Court Extradites Assange to Sweden

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BY MAURICE SCARBOROUGH You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Wikileaks founder Ju...
BY MAURICE SCARBOROUGH You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is headed to Sweden, against his wishes. A British court ordered Assange extradited to face charges of sexual abuse. The ruling, by Judge Howard Riddle, says allegations brought against Assange by his two accusers are an extraditable offense. “Generally the European arrest warrant with countries like Sweden are accepted, and certainly that is the case, and certainly the judge felt that none of the defense arguments were valid. For example, that the state prosecutor in Sweden didn’t have the right, didn’t have the authority to issue the European arrest warrant, also he doesn’t believe there wouldn’t be a fair trial.” The verdict comes after a heated three-month legal battle, which some believe is a conspiracy to stop the whistle blower website. Assange’s lawyers fought the EU arrest warrant, which according to Deutsche Welle.... “...is meant to expedite the judicial process. The requesting country does not have to present evidence and there is no place for the person being charged to argue their innocence.” Following the verdict Assange and his lawyers issued a media statement condemning the decision and the system. “It is not just about the pressure the United States brings to bear on the United Kingdom and on Sweden and on the media. It offers a hope for reform of the EU arrest warrant system. That system of rubber stamp deportation.” A writer for Death & Taxes rushes to Assange’s defense - calling the extradition decision a downright disgrace. “Judge Howard Riddle’s ruling is shameful. He is [complicit] in the first great character assassination of the 21st century ... he has attempted to fog the looking glass for a new generation of hyper-connected, clear-thinking young adults. This tactic will not work, so long as we don’t tire of Julian Assange..” Assange and his defense team have already announced they plan to appeal the decision. His lawyers are concerned extradition to Sweden will make extradition to Washington easier -- where he could face prosecution in connection to Wikileaks. But a writer for Yahoo’s The Cutline says, the Wikileaks founder should have nothing to worry about, citing a possible loophole in U.S. law. “...the United States could have a hard time … considering that the Espionage Act--an antiquated statute--would also apply to any news organization that published the secret documents, along with anyone who discussed, blogged or even tweeted information from the still-classified documents.” Assange and his lawyers have seven days to appeal the ruling or Assange will head to Sweden. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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