Wikileaks’ Assange wanted by Interpol: Persecution not prosecution?

Here at OSM we’ve been keeping you informed about the latest round of Wikileaks leaks. We told how the Wikileaks website was under a mass distributed denial of service attack, and then posted an article on some of the key points from the leaked cables.

Now the news is that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been added to Interpol’s most wanted list following accusations of rape and other sex crimes, even though no charges have yet been brought against him by Swedish authorities. However Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens says that although Swedish authorities pursue his arrest, they have continually turned down offers to speak to him, according to a report by Raphael G. Satter over on The Washington Post.

Assange’s whereabouts are presently unknown but he has had an online presence and Stephens asserts that Assange is being persecuted by Swedish officials as he has not given formal notice of the allegations in question. Stephens went so far as to accuse Swedish Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, of “casual disregard,” regarding her duties. Meanwhile Swedish officials claim that Assange should be detained because he is not available to be questioned.

The latest round of leaks has caused a lot of embarrassment to the U.S. government who have made no secret of its displeasure at the disclosures. For more on this go to washingtonpost.com. Mark Stephens asserts that the Swedish authorities’ treatment of Assange is “persecution and not a prosecution.” Do you agree with this? We’d be interested to know what you think so feel free to send in your comments

  • Eduardo

    It would be reasonable to assume that this are fabricated accusations aimed at discrediting and bringing down the whistle blower. But this is the future of unauthorized disclosure and even if they remove Assange, others will emerge. They won't be able to stop this form of citizen control in the age of the internet. This is probably a very good thing.