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Saturday, 20 November 2010 16:45

Assange pokes a tiger, tiger pokes back

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Following allegations of rape a couple of months ago, Swedish prosecutors yesterday announced they wish to have Wikileaks founder Julian Assange returned to Sweden for questioning.

Julian Assange has done a lot to annoy authorities through his website WikiLeaks.  Aside from all the commercial information that a variety of companies would have preferred wasn't released, there was the "Collateral Murder" and the more recent "Iraq War Logs".

All of this way well be seen as 'tiger poking' by many authorities.

With the latest news, it seems the tigers are starting to poke back.  Yesterday came the news that Sweden's Director of Public Prosecutions has issued a warrant for the arrest of Assange of a number of charges, including rape.

"The background is that he must be interrogated in the investigation and we haven't been able to reach him to perform these interrogations," Sweden's director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, said yesterday in a statement.

The alleged offences occurred in August this year when Assange was in Sweden speaking to the publication of classified US military documents pertaining to the war in Afganisatan.

At the time the accusations were announced, Assange made (according to his spokesperson) numerous attempts to speak with the Swedish authorities; to be interviewed, to answer the allegations while he was in the country.  All were rebuffed and he departed the country to pursue other activities.


It appears that an earlier decision on August 25th by the Chief Prosecutor, Eva Finne  to drop the charges was overturned by Marrianne Ny after some form of appeal by the complainants.

Overnight, Assange's lawyer, Bjoern Hurtig, submitted an appeal against the international arrest warrant.

"Both the prosecutor and the defence agree that it was an incident of consensual sex where the condom broke. They are saying that amounts to rape, we are saying it doesn't"

Assange has strongly denied the charges and on a number of occasions has suggested that such allegations could be part of a "smear campaign" against Wikileaks for publishing classified US documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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