The Australian who has been grabbing headlines since November 28 revelations of Wikileaks disclosure of US diplomatic Cables, was a major story since Monday evening when his lawyers started indicating he might turn up in the courts.
Assange’s arrest to me raised quite a few questions, I assume he knew bail would not be easy to secure? That there is more to the picture than what meets the eye? His extradition to Sweden could not be ruled out and most importantly it will take the world focus away from revelations to his own case.
Reports of Assange leading the Time magazine ‘Person of the year’ poll have started hitting web headlines already and more will follow elsewhere.
The focus will shift and US authorities will breathe a temporary sigh of relief, for leaks will make their way as promised by Assange.
So why would he take this step when he has been successful in dogging the authorities who have been crawling unsuccessfully all this while.
The man only knows the best reasons.
What was interesting for me to observe was the excuse the Swiss bank gave to close his account abruptly.
That he’s not a Swiss national with any residential address in the country he can’t keep his account.
Well rules are rules, but how come it was made public that he held close to £26,000 in the account, where as Indian governments have been trying for ages to access details of Indian accounts in vain.
Also how can Indians maintain Swiss bank accounts in that case??
For I remember that the revelation of amount of money parked by Indians in Swiss accounts has been a matter of parliamentary debate and election manifesto. (They can only access details in cases of tax evasion after January 2011).
Interesting was Assange’s choice to express his views in The Australian and not in any other publication. He had to hit at the Australian government and garner support back home,wich he managed to some extent as Australian Foreign minister Kevin Rudd said he will get consular support.
As it was expected in Wednesdays broadcasts and front pages Julian Assange will be the news with leaks as second lead.