WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested, so now what?
December 7th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested, so now what?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London on a Swedish warrant regarding sex-crime allegations and will appear in court Tuesday.

But what does it all mean?

Executive Director of the International Bar Association Mark Ellis talks to American Morning’s John Roberts and Carol Costello about what the U.K. arrest means and whether this means Julian Assange may be one step closer to being extradited to the U.S.

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  1. osama bin diesel


    December 7, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • The Red Shuttle ...

      he has no problems to pay the $100,000 caution... 🙂 ...

      December 7, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sparkly rainbows and unicorns!


    December 7, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    I'll wager the US gov. will formally charge Usama BinLaden for 9/11 before they charge Assange with treason. 3:1 your bets.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • dotmafia

      Wrong - you lose. The US gov. cannot charge Assange with treason. He is an Australian.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Modern Family

      Pay up. The State Department just announced they will be charging Assange under the 1917 Espionage Act. We'll see how he fairs in a Federal Prison.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Stanley

      No they didn't...

      The Espionage Act will never stick. It will be a kangaroo court that results in a not guilty verdict.

      It's just a front to keep him busy, use up his money and make him look bad to weaken him.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Quiet Profi

      He can't be charged with treason by the US. He is not a US citizen. The Aussies could do it though,

      December 7, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. andrei

    Poor guy, he exposed the Evil Empire's hypocrisy but didn't expect its evil elite's thirst for revenge.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Beautifully said,andrei. Thank you.

      December 7, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Doug

    You know, there are laws in most countries prohibiting the release of classified material. Many people applaud Julian for what he's done. Unfortuneately he's broken the law and he has to pay for it. There can be no debate about it if you support the rule of law. The same as if someone has done anything wrong that was exposed in the illegaly obtained and released cables. That, now, must be investigated. Julian Assange shouls be put under the jail for what he's done. It was an intensely selfish act that may cost some innocent people their lives. As for anyone else who di wrong, they should suffer the legal consequences of their actions.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Wont Make Any Difference

      Could you be a little more specific about which laws he has broken and in which country? In any case, arresting, or even convicting, Assange (for anything) will not make a bit of difference. The cats out of the bag.

      December 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brian Templeton

    What about PFC Mannning? When is his court date and will that case be open to the public?

    December 7, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Modern Family

      More importantly will his execution be public?

      December 7, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Modern Family is too cowardly to join the armed forces. In fact, you might be the most cowardice person currently walking this planet. PfC Manning was brave enough to serve, saw awful acts, including the breaking of international law, and acted. Modern Family will never be more important than a lame handle looking for attention on cnn.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • publius enigma

      Id just like to remind everyone that Manning has an alibi this time – he was in solitary.

      December 7, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. penlamphat

    Does anyone remember that he released a 1.4 gb insurance file? I would assume it's automatically setup to dish out the password if he isn't able to manually reset a timer. I'd also assume it's a series of leaks, with each new encrypted file being available after a certain amount of time without reseting it. I doubt his incarceration will last too long.

    And to everyone yelling treason: You're idiots. Would you try an American for treason against Iran, Iraq or China? (The answer is a firm "no" for those still too stupid to grasp the concept) Then why would you try an Australian for treason against the US? That's not how it works.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • raul

      the espianage act is via the united nations lol.. so the us can push for it.. and any country can try him for it. so hes f kd

      December 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. steve

    well, I thought they would use the old tax evasion trick first. I does not matter if he is innocent or guilty, they just want to get him in the Kangaroo court system, now they can control him and break him financially. The fix is in.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stanley

    No one has decided to charge him because he has not committed a crime. The Espionage Act of 1917 makes the following illegal:

    * To convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies. This was punishable by death or by imprisonment for not more than 30 years or both.

    * To convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies when the United States is at war, to cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or to willfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States. This was punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 fine or by imprisonment for not more than 20 years or both.

    A) They have to prove he was trying to interfere with the operations or success of the armed forces which he clearly has not.
    B) They can't prove he lied because well he didn't.

    This is a non-starter.

    Besides... Why would they attempt to charge Assange before even dealing with the American that actually leaked the diplomatic cables ???


    December 7, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Stan, did you actually look at the whole Act? Sec 1 part A. A person only has to obtain information they believe will hurt the US or advance their enemies.

      He's in trouble and rightly so.

      December 7, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Stanley

      Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense....

      NATIONAL DEFENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      In fact, EVERY paragraph in that law relates to national defense and the armed forces.

      The charges won't stick unless the government can absolutely prove he harmed the operations or person of the armed forces.


      December 7, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. RU Serious

    What a worm, arrogant and hiding his America-hatrid behind "free speech"...what's worse is the support he has from Americans here in this country. What fools they are, seem to hate their own country that much or maybe just naive. Transparency my a-zzzzzz!

    December 7, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Stanley


      He has broken no laws. Get a clue.

      When people start throwing around rhetoric about "hating" AMerica and other such nonsense you know that they are full of it. That they have no cogent arguments and just go the same old nonsensical, emotive arguments.

      December 7, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. It's gonna suck for him!

    Well considering that he exposed confidential info that affected almost every major country... this guys gonna find it hard to get protection anywhere... Sucks to be him!

    December 7, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ziggy

    I think our government is more concerned about leaking things that would embarrass people in our government more than the safety of the U.S. Thats why they want to shut him up .

    December 7, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Peter Cory

    This is a guy who has annoyed, offended, badmouthed, and exposed the most powerful people on the planet. He could have thousands and thousands of enemies. And these are the most resourceful people on the planet! It is hardly unreasonable to suggest that maybe someone has offered a great reward to a few people in exchange for making false accusations against him. One has to wonder of something like that has happened here.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. ClownShoe

    This man is a hero and he is being set up....Get them Julian, release the poison pill.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    The government will charge Osama BinLaden for doing 9/11 before they charge Assange for wikileaks. How many years has it been since 9/11, and still OBL hasn't been charged with doing it yet? If they were going to charge Assange, they would have done so by now.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
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