Garzon: Assange is neither pirate nor terrorist

Aug 03, 2012
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, talks with mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Christine Assange, during their meeting in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, July 30, 2012. Christine Assange is in Quito to appeal to Ecuador's government to grant her son asylum. The 40-year-old Australian has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since applying for political asylum on June 19. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

(AP) — Famed former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon says Julian Assange is neither a pirate nor a terrorist.

He says he agreed to represent the WikiLeaks founder free of charge because the case affects human rights, democracy and free expression.

Garzon spoke to reporters in Ecuador on Friday with Assange's mother, Christine.

Assange took refuge in Ecuador's London embassy June 19, seeking political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

Garzon says the extradition would be tantamount to sending him to the United States, where supporters fear a grand jury has secretly indicted him for spilling U.S. secrets.

Ecuador says it will announce its decision on Assange's request after the London Olympics end.

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dogbert
2.5 / 5 (11) Aug 03, 2012
A lawyer representing a client maintains his client is innocent.

Imagine that!
Vendicar_Decarian
4 / 5 (12) Aug 04, 2012
Of course his client is innocent.

Americans like Dogbert feel that free speech should not only be a crime in America, but that criminalized free speech in America should be a crime in every other part of the universe.

This is one of the reasons that America has long been the enemy of freedom.
Bewia
2.5 / 5 (8) Aug 04, 2012
In my experience when some group of people wants to keep some informations in secret, it's always hostile toward some group of people. Ideal society would be fully transparent from perspective of information spreading - which may serve as one of ways, how to detect this ideal and head toward it. Because the word "ideal" is otherwise misinterpreted easily.
TheGhostofOtto_Loves_RitchieGuy
2.4 / 5 (9) Aug 04, 2012
So what does that mean in English? Obama is transparent and he's very honest. We can count on him to do the right thing. It's a well known fact that Assange is being persecuted because he got so much information from a homosexual, and you know how these people hate homosexuals. It's all a conspiracy against Assange, in my opinion.
- I approve of gay and lesbian marriage, by the by.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.8 / 5 (10) Aug 04, 2012
Governments grow corrupt for two reasons. The first is when the people grow accepting of the corruption. We see this trend most strongly in the American Republican Party.

The second is when the people corruption is protected as a state secret and the public are prevented from learning about it.

Again, this is most prevalent in the American Republican Party.

IMO. There should be no governmental secrets - none - and I include the military. Make every governmental document open to the public.

Anything else breeds corruption.

TheGhostofOtto_Loves_RitchieGuy
2.8 / 5 (9) Aug 04, 2012
Agreed. And there is no corruption in the Democrat Party, none whatsoever. Romney knows this but he just wants Obama to be a one term president because he's black.
-All Repubs are racists and damn religionists and that's a fact that even Assange knows. That's why he's fighting extradition.
antonima
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 04, 2012
Didn't Assange spill military secrets? I would think this is enough to warrant a trip to prison, but does not make him a terrorist or a pirate. I'm quite impressed that the guy isn't dead yet! He must have done something right to prevent extradition and capture.