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A Julian Assange supporters mask is seen on the steps of the Ecuador embassy where Wikileaks founder has sought political asylum, in London, Britain, 22 June 2012.  EPA Photo

A Julian Assange supporters mask is seen on the steps of the Ecuador embassy where Wikileaks founder has sought political asylum, in London, Britain, 22 June 2012. EPA Photo

British police served an extradition notice Thursday on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London requesting aslyum.
Scotland Yard said they had served a "surrender notice" on the 40-year-old Australian requiring him to attend a police station, adding that failure to do so would make him liable to arrest.
Assange faces extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, having exhausted his options under British law when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition earlier this month.
Fearing Stockholm would pass him on to the United States, he sought refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on June 19, asking the South American country for political asylum.
Scotland Yard has "served a surrender notice upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at date and time of our choosing," a spokeskan said.
"This is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process.
"He remains in breach of his bail conditions. Failing to surrender would be a further breach of conditions and he is liable to arrest." Assange fears that from Sweden, he will be extradited to the United States to face possible espionage charges, after releasing more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables on the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy website.


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Brit in Turkey

6/29/2012 12:56:34 PM

@The Lion and Deniz Can - Just wait for the day when your personal details/ bank account details are hacked and sold to fraudsters. You may see it more my way then. I am, incidentally, a retired computer professional.

Deniz Can

6/28/2012 8:59:54 PM

I hope people who have perception ( about democracy, human rights) like Mr. Brit in Turkey, are not in majority. It is a tragedy not to blame on US for the crime she had committed behind closed door, to blame on someone, regardless of his personal life, tried to open the dirty side of these "secret" documents/crime. We no longer speak about the US because of the illegal dirty job she has been conducting, but dealing with one person. This is how the Neoliberal politics used media to manipulate

The Lion

6/28/2012 8:25:09 PM

Brit in Turkey, there's no way that Assange revealing the truth or exercising his freedom of speech endangers nearly as many people as US warmongering in Iraq and Afghanistan either directly (US murdering at least hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq/Afghanistan) or indireclty (Muslims angered by this who might try to seek retribution).

Brit in Turkey

6/28/2012 7:38:33 PM

Assange is a nasty piece of work who deserves all that is thrown at him. With the so-called "revelations" of his organisation he disclosed national secrets and probably endangered the lives of those exposed. I have the same attitude towards hackers who are costing governments and companies (ie. us) millions.

The Lion

6/28/2012 7:08:36 PM

Yeah sure, "sex charges". As soon as he gets to Sweden, he's going to be ambushed by the CIA who will send him to Guantanamo Bay. Shame on you Sweden for being a crony to this and shame on you US for stifling freedom of speech. Hypocrites!

john albay

6/28/2012 6:01:37 PM

This man is a hero and should be praised and not put in prison.

Blue Dotterel

6/28/2012 4:27:44 PM

A perfect example of how justice is being perverted to attack free speech in the West.
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