Sunday 22 October 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Sweden could be safest option for paranoid Assange

Wikileaks founder now finds himself at the mercy of Ecuador, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

That weird Australian, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is holed up in Ecuador's London embassy. After coming to the end of the legal road in the UK, he faces extradition to Sweden, where he's wanted for questioning over alleged rape and sexual assault. His dwindling band of supporters seem to believe that -- as he claims -- these charges are trumped up and that once on Swedish soil he will be locked up and then extradited to the US.

There, because the authorities are angry that he published stolen classified documents, he will be unfairly tried for espionage and treason and then executed. Abandoned by his native Australia, what can he do to save his life but take refuge with a kindly country and appeal for political asylum?

Let's unpick that.

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