WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has lost a court battle to stay in the United Kingdom Wednesday and will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over sex charges, a court ruled. Assange’s defence team had tried to fight the extradition with four separate arguments, all of which were rejected.
Assange has been under house arrest for nearly a year while waiting to find out the results, and now that those results have been released, he is able to focus on his next steps…
The phone rang and Adam glared at the interruption. It was already a busy day with Josh home sick and Amy being so unfocused. He picked up the phone and said, “Princeton.”
“Hey man, it’s Josh.”
Adam leaned forward, suddenly interested. “It’s funny, you don’t sound sick.”
“Yeah, I’m not really,” Josh admitted. “Listen man, I need some advice and I didn’t want to ask in person ‘cause well she’s there and…”
“Dude, slow down,” Adam interrupted. “She?”
“You can’t tell me you haven’t noticed something going on between me and Amy.”
Adam took a deep breath and thought about it. They’d been friendly and he guessed they’d been a little more physical than normal, but they were friends… good friends, the three of them. That was expected, wasn’t it?
“Adam?” Josh brought him back to the present.
“Let me get this straight,” Adam hesitated, looking over at Amy who was also on the phone. “You’re staying home… ‘sick’… because you don’t want to face your best friend who you’re falling in love with?”
“Yeah, that sounds about right.”
“Josh, you don’t need to be talking to me. You need to talk to her. I’m going back to work.”
“But-” Josh started as Adam hung up the phone. He wasn’t going to get in the middle of this. He had his own female problems to deal with; like getting a ring and proposing to his girlfriend of two years.
Looking back at his computer, Adam continued to type:
Assange is accused of sexually assaulting two women in Sweden in August 2010. Although he has not been charged with a crime, Swedish prosecutors want to question him with the allegations. The court comprehensively rejected his defence against being sent there to face prosecution, and was particularly scathing about a dispute with one of the women over whether she had consented to have sex with him.
“Was that Josh?” Amy’s voice made him jump, and Adam looked up at her. She was hovering; he hated when she did that.
“Was who Josh?” Adam tried to act confused.
“On the phone. He’s avoiding me, isn’t he?”
“No, tell me. He didn’t want to see me and have things be awkward, right?”
“I thought you guys were just friends,” Adam lied.
“That’s not how it seemed when he kissed me after work yesterday.”
“What?!” Adam exclaimed, genuinely surprised.
It was at that moment when their boss walked into the office. “Is something going on?” Dan asked, looking between them.
“No Sir,” they both said at once.
When Dan left with a satisfied nod, Adam took out his blackberry and sent a BBM to Amy: “I’m not getting in the middle of this.”
He saw her reach for hers and held eye contact as she typed back: “You’re already in the middle of this. We’re both asking you for advice.”
Adam shook his head in response and set the cell phone aside. Looking purposefully back to his screen he focused on finishing his article…
Assange drew cheers from the crowd as he left the court. A “Free Assange” rally was planned for Wednesday outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
The case is not linked to his work as founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, which has put him on the wrong side of the U.S. authorities. His organization, which facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, has published some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables in the past year, causing embarrassment to the government and others. It has also published hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents relating to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.