Julian Assange: Supervictim?

In Uncategorized on December 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Today British police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on sexual assault charges. I’ve always found it interesting that they weren’t able to arrest him for his activities with WikiLeaks—I’m curious what legal loopholes he’s relied upon.

Am I stating the obvious if I say that the charges against Assange seem suspicious? I suppose I don’t discount the possibility, but it does seem awfully unlikely that he became a sexual criminal at precisely the same time he began embarrassing Western governments.

If the allegations aren’t true, that’s a really dirty trick. Maybe a lot of us won’t be surprised that even liberal Western powers find a way to strike back against individuals who hurt them, but I actually am surprised—I thought the rule of law was less flexible than that in societies like ours. Or did Assange actually do it?


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