But here’s the devil in the details, as much as the Tundra Tabloids loathes the Wikileaks founder for what he’s done to the US and its allies (he never thought to first go after the N.Koreans, nor Iran etc.), what’s happening here is more than likely trumped up charges, for political reasons. The mechanism being used to haul him in is the EU’s new European Arrest Warrant.

This allows the governments of any EU state to issue a warrant for the arrest of anyone anywhere inside the EU, even if the accused hasn’t broken any laws in the state he’s currently residing in. They have to arrest him, it’s all there in the Lisbon Treaty. Welcome to the new federalized EU. KGS

H/T Baron Bodissey

Britain Arrests WikiLeaks Founder in Sex Inquiry

NYSlimes: LONDON — Police in Britain arrested Julian Assange on Tuesday on a Swedish warrant issued in connection with alleged sex offenses, British police officials said, the latest twist in the drama swirling around the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks and its beleaguered founder.

But his associates said his detention would not alter plans for further disclosures like those it has made in recent months relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, over the past 9 days, disclosing confidential diplomatic messages between the State Department and American representatives abroad.

NOTE: Here is the document that gives states an unprecedented power in issuing warrants for people residing in other states. It gives them the authority to demand the police of a member EU state to arrest the suspect and to hand him over.

of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law

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