Charon QC (a.k.a. Mike Semple Piggot) has scored a blawger’s coup in securing an interview with Mark Stephens, the lawyer representing Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Charon QC’s podcast is available at: Lawcast 173: Mark Stephens, Julian Assange’s lawyer, on the rape allegations, Extradition and Wikileaks generally « Charon QC.
The interview cuts through the media hyperbole and misinformation (some might say disinformation) surrounding the enigmatic founder of WikiLeaks and provides clarity and insight into a number of legal issues, including:
- the Swedish sexual assault (sex by surprise) allegations;
- the European arrest warrant; the denial of Mr. Assange’s bail by the UK courts;
- the pending extradition hearing and some potential legal arguments resisting Mr. Assange’s extradition to Sweden;
- how WikiLeaks came into possession of the diplomatic cables from various national governments (the “brown envelope” issue);
- the issue of potential or pending criminal indictments in the U.S.;
- the “Anonymous” DDoS attacks by WikiLeaks ‘hacktivists” against Amazon, PayPal, VISA, Mastercard and others; and,
- for the business tort specialists-a discussion of the prospects of an inducement to breach of contract (or tortious interference with contractual relations) claim by WikiLeaks.
Congratulations to MSP and Carl Gardner who assisted in coordinating this timely and important podcast interview.