EA’s Political WorldView Podcast: The Europe and Julian Assange Edition

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PHOTO: Julian Assange, via videolink, at a press conference on February 5

The Political WorldView panel — the University of Birmingham’s Adam Quinn, Christalla Yakinthou, and Scott Lucas — take on Britain, Europe, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange this week.

In the first discussion, the panel look at the political maneuvers before Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union, likely to take place in June. We ask if the Conservative Government is being clever or clumsy in its negotiations with the EU, hoping to defuse the arguments of those who are clamoring for a European exit.

Later we turn a UN panel’s finding that Assange — living in the sanctuary of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 — has been deprived of his liberty into a debate. Adam Quinn is not sympathetic to Assange’s attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about an alleged sexual assault, but Scott Lucas wants a look at the wider context of legal abuses in the “War on Terror”. Christalla Yakinthou plays referee.

In between, our Numbers of the Week move from the serious — the growing refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war — to the slightly ridiculous of the Republican candidate for President, Marco Rubio.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Simple question, why could hearing not happen in UK, you don’t have any rooms? Only an embassy in your country?

    It is standard to travel for people when they want to speak with another person. This is done many many times by people going from Sweden to UK, why not with Assange?

    They could have done it in Sweden, very easy. Why didn’t they do?

    Is it so hard for a professor to use his brains?

    Why Sweden, why not UK?

    Assange australian citizen? Perhaps your brains start to work?

    Cameron against waterboarding ….

    Etc etc

    And come on everything for just a hearing?

    No charges.

    Misuse of interpol, red notice by a prosecutor.

    It is so simple, because the reasons to suspect him of rape are not valid reasons for UK itself. Sweden has very severe rape laws, any man has raped a woman according to Swedisch laws. Both women had sex with him at free will. Not in your debat of course.

    Second, Sweden does not have to tell him of what he is charged, so in Sweden he can be charged for everything. And UK can say: Ich habe ess nicht gewusst.

    So, for a so called debat, what a fools.

    Or is this done on purpose?

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