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January 25, 2011

Julian Assange v. Sarah Palin

Filed under: In The News — Ken @ 11:08 am

Apparently WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was feeling ignored, so his attorney decided to try to get his client back in the news by issuing a threat against Sarah Palin for, amazingly, making threats against his client:

Anyone who incites others to commit violence against his client, even outside Australia, Stary says, is violating Australian law, and can be held accountable for it.

“Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that’s what we intend to do,” Stary said.

Source: npr.com

I have a few questions:

  • Why does Sarah Palin (or “any of those other politicians”) have to visit Australia before charges can be made?
  • Does Australian Law really cover speech that occurs in America involving an Australian citizen?
  • If Sarah Palin violated Australian laws (as alleged), why must the lawyer “initiate a private prosecution”? Why wouldn’t the Australian government initiate prosecution?

I think Mr. Assange is looking for a sixteenth minute of fame

Sources:

npr.com: WikiLeak’s Assange Finds Support In Native Australia

Wikipedia: 15 minutes of fame

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