blog Remember those high-handed statements and protests which erupted last week in Australia about the possibility of Australian citizen Julian Assange being extradited from Sweden to the US? Well, it turns out the US actually has no interest in extraditing the Wikileaks founder, or so it claims. US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich told the ABC last week:
“It’s not something that the US cares about. It’s not interested in it, having been involved in it. And frankly if he is in Sweden then there is a less robust extradition relationship than there is between the US and the UK. So I think it’s one of those narratives that has been made up. There is nothing to it.”
As I’ve written several times, there is a great deal of murkiness around the case of Julian Assange. Wikileaks supporters will likely be suspicious of Bleich’s comments here that the US has no interest in extraditing the Internet activist. But can the US really go back on its word so quickly and seek extradition of Assange, after publicly stating that it had no interest in such an attempt? I don’t think it’s very likely. In general, with respect to this case, I think people need to look beyond the rhetoric being put forward by the various players. The truth may be far less exciting than many commentators are making it out to be.