More on WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange being arrested in London

That old (and questionable) arrest warrant in Sweden stemming from questionable charges has resulted in WikiLeaks founder Julina Assange’s arrest in London. For background, you might go here, then here, then here, in order. The sequence gives some idea of the spy-vs-spy drama.

Assange says he will fight extradition. More here from the New York Times.

As to whether the arrest will slow WikiLeaks, the Times says this (my emphasis):

“Today’s actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won’t affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal,” a posting on the WikiLeaks Twitter account said. …

That left unclear whether a more serious threat would be carried out. In recent days, Mr. Assange has asserted that “over 100,000 people” had downloaded the entire archive of 251,287 cables in encrypted form. Only around 1,000 of the cables have so far been released; in many, names of sources who might be compromised or endangered were redacted.

“If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically,” Mr. Assange wrote in a question-and-answer session on the Web site of the British newspaper The Guardian. Mr. Stephens, the lawyer, reiterated that warning on Tuesday saying a “a virtual network” of “thousands of journalists” around the world would ensure that the rest of the documents would be published.

There’s also a big banking papers outage coming. All very interesting.

The Guardian has a nice timeline on the multi-front attack on WikiLeaks since the release of the diplomatic cables.

As I said before, if this were a novel, Assange is a stain on the pavement by now. Stay tuned.


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States.

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