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Julian Assange Arrested In London Following Kat Stacksian Set-Up.

From the BBC:

The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by police in London [as noted by David in the comments, he handed himself in for questioning - ATD].

The 39-year-old Australian, who was the subject of a European arrest warrant, denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.

Mr Assange is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.

A Wikileaks spokesman said Mr Assange’s arrest was an attack on media freedom but it would not stop the release of more secret files.

Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT.

Mr Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of rape, one of unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation, alleged to have been committed in August 2010.

The Independent continues:

Police contacted [Assange's lawyer] last night after receiving a fresh European Arrest Warrant from the Swedish authorities.

The first warrant, issued last month, was not valid as officials had failed to fill in the form properly.

Detectives in Sweden want to question Mr Assange after two women claimed they were sexually assaulted when he visited the country in August.

Solicitor Mark Stephens said his client was keen to discover what allegations he was facing so he could clear his name.

He said: “It’s about time we got to the end of the day and we got some truth, justice and rule of law.

“Julian Assange has been the one in hot pursuit to vindicate himself to clear his good name.

“He has been trying to meet with her (the Swedish prosecutor) to find out what the allegations are he has to face and also the evidence against him, which he still hasn’t seen.”

If that isn’t the most obvious set-up of the decade, then what is? This ish is dumber than Soulja Boy and Kat Stacks. Fool on Assange for falling for it, but Sheeeee-it…

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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  • http://twitter.com/SICrecords David Laurie

    he gave himself in voluntarily, no?
    to answer questions
    no actual charge yet
    and no extradition

    his lawyer was on newsnight last night
    Sweden’s prosecutor has been blowing smoke since the summer
    but not responding to the lawyer
    prefering the nebulous SEXCHARGES words to be repeated than refuted

    no way on earth he’d hjave made himself the figure head of this business is there was truth to it
    would rather have spoiled the point, no?

    it is of course
    the most ridiculous BULLSHIT

    since
    the US reaction to BAA suggesting the Airport Rules were a bit silly
    wha’ppen to the TonaBomber

    Yemen is a hot bed is it?
    Not a new bogeyman at all

    Didnt the Yemeny/Yemenish leader offer an open door to the US military to come and check it all out some months back
    but they prefered to huff and puff instead

    amayzeyballz

    Assange to suicide in custody?

    or will he leave the station wearing one of those David Kelly esque SOCO forensic tent pacamacs,
    yknow
    “in case it rains”

  • http://twitter.com/ZenPyramid ZenPyramid

    …Assange refused bail! Pity he hadn’t actually murdered tens of thousands of innocent people instead, anyone can get bail for mass murder:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/204398.stm

    Of course, it helps to be sunk to the nuts in Thatcher for that one (wroooooong!). More Assange related ‘factoids’, as regards rape allegations and bail:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iLBCkkC5l0NVV0gEYkAA04x83Wrg?docId=B32488671291733403A00

  • http://twitter.com/ZenPyramid ZenPyramid

    …okay, been watching a few reactions to the Assange thing, especially the media storm outside the court, and something’s been bothering me. The timings of the warrant seem to be almost deliberately provocative, on that we all agree. The Swedish court have been sitting on these charges since august, and interestingly wait till this second wave of leaks to emerge before issuing a warrant. Some small international coercion there, perhaps. But by acting in the manner i’m witnessing now, the ‘freedom for all information movement’ as it were, are playing into the hands of those who would wish to discredit the Wikileaks site. By allowing these, quite possibly unfabricated* charges, to be classified as an attack on the Wikileaks site and not just Assange, they’re smearing Wikileaks themselves! Fools! Gaaaaah!

    And if that’s what those who are pulling the strings behind the timings of the charges et al. wanted, well, i’m sure their very happy right now….

    [*...which is a hard one to call, innit? I'm fond of playing devils advocate, so i'll assume for the sake of this argument that Assange has become the victim of his own fame, and his near God like status amongst the liberal elite meant he thought he could act like a total douche in the bedroom, and has now been had up on a sexual molestation charge or two.

    By assuming Assange must be innocent, the side of Truth et al. are reacting emotively, and if it turns out that Assange is guilty, then wikileaks itself will suffer, in the eyes of the plutocracy's oh so fucking righteous media moralists and therefore by default all their 'sheeple', as everyone will 'remember' how the Anti-NWO brigade all came out in their droves to protect a rapist. And will be continually reminded about it, in a really one sided way, of course, over and over again, untill we're all a bunch of rapists! And don't even go there with the 'ooops, anther naughty leak in the bedroom' jokes yet....

    Overreaction? I don't think so. Like a game of Go, the pieces have been going down one by one for months now, all over the board, seemingly at random, a leak here, an accusation there. But there is a plan, and it's not just to take down Assange. It's to smear us all with the same brush. And this is still only phase one.

    Just because you aren't paranoid, it doesn't mean someone isn't trying to get you. Somehow. Somewhere...]

  • http://twitter.com/ZenPyramid ZenPyramid

    …a link, Penny Red in New Statesman on the danger if Assange is not whiter than white…:

    http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2010/12/julian-assange-rape-women#reader-comments

    • Joey2tits

      what a shonk article, to quote one of the many comments

      “C’mon Penny! You won’t find many of your readers disagreeing with your views on rape, but in this case? At this time?

      You are just diverting brainpower, energy and more importantly newsprint and webspace on a diversion. Which is exactly what they want you to do.

      You’ve been done like a kipper.”

      True dat.

      • http://twitter.com/ZenPyramid ZenPyramid

        …well, you might like this then:

        http://rixstep.com/1/20101202,01.shtml

        A pretty coherent statement of the current pro-Assange stance. There are plenty of fascinating links, and some startling revelations…