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Mr. Assange Heading For Guantanamo Bay? Here’s To You Mr. President!

A UK court ordered that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden to face questioning about sexual-assault allegations, dealing a serious blow to the document-leaking site and its founder. An extrade to Sweden might result in Mr. Assange ending up at Guantanamo Bay, his laywers says.

The decision means that Mr. Assange’s efforts to build and promote WikiLeaks will be detoured to some degree in coming months by the possibility that he will face criminal sex charges. WikiLeaks has gained notoriety with governments around the world through its release of thousands of classified documents and diplomatic cables, the Wall Street Journal writes.

On Thursday afternoon, the judge released Mr. Assange on the same bail conditions he has been living under since December, which require him to wear an electronic monitoring tag, report to police every day and live at a supporter’s estate northeast of London, where he must abide by a curfew.

WikiLeaks is already struggling with a number of problems, which could intensify as Mr. Assange is distracted by his legal saga.

Arguing against his extradition, Mr. Assange’s lawyers said he wouldn’t get a fair trial in Sweden, where they say he has been vilified in the press.

They say Mr. Assange tried to meet with Swedish prosecutors several times before leaving Sweden, but was rebuffed.

They also argued that the sexual offenses alleged don’t rise to a level that merit extradition proceedings in the UK.

But the UK court said it appeared possible that Mr. Assange had tried to evade questioning while he was in Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle called all four alleged offenses extraditable, and says he was confident Mr. Assange would receive a fair trial in Sweden if he is charged.

The extradition hearing began in early February.

At one point, Mr. Assange’s lawyers published their defense strategy online, including several paragraphs about how he shouldn’t be extradited to Sweden because there was a “real risk” he would then be extradited or “illegally rendered” to the US,  where his lawyers argued he could face the death penalty or imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.

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Who Killed The Blackbirds? The Aliens or Al Qaeda?

Over the last weeks, there have been reports from. at least, three different parts of the world about hundreds and thousands of dead black birds falling from the sky. In the US authorities blame it on the fireworks, in Australia its said to be some kind of poison and in Sweden a truck drivers has admitted to rolling over a flock of birds sitting in the middle of the road in the middle of the night. The preliminary findings shows that the birds have internal damage. However, the truth is still out there, and other explanations are far more entertaining.

“I asked these guys who are out here picking them up and they don’t seem to know anything, nobody seems to know anything. It just kind of freaked everybody out.”

US Citizen of Arkansas


The reports on birds dropping dead from the sky is not the only strange phenomena observed in Arkansas recently:  Last Thursday, a day before New Years Eve and the dead-bird-rain, a tug boat operator on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River discovered  over 100.000 dead drum fish, washed up on the river banks.
 

The drum fish were discovered near Ozark by a tug boat operator on Thursday – a day before thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky only 125 miles away – in Little Rock, the UK Daily Mail reports.

David Price, who spotted the fish from his parents’ Roseville house, located on the banks of the river, pointed and says: “Over from down here at the bottom of the rocks, out maybe 40 or 50 feet, there were just thousands of fish along the shore-banks all the way around the river here.”

‘This is kind of amazing because the fish were about a pound and a half a piece,’ Price says.

Travis Harmon of the Department of Environmental Quality says: ‘Barges reported passing up river and churning up dead fish from the bottom of the river. A single species is killed, and we don’t know the cause. If it was toxic, other species would be affected.”

Toxic, What Toxic?

Fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals near Roseville to conduct tests.

People have been warned about eating the fish.

Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says that a mass fish kill happens from time to time, but this case is particularly unusual.

“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” he points out.

‘If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.”

Ozark, where the fish was found  is about 125 miles west of the town of Beebe, where authorities still are trying to find out why about 5.000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky just before midnight New Year‘s Eve.

Biologists believe the bird deaths were stress-related from either fireworks or weather and are unrelated to the fish kill near Ozark, according to Mr Stephens.

Although the two incident occurred one after the other, Mr Stephens says he believe that they are unrelated.

At the moment biologists are investigating the possibility of a new type of bird flu.
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A Global Mystery

I can see why the scientists think its hard to say if the cases of dead birds and fish are related or not.
At the moment, the following stories are being reported by the news media:
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  • Thousands of fish found floating in Florida after cold snap
  • 200 birds found dead on highway bridge in Texas
  • 50 dead jackdaws found on city street in Sweden
  • 100 tons of sardines, croaker and catfish wash up dead on Brazilian coast
  • Hundreds of fish dead in New Zealand
  • In Britain, 40,000 devil crabs join list of casualties

 

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Internal Bleeding

More and more animals are being found dead as the mysterious spate of mass bird and fish deaths has turned into a global phenomenon.

The latest two separate incidents saw thousands of fish found floating in a creek in Florida and 200 birds found dead on a highway bridge in Texas.

Experts were yesterday carrying out tests on around 50 jackdaws found dead in a street in Falkoping, Sweden, that appear to have suffered the same fate as thousands of their cousins who fell from the sky in separate incidents in the US.

The Swedish newspaper “Expressen” reports today that the preliminary findings shows that the birds have internal damage. According to Swedish zoologist Marianne Elvander there is no sign of decreases or infections. 

A Swedish truck driver have admitted to the police that he probably drove through a huge flock of birds sitting in the middle of the road on Monday night.

“He ran over some of them, and did not think there was anything strange until he saw the enormous media attention the dead birds has received,” says Christer Olofsson with the Swedish rescue service to the newspaper Aftonbladet.
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Anyway – the case is still a mystery.
And of course the speculations are flying high on the internet right now.
Among the more exotic explanations is that the animal killing is caused by aliens from another planet, or that is another plot organized by Al Qaeda.
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However, regular readers of The Swapper/Econotwist’s will know that this is not the first case of strange phenomenons involving animals we’ve experienced over the last two years, at the same time the earthquake frequency have increased by 133% as more and more extreme weather are swiping over the planet’s surface.
According to the scientists and the official expert nothing is related…..
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Well, I want to know WFT is going on!
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Swedish Police Drop Rape Charges Against Julian Assange

Chief prosecutor Eva Finné has come to the decision that Julian Assange is not suspected of rape. Considering that, Assange is no longer arrested in his absence, the Swedish prosecutors writes on their website.

“There are powerful organizations behind this, and they strive to damage WikiLeaks.”

Kristinn Hrafnsson


The Swedish police have hunted the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, this Saturday, after he was charged on suspicion of raping two women in Sweden.

“There are powerful organizations behind this, and they strive to damage WikiLeaks,” says Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, according to AFP.

The Swedish newspaper Expressen reported Saturday morning that Assange was charged with two rapes.

Chief prosecutor Eva Finné will not make other comments.

He Can’t Take No For An Answer

The 30-year-old woman who spoke to Aftonbladet before it was known that charges was dropped, says she was sexually assaulted by Assange.

She became familiar with the other woman during Assanges stay in Sweden.

Together they contacted the police with their allegations.

“I believed at once, since I’ve experienced something similar,” she says to Aftonbladet.

The women have told the police that it started as a voluntary sexual intercourse. But turned into an abuse by Assange.

“The other woman want to file charges of rape. We stand fully and completely by our charges,” she says.

The conspiracy theories that now are buzzing abound the internet, do not frighten the 30-year-old:

“The accusations against Assange is not staged by either the Pentagon or anyone else. The responsibility for what has happened to me and the other woman lies with a man who has a crooked view of women, and who have trouble taking no for an answer,” she says.

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