So Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is finally on his way to Sweden to face accusations of sexual misconduct, including rape, against two Swedish women. Or is he?
Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Sweden’s request for Assange’s extradition had been made legally. The women’s lawyer in Sweden expressed his satisfaction in an interview with the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.
“It’s hard for me to understand why this has taken so long,” he was quoted as saying. He added that the length of time the extradition was taking had had a totally unnecessary impact on his clients.
Tabloid columnist Eva Franchell, writing in the evening paper Aftonbladet, has little sympathy for Assange. There are no new revelations on the Wikileaks website nowadays, she observes, just appeals for money. She deems Assange not a rebel but nothing more than a neo-liberal narcissist who is mostly concerned with himself.
The thing is, it’s still not over. Assange’s lawyers have been given another two weeks, during which time they may still be able to overturn the court’s decision on an arcane point of law. Legal eagles au fait with the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties will find chapter and verse at this blog.
So will Assange actually get to his appointment with the Swedish prosecutor? Don’t hold your breath.