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Response to The Traveler (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 07:10 AM

10. Britain cooperated with the US on secret rendition too

but the thing was that, in all cases, for Sweden or the UK, it was secret - done to people that the media had never heard of, without the family and friends of the person realising it was happening until the person was outside the country. There was no chance for lawyers to intervene, use writs of habeas corpus or the equivalent, and so on.

Assange's case, in the full light of the media circus, is not comparable. It has to go through a legal process, in Sweden or the UK. And the UK's legal protections against extradition to the US are pretty weak. Probably weaker than Sweden's. It's a red herring to pretend that Assange is going to disappear once in Sweden and then turn up in the USA without explanation or public process.

Why is Britain pursuing this? Because we have clear legal obligations to Sweden, who are fellow EU members. One of the accusations is rape. Which politician wants to tell the world that they don't think an accusation of rape should be listened to, even though the British legal system has had multiple hearings determining that it should be?

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