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Interesting For Julian Assange – Speedboat Killer Sentenced to 6 Months For Skipping Bail

Funny how these stories sometimes come up in tandem, isn’t it? Julian Assange has just been arrested for skipping bail and on the very same day we get told that Jack Savage – the speedboat killer – has been sentenced to 6 months for skipping bail.

Which is just an interesting little confluence of stories, isn’t it?

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Guardian reporter Simon Murphy has been at Westminster magistrates court, where Julian Assange was found guilty of skipping bail after spending nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. Justice Michael Snow described Assange as a narcissist. Snow told the court: “His assertion that he has had not had a fair hearing is laughable. And his behaviour is that of a narcissist who cannot get past his own self-interest.” Assange, who pleaded not guilty, has been remanded in custody due to face sentencing at Southwark crown court at a date yet to be set. [/perfectpullquote]

It’s not that difficult to find him guilty of skipping bail of course. He was on bail, didn’t turn up for court, he skipped bail. Rather open and shut. And to the other case:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has been sentenced to six months in prison for going on the run after being convicted of the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.[/perfectpullquote]

Ho hum.

There’s something else to look out for there. This:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The United States has requested the extradition of Assange and charged him with involvement in computer hacking with Chelsea Manning. The Metropolitan police said the arrest was made on behalf of the US authorities.
The US justice department said Assange faces up to five years in jail if convicted. It said extradition request is being handled by its office of international affairs.[/perfectpullquote]

Now it’s necessary to think back a bit about this. For recall what the general justification for Assange skipping bail was. He was wanted in Sweden to answer rape charges – or at least for questioning over. The argument then became, well, if he were extradited to Sweden then he might then get sent on further to the US. Who wanted to put him in a SuperMax for life or summat over Wikileaks.

To which the general answer was if the US wants to extradite him they can do it from the UK. So, why not go to Sweden to answer those rape charges? The answer there always descended into a welter of because, reasons.

Now we’re here. The US is trying to extradite Assange from the UK. No need to do it through Sweden, as we realists always said. Meaning, obviously enough, that not going to Sweden didn’t save from US extradition requests. So, you know, why didn’t Julian go answer those rape questions?

Even, since answering those charges now won’t change the US extradition thing one tiny bit, why not answer those Swedish rape charges?

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Dodgy Geezer
Dodgy Geezer
5 years ago

So, you know, why didn’t Julian go answer those rape questions? I have no detailed knowledge of this situation, but I have lived long enough to know how things happen and decisions are made in the circles Assange was moving in. So my guess is that we are talking about a growing sense of concern here. Assange knew that the US wanted to throw the book at him, but thought that he was safe so long as he did not travel to the US. Then he was implicated in a possible crime, and understood that the US were likely to… Read more »

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