Malcolm Armsteen wrote:The case isn't down to an individual prosecutor - it went before the body which decides, and they decided there was a case to answer - as Assange's lawyers have admitted on more than one occasion. In fact given what they have said it's hard to see how he could do anything other than plead guilty.
I would trust the socialist worker's opinions on nothing, even the time of day.
As I said I don't know and all of that could be hot air. Socialist Worker wasn't the only place I read that. Admittedly all the places I did read that did seem to have a pro-Assange slant.
As it is I found.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assange_v_ ... _Authority
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On 18 November 2010, prosecutor Marianne Ny asked the local district court for a warrant for the arrest of Assange in order for him to be interviewed by the prosecutor. As he was now living in England, the court ordered him detained (häktad) in absentia. On appeal, the Svea Court of Appeal upheld the warrant on suspicion of våldtäkt (rape), olaga tvång (duress/unlawful coercion), and two cases of sexuellt ofredande, which has been variously translated as "sexual molestation", "sexual assault", "sexual misconduct", "sexual annoyance", "sexual unfreedom", "sexual misdemeanour", and "sexual harassment". The Supreme Court of Sweden decided not to consider a further appeal as no principle was at stake. On 6 December 2010, Scotland Yard notified Assange that a valid European arrest warrant had been received.
Assange has not yet been formally charged with any offence; the prosecutor said that, in accordance with the Swedish legal system, formal charges will be laid only after extradition and a second round of questioning. The High Court found that the Swedish process has reached the stage of criminal proceedings, which would be equivalent to having been charged under English process
Which is missing from a lot of the stuff I have been seeing (pro-Assange stuff). They focus in on Marianne Ny and tend to ignore the Svea Court of Appeal.
As it is, if he did get extradited to Sweden and then the USA then he would have a point. We'll see......