[knowledgelab] The Kafka-esque witch-hunt of Julian Assange

j.martin.pedersen m.pedersen at lancaster.ac.uk
Fri Dec 3 18:28:04 UTC 2010

As the naked emperor calls for execution, the stakes are lit with wet

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And Assange's current London attorney - Mark Stephens - told AOL news
that he doesn't even know what the charges against Assange are, but
that they are not rape:

    Stephens, told AOL News today that Swedish prosecutors told him
that Assange is wanted not for allegations of rape, as previously
reported, but for something called "sex by surprise," which he said
involves a fine of 5,000 kronor or about $715.

    "We don't even know what 'sex by surprise' even means, and they
haven't told us," Stephens said, just hours after Sweden's Supreme
Court rejected Assange's bid to prevent an arrest order from being
issued against him on allegations of sex crimes.

    "Whatever 'sex by surprise' is, it's only a offense in Sweden --
not in the U.K. or the U.S. or even Ibiza," Stephens said. "I feel as
if I'm in a surreal Swedish movie being threatened by bizarre trolls.
The prosecutor has not asked to see Julian, never asked to interview
him, and he hasn't been charged with anything. He's been told he's
wanted for questioning, but he doesn't know the nature of the
allegations against him."

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