Assange Fears Gitmo and The ChairJanuary 11, 2011 - 10:28 AM | by: Greg Palkot
LONDON– WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange is worried about getting sent to the US, Gitmo, and The “Chair.” Those fears are spelled out in what he calls a “skeleton defense” posted on Assange’s lawyer’s web site.
This follows a hearing today at London’s Belmarsh Magistrate’s Court before a full hearing next month dealing with Assange’s possible extradition from the UK to Sweden on alleged sex abuse charges
Most of the defense is focused on trying to knock down the sex charges and the basis of the extradition.
But it also deals with the possibility that Assange could then be sent to the US from Sweden to face treason or espionage charges. If that happens, the further concern for the Assange team is that he would be sent to the Guantanamo Bay prison, or worse, that he’ll face execution.
All of this seemingly based, according to the document, on comments made by folks like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Fox commentator Bob Beckel.
Washington is not, in fact, confirming that it has any of that in mind for Assange, but there are new indications the Department of Justice is trying to build a case against him.
It’s been revealed recently the Feds are going after Twitter accounts involving Assange and others in what looks like an attempt to construct a conspiracy case relating to the release of the classified documents.
For Washington, success on that score couldn’t come too soon. Assange announced today his work with WikiLeaks will continue “unabated” and that he will be “stepping up” the publishing of the classified State Department documents.
As for his release on bail, that still stands. He’s been staying at a manor house outside of London since last month. It was revealed today he will be allowed to stay at the Frontline journalist club in London for nights during next month’s hearing.
Things could be worse for DC’s nemesis.