#1 By: Xeni Jardin, September 3rd, 2013 12:58
#2 By: Boundegar, September 3rd, 2013 13:55
What he apparently fails to understand is, it's not illegal if the US does it.
#3 By: deaduncledave, September 3rd, 2013 14:28
Yeah, good luck with that.
#4 By: Cowicide, September 3rd, 2013 16:14
I figure this is a "just so he can say he tried" kind of deal that may come up later.
Kind of like calling the police when your car stereo gets stolen in a city. You know the police won't do a damn thing about it but make a report, but it's still necessary to have that police report so you can collect from your car insurance later.
#5 By: deaduncledave, September 3rd, 2013 16:31
Sure, I get the irony, but Assange doesn't seem to be a very tongue-in-cheek kinda guy. All of the interviews I've read with him come off as being very shrill and hand-wringy. And I seriously doubt this request will earn him any points on his case vs. his Swedish/U.S. extradition.
Then again, stranger things have happened. I'm still surprised he hasn't been the subject of Extraordinary Rendition.
#6 By: Cowicide, September 3rd, 2013 17:29
Sure, I get the irony, but Assange doesn't seem to be a very tongue-in-cheek kinda guy.
I'm not saying that he did it as a joke or to be ironic, I think you missed my point.
All of the interviews I've read with him come off as being very shrill and hand-wringy.
You'd might be a little hand-wringy if shrill American politicians kept saying you should be tortured and/or assassinated. Have any politicians advocated for blowing your brains out lately? I think despite the pressure, Assange has been pretty chill overall.
On the other hand, I think many of those who appose Wikileaks tend to be the shrill and mindlessly hand-wringy type:
#7 By: icerunner, September 3rd, 2013 17:47
Just wondering, if Assange gets elected to the Senate, does he gain diplomatic immunity?
#8 By: Jason Chilcott, September 4th, 2013 03:14
I believe he needs to be sworn in, either in the Senate chamber or in front of the Governor General or something like that, before he becomes a Senator and is entitled to any privileges or benefits of that position. So if he does get elected there is a good chance that, short of a big diplomatic push from the Australian Government (unlikely, as I don't think anyone in the major parties like him very much,) he will end up forfeiting his seat due to his inability to return to Australia.
#9 By: Xeni Jardin, September 8th, 2013 12:58
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