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Comment Assange. (Score 2) 227

So not only do you expect prisoner exchanges (when the US hasn't even asked for you) on your terms, despite being a criminal in the UK for skipping bail, but when the part you demand happens (whether related or not, I'm guessing not to be honest) within a few days despite the intense complications of such an action, it has to have been immediate for you to keep your promises?

He's an attention-seeking prat, and always will be.

Ecuador - kick him the hell out of the door already.

Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 4, Interesting) 104

There are a lot of people in the US and Britain who seem keen to minimize Brexit's effects, to the point where they seem unwilling to admit that because Brexit hasn't even happened yet (Article 50 hasn't even been activated yet, for goodness sake), the idea that the more dire predictions can be just dismissed seems pretty unsupportable.

My assumption is that Theresa May, for political reasons, is going to allow this uncertainty to do a certain amount of calculated damage to British economy. This will serve to finally undermine the "Bastards" in her party, and allow her to negotiate at least some access to the Common Market, which will inevitably entail some degree of freedom of movement for EU citizens. But first she needs to make sure Boris Johnson's reputation is ruined.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 3, Informative) 227

And what pray tell is Hillary going to be pardoned for? She's been investigated more than any candidate in US history, and if there was something to bring charges against her over, it would have happened by now. And if you think Trump is going to pursue charges, then you're nuts, because if Trump does that, then it would invite his successor, should that successor be a Democrat, to do the same to him, and so on and so forth. ]

You can safely abandon the Clinton criminal syndicate rhetoric now. She's not going to be President, Trump has won, so can we all just please move on..

And yes, Assange is a weasel. This has nothing to do with the US, which has never put out an arrest warrant for him and has never shown any actual desire to bring him into custody. Demanding clemency from people who have no obvious intention of even laying charges against him is ludicrous. His legal problems are with Swedish and British authorities.

Comment Re:Stop calling Snowden a whistleblower (Score 1) 227

Exactly. Probably the single biggest blow to Wikileaks, and the point where I think that organization jumped the shark, is that Snowden eclipsed it both in the extent of the leak, and in the fact that, whatever you think of Snowden, he worked with actual journalists

Comment Re:Can't say as I blame him... (Score 1) 227

Do you have some evidence of any "hardon"? There have been some pretty intemperate remarks from the US intelligence community about Assange, and obviously the current US Administration, not to mention quite a few lawmakers in both parties, don't like the man, but there's been no charges laid against him, no request for his extradition, indeed no legal proceedings at all. I've heard many a tale spun about how he's going to end up in some Third World hellhole with car battery leads tied to his testicles while a CIA operative takes notes, but since that sort of thing is thus far unevidenced conspiracy theory, I see no reason to give it any particular credence. He's wanted for questioning by Swedish authorities on allegations of rape, and wanted by the British police and the Home Secretary because he's a foreign national on British soil who is supposed to be extradited to Sweden and is currently evading arrest.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 2) 227

I never got the impression that the Alt-right had any time for Manning. I was lectured yesterday by many Alt-righters here on /. on how Manning is mentally ill and that gender dysphoria is a fake disorder and so on and so forth. I'm beginning to get the sense that the Alt-right are filled with a lot of people whose world view could be charitably described as chaotic and disordered.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1) 227

The British put an arrest warrant out for him because he failed to convince the British courts that he shouldn't be returned to Sweden. At the moment, he's in violation of British court rulings saying he is to surrender and be sent to Sweden. The whole "the US is out to get me" has been Assange's attempt at misdirection since the rape accusations in Sweden came out, but no actual evidence that the US actually wants to take him into custody has ever been demonstrated.

The British government does not want Assange in the country at all, but rather wants to honor its agreements with Sweden and return a man residing on British soil who is wanted by Swedish prosecutors on suspicion of rape. The British courts deemed Sweden's request valid, and thus sought to detain Assange so that he could be turned over to Swedish authorities, and his flight into the Ecuadorian embassy is why the British government wants him now.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 2) 227

I think there's the tiny matter of the British authorities prosecuting him for evading an extradition order. Even if Sweden decides not pursue the matter any further (and Swedish prosecutors seem to have little interest in helping him stay on his martyrdom pedestal), the British government is almost certainly going to throw him back in handcuffs, at least so long as it takes to throw him out of the country. Since the extradition order still stands, that means after what will doubtless be a brief stay in a British prison cell, he'll be shipped back to Sweden.

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