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Julian Assange Suddenly Appeals to the Rule of Law

1:19 PM, Dec 17, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has been released on bail from a British jail. He's currently staying put in Britain, waiting for an extradition trial to determine whether he will be sent to Sweden to face multiple charges of rape. The Daily Mail reports (my emphasis):

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had an emotional reunion with his mother at the 600-acre Suffolk estate where he is currently under house arrest after being released on bail last night. 

But he is worried his freedom may be short-lived as he believes an 'illegal investigation' is being carried out into him. 

The whistleblower's mother Christine Assange, who travelled to London to show her support, joined some of her son's supporters to celebrate his release from jail at 10-bedroom Ellingham Hall, owned by Vaughan Smith, the founder of London's Frontline club.

What's fascinating here is that a man who illegally obtained and released secret State Department cables (not to mention other classified documents that he previously obtained and released) is trying to appeal to the rule of law for mercy. That is, Assange clearly only has respect for the rule of law when the law might help him -- he has no qualms about dismissing the rule of law when it hurts America.

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