Nate Silver argues that "in a world of limited information, the political motivation behind the charges [against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange] might be the most important clue we have in evaluating their merit":
After turning himself in to the authorities in London, Mr. Assange was initially denied bail (although he has since been awarded it) which is particularly unusual given that Swedish authorities have still not formally charged him with a crime, but merely want to bring him in for questioning. Most unusually still, Sweden had issued an Interpol red alert for Mr. Assange’s arrest, something they have done for only one other person this year accused of a sex crime: Jan Christer Wallenkurtz, who is suspected of multiple cases of sexual assault against children.
The handling of the case has been highly irregular from the start, in ways that would seem to make clear that the motivation for bringing the charges is political.
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