Julian Assange has been arrested in London. I am getting so tired of this whole WikiLeaks thing. GO AWAY JULIAN ASSANGE AND LEAVE ME ALONE.
Here are the details, as reported by the AP:
Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had “substantial grounds” to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn’t turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into U.K. custody ahead of an extradition hearing.
The hearing took place hours after Assange was arrested in a pre-arranged handover at a London police station on a Swedish warrant over allegations of sexual-assault, Scotland Yard said. The former computer hacker had been in hiding since his website released secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
Assange was due at Westminster Magistrate’s Court later Tuesday. If he challenges his extradition to Sweden, he will likely be remanded into 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.
Since beginning to release the cables last week, WikiLeaks has seen its bank accounts canceled, its web sites attacked and the U.S. government launch a criminal investigation, saying the group has jeopardized national security and diplomatic efforts around the world. It has also seen supporters come to its aid by setting up over 500 mirror sites around the world.
I can’t wait for story to go away. It is getting annoying.
Jim Treacher, over at the DC, has an interesting take on this whole matter:
I don’t like the guy and I think he’s a famewhoring hypocrite with delusions of grandeur — as Christopher Hitchens puts it, “an unscrupulous megalomaniac with a political agenda” — but something doesn’t seem right about this whole thing. Apparently in Sweden you can commit a crime called “sex by surprise,” which is distinct from rape in some way. So that’s weird. And it took the accusers a while to decide he’d done something wrong. And the charges were already dropped a few months ago, weren’t they?
Bonus video from America’s Newsroom (from before he was denied bail):