It’s going to be a bleak Christmas for Julian Assange. The Wikileaks founder was accused on sexual crimes in Sweden and surrendered to authorities in London today.
It’s been a tough couple of months for old Julian. After gaining the public’s attention, and angering many of the world’s most powerful governments for leaking thousands of secret documents, he faced a steady stream of cyber and financial attacks attempting to shut down Wikileaks (which I won’t even bother to link to).
After Amazon.com discovered that they were hosting his dirty little business, they promptly kicked him off their servers. The Wikileaks domain name was next targeted, and removed, due to “excessive cyber attacks”, forcing Assange to use a Swedish domain name and Twitter to get his content out to the masses. That wasn’t enough to bring Wikileaks down, so his bank accounts were frozen and Visa suspended all of his payments until an investigation is completed.
Dealing in stolen state secrets wasn’t Julian’s only problem though.
Assange was recently placed on the Interpol’s wanted list. The warrant for his arrest stems from accusations of sexual assault by two women Assange had met in Sweden during a business trip to the country. The charges of rape were initially dropped, but the case was reopened and an appeals court has upheld the original accusations.
Assange surrendered to the police himself, stating earlier that he had agreed to meet with the UK police with regards to the outstanding warrant and the rape accusations in Sweden. He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.
Hot Air recently reported that a UK judge has denied bail to Assange and is holding him in custody based on “substantial grounds” that he believes the 39-year-old Australian wouldn’t turn up for subsequent proceedings. Go figure.
It looks like the Wikileaks problem may be finally grinding to a halt. Perhaps now Hillary will be able to sleep a little better knowing that the “world wide apology tour” she has been on for the last few weeks can be handed back over to it’s founder, Obama.
UPDATE: Darn our luck. Wikileaks spokes-weasel Kristinn Hrafnsson had this to say:
“WikiLeaks is operational. We are continuing on the same track as laid out before. Any development with regards to Julian Assange will not change the plans we have with regards to the releases today and in the coming days,”