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. yourewaytoogoodforme

    I think it is well deserved for him to be extradited to the U.S. because of his leaking military secrets. HIm being alleged of raping two girls, he should deserve far worse than Guantanamo Bay. Possibly even death.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |

      Here goes another right-wing nutjob. These people just come out of the woodwork. No wonder the Tea Party Movement is flourishing. How disgusting!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |

      quit posting as me you troll....

      February 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. madamgeeky

    Surely, here's the bottom line: would he be guaranteed a fair trial outside the UK?

    Is there reasonable doubt that he WOULDN'T?

    Of course there is.

    Thus, he shouldn't be extradited.

    FYI, all the Wikileaks videos are on this hub:

    February 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Markey Marshall

    The whole case against Julian Assange is no more than a travesty of justice. The right-wing thugs in Washington will stop at nothing to get their way and protect their reputations,including trumping up phoney charges!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

      You nailed it,Markey. Thank you.

      February 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PLT

    I just wish the authorities in either Sweden, the US, Australia or the UK would just lock this attention-seeking child up and throw away the key! How completely boring for the rest of us . . .

    February 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mE

    One can only hope he goes to Gitmo

    February 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Johne37179

    Assange is simply a criminal dealing in stolen goods and should be treated as such. It is unfortunate that he has so many accomplices, but it only demonstrates general moral decay. Assange does not deserve to be lionized, or treated differently than other criminals.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey Johne37179, did you ever get past the 3rd grade in school? Judging by what you posted here,evidently not!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jean

    Hey Guys,

    Be honnest wikileaks did NOT make the US looks bad it makes other countries look bad...In fact wikileaks make the US look pretty good.

    I do not know why people react so strongly but the US save its honour REALLY ! ok that is not nice to write anything you think about other people but this is the truth and it hurts !

    Assange is a messager and a messager of PEACE. because truth is a christian value teach by JC and should not be spoiled and should be protected.

    Please people The US is safe, protect the messager, protect the freedom of press.


    February 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @PLT: LMAO!

    For Assange's lawyers to even bring up Gitmo and execution is just silly and a lame attempt to attract even more attention. Who does he think he is, Boris Badenov?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bye

    I think they should hang him

    February 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank

    Is is my imagination, or does Assange sort of look like Mr. Humphries off of "Are You Being Served"? "You Rang"?

    February 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    what i would like 2 know what vital things were REALLY released?? honestly if it were as bad as everyone assumes WHY didnt our gvmt shut down the website? they KNEW of its existance many months prior and had the ability 2 do so! another stir up the public

    February 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joeziah

      Because the same laws that protect the media inside the United States also protect Mr. Assange.
      Ask yourself do you really want a free press who would be prosecuted for giving information about what a government is up too, even if that data was classified, I implore you to think of a government that could just classify anything they didn't want the public to know about.
      If this were directly related to the death of someone, then of course I would agree that they should not have released them, but these reports were several years old.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    hey ruffnutt hows it going? aint seen u in awhile

    February 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    ar for assange the only info ive seen has been targeted at bank of america and for that we owe him a big thank you!

    February 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rocky

    Get squirrel and moose!

    February 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    I agree. They've got their traitor – the soldier that leaked the info. I think someone should have done what he did sooner. The price of freedom is eternal vigilence, and it's hard to see when they're ashamed of what they do.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
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