Counter-history: wikileaks; the mysterious release of Dick X on bail

There was controversy as Dick X, a New Zealander who entered the UK at some point this year, was released on bail today in relation an alleged rape in Germany.  There is no record of X entering the country and a European arrest warrant was issued in relation to X’s alleged rape. The district judge said that X should be released because he had read an article in a newspaper that suggested that the allegations against X were politically motivated. X runs a website that has posted various stories alleged by one women’s group to be misogynistic.

X has no permanent residence in the UK but after bail was posted by Richard Littlejohn, Jim Davidson, and Jon Gaunt who supported X’s right to free speech the district judge shocked onlookers by releasing X on bail.

Groups have slammed the decision pointing out the seriousness of the rape charges against X.

In other news, the editor in chief of the wikileaks website was remanded in custody today after bail was refused on a rape charge, despite Jon Pilger, Ken Loach and Jemima Khan agreeing to post bail. Public sympathy remains against Julian Assange given the seriousness of the charges against him.

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2 Responses to Counter-history: wikileaks; the mysterious release of Dick X on bail

  1. Geoff M says:

    Public sympathy remains against Julian Assange given the seriousness of the charges against him.

    I don’t know where the author gets this impression of the “public”, not among guardian readers certainly. Apparently JA’s warrant for extradition does not even relate to any known charges, merely to be questioned by a Swedish prosecutor. Also, people may wonder about the “seriousness” of a potential charge of consensual unprotected sex, alarmingly reported as “rape” by some media sources, or indeed, the likelihood of an extradition occurring, under normal circumstances, based on such an allegation. Of course, Wikileaks has angered some powerful political forces so it may be assumed these are not normal circumstances.

    • The post is satirical attempting to point out that in other circumstances the very people who are defending Assange would be criticising a bail release. It appears that my satirical intent was not sufficiently clear. hey ho.

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