Great Britain’s Surpreme Court ruled 5–2 today against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, in his long-running (since 2010) fight against extradition to Sweden related to possible charges in an infamous sex case. Assange, who has been under house arrest in England for the past year and a half, was not in court.
The court essentially found the Swedish public prosecutor in this case was indeed a “judicial authority” and so the European arrest warrant (EAW) issued was valid
“This is not the final outcome. What we have here is retribution from the US,” longtime WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson told Reuters. The biggest fear for Assange supporters is that the US will more easily extradite him from Sweden (see the Justice for Assange site).
Assange is being allowed to stay in the UK for two weeks while his lawyers consider applying to the Supreme Court to reopen the case. Failing that, Assange could appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
For much more, see today’s reporting my Kevin Gosztola at Firedoglake. Gosztola, a former Nation intern, assisted me in my Age of WikiLeaks book and co-authored our recent book on Bradley Manning, Truth and Consequences. The Manning court martial trial may begin this August.
Another ex-Nation stalwart, Micah Sifry, out today with review of where all those WikiLeaks “copycats” have gone. Basically, nowhere, but with a couple of nice twists.
Democracy Now! covered Assange case today, from legal end and with Glenn Greenwald, who also weighed in on Bradley Manning.