For revealing our crimes and lies, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has suffered much. He has been hounded by some of his own ex-employees, after causing derision for his eccentricities and revelations, and now will be hunted down to the ends of this earth, courtesy of my government (and remarkably enough Sweden).
Sweden orders arrest of WikiLeaks founder
(CNN) -- The Stockholm Criminal Court on Thursday issued an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force.
The court also ordered Assange arrested in his absence, which requires Swedish authorities anywhere in the world to detain Assange if they come across him. Sweden's director of prosecutions, Marianne Ny, had requested the arrest in absence.
"The background is that he has to be heard in this investigation and we haven't been able to get a hold of him to question him," Ny said earlier Thursday.
Assange faces five counts that appear related to two incidents, according to the request Ny filed with the court.
He faces one count of rape and one count of sexual molestation related to an instance around August 17 in Enkoping, just outside Stockholm. He then faces two counts of sexual molestation between August 13 and 18 in Stockholm, and one count of illegal use of force between August 13 and 14, also in the capital.
Assange could be sentenced to at least two years in prison if convicted, according to the document.
It is the first time authorities have mentioned probable cause. The molestation charge, previously mentioned in the case, has also been upgraded to sexual molestation.
In a news release issued after the court's decision, Assange's British lawyer said the charges stem from consensual sexual relationships his client had with two women.
"Only after the women became aware of each other's relationships with Mr. Assange did they make their allegations against him," lawyer Mark Stephens said in the statement.
Stephens also said neither he nor Assange "have ever received a single written word, at any time, in any form, from Swedish authorities on the Swedish investigation against our client."
The media has been the only way they've learned substantial information about the investigation, Stephens said. He called it "a clear contravention to Article 6 of the European Convention, which states that every accused must be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him."
It was unclear where Assange was Thursday. Stephens told CNN he could not reveal his client's location.
Swedish prosecutors announced over the summer they were investigating Assange in two separate cases of rape and molestation. Ny said then there was reason to believe a crime had been committed, but that more investigation was necessary before she could make a final decision.
Assange has maintained he is innocent, telling the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera the accusations were a "smear campaign."
Assange repeatedly declined to answer questions about the rape and molestation investigation and what the allegations may mean to his organization when he spoke to CNN's Atika Shubert in October.
"This interview is about something else. I will have to walk if you are ... if you are going to contaminate this extremely serious interview with questions about my personal life," he said. Moments later, he walked off the set.
I suppose this is our way of taking out reporters. I guess it beats the way in which Vladimir Putin prefers eliminating rascally media folk (typically with a bullet to the head).
At this rate, I am thankful that Daniel Ellsberg is not doing today what he did in the early 1970s. I have little doubt that he would be rotting away in a dungeon somewhere in GITMO or rural Afghanistan, being waterboarded by one of our freedom-loving friends. Such is this country's patriotic citizenry's hatred of "big government," except when it is torturing people, spying on us, racially profiling Mexicans, or murdering en masse Muslims. But Juno forbid if your junk gets touched at the airport. All of the sudden, they pretend to care.
Naturally, if there is ever another budding underwear or shoe bomber on one of our planes, I think we can reasonably posit where Mr. Tyner's sympathies for the use of "enhanced interrogation" tactics will be. But of course, he is white, so he obviously could not be a terrorist. Is it not ironic to see the variance in response to government intrusion for these folk on airport security, when these are the very same people telling us that we need to collectively stop Latinos and compel them all to affirmatively prove they are Americans or legal residents (risking jail if they forget to 'bring their papers')? But someone inconvenienced Mr. Tyner's day and patted him down as a precondition to get on a passenger jet. Rough life.
Meanwhile, my government is conspiring to have people arrested on charges that coincides with our attempts to politically and legally silence them, sowing discord in their own camp to coerce our targets to discontinue any US government secret-leaking operations, and who will no doubt face the full force of the NSA if/when Congress passes the misnamed Protecting Cyberspace Act--a bill that, if enacted, will allow our supposedly evil Muslim/Kenyan/Maoist President to single-handedly shut down WikiLeaks, attack its IP address, and make sure no inconvenient secret information is revealed.
And what kind of secret information are we talking about? Since apparently no one is paying attention in this country, how about the fact we now know that our military and then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld lied when he declared that the US had no idea how many people had been killed in Iraq (that the US "does not do body counts" in Iraq)? Thanks to Julian Assange and Pfc. Bradley Manning (the true patriot and hero), we now know that our government lied to us the entire time and had been counting the people we were killing from the start of the war. That is the kind of voice that my government, including my so-called radical Marxist President, is trying to silence. And sadly, I fear my government will succeed.