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U.S. rejects diplomatic asylum for Assange

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Oh? So it would of been alright for the Chinese police to enter their embassy in Beijing and remove asylum seekers? Is the USA so blind by their need for revenge that they will destroy the concept of Embassy? Have they gone completely mad in Washington?

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Excuse me? He's from Australia. Why would the US want to take him in? Shouldn't he just go home?

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Yuri...Eventually Assange will be extradite to the U.S. to face espionage charges, and for the U.S. to finally silence him. He is already a history.

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Well said SFP330;

Whether you AGREE with what's going on here or NOT; if you STEAL or especially DIVULGE Top Secret material you are subject to EXECUTION, as a military member. I see NO REASON to expect any OTHER punishment if you think you can do this sort of thing and get away with it. Be ready to REAP what you SOW. RIP " Mr. ASSange ".

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Julian Assange is not even a citizen of the USA, so how can they put him on trial for treason? How can they for disclosing secret material? Again he is not an American and am sure he did not sign a non disclosure agreement. They have made life miserable for him, is that not enough?

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A side of Obama his starry-eyed worshipers turn their flushed, embarrassed faces from.

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U.S. rejects diplomatic asylum for Assange

Obama is waiting for his hoped for re-election, then he plans to give Assange asylum.

Julian Assange is not even a citizen of the USA, so how can they put him on trial for treason?

OK, make it espisonage and we got a deal!

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Julian Assange is not even a citizen of the USA, so how can they put him on trial for treason? How can they for disclosing secret material? Again he is not an American and am sure he did not sign a non disclosure agreement. They have made life miserable for him, is that not enough?

Why? He not only has the highest level of US intel, he also has high Top secret intel of the Chinese, Japanese, Israelies, the Russians and many, many more. He violated international law, by obtaining and possessing these international documents. Assange is a loose canon, not to mention, he pissed off quite a lot of people, not including the victims of the crimes for which he is accused of alledgedly to have committed. Do you have any idea as to how many countries and people want to get their hands on this guy? If I were him, I'd rather be locked up safe somewhere. It's just a matter of time. Either he'll get extradited back to Sweden the US or in worst case scenario. Someone takes him out. Anyone thinking that, that cant happen orthat is far fetched from reality doesn't have a clue. Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, is a side issue, it's about the way he obtained the information, which puts him in the sleaze category.

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He violated international law, by obtaining and possessing these international documents.

I'm pretty sure leaking information is not a crime. The information was voluntarily handed onto him and he is merely releasing the information.

Now, some people in US are trying to label him as a "terrorist" and get him arrested on that ground.

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I'm pretty sure leaking information is not a crime.

I'm pretty sure you're wrong.

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Well, I meant as in what WikiLeaks is doing, not the leaking information itself. WikiLeaks is only acting as a intermediary service. WikiLeaks itself is not doing the leaking.

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YuriOtaniAug. 18, 2012 - 07:09AM JST

Oh? So it would of been alright for the Chinese police to enter their embassy in Beijing and remove asylum seekers? Is the USA so blind by their need for revenge that they will destroy the concept of Embassy? Have they gone completely mad in Washington?

You are spouting messages of nonsense and hate.

As the story states, the US has kept out of the situation, and is very likely pressuring England NOT to invade the embassy. The article is clearly biased, cutting out important sections of statements to suit their political agenda. No need to further continue with such statements until the actual statements have been released in their entirety.

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Thomas AndersonAug. 18, 2012 - 12:57PM JST

I'm pretty sure leaking information is not a crime. The information was voluntarily handed onto him and he is merely releasing the information.

It falls under several crimes, including copyright laws of all things. The transmission or receipt of military messages are covered under espionage laws for most countries, as are embassy communications. The information was likely coerced rather than volunteered (the person was asked to send at first rather than randomly sent), and the person who sent the messages can be charged with espionage and treason, as well as military infractions.

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The information was likely coerced rather than volunteered (the person was asked to send at first rather than randomly sent),

Really, so the person was held at a gunpoint to release the information?

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He's a journalist who published information he received.

Treason and espionage and hacker and all that nonsense is just fact-distorting propaganda in the end.

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Whether you AGREE with what's going on here or NOT; if you STEAL or especially DIVULGE Top Secret material you are subject to EXECUTION, as a military member. I see NO REASON to expect any OTHER punishment if you think you can do this sort of thing and get away with it. Be ready to REAP what you SOW. RIP " Mr. ASSange ".

Interestingly, the outcome of the Franklin espionage scandal (aka AIPAC espionage scandal) is so different. I wonder why...

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"Obama is waiting for his hoped for re-election, then he plans to give Assange asylum."

Reading comments like this really does make me wonder about the slender grip on reality some posters have.

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Where are the bank documents?

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Good.

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bass4funk a lot of the leaked information has done a lot of good. The one I can think of is that American helicopter killing all of those people in Baghdad, a war crime. The Americans were covering up crime by making it secret.

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It's interesting to see which way people fall on this issue. There is much information that Wikileaks has released that has does good, such as the exposing of the cover-up of the helicopter killing of Journalists in Baghdad that YuriOtani mentioned. Of course, there has also been a lot of rubbish released by them more recently. But an interesting question is raised here. Many people are objecting to Wikileaks on the basis of the release of sensitive information. Could you imagine the same reaction to the release of the Watergate information that brought down Nixon? Was that a good thing, or should that information not have been released and a should a corrupt government been allowed to continue doing whatever it does with the general populate in ignorance?

Considering Julian Assange's Wikileaks were given the information they released (they acted only as the publisher), and considering that Assange hasn't actually been charged with anything in Sweden, there seems to be a huge over-reaction from governments here. It really looks like some governments, especially the U.S., are looking for a scapegoat to try to fend off some of the "embarrassments" (ie. potential criminal activity) that Wikileaks have caused them.

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