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Julian Assange: UK Arrest Warrant - Bank Account Closed

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    International pressure on Julian Assange intensified tonight as the US attorney general, Eric Holder, disclosed that he had authorised "significant" actions aimed at prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder over the release of thousands of diplomatic cables.

    The US attorney general, speaking at a press conference in Washington, said:

    "The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can."

    Asked if he might mount a prosecution under the Espionage Act, Holder said: "That is certainly something that might play a role, but there are other statutes, other tools at our disposal."

    8.22pm: Assange is also under investigation by Australian authorities, following the WikiLeaks release of 250,000 diplomatic cables.

    The country's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, said on Saturday: "The federal police was asked by the Australian attorney general some days ago to investigate whether or not Assange has breached any element of the Australian criminal law."

    8.15pm: Mark Stephens, the London-based lawyer who respresents 39-year-old Assange, says he will fight any move to extradite the WikiLeaks founder.

    Stephens told BBC News today: "Late this afternoon after close of business I got a call from the police who said that they had received an extradition request from Sweden.

    "Their request is to interview Julian Assange. He's not been charged with anything.

    "We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police by consent in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that is needed."

    The interview will happen in the "foreseeable future", Stephens said.

    8.09pm: Julian Assange tonight agreed to meet police in the UK, according to WikiLeaks lawyers.

    Jennifer Robinson, a solicitor with Finers Stephens Innocent which represents Assange, said this evening: "We have a received an arrest warrant [related to allegations in Sweden]. The police have been in touch. They have contacted us. We are negotiating with them. We are negotiating a meeting with police."

    Swedish prosecutors have sent an international arrest warrant to the Met, seeking the extradition of Assange for questioning on allegations ? which he strongly denies ? of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

    Assange, who is staying in Britain, has come under criticism from politicians in the US and around the world after his site started publishing excerpts from a cache of more than 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables last week.

    The Swiss bank account of the Australian former computer hacker was today closed by the PostFinance bank. "The Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process," the bank said in a statement.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2010/dec/06/julian-assange-wikileaks-latest


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    Julian Assange's Swiss Bank Account Closed

    WikiLeaks founder has account ? used for donations ? closed by PostFinance owing to 'false information' about residency

    According to reports, Scotland Yard had received the paperwork required to arrest Julian Assange over allegations in Sweden.

    The international pressure on Julian Assange increased today after the banking arm of the Swiss post office announced that it had closed the WikiLeaks founder's account because he had given "false information".

    "PostFinance has ended its business relationship with ... Julian Paul Assange," the bank said in a statement.

    "The Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process."

    It said that although Assange had given his residence as an undisclosed address in Geneva, he could offer no proof of being a Swiss resident.

    WikiLeaks had advertised the PostFinance account details online to "donate directly to the Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks Staff Defence Fund," giving an account name of "Assange Julian Paul, Geneve".

    A spokesman for the bank told the Associated Press the account was closed this afternoon, but added that there would be "no criminal consequences" for misleading authorities.

    "That's his money, he will get his money back," he said. "We just close the account and that's it."

    PostFinance is the latest institution to sever its ties with Assange and WikiLeaks. Last week, Amazon.com withdrew its hosting of WikiLeaks' cables site and the WikiLeaks.org domain was taken offline by www.everydns.net

    On Saturday, PayPal, which is owned by the auction website eBay, froze WikiLeaks' account, saying it was being used for "illegal" activity.

    It was also reported this afternoon that Scotland Yard had received the paperwork required to arrest Assange over allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.

    But the Metropolitan police declined to comment on the claim, attributed by Press Association to unnamed sources.

    Swedish prosecutors have sent an international arrest warrant to the Met, seeking the extradition of Assange for questioning on allegations ? which he strongly denies ? of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

    Jennifer Robinson, one of his lawyers, said his legal team had heard nothing from the police to suggest that their client's arrest was imminent.

    Assange, who is staying in Britain, has come under criticism from politicians in the US and around the world after his site started publishing excerpts from a cache of more than 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables last week.

    Another of Assange's lawyers, Mark Stephens, yesterday denounced the extradition warrant as a "political stunt" and said his client would fight deportation to Sweden on the grounds that it could lead to him being handed over to the US, where senior politicians have called for him to be executed.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/06/julian-assange-swiss-bank-account
     
  2. momo14

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    first amazon drop them, then paypal closed their account and now his swiss bank account closed. AHHH!
     
  3. mudbutt

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    funny how people are trying to get him for "treason" when hes not even a US citizen, fucking political idiots
     
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    I actually thought about that. There are so many offshore hosting providers that do not give a shit. Why does he not go with them? He really should join BHW to find out more
     
  6. paincake

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    Wikileaks is already mirrored by volunteers on 500 different hosts. Perhaps this is even better, because while the hosting providers may not care, the governments do and they'd shut down his site wherever he tried to host it. You might think that hosting in china or north korea would would be a good idea, but they'd shut down his site too because those countries aren't big fans of human rights and freedom of speech, and that's what wikileaks is all about.
     
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    offshore providers wont give shit until theyre host country gets pressured by the US, then its gets shutdown.
     
  8. mark0v

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    maybe they should look into http://www.cyberbunker.com/ :)

    The host is located in sovereign territory (landlocked within The Netherlands, I believe); it is it's own government. Supposedly the property belonged to no particular nation when it was a NATO command center, and did not become a part of any other nation when it was sold to the current owner. The owner has posted on another forum before, he's quite a colorful character, he's declared himself King of his land, made up diplomatic passports for himself, applied for recognition as a legitimate nation to the UN, etc. I'm not sure how much of that is true or if it's simply the case that The Netherlands doesn't want to start an incident with a man holed up in an impenetrable bunker.

    from http://www.cyberbunker.com/disaster-free-hosting.html
     
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    I hope the UK don't splay its cheeks for the US government over this.
     
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    Lots of nervous governments especially the US about WikiLeaks. There is still lots of juicy infoto come out. Trying to close up Wikileaks is a waste of time as they are now being hosted by mirror sites in over 500 locations, around the world.

    Big Corporations are the next target. That should be even more interesting.

    Aparently Assange is already talking to British Police.
     
  11. jazzc

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    Who would have thought politicians and militarists would fear of the truth being exposed? I mean, the got nothing to hide, right? :D
     
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    true, but it depends upon what you're doing.

    "someone is giving away my ebooks!" -- so what? go piss up a rope!

    "someone is giving away gov secrets!" -- oh? then here is his info!

    :boring:
     
  13. Monrox

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    Now all whistleblowers know how NOT to do stuff. Not bad.

    I hope this is all planned, he eventually gets sent to Sweden where the charges get dropped (sexual assault is getting kind of boring after Clinton and Polanski) or a week or 2 in some 5 star prison. I mean Sweden has already shown it actually upholds the freedom of speech principle.

    Australia is just a sad country where censorship is rampant, they even ban games.
     
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    This guy is completely fucked up. All money collected as donations is gone (Paypal and swiss account). No matter where he host his website the US govt is going to take his domain down.
     
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    Ummm treason isn't just a crime in the USA. Practically every Country has treason laws although they might call it something differently. This bumbling idiot is stepping on a ton of Countries and not just the USA.

    Personally I could care less what he says, shows or advertises. I just think it's funny you call people that know this guy is in deep shit internationally "fucking political idiots". Common sense will tell you that you don't publish stolen classified documents online unless you're looking for a "cot and a hot" for the rest of your life. Thousands of innocent people are sitting in jail that will never taste freedom again. You piss on the wrong leg and you'd be surprised just how unfair life can be. Many Countries dont have due process of law. Just ask two hikers sitting in Iran.

    This fukin idiot thought he'd do what exactly? I'm guessing he thought he'd make a ton of money. He thought wrong. I've never looked at wikileaks and anything similar. I got enough dirty laundry in my own house I don't need to gloat at someone else's. As far as corrupt governments - shit they're all corrupt. Nothing new there. I'd rather read about how to make more money then some docs about how somebody has bad breath and takes bribes.
     
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    'treason' is trying to overthrow a gov. if anything, this is more along the lines of 'espionage'. but the info doesn't seem to be very damaging.

    i'd love to see something posted that will really stir up the pot! if they go after him then he should let fly with the real dirt, if he has any.
     
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    this comes to show our governments are just as corrupt as in the fkn medieval ages. This man has exposed countless NEGATIVE aspects of governments around the world , and instead people watching the news are being fed the idea that this guy is a rapist and a terrorist. Instead of watching this and learning a lesson from it , people are simply seeing another terrorist attack .

    OK so Iran and all these 3rd world countries we knew were corrupt , but the US?Common there's freakin documents that the US has covered up countless murders. This is stuff that our society thought not longer existed in this so called "democratic" government of ours.
     
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    I hope the guy has HUUUUGEEEE leverage! Be coz otherwise he is a dead man!

    He better come at them with "If you kill me and I dont press a button every 3 months, then all the files I have will get shared on every torrent and leaking site on the net!"

    Coz that guy has some damn powerful enemies! I mean they have all ready started a case about him raping 2 women!

    I am sure they will try to make a "accident" out of his murder! I just pray the guy has some good leverage :lever:, enough for them not to kill him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dmm this is some Bourne supremacy - Come - Prison Break Skitt!!!!!

    ALL the best to him!
     
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