Brits arrested Assange, when will RPK?

Julian Assange: The most notorious new media practitioner

The British Police arrested rogue cyber-anarchist Julian Assange two days ago, on behalf of the Swedish authorities for sexual related crimes but until today, he still has yet to be charged.

Julian Assange Arrested, UK Judge Refuses Bail

Last Updated: December 9, 2010

Julian Assange was taken into custody and appeared in front of the court on Tuesday. The 29-year old Australian has allegedly committed sex crimes while he was in Sweden, but up until date he hasn’t been officially charged for any crime.

The founder of WikiLeaks went to the British police to hand himself in after the Swedish prosecutors managed to get a valid European arrest warrant. Although the Australian denied that he had committed any of the sex crimes reported by two Swedish female WikiLeaks volunteers, the court decided that he will remain into custody until December 14.

Assange has refused extradition when asked by the court and he defied the British Judge when asked for his address, further asking if the address was needed for postage or for other reason. The judge decided to deny Assange bail, although many renowned people stood behind him saying that they would put up money to bail him out.

Swedish prosecutors want to pursue extradition in order to question Julian Assange for the alleged sexual misconduct. Although bail has been denied, Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer stated that he would renew the bail application, further adding that the founder of WikiLeaks is fine.

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However, the world knows that the arrest of Assange was more of his involvement in Wikileaks which two weeks ago scour an infinite spectrum of fear and embarrasment within spines of the international diplomatic and high and middle level security and defense organisations for the release of extremely confidential information and documents in the cybersphere.

This ‘Assange-gate’ is totally unprecedented and scores political and diplomatic humiliation between allies.

This what The Independent reported:

US politicians demand trial on espionage charge

By Kim Sengupta, Defence Correspondent

Thursday, 9 December 2010

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The likelihood of the founder of WikiLeaks facing possible extradition to the US has strengthened with a number of senior American politicians declaring that he has breached the Espionage Act.

Supporters of Julian Assange say they fear that his extradition to Sweden for alleged sex crimes will pave the way for a future appearance in an American court.

Joe Lieberman, the head of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, claimed yesterday that the leaks organised by Julian Assange and his associates were “serious violations of the Espionage Act”. US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley added: “What WikiLeaks has done is a crime under US law.”

The US Justice Department is under intense political pressure, especially from the Republicans, to pursue Mr Assange, with leading figures of the right, such as Sarah Palin, using the leaks to attack the Obama administration.

“They have got to do something, otherwise they will face pretty savage criticism,” said a European diplomat. “I suppose the best hope for the Americans is that he gets convicted in Sweden and serves a jail sentence there.”

Although the US authorities have as yet made no official request for his extradition, informal discussions have been held between American and Swedish officials to that end. Mr Assange’s London solicitor Mark Stephens said that being sent to Sweden from the UK would make his client extremely vulnerable. “His Swedish lawyer has said that it would be quite unsafe for Julian in Sweden at this time,” Mr Stephens said. “Not in terms of he would be harmed in Sweden, but that Sweden is not the end game.”

Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has said that Justice Department lawyers are examining how Mr Assange could be indicted over the leak of the diplomatic cables. “This is not just sabre-rattling on our part,” he said. “We are talking about one of the most serious violations of the Espionage Act in our history. To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law… they will be held responsible; they will be held accountable.”

However, diplomatic sources say that it is not clear whether the US authorities will be able to prosecute Mr Assange under the Espionage Act. They point out that whereas it is illegal for government officials with security clearance to leak classified documents to WikiLeaks, it is not clear whether it is illegal for the website to make it public.

There is yet to be a successful prosecution of a third-party recipient of a leak and the possible acquittal of Mr Assange on such a charge would be doubly embarrassing for the US administration.

The Justice Department is, therefore, also considering bringing possible charges of Mr Assange receiving stolen government property. But that too could pose difficulties as journalists have in the past used leaked government documents in the US without being prosecuted.

Meanwhile it was announced yesterday that Mr Assange’s legal team will be led by the prominent Australian-born barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC, who has flown back from Sydney to take on the case. Mr Robertson, who has been involved in a number of high-profile human rights cases, could take the appeal against the granting of extradition to Sweden all the way to the Supreme Court, with legal proceedings stretching into months.

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So the arrest of Assange ‘For rape charges’ was about to make sure that he is under custody of the law so that they can get him for the real menace that he had cause and more over his intricate network that made this ultimate embarrassment possible.

Raja Petra: The fugitive cyber-anarchist currently charged under Penal Code

Malaysian authorities face a similar but lesser magnitude problem. A Malaysian cyber-anarchist Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who has been charged for criminal defamation in the Malaysian criminal courts under Penal Code has jumped bail and now believed to be a fugitive in the United Kingdom. A warrant of arrest was issued by the Malaysian Sessions Court for Raja Petra to fail appearing in court for hearing and jumping bail.

Raja Petra SD against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor dated 18 June 2008

Second part of the said SD against Rosmah Mansor

The trial started May 2009. Sometime after that, Raja Petra and his wife eluded immigration officials and left Malaysian borders believed via Thailand. He is believed to be residing in the United Kingdom and has several times being called to make several ‘political stunts’ like asking the Malaysian authorities to arrest him under British laws, as a coward fugitive as he has demonstrated himself to be.

Why did Raja Petra cheated his accusers and now living abroad as a ‘coward fugitive’? Most probably because he cannot substantiate his claims as per the SD. After all, he is known to be a ‘Compulsive Liar’ despite some Malaysians bought into his ‘not entirely 100% true’ expositions. Raja Petra used Goebbels’ propaganda method: When one lies often enough, one day it would be taken as the truth.

Case in point Raja Petra is a ‘Compulsive Liar’: When the SD was first made known here in bloggosphere, that caught Raja Petra ‘with his pants down and his thumb up his arse’ as he would intended to use it at a much later date, probably to ‘ambush’ the said names of-guard. So he needed to divert the attention that his ‘plan’ was torpedoed-out-of-water and sank prematurely. So he accused us of getting the SD “From Special Branch officers, whom one of it is a ‘neighbour’ “, which he has yet to prove. Like in the case of “What the eyes does not see” (which he has now taken of Malaysia Today portal), neither could he prove that His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong ‘instructed’ the Malay Regiments and Royal Armour units to “Protect the ‘Yellow Shirt’ BERSIH march protesters”. Abusing HM’s name against the possibility of Police to carry out their work itself should be a felony under Seditions Act.

Will the British Police arrest him on behalf of the Malaysian courts and deport him here so that he can face the law, just like any other criminal? After all, it is the same principle employed in the case of Assange: of a cyber-anarchist causing a menace.

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