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Old 06-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #26
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Default Re: NSA whistleblower Snowden arrives in Moscow

Originally Posted by LJJ
Please, he knows the Swedish government cannot legally promise him immunity to extradition. First of all that would run counter to the principle of trias politica, secondly and more importantly: how can you promise someone immunity before you know what the alledged crime is?

The entire premise is false. It would be against European and Swedish law to extradite Assange to the US for anything related to Wikileaks. Assange's assertion is that if the USA puts on the pressure the UK and Sweden will simply ignore their laws and extradite him anyway, yet the only reason he isn't in custody right now is because the UK is following their laws.

There is an absolutely enormous difference between UK officials arresting and extraditing Assange while he is walking down a public street, and arresting and extraditing him while he is hiding inside a foreign countries embassy.

The fact that the UK is currently "following their laws" (following international laws really) by respecting the sovereign territory of Ecuador cannot be used as evidence that they will continue to follow their laws by not extraditing Assange when he ventures out into the open.

Why didnt they extradite him when he was in UK custody earlier? I dont know, but I do know that the fact they did not extradite him earlier does not preclude them from extraditing him in the future.

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