Re: @John... Very few commenters seem to know the facts of this case...
1. He can jump into a pot of boiling water if he wanted too, but that doesn't make it a sensible or even legal.
2. It is not illegal to abscond. You abscond if you are kidnapped, sick, or for any other reason incapable of returning from bail. In the case of Assange, whether you agree or not, there is a very good reason to abscond - the possibility of ending up in a situation similar to Chelsea Manning. He has even said he will go freely if only the Swedes promise not to send him to the USA. And, furthermore, this is a *very* unusual form of absconding, since his location is known to absolutely everyone.
3. The version of events are absolutely nothing like what you say. He is wanted to give his account for this new case of rape (the previous case was dropped by the prosecutor, and in fact one of the 'defendants' refused to sign the new version of events from the new case, even texting her friend to say 'they are making things up in order to get their hands on him'. That's from Sofia Wilen. Not Anna Ardin, the defendant who produced an unused ripped condom as evidence of aggravated sexual assault (with no chromosomal DNA whatsoever on it). Not Anna Ardin, the author of '7 legal ways to get back at a man who dumped you'. Not Anna Ardin, the alleged victim who refused offers from others for Assange to live with someone else for up to 5 days after the alleged rape, but rather choosing to continue to sleep with and engage in sexual activity with Assange. Ardin has the credibility of a banana. Sofia is the only person with a reasonable testimony, but it is not one of rape, rather, she had never had sex with a man without a condom before (ex-boyfriends confirm) and wanted Assange to take an STD test because she was frightened she might have HIV. That, was all. Furthermore, she didn't go to the police on her own accord, she was prompted by Anna to go with her to create a charge of rape. This is Sofia's words, not mine.
4. When Assange left Sweden, it was with the explicit permission of Swedish prosecutors as the original case against him had been dropped. He stayed in Sweden for weeks after his initial visit to the police station to answer the allegations. It was only after he was in the UK on work-related business that the second case of rape spun up.
You know, in these circumstances it's totally normal (and common) for Swedish police to take a statement over the phone, e-mail, or even go and see the un-charged not-even-defendant. But while the allegations are all rather mundane, this is a political issue. The UK even writing to Sweden in a leaked e-mail that they should not come to the UK to interview him, but rather wait for them to deliver him to Sweden.
I can't go on point by point because I have much better things to do, and you will call them 'old arguments' as that is likely the best defense you have, so instead I will leave you with a quote from one of the lawyers at the UN Working Group for Arbitrary Detention. It's from 7 months ago, if that is acceptable (https://soundcloud.com/user-348328179/defamed-whistleblowers-need-protection-interview-with-alfred-de-zayas)
"Some people will not like this decision. But I am a lawyer. The experts have spoken. I think it is now out of due respect for the countries concerned to take a big swallow and accept that they are subject to criticism, and cannot act with impunity."