On the Radar: Assange in court, what's next in Egypt, Toyota report
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be in court in London again Tuesday.
February 8th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

On the Radar: Assange in court, what's next in Egypt, Toyota report

Will Assange be extradited? - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returns to court in London. He's fighting extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning in a sex crimes investigation. The 39-year-old Australian has repeatedly said he is innocent and is confident he will be exonerated. He has not been charged with a crime.

Assange's lawyers have said Swedish prosecutors are attempting to discredit him because of his work with WikiLeaks, which published reams of classified government intelligence last year. The attorneys speculated that if Assange were extradited, Sweden could hand him to the U.S., which could charge him with espionage, leading to his confinement in Guantanamo Bay prison and his execution. The proceeding in London should wrap up today.

Protesters in peril? - There have been no reports of gunfire in Cairo, Egypt, today, but Middle East expert Fouad Ajami cautions that that is no indication protesters are safe. He says this is the most dangerous phase of the conflict for protesters because many of their identities are known to security services. If President Hosni Mubarak's administration survives, people speaking against Mubarak could face severe consequences, he says. Ajami is a professor of Middle East studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the White House's position toward Egypt appears to be changing, and details are surfacing of abuse that journalists have suffered while trying to cover the protests. See CNN.com's full coverage of the crisis.

Toyota report due - A report is expected today about the government's 10-month investigation into sudden acceleration problems in Toyota cars and trucks. The Department of Transportation and scientists from NASA conducted the study at the request of Congress, following a string of consumer claims that Toyota cars and SUVs accelerated out of control.

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soundoff (8 Responses)

    The whole case against Julian Assange is a terrible travesty of justice. The right-wing thugs in Washington will stop at almost nothing to get their vengeance and that's just plain wrong! The truth needs to be heard and how!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Joel2208

      You got that right,RUFFNUTT. Thank you.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • US FreedomFighter

      assange is a hacker he has no business snooping around Now he got caught, he need to answer why he did it Send him to gitzo for life or face the firing squad when found guilty

      February 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mE

    I'm thinking a bullet between the eyes would be nice

    February 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good grief mE,does the truth hurt that much??? Evidently for you,it does! Go Julian,go!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. coach

    waz up loser

    February 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    If mubarak survives? Sounds like a pretty done deal to me. He's done. And assange should have nothing to fear from the bastion of freedom

    February 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Toni

    In the name of "Transparency" many things wondered about/suspected by regular people in the world, have been brought to light. Many, world-wide are in Awe and Glad that he has enlightened us. I think that he is Noble, May The Truth Set Him Free.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |