Sweden’s political decision on the extradition of Assange to the U.S.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

As the media campaign against Assange is on the increase (DN-1, DN-2, SvD, Aftonbladet), the Swedish government anxiously hopes for a judgment at the Supreme Court in London which,  they believe, it would help to distract domestic opinion from the on-going scandal “Arms-agreements with Saudi Arabia“. Professors blogg was first in Sweden to draw attention to the sensitive issue of the then phantom funding of the cover company (Swedish Security Technology and Innovation, SSTI) used for the intelligence and weaponry-trade operation with the Saudis. It has been now disclosed it was one of the Defence Intelligence apparatus which put up the financing to FOA. When the scandal was in the eve to break, FOA accused Assange and WikiLeaks of blackmailing Sweden in order to create nationalistic momentum for the “defence of Sweden” against its “enemies”. Assange was referred then as Number One public enemy of Sweden. Now that the investigations on the arms scandal pursues regardless the resignation of Minister Sten Tolgfors, the government of Sweden expect anew to play the chauvinistic “Assange card” with the help of the MSM. For its own political purposes the Swedish authorities press upon the extradition of Assange more than ever. It has become indeed the Swedish government case against Assange. This analysis demonstrates that the ultimate decision of the extradition of Assange to the U.S. will be political. Therefore, we call for the international monitoring of the steps taken by the government around this issue, and also the behaviours by the Swedish MSM.
Read also as background:

Charges against Assange drawn up in US

 RT: “Assange in final battle against extradition”

The perils posed by these revelations on a prospective indictment, makes urgent to re-consider political issues of the situation Julian Assange would face now in Sweden, in case been extradited there.  In spite of Sweden’s official silence, and the denial by the mainstream media articles, the extradition of political prisoners in Sweden is ultimately decided at a political level. Ergo, the risks for an extradition of the Wikileaks founder to USA – in case it will be requested – cannot be assessed solely attending to juridical arguments.
As I have recently expressed in another RT interview aired March 29, the preparations for these trials in the U.S. are seeking a connection between WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning in terms of making Julian Assange accountable. Previously, According to an interview with Julian Assange and lawyers Jennifer Robinson and Geoffrey Robertson [1], it become clear that the USA shall most certain seek the extradition of the Wikileaks founder. The reason – as mentioned in the interview – being that a US Grand Jury investigation has been on-going in Washington since last year – preparing aggravating charges on espionage. Apparently, efforts aims to Such charges, most likely in connection with the Wikileaks Pentagon-disclosures, would entail for Julian Assange “up to ten-years in a maximum security prison”, according to the legal experts. Meanwhile, a recurrent misconception – or deliberately misinformation – published in the international media, is to consider the deportation of Julian Assange from Sweden to the USA as, statistically speaking, “highly unlikely”.
But facts reveal the contrary: Regarding the open extradition requests from the USA since 2000, Sweden has granted such extradition in the TOTAL OF CASES in which the prisoner was in Swedish territory. This is based in statistics according to Sweden’s Justice Ministry (see below “The myth on that Assange’s extradition from Sweden to US is not likely”).
It is exactly this risk of extradition/rendition to the USA from the part of Swedish officials that made Julian Assange reluctant to come to Sweden (after the Swedish extradition request and the smear campaign that ensued in Sweden). I also refer the reader to the post This is Why, in which the reasons for this apparently Swedish revenge are summarized. This analysis was previously treated in the Professors blogg’s article “Sweden will grant extradition of Julian Assange to US if not stopped by international political pressure NOW”
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