WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has appeared in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago, addressing supporters from a balcony. Assange, who sought shelter inside the nation's mission on June 19, was on Thursday granted asylum by Ecuador as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual misconduct allegations.
WHILE WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living overseas, there's only so much the Australian government can do to fight any extradition to the US, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said today.
A top Spanish lawyer acting for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says Britain would have to allow Assange safe passage to Ecuador, should the South American country offer him asylum. Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, has been in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for six weeks now.
Ecuador s president, Rafael Correa, appears to be leaning toward granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Due to be extradited from the UK to Sweden for questioning over alleged sexual offenses, last month Assange breached his bail conditions to seek refuge in Ecuador s London embassy. Since then he has refused to leave and has requested asylum and even Ecuadorean citizenship from Correa s left-wing administration, which, like Assange, has an antagonistic relationship with Washington.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has refused to present himself at a UK police station to start the process of extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on sexual assault charges. Assange has been hiding at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since last week, when he made a surprise application for political asylum there. He had been ordered to present himself at a police station on Friday morning
The US government has given no hint it wants to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the release of secret diplomatic cables, Foreign Minister Bob Carr says. Senator Carr says two discussions with American officials have not indicated any plan to extradite Mr Assange to the US.
US prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a confidential email cited by media today said, as his lawyer demanded Australia start protecting him. The email is one of a huge number from the US-based global intelligence company Stratfor that the whistleblowing organization began publishing on Monday.
WikiLeaks is planning a smear campaign against Sweden to halt the extradition of founder Julian Assange to the United States, including releasing documents allegedly showing that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has acted as an informant for the United States since the 1970s.
The US Vice-President called Julian Assange a "type of high - tech terrorist", yet we have no confidence that the Australian government has made any representation to the US government in defence of his rights.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely to know by December 25 if the Supreme Court will hear his appeal against the recent high court decision to extradite him to Sweden where he faces charges of sexual assault. Assange can lodge his appeal in the Supreme Court by December 19. On receiving the appeal, three judges of the court will decide whether it is fit enough for hearing.
...However, it is not the Swedish judicial system that presents a 'grave danger' to Assange, say his lawyers, but a legal device known as a Temporary Surrender, under which he can be sent on from Sweden to the United States secretly and quickly.
The US government is certainly looking at the technical aspects of the two extradition agreements between the UK and Sweden and then considering the political and legal atmosphere in both places.
In the hearings in the High Court on Tuesday and Wednesday concerning the rendition of Julian Assange, questions were raised that judge Howard Riddle had ignored but which remain central to the case. Justices Ouseley and Thomas both found the Swedish position at times incredible and indefensible.