Minn. Letter Protests Julian Assange Extradition

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been denied entrance to the British consulate in Minneapolis.

The group had planned to deliver a letter Monday protesting Assange’s possible extradition from Britain to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

WCCO-AM reports about 15 demonstrators, including former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, waved signs outside the building. If Assange is extradited to Sweden, they say it could lead to Assange eventually being transferred to the United States to face charges.

U.S. officials have been angered by WikiLeaks’ publication of diplomatic cables and secret U.S. military files.

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  • Tony Edwards

    This strikes me as a truly pointless exercise, undertaken by people who presumably know nothing about the British and Swedish judicial systems. With all due respect I find it hard to imagine that the authorities involved with this extradition will ever read this letter, much less let it affect their process.

  • Jim

    If Assange is not guilty of the charges he faces in Sweden, why would he not want to go back and prove that? Perhaps because he is guilty and doesn’t want to face the music. As for him ever being extradited to the U.S., maybe the same folks who are petitoning the British embassy here, could then petition them again so he doesn’t have to face the music here either.

    Come on folks, Assange is nothing more than an egotistical jerk, although that, in and of itself is not a crime, it’s just a shame. He should be forced to face justice both in Sweden and here in the U.S.. If guilty, he should get what he deserves.

  • Jerry W

    .Jim is absolutely right. Assange should not be above the law.

  • Joker of Spades

    In my personal opinion, this guy is worthless. I hope he gets put away forever. I don’t care what for. I think they should also release all his secret information too. Driver license number, social security number, full name, birth certificate, address, phone number, names of friends, all that. Let him know secrets are secrets for a reason. Full disclosure, right? I bet the identity theifs feel they have a “right ot know” too. He is just an arrogant jerk that feels the world owes him, not because he has earned it, but just because he is here.

  • Dave Seavy

    I agree, for the most part, with what’s being said here. Where I part company is that he’s the scourge (sp?) of the Earth for leaking documents. Much of what he leaked had to do with cover ups. With government so out of control these days, and getting by with just about anything they wish to do, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to have someone ferret out lies and distortions. With all the scandals over the years, starting with Watergate, maybe it’s time government starts to play it straight. As far as facing charges, he’s a threat to government secrecy, and not for national security reasons. So it wouldn’t surprise me in the least that any criminal charges – especially sex charges, would be trumped up. Let’s face it – the easiest way to ruin someone and completely discredit them is to simply say they commited a sex offense. Whether it’s true or not makes no difference; once it’s said – the show’s over.

    • Joker of Spades

      If you want to start an investigation and expose all the government conspiracies, go for it. Have fun. DO NOT put our soldiers in harm’s way to do it though. DO NOT give away secrets to the enemy. The internet is a public domain. Everyone can see it. If he wants to expose the government, start an invesigation and deal with it another way.

  • Victim Du Jour

    So everyone is automatically guilty of sex offenses except for people who have trendy political causes?

    Castrate everyone who isn’t Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Deb LeFave, Mary Kay Laterneau, Rob Lowe, Micheal Jackson, Roman Polanski, David Letterman, Ashton Larson, and Brianna Broitzmann.

    Perhaps we can build an Auschwitz for people who people who pee outdoors and frat boys who take body shots.

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