Julian Assange, was arrested by British police
The founder of Wikileaks, the Australian Julian Assange, was arrested by British police under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden, Scotland Yard announced today, according to Reuters.
Swedish prosecutors have issued a warrant for arrest Assange, suspected of “rape, sexual agresssion and coercion” to two women. Assange denies allegations.
Assange was due at Westminster Magistrate’s Court later Tuesday. If he challenges his extradition to Sweden, he will likely be remanded into U.K. custody or released on bail until another judge rules on whether to extradite him, a spokeswoman for the extradition department said on customary condition of anonymity. Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks, expresses the site’s official response to the arrest of founder, Julian Assange, by British police Tuesday on a European arrest warrant: «This will not change our operation».
Wikileaks – journalism, intoxication, cyber terrorism ?
I was asked by some friends how I missed such a juicy topic like the recent revelations from Wikileaks. I have not missed the subject. I simply avoided to give my opinion without sufficient information. Or more clearly: I dislike the spirit of the flock.
1. Let me begin by saying that those allegations credibility is more than questionable. It would mean admitting a huge lack of intelligence of Assange. But…personally, I think that whatever happened in reality, Assange was wrong . The full story can be read here. At that time (August 2010 – Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm on Aug. 14, 2010) founder of Wikileaks was already short list of many authorities. And that many expected a mistake from him… Even a minimal intelligence would have avoided making such mistakes. Even if he had a hypothetical protection behind the scenes. When you’re in the limelight of all the heavyweights of the world, you could be accused of anything… with related evidence included !!… I have several friends in various international organizations and I know how reluctant they are when the organizers of various events want to present them a pleasant female company. Such things are practice and it’s better to prevent than to treat any subsequent «headache».
🙂 since I cleared the story with sexual allegations, to return to the issue of disclosure WikiLeaks.
2. There has been very much discussiones surrounding the controversial website Wikileaks, and its founder Julian Assange. Although initially the traditional media was kept away from the subject, however, heated debate in the online issue turned into a phenomenon that could not be ignored. Pro Wiki supporters have seen Assange released like a fight for freedom and truth, and want corrupt governments brought down. In response, critics of WikiLeaks and fans of scenarios conspiracy have seen WikiLeaks revelations of massive intelligence service action. I think both are right. I will explaine.
A look at the timeline of events: First time WikiLeaks published documents about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Africa, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer. A classic example of investigative journalism. Powered professional. But less annoying for big players in the political sphere. There were also some action against Wikileaks. Not radical, because the ‹enemy› doesn’t seem to be extremely dangerous.
In 2010, WikiLeaks published classified details about United States involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A move that directly target the Obama administration, already facing a loss of popularity and support for the two conflicts. Wikileaks disclosures have also caused an attitude of distancing from the major European partners of NATO. Just when Obama Administration require its partners a greater involvement on Afghanistan conflict. I suppose in this context, on unofficial ways tried to reach agreement with the team Wikileaks regarding stop publication of sensitive information. Of course, here can be only two options. Deal or not deal ! Quite difficult to find. Yet.
Then, on 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and its five media partners began publishing secret U.S. diplomatic cables. The first 1000 diplomatic mails have brought nothing devastating. We found that the whole world political system is based on corruption, machinations behind the scenes, lack of respect for us, ordinary citizens. And also, in many cases a huge incompetence. Sorry, Mr. Assange … but we already knew it ! Until proven otherwise, I believe that Wikileaks has been poisoned intentionally with some produced correspondence folders. Nothing leaks really important yet. Any good assistant can make such summaries monitoring daily press and the releases on websites embassies. More ? A lot pins between partners, backstage gossip that hasn’t escaped any significant political figure … Some revelations are almost ridiculous (or wants to be perceived as such). I think it’s interesting to watch what next… Especially in the context of last year when the global media moved predominantly in the online space, a too permissive space for even the most solid democracies …