WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange is thought to be in Britain, but 188 countries have the right to arrest him if he sets foot on their soil, ABC’s Good Morning America reported. Assange, who leaked sensitive diplomatic cables on Tuesday and made allegations towards Hillary Clinton, has been a significant source of threat to other countries. His arrest is based on allegations in Sweden that he raped and sexually assaulted two women. Julian Assange insists the accusations are an attempt to smear his name and discredit WikiLeaks.
Britain Waits to Arrest Julian Assange After Clarification from Sweden
According to several reports, the WikiLeaks founder is hiding in the U.K. and authorities there know where he is. When he arrived there in October, his lawyers provided officials with his address and phone number. So, why aren’t British authorities arresting Assange? Apparently, they’re waiting for clarifications from Swedish authorities. The high court there has upheld an order to detain the WikiLeaks founder on questions regarding rape and sexual assault.
188 Countries Have Right to Arrest WikiLeak Founder
The global arrest of Julian Assange has been the work Interpol, which issued is a Red Notice for the WikiLeaks founder to be arrested in 188 countries. It’s an International Alert that Assange may find difficult to hide from.
In the meantime, the U.S. Justice Dept. is focusing on efforts to prosecute Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for exposing private diplomat cables earlier in the week. Prosecution under the Espionage Act “criminalizes obtaining or communicating information used to the injury of the United States – as well as laws that bar gathering and transmitting national defense information.”
Espionage Act Prosecution Hard to WinAgainst WikiLeaks
Richard Ben-Veniste, a former prosecutor of Watergate said on GMA Thursday, “It would be a very difficult prosecution to win given the law and the protections for publications of information in the United States.”
It appears Julian Assange of WikiLeaks will be arrested at some point with 188 countries having the right to do so. It’s a matter of when at this point.
Source: ABC “Good Morning America,” 12/2/10 edition