Assange lawyers raise specter of Guantanamo Bay
February 7th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Assange lawyers raise specter of Guantanamo Bay

A two-day extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange opened Monday in a London court, where celebrities watched as Assange's lawyers argued against his transfer to Sweden.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him in connection with sexual misconduct allegations related to separate incidents last August.

His lawyers argue Assange could ultimately end up at Guantanamo Bay or be executed if he is extradited to Sweden, according to papers they released Monday.

While the sexual misconduct allegations are apparently unrelated to Assange's role as head of the WikiLeaks site, his lawyers say Sweden could send him to the United States to face espionage charges related to the site's disclosure of thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents.

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  1. banasy


    That's Natasha, isn't it? Why would Rocky want to get himself? Lol!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. meee

    Im bored

    February 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meee

    Wheres chrissys gorgeous self?

    February 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Goforit

    I really dont get any of this about being sent to the US via Sweden. Sweden have never sent anyone to the US to face trials that could mean death. We never even send US people back during the Vietnam war (may hundred came and Nixon was making public demands on Sweden). So for all you people that believe in some kind of cover up – Get real!

    February 8, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
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