to British authorities and been denied bail because the judge believes he's likely to run if given the chance. He now awaits his fate. Because both the UK and Sweden are European Union countries, extradition from one to the other tends to move quickly and is tough to fight. All three -- the UK, Sweden and the EU -- also have extradition agreements with the United States, increasing the odds of him facing justice here.
Until he surrendered to police, Assange had been using his illegally obtained U.S. government file trove to threaten the United States and the entire world along with us. This threat came in the form of his so-called "poison pill."
Julian Assange will release a "poison pill" that contains a "deluge" of secret information if he is killed, arrested or his website is permanently shut down, Daily Mail reports.
"Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released," WikiLeaks said in a message on its site.
We should be crystal clear about what this was. Assange faces ordinary criminal charges in Sweden, and could have been arrested on those charges at any time, whether he'd ever dumped docs or not. Interpol has put out a "red notice" seeking his arrest on that charge. He was hiding out somewhere in the United Kingdom, which has signed on to Interpol and has extradition arrangements with Sweden. The "poison pill" threat was, in addition to being a direct threat to the sovereignty and security of the United States, an act of international blackmail. It also assured that he would be arrested.
The uniqueness of this threat puts him into a new category of criminal. Julian Assange became the first cyber supervillain, joining the ranks of the likes of Osama bin Laden and Kim Jong-Il as menaces to world peace and the lives of innocent people across the globe. He even handed bin Laden a global terror target list. There was no "whistle-blowing" reason to release such a list. Doing so only helps the enemies of civilization and endangers innocent lives.
Julian Assange's "poison pill" threat was his attempt to put himself outside ordinary legal proceedings and above the lives of others. Assange has shown in the past that he has no problem carrying the blood of innocents on his hands:
Recall that in August, Assange admitted that his leak during the 2007 Kenyan election led to 1,300 deaths ("That was the result of our leak"). Assange’s justification: “On the other hand, the Kenyan people had a right to that information and 40,000 children a year die of malaria in Kenya.”
So a few more Kenyan deaths don’t matter. Interestingly, around 140,000 Australians die every year. Would one more make a difference? Apparently so, if it’s Julian.