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Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of Julian Assange for suspected sex crimes just two days after his Wikileaks website began publishing some 250,000 highly embarrassing diplomatic cables. The worldwide wanted poster, which claims Assange's photo wasn't available, says an arrest warrant has been issued by the …


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  1. Daniel Garcia 2

    The smell of bullshit

    is overwhelming!

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      1. g e

        More likely

        refusing to let the USA fuck *him*

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Black Helicopters

      Clearly, the aim is to get him to Sweden

      so that when this obvious honey-trap is thrown out of court, the Swedish legal system - which seems to be very fond of doing the USA's bidding (see Piratebay) - can extradite him to the US on some trumped up charge.

      The BS is strong in this one...

    3. Titus Technophobe
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      and with luck the folks from Interpol can use it to arrest this one!

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Big Brother

      The Mighty is Felled by a Chink in the Armour

      Not to go all Victorian on him, but seems if he had just kept his pants on he wouldn't be in this mess....

      /AC because I'm sure many wouldn't agree to this POV. :P

  2. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge

    No surprise

    That's what you get for embarassing the powers that be.

    When security researchers get intimate foreplays at the hands of the DHS (, what else would you expect for exposing the Emperor's "diplomatic" underwear? We can only hope that the EU gave the US a run for their money on this one (a level playing field in the sharing of banking info maybe?).

    1. MyHeadIsSpinning

      Europe shall do what it is told

      See the European Parliament decision re ACTA.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    Two Minutes' Hate

    He's going to have to change his name to Emmanuel Goldstein to really get into the spirit.

    1. Dalen


      Sorry, the username "Emmanuel Goldstein" is already taken.

    2. Frantisek Janak
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      1. Anonymous Coward


        I mean he just buttfucked the US government in the international papers!

        It's Christmas, a loose paraphrase of Die Hard is seasonal!

  4. Neal 5

    Hell hath no fury

    and all that baloney. And as well as upsetting the American pussy we find out that her *new* best mate Sweden will do anything for a bit of yankee money,(who's the whore) and re-investigate once dropped charges. Still we all realise, it is a womans perogative to change her mind. Especially if she can smell some extra $$$$$$$$$.

    As for the two real woman and the allegations, who knows. If you've nothing to hide, then there's nothing to be scared of. So Mr Assange, if that really is the case, give yourself up voluntarily , get the matter sorted, continue anally shafting the Americans in exactly the same way as they would you.Afterwards. Simple.

    1. bobbles31

      I find your faith....

      in a free and fair judiciary disturbing.

    2. Mephistro Silver badge

      Neal 5, please...

      I just upvoted your post, but its second paragraph should contain some big, flashy 'Ironic Mode Warning', for the 'comedically challenged' readers. Where it not for that little detail, I'd have upvoted you two times. ;)

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    It's a pity they can't find a photograph

    According to Interpol, we have a serial sex criminal at large and we don't know what he looks like. Am I the only one who's frightened?

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  7. json

    run forrest! run!

    'nuf said.

    1. hplasm Silver badge


      "No!- I am Julian Assange!

      ...And so am I- and so is my wife!!"

  8. The Fuzzy Wotnot

    This the best you can come up with?

    Guy embarrasses lots of highly influential people, next thing he's being charged with some disgusting crime! Well I'll be jiggered, what a surprise! I suppose the politicians are so far up their own fundaments that they really do think we're all stupid enough to believe this at face value!

    Maybe he is, maybe he isn't, I don't know, but come on Interpol, this is very 60's B-movie plot type crap! If you want to frame someone surely you can come up with something better than this second-rate 'serious embarassment to international politics is a paedo/rapist' drivel?

    1. LaeMing Silver badge

      They have been watching too much...

      ...Blakes 7

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Deliberately Amateurish?

      Perhaps the idea is that people will think this is just too obvious, too amateurish to be a genuine conspiracy, and therefore it isn't a conspiracy at all, and the charges are real. Except that would just mean it's a smart enough conspiracy to fool people into thinking it can't be a conspiracy.

      1. Snapper
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        I Like....

        your way of thinking!

      2. Roger Varley

        Deliberately Amateurish

        If your argument is correct and this is, in fact, a deliberate conspiracy disguised as an amateurish conspiracy to confuse people, then some of the not fooled people will find this an amaterish plot disgused as a deliberate plot disguised as an amateurish plot to look like a deliberate plot that won't fool anyone as it's obviously a deliberate plot disguised as an amateurish plot disguised to fool those who see it as an deliberate plot disguised as #@@~##



    3. Mephistro Silver badge

      Does this count as a title?

      It doesn't matter whether the public believes it or not. At the end of the day the Big Media will be using the official version to present this guy as a piece of scum. It doesn't matter what the sheeple believe now, they'll forget most of the details in a few months and leave room for the USA sponsored propaganda to permeate their brains. This guy will probably spend several years in prison while he waits for judgement, appeals and all that crap. That is, if he is really lucky and doesn't get extradited to the States where he would probably be jailed for many decades on charges that could be resumed in "SHOUTING THE TRUTH TO THE WORLD".

      Mine is the one with the Anarchist Cookbook in the pocket.

  9. Heff

    the guy needs to watch his back

    because at this rate its only a matter of time before the whiners stateside accuse him of 'injuring national security' to the extent he's a terrorist and then he'll be dragged from his bed in the dark and be stuffed into a sack, no matter what country he's in.

    whilst I admire the endeavour, and even applaud the notion of public accountability for himself, I dont think its practical in the long run. get a kevlar vest and a food taster if you're going to go pantsing the US and China in the same week, IMO.

    1. Heff
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      and here we go

      Im fucking clairvoyant.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    Australian Government

    The Australian government (Mr Assange is an Australian citizen) has announced they have created a "whole of government task force" to look at what criminal charges they can lay against Mr Assange, and have refused to rule out cancelling his passport.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      No they haven't

      You just made that up.

  11. Andrew Taylor 1

    Can't find photo?

    Try here:

    Doesn't say much for the quality of policing used in a fit up does it?

  12. bugalugs

    What's the hot-line number ?

    They can seek him here and seek him there

    And show us all their underwear

    Right, where's the nearest phone booth ?

    ( stay low, fella )

  13. Alexander 3
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    Red Notice != Arrest Warrant

    Actually, this isn't an arrest warrant, it's more akin to a request for information.

    But yeah, looks mighty fishy to me. Still, I reckon when Assange is done with all the leaking, he should probably turn himself in and face the music. If I was being unfairly accused of something, I think Sweden would be one of the best places to receive the trial...

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge
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      True, unless...

      Unless the Swedes, for whatever reason, find they must deport him back to Australia for trial there.

      And that flight somehow ends up passing through the USA...

      1. CheesyTheClown

        There's something called google

        A quick google of : extradition from sweden

        brought me to :

        I think you'll find that first of all, sweden is almost definitely the country you want to be in to avoid being extradited. And second of all, the legal system in Sweden, is actually one of the most lenient in the world. The Pirate Bay guys will probably serve out their prison sentence by going to jail on weekends like a hotel stay. Watching some TV or surfing the net. The money punishment will be written off since while they lost the financial settlement, the law prohibits legal settlements from bankrupting individuals. So, it's almost entirely ignorable. It'll just mean they won't be getting any low interest loans from banks anytime real soon.

        Sweden is exactly the place you want to be in this circumstance. That is of course unless the rape charges actually do hold up. And unless they managed to make them hold up thus far, in Sweden, they probably won't hold up again. I mean, it's a country that doesn't even have such a thing as a life sentence.

        Now, if I were him... especially given that he's almost 100% guaranteed to end up in prison (or worse, living in equador). I'd find a way to get imprisoned in Sweden for a year or two, hire a ghost writer, write a book and run a blog from the inside, then laugh my ass all the way to the bank when I got out.

    2. Bilgepipe

      Arrest Warranty

      The screen shot quite clearly states "Arrest Warrant Issued By." And it's red.

      1. Anonymous Coward


        Yes, and what does it say after "Arrest Warrant Issued By" ?

        Does it say INTERPOL? No it doesn't, you blind troll.

        Interpol have NOT issued an arrest warrant. They have issued a notice asking for information on behalf of the Swedish, who HAVE issued a warrant...

        You really are spouting bilge, aren't you?

    3. Anonymous Coward

      @Alexander 3

      "I think Sweden would be one of the best places to receive the trial..."

      That was a joke, right?

    4. Wayne

      He tried to face the music

      He tried to face the music. Repeatedly. After these charges were brought, then dropped, then modified then brought again, he made several offers to attend interviews in person. When his application for residence was rejected, he asked if he could leave the country and was told he could. So he did.

      After that, he continued to offer to meet with the prosecutor by video conference because he didn't want to schlepp back there, given their habit of not wanting to talk to him before. That's not unreasonable is it ?

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    Assange and cronies: Very Large Shoulder Chips attached to extremely small brains.

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  16. Steve X


    I'm surprised he hasn't found someone who can leak all the documents about his alleged sex crimes. That would make it tricky to find a jury that couldn't be challenged as biased...

  17. David Lucke

    Nice dodge there

    Bet Ian Huntley wishes he'd thought of this. Very publicly piss of multiple countries, particularly the US, and then you're free to commit any crime you want and you can just claim you're being framed by the CIA / Interpol / etc and everyone will campaign for you to be let off.

    Not saying that's what's happening here necessarily, of course. The key is to keep a close watch on the actualy trial, which you can be sure loads of people will be doing.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Nice dodge there

      People like you, making up pretend scenarios without a scrap of evidence is why our judiciary is FUBAR and we can't get on a plane without having our gonads etc. felt up.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    That Interpol website is pretty shit! Not only don't they have Julian's photo but I did a quick search for Osama bin Laden, Lord Lucan and Martin Bormann but they weren't even in the database.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Why would Martin Bormann be on there?

      He died in 1945

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Julian Assange, give up your place in wikileak..

    .. and hand your position to someone else until this mess is over. This is, believe it or not, for your best interest. (although, I don't know if they are going to try to make an example of you for the next wanabe wikileaker).

    Oh and if you have some sort of an admin right to the site, remove that right from yourself, and ask the replacement to change your account setting, also ask him/her to start doing some internal changes so that your information is outdated.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    'Sex crimes' cited

    So the Interpol warrant includes lyrics from a Eurythmics song? Isn't that copyright infringement?

    1. John G Imrie Silver badge
      Big Brother

      That Eurythmics song

      Was written for the movie 1984.

  21. ShaggyDoggy


    Bit of a timing non-surprise here, what ...


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