February 8th, 2011
12:39 PM ET

Assange's lawyers want Swedish prosecutor to testify

Lawyers for Julian Assange wrapped up their case against his extradition to Sweden on Tuesday and challenged a Swedish prosecutor to "come to London" to defend her handling of the sexual misconduct allegations facing the WikiLeaks founder.

"Today, we have seen a Hamlet without the princess - a prosecutor who has been ready to feed the media within information, but has been unwilling to come here," Assange attorney Mark Stephens told reporters outside a south London courtroom. Stephens called on Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny to attend the extradition hearing when it resumes Friday and "subject yourself to the cross-examination."

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. Assange denies the accusations, and his attorneys are fighting his extradition on procedural and human-rights grounds.

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  1. michaelfury

    "What was Rumsfeld doing on 9/11? He deserted his post. He disappeared. The country was under attack. Where was the guy who controls America’s defense? Out of touch!"

    – A senior White House official


    February 8, 2011 at 12:43 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 would be afforded a just outcome?

    Of course there is.

    Thus, surely, he shouldn't be extradited.

    FYI, all the Wikileaks videos are on this hub:

    February 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. more important

    Good to see White House menu Included brats on Sunday. This was a definate show of support for Packers.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    I wouldn't be at all surprised if this Marianne Ny was on the payroll of the C.I.A. Never put anything past those creeps!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    i agree cezar & what really was leaked that jeopardized our country that most of us already didnt know? not a thing! our gvmt.already looks corrupt & foolish {dont worry im not gonna say the "p" word lol} the only co. were affected were banks & not enuff

    February 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    If he's not accused, just wanna ask him questions, why didn't they go ask him? I wonder how much our loss in court is gonna end up costing us?

    February 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George
    February 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lee Oates

    The behavior of the US in this whole affair is disgraceful. Assagne is a hero with great courage, unlike the cowards hiding behind government secrecy in the CIA and like agencies, buying off or threatending Swedish officials with blackmail. Where are the government people who are charged to oversea these agencies. They are the biggest threat to the freedom of Americans.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |

      Very well put,Lee. Thank you.

      February 9, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    fyi lee oates in case u dont understand what ur reading the whole U.S. does NOT think Assange is a criminal!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. carlos from mex

    Assange is so hot. Is he gay??? @Pablo, sorry boyfriend, I am breaking up with you, and I'm not going back to Mexico. I don't love you anymore. Soy joto. Bye baby.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. TOMAS

    if he is not charge with crimes, and he's not a criminal, why is Assange being held captive with electronic device? Free him and manning! These two guys did a noble job someone paid is not doing – oversee bureaucrates work ethics! If what we do is shameless and blameless, what's the big deal with showing the world our democratic deeds we've done? I thought our engagement in world affairs would amount to the AMERICA LEGACY. WE should reward Mr. Assange and wikileaks for wanting to tell our story to readers!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TOMAS

    He's a courageous brave man. It takes a lion's heart to gather all the work papers involving a lot of criminal angencies in the game. The least Mr. Assange deserves has to be a hero giant statue of him with, if not a nobel award. We need to end the character assissination strategic approach. They're onsolute. Free assange!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Toni

    "transparency", he has brought to light many things the World thought were rumors. I think he is Noble and the world at large Thanks him, for bringing Many Truths To Light.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |