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October 8, 2022

Assange concerned over ‘natural justice’ in Sweden

Julian Assange has told the BBC that he is fighting a Swedish extradition warrant because he believes “no natural justice” would occur in Sweden. Assange was speaking in an interview for the Today programme, at the mansion in East Anglia where he is staying under strict bail conditions.

The WikiLeaks founder suggested the two women who have accused him of sexual assault had got into a “tizzy”. Assange denies the allegations and says the case is politically motivated. The 39-year-old is free on bail in the UK while facing the extradition proceedings to Sweden and staying in Norfolk.

Assange told the BBC: “I don’t need to go back to Sweden. The law says I… have certain rights, and these rights mean that I do not need to speak to random prosecutors around the world who simply want to have a chat, and won’t do it in any other standard way.”

He also said the Swedish authorities had asked, as part of their extradition application, that he and his Swedish lawyer be gagged from speaking about the case. “What is requested is that I be taken by force to Sweden and once there, be held incommunicado: That is not a circumstance under which natural justice can occur,” Assange said.

Assange also said it was possible that the allegations against him arose from the two women going to the police for advice rather than to make a complaint. He said “one description” of what that occurred was that after having discovered they had each been sexually involved with him, they had got into a “tizzy” about the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, had gone to the police for advice “and then the police jumped in on this and bamboozled the women”.


The United Nations’ drugs czar told NATO that Afghan insurgents were withholding thousands of tonnes of heroin and treating their drugs like “savings accounts” to manipulate street prices in the west, according to a leaked US cable quoted by ‘The Guardian.’ Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN’s office on drugs and crime, told Nato representatives that the Taliban and organised crime gangs had withheld 12,400 tonnes of opium from the international market to keep the price of heroin and opium at a profitable level. The opium allegedly withheld by insurgents was worth around USD 1.25 bln.


Another leaked calbe quoted by ‘The Telegraph’ shows that security at Yemen’s main radioactive material storage facility was so lax, that the one guard on duty had been removed, while its only security camera had been broken for six months. A senior Yemeni government official warned US diplomats that the security at the facility, which held radioactive material used by hospitals and universities for research, was so poor that it could fall into the wrong hands and potentially be used to make a “dirty” bomb.

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