During the show we take a detailed look at the legal questions surrounding the arrest of Julian Assange and the possibility of his being extradited to the US to face espionage charges.
As the show goes to air today Assange is due to appear in court to appeal for his release on bail. The legality of his detention is increasingly being questioned, since he has not actually been charged with a crime, but rather is wanted for questioning.
Lady Ludford MEP, the Liberal Democrat European justice and human rights spokeswoman, claimed the arrest warrant system, which she said she supported, was being used by Sweden to carry out a fishing expedition. Sweden had yet to formally charge Assange with any offence.
In a letter to the Guardian, Ludford wrote that past cases showed that it was “not a legitimate purpose for an EAW to be used to conduct an investigation to see whether that person should be prosecuted”. She added: “Normal cross-border cooperation on collection of evidence or interrogation of suspects called ‘mutual legal assistance’, using for example video-conferencing or a summons for temporary transfer of a suspect, should be used when more appropriate. “I urge the UK courts to refuse to allow the Assange EAW to be a fishing expedition without a pending actual prosecution. EU rules should be properly respected so that the integrity of the European arrest warrant process is protected.”
Amy Goodman interviews Daniel Ellsberg on the Assange case:
In the second half we take a look at issues in mental health and human rights affecting Australians.
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In tonight’s show we delve once more into the controversy surrounding Julian Assange who now languishes in a “segregation unit” in London’s Wandsworth prison awaiting extradition to Sweden on “sex crimes” charges.
Earlier in the week Wikileaks experienced a concerted attack from its corporate service providers with Amazon, Paypal and VISA and a Swiss bank freezing funds and closing accounts.
Simultaneously, reports flooded in of massive denial of service attacks against these same organisations from a hacker group known as “anonymous”.
Despite death threats and calls from prominent US politicians for him to be declared an “enemy combatant” and/or charged with espionage offenses, Assange has been receiving strong support from a variety of surprising quarters including the Murdoch Press and former Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
Yesterday it emerged via Wikileaks that Labor senator Mark Arbib, instrumental in Rudd’s sacking as PM, has secret ties with the US embassy and had been feeding the US ambassador with inside information about leadership tensions within the party.
Is a revolution underway? Or is this merely part of a globalist frame-up to create an “internet 9/11″ to justify draconian changes to our internet freedoms?
Find out on tonight’s show!
After studying all the known facts it seems clear that Mr. Assange is definitely the victim in this sad affair, yet the media (including the “high-brow” broadsheets) continue to publish stories about Assange which prominently feature the word “rape”, while dredging up trivial gossip about his sex life.
‘An allegation has been reported all around the world’, Assange says of the continuing Swedish legal circus. ‘It’s at present on six million websites. In fact one in twenty websites mentioning the word rape also mentioned my name.’
This remains the case even though the leaked “rape” charge was almost immediately withdrawn, and no formal charges have been laid, and despite the disingenuous attempts of crooked journalists to dispel valid and justified suspicion that this is all a product of the CIA dirty tricks department.
The propensity of the global mainstream media to act in lock-step to publish baseless slander is something which must be confronted and exposed. It is tangible proof that there is a conspiracy of the powerful running things, shaping opinion and subverting democracy and the rule of law.
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