He’s been called the most dangerous man in the world. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is now behind bars. He surrendered to London police Tuesday morning and now his lawyers say they will fight his extradition back to Sweden.
In August, two women accused Assange of rape and molestation in Sweden. The case was originally thrown out by police, but they later released a European arrest warrant. Assange was denied bail by a U.K. judge due to his nomadic lifestyle. (Video from Bloomberg)
Though these claims have nothing to do with his controversial website, which some US officials are calling dangerous to the American public, CNN reports there is a possibility Assange could be greeted in Sweden with more legal charges.
“The real question comes what happens if he gets to Sweden and the United States or other countries decides to use that as a basis to seek extradition for the Wikileaks.”
FoxNews says Assange could be found guilty in America of violating the 1917 Espionage Act or possibly other acts.
“Senator Diane Finestein in the Wall Street Journal editorial pages today, Democrat from California, is saying that he is. I agree with that argument. He has willfully disclosed secret US information.”
Wikileaks earlier released thousands of embarrassing State Department cables, as well as previously classified information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, KIRO reports, Wikileaks may retaliate if the situation turns grave for Assange.
“The top Republican in the US Senate called Assange a ‘high-tech terrorist.’ There have even been threats Wikileaks could release a Doomsday file, another pile of confidential and embarrassing US secrets because of this arrest.”
Assange called these files “Cable Gate” on a Q and A on the Guardian website Friday, and says these files are already in the hands of 100,000 people in encrypted form.
“If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically. Further, the Cable Gate archives is in the hands of multiple news organisations.”
The National Journal reports Assange’s lawyers are fighting extradition out of fear of being turned over to the United States once in Sweden. He’s due to appear in court December 14 for his next hearing.