back to article Assange can go to UK Supreme Court (again) to fend off US extradition bid

Julian Assange has won a technical victory in his ongoing battle against extradition from the UK to the United States, buying him a few more months in the relative safety of Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh. Today at London's High Court, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Burnett approved a question on a technical …

  1. msobkow Silver badge

    Gee, this is starting to sound like Oracle vs. Google the way it is dragging on and on and on...

    1. Furious Reg reader John

      In the name of God, go

      I'm really looking forward to when we get rid of this wanker, and we put an end to the massive waste of money and resources the cunt has consumed.

  2. rcxb1
    Coat

    cupboard fancier

    I don't see the problem. Assange seems to be a cupboard fancier. Can we just hang a sign that says "Ecuadorian Embassy Broom Closet" on a US prison cell? He would have to be dragged out of it.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: cupboard fancier

      I thought he came out of the closet?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Immigration Status

    What is Assange's immigration status right now? Can they not just transport him Downunder and be done with it?

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Immigration Status

      They can, which would be the same as denying extradition. They have an obligation to consider the request for extradition, but they have no obligation to accept it. If they don't accept it, they are unlikely to permit him to remain in the UK, so he would likely be sent to Australia. The U.S. is then able to restart this whole affair with them. They probably have the paperwork ready to go to avoid him running to another place to hide, but once again, Australia would have the choice to say no.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Immigration Status

        Is Assange vaccinated? Australia might refuse delivery if he’s not.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Immigration Status

        If the great closet dweller was sent to Oz.

        Our boy Scotty would have him on the first plane East in a heartbeat.

        Anything to look tough to America.

        1. phuzz Silver badge
          Meh

          Re: Immigration Status

          I'm still mystified why he came to the UK in the first place. Even if the sexual assault charges where actually a US plot so they could extradite him*, surely the UK was always more likely to hand him over than the Swedish? (Or he could have picked a number of other countries.)

          * Which I doubt, although I wouldn't be surprised if the US took as much advantage of the charges as they could.

      3. Gordon 10 Silver badge

        Re: Immigration Status

        Im not sure Australia can say no. He's a Oz born citizen. (disclaimer I dont understand Aus border rules - but Im pretty sure there's a global international agreement on this - just like when Priti tries to deport a person to Bangladesh)

        There is nothing to stop them extraditing him to the US afaik - unless there is an arguement that its cruel and unusual following their preceding failure in the UK.

        1. doublelayer Silver badge

          Re: Immigration Status

          Sorry, the "say no" meant that Australia could refuse the U.S. extradition request, not that they could refuse to take him altogether. They could try to refuse him entry, but it would be legally difficult and there would be little point in doing so.

      4. Zanzibar Rastapopulous

        Re: Immigration Status

        As I recall the UK does pretty much have an obligation to agree to US extradition. There was a very one sided agreement cooked up fairly recently.

        Edit: Article 1 of the treaty in fact.

  4. msobkow Silver badge

    In response to the sign on the truck:

    Journalism may not be a crime, but Assange isn't a journalist.

    1. Persona non grata

      Of course he's not, all those prestigious journalism awards he won were completely by mistake.

      How does US boot taste?

      1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

        The boot tastes Yummy - sorta a combo of Hershey's kisses and Koolaid.

        I've done a quick scan and a big chunk of those awards seem to be for "services for skulking in embassies" rather than journalist per se.

        One of my biggest regrets in this is that the good Wikileaks could do is being lost in the service of St Julian's Ego.

        Lets not forget they are partially culpable for Trump getting in (Dem email leaks) , which is ironic considering most republicans want to string him up.

    2. YetAnotherXyzzy

      Why all the downvotes? Assange isn't a journalist.

      1. FeepingCreature Bronze badge

        If you can get freedom of the press gated behind who is or isn't a journalist, you've as good as lost it. The people publishing inconvenient information will always somehow "not be journalists." As such, better to take a stand on a more inclusive definition.

  5. Bartholomew Bronze badge
    Meh

    turfed out ? bought out maybe.

    > After losing his Supreme Court bid in 2012, he fled into the Ecuadorian embassy's broom cupboard in London, only to be turfed out in 2019 and promptly arrested

    Ecuador did get a massive loan around the time, basically one month to the day after the cash was released, the cops were let inside the Ecuadorian embassy! The IMF, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is basically the US.

    (ref: https://web.archive.org/web/20190411123640/https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2019/03/11/ecuador-pr1972-imf-executive-board-approves-eff-for-ecuador )

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Sigh...

      Amazingly, things happen in the world that are nothing to do with Assange.

      Ecuador took Assange in to thumb their noses at the UK. They no doubt expected it to be a brief visit, but ended up saddled with him when the UK stood its ground.

      And of course he was his usual gracious self as a guest during that period. When they kicked him out he had long, long worn out his welcome.

      I don't think he should be deported to the US, though. Not because he is a wonderful person (he isn't), but because the American justice system (and its prisons) are pretty much a disgrace.

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  7. Primus Secundus Tertius

    Who pays?

    Who is paying all the enormous legal fees for this extended abuse of legal options?

    1. Clausewitz 4.0
      Devil

      Re: Who pays?

      CIA/Pentagon are paying. They want Assange dead, even planned the assassination in the streets of London.

      1. FeepingCreature Bronze badge

        Re: Who pays?

        (Not a conspiracy theory! Google it, it was major news.)

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