I've written here before about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Specifically about the allegations of sexual misconduct and rape and the wider implications of the charges. Personally I feel the way Sweden has dealt with the case to be worrying. The political interference has been, for a lover of Sweden, disturbing. Now my view has been if he is guilty then he should face justice. Like I seem to keep saying, if a person is guilty of any crime, especially one as heinous as rape (though the Swedish definition of rape used here is odd and not what any other country would define as rape), they should face justice and prison. It doesn't matter who, what, or where they are. Fame, wealth, or power don't matter. If guilty they should be jailed.
To just that I don't think Assange is guilty. He's arrogant, and no doubt a pain, but it really does seem that the powers that be are out to get him.
The way the press, including the BBC with their multi-billion pound budget keep saying that Assange has been charged with rape, is a sex criminal, etc., has been shocking. Assange hasn't been charged with any crime at all. All he is wanted for is for questioning. He hasn't been arrested.
Anyway Assange has run to the Ecuadorian Embassy and is claiming asalium before the UK extradited him to Sweden.
The question is what I'd do in his position. If I were innocent then I would fight to clear my name.
What would I do if I thought the whole system was rigged to convict you and to extradite me to the US where prison, and torture and death (if the more extreme poltical opinion in the US is followed). Would I offer myself up to the vindictive beast?
I don't know.
What I do know is that this is a life sentence for Assange. Even if the US don't take advantage of his move, if he's granted Ecuadorean asylum, to a less powerful country to assassinate or abduct him, he will spend the rest of his life imprisoned on a South American country unable to travel, unable to go home. He will spend the rest of his life praying that his poltical backers in Ecuador are not replaced for those eager to please the Americans.
That's an awful way to life your life.
Julian Assange has a life sentence.