Lawyers: WikiLeaks' Assange could end up at Guantanamo Bay
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, talks to the press with his lawyer Mark Stephens.
January 11th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Lawyers: WikiLeaks' Assange could end up at Guantanamo Bay

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could end up at Guantanamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden, his lawyers will argue next month, according to legal papers they released Tuesday.

He would be at risk of mistreatment or even execution, they will argue, saying that means Britain cannot extradite him without violating his human rights.

"There is a real risk he could be made subject to the death penalty," Assange lawyers say in documents they released Tuesday, citing British media reports that Republican politicians Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee have called for him to be executed.

The lawyers released a preliminary outline of their planned arguments Tuesday, ahead of an extradition hearing for Assange next month.

Prosecutors in Sweden want him for questioning in connection with sexual misconduct allegations unrelated to WikiLeaks.

Assange has denied the allegations, and is free on 200,000 pounds ($310,000) bail while he fights extradition.

Assange and his lawyers appeared briefly in court in London Tuesday for a procedural hearing.

The judge in the case agreed to a change in Assange's bail conditions for two days next month so he can get to the main extradition hearing on time on February 7 and 8.

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  1. ThomasD

    @Phil. Laf at 'hogwash'. Id forgotten that word. I like that as much as 'the ol' post-n-go' you penned the other night.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ThomasD

    @tomas. Couldn't have been said any better than that. Nicely done.

    January 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    ThomasD...good seeing your smiling face again. Hogwash and Happy Horsesh/t are two of my favs when faced with BS and an overly zealous post about nothing. he he...Don't ask me what a 'warrany' is. /// And I smelled fish as soon as 'WANTED: Dead or Alive' posters got slapped around town before any indictments were made. Reminded me of the old-West. Kinda thought we'd stopped doin' things thataway. But there was a new Sherrif in town I reckon. One that could look you square in the eye and focus on yer nose at the same time. Never did like a Sherrif who didn't have enough space betwixt his eyes for a penny to fit sideways anyhow. Yee haw!

    January 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Veritas

    Sarah palin wants everyone who disagrees with her politics executed. Shes a gunhappy hypocrit. When are her offices 25,000 cable/texts going to be released to our federal government. whats the holdup?

    January 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cris

    Actually a judge can't indict anyone. Only a grand jury can. The judge can issue an arrest warrant and hold someone for the grand jury but they have to indict him.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      do you know what a grand jury is ? hint ordinary Dummies fed info and then LED to only 1 conclusion ...with improper influence ...see Collateral Murder...go ahead learn

      February 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tomas

    The enemy of this great city are those who think we're a country. We are not. We have no culture because we all came from somewhere beside the quiet and peaceful one; the indian who was here before anyone us arrived. Now that we've taken over his home and turn it into a collection of immigrants; instead of making into world paradise, we let it become the kindom of world's enemy. This is because we agreed to live as if we have no root outside of our borders. By papers we become aliens or citizens. Old immigrants hite new comers, our army owned big companies for whom they fight stupid wars while we pay to have ourselves insulted of being brainwashed by these clowns. We all have the rights (though they're oppressed by the fed) to stand for ourselves and this place we're thankful to be part of. Revolutionalists, Abolitionalists and freedom riders made use of themselves. They refused their times' govt approved injustices that shamed usa. They were patriotic, loved themselves and paid a price for us. What are we?

    January 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Veritas: Hi

    January 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Will the real Frank, please stand up?

    January 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    Julian Assange is an international hero,by exposing facts like...

    January 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank S

    Great idea. Send him to GITMO. If you wanna play with the big boys you gotta accept the consequences.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Seth

    Oh good lord. I'm tired of Assange's whining as it is (and for someone so concerned with the sacred right of freedom of information, he sure put up a lengthy fuss about his police report being leaked), but this is insane. His lawyers are trying to say he can't be extradited because he'd get sent to Guantanamo Bay and likely executed because politicians like Palin and Huckabee have said he should be? Two politicians most notable for not actually being part of the government at a federal level? Huckabee's a former governor who runs a talk show on Fox, Palin retired from the governor position in Alaska. His lawyers are either stupid or desperate, and I'm having difficulty telling which.

    And what kind of precedent would this set if this moronic appeal works? Could I go to a foreign country, commit a crime, and then plea with my own government to refuse extradition because someone over there hates me? That random stranger would have just as much political and legal authority as Palin and Huckabee have. But I suppose it probably wouldn't work for me, I'm not quite as good at distributing stolen information as this arrogant twit is.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeHouston

      Thanks Seth! Yours is one of the very few coherent statements yet made here. It's too bad that so many of the people
      who talk here make this sound like a "forum for fools". Assange is little more than a thieving peeping Tom, and Manning
      will just have to face the music before a courts martial by the Army (as he should). Neither of them are "heroes" as the
      international U.S.A-bashers would have us believe. And neither of them will face the death penalty, regardless of what
      our rightwing Whako's demand. And neither of them have performed any great service to the causes of honesty or truth in diplomatic or commercial dialogue, regardless of what our ultraliberal loonies believe. They are just a pair of sadsacks with dirt all over themselves.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Whyna

    Buddy, our government keeps the most davanced of our weapons secret. The United States is light years ahead of China and the rest of the world. They may flex a little muscle, but even the stuff we admit to having is light-years ahead of their stuff. What do you thing Unidentified Flying Objects are? They are U.S. craft, plain and simple. Our country has nothing to fear from China, as long as the Clinton's or other radical lefties are kept out of power. Hopefully, we will get a real third-party president in the near future as both most republicans and most democrats are interested in only personal gain. The only reason China has what it has is because of the Clinton's paying for so many Chinese nationalists to come over here and study (conduct espionage).

    March 13, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
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