Assange on the run

Assange on the run

The pursuit of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is starting to reach ridiculous proportions. Governments are pulling out all stops to permanently muzzle the whistleblower.

The Guardian reports that Interpol has put him on its worldwide most wanted list. Not for espionage or breaking any secrecy laws. It's for alleged sex crimes in Sweden for which he has not yet been charged.

If you think that's overkill, then spare a thought for Tom Flanagan, an adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He has called for Assange's assassination.

Just how they are going to make any of this stick is a mystery. Legal experts have told Reuters that the US will have a hard time prosecuting Assange because they would have to prove that he planned to hand over secrets to foreign powers. That's never been alleged.

Similarly, the Australian government is coming under pressure to throw the book at Assange, who is an Australian citizen, and cancel his passport. But again, how are they going to do that? Just as he hasn't been charged with any sex crime, he hasn't broken any Australian law on disclosure of sensitive state information.

Assange might be a pain and he has embarrassed governments. But what governments are doing now is just harassment.


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