Assange - Sweden's Guarantees

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 - 20:30

Time for clarity

Ed Geraghty made the following statement regarding the developments surrounding Julian Assange's ongoing fight to avoid his surrender by the UK to Sweden:

Assange Asylum Granted

Thursday, 16 August, 2012 - 13:45

Ed Geraghty made the following statement regarding Ecuador's granting of Julian Assange asylum in Ecuador which was confirmed today:

"It is clear from today's announcement that Ecuador agrees with Julian Assange's argument that his extradition would put him in danger. It may be a positive step for an Ecuador that has itself pursued crackdowns on private media and public dissent, however I hope that this is not an attempt to score political points, but a legitimate humanitarian move".

Supreme Court Rejects Assange Appeal

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 17:00

Ed Geraghty commented on the Supreme Court's rejection of the application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against his extradition to Sweden:

"The case has brought the discussion about the issues with the European Arrest Warrant system and extradition more into the public eye, although many of the more problematic aspects from this case still remain unresolved."

Assange Verdict

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 - 10:15

Wikileaks - the work must go on.

Loz Kaye – Pirate Party UK Leader:

The Supreme Court in London has upheld earlier rulings that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden, although the judgement will not be implemented for another two weeks.

Theresa May Approves Richard O'dwyer Extradition

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 16:30

Richard to appeal in bid for Justice

Loz Kaye – Pirate Party UK Leader:

The Home Secretary has approved the extradition of a Sheffield student to the US. Richard O'Dwyer is accused of running a website that allowed third parties to post links to videos on other websites. Despite the website being operated from and based in Europe, US authorities are seeking his extradition. I am disappointed, but not surprised that Theresa May has come to this decision, despite no evidence being presented that Richard has committed a crime anywhere.

O'Dwyer US extradition to go ahead

Friday, 13 January, 2012 - 15:15

By supporting the baseless US extradition case against Richard O'Dwyer today at Westminster Magistrates Court the judge Judge Quentin Purdy has failed to inject the much needed shot of rationality into the insanity of the UK-US extradition arrangements we had all hoped for. The Sheffield student is accused of infringing copyright by setting up the popular UK website TV Shack.

Free Gary McKinnon Demonstration Tomorrow

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While extradition policy isn't one of the Pirate Party's core issues, the issue of Gary McKinnon's extradition is one that a very large number of party members feel very strongly about. With that in mind, here are the latest details of tomorrow's Free Gary demonstration in London from freegary.org.uk

With no trace of irony, the Metropolitan Police Royal Parks Operational Command Unit have refused to allow the planned peaceful protest against the misuse of anti-terror laws outside Buckingham Palace by misusing anti-terror laws. 


Since written permission for the new location at the Home Office has not yet been confirmed, please check freegary.org.uk for the latest information before you set off.


Tuesday 15th December 2009 from 12 noon until 2pm


McKinnon's Mum to Speak at Select Committee

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With few options left, Janis Sharp, Gary McKinnon's mother, remains indefatigable in her fight against Gary's extradition to the US. Gary, Janis and even the UK government acknowledges that Gary's crime was committed here in the UK, yet inexplicably the UK government calls itself 'powerless' to prevent Gary being carted to the US to face a disproportionate penalty. Pathetic words of sympathy are offered by Sarah Brown, the PM's wife, but what good will they do? What the government refuses to admit is that it is far from powerless. It just chooses not to act. Britain is a sovereign state. If the government permitted time, our parliament could change the law.

McKinnon, Laws that Cross Borders, and Pirates

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Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent call for feedback on how the party should respond to Gary McKinnon's campaign and the wider issues it raises.  It looks like the bulk of answers are in, so here is my analysis of the steer from the party.

  • The party's membership is generally very supportive of Gary as an individual, but some are understandably reluctant for assistance to be Gary to be overly politicized or for the party to adopt an official line on one specific case. I interpret that to mean that individuals (including officers) can use party resources (primarily the website) to disseminate information about how to support Gary's campaign but that party will take no position on Gary's case as a party. Individuals give support to Gary in their own name and not the party's. There is also no expectation that anybody must or should be active in campaigning for Gary, and hence it is down to a personal choice. The party's role will just be to facilitate the sharing of information on how to support Gary.

Support for Gary McKinnon

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I am not going to make an argument for supporting hacker Gary McKinnon in his bid to overturn the decision to extradite him to the US.  If even the Daily Mail believes he should be tried in an English court, then I find it hard to believe that the average Pirate is not well aware of Gary's situation.  Most of you will have strong feelings about it too.  I admit that I do.  The goal of this post is not to argue for my opinion - policy should never be made on the fly - but to ask for your help in deciding if, and how, the party should support Gary.