As far as I can see there is no extradition treaty between the USA and
Sweden for the crime of spying....If true, Assange would have been
better off giving himself up for trial in Sweden.
The Extradition Treaty between the UK and the US is a bit more
problematic...it depends very much on interpretation and whether
Assanges Wikileaks could be said to be a criminal organisation in which
he was conducting criminal activity.
Extract from the US/Swedish Treaty.
Each Contracting State undertakes to surrender to the other, subject to
the provisions and conditions laid down in this Convention, those
persons found in its territory who have been charged with or convicted
of any of the offences specified in Article II of this Convention
committed within the territorial jurisdiction of the other, or outside
thereof under the conditions specified in Article IV of this Convention;
provided that such surrender shall take place only upon such evidence of
criminality as, according to the laws of the place where the person
sought shall be found, would justify his commitment for trial if the
offens had been there committed.
Extradition shall be granted, subject to the provisions of this
Convention, for the following offences:
1. Murder, including infanticide; the killing of a human being, when
such act is punishable in the United States as voluntary manslaughter,
and in Sweden as manslaughter.
2. Malicious wounding; mayhem; wilful assault resulting in grievous
3. Kidnapping; abduction.
4. Rape; abortion; carnal knowledge of a girl under the age specified by
law in such cases in both the requesting and requested State.
5. Procuration, defined as the procuring or transporting of a woman or
girl under age, even with her consent, for immoral purposes, or of a
woman or girl over age, by fraud, threats, or compulsion, for such
purposes with a view in either case to gratifying the passions of
another person; profiting from the prostitution of another.
7. Robbery; burglary, defined to be the breaking into or entering either
in day or night time, a house, office, or other building of a
government, corporation, or private person, with intent to commit a
9. The malicious and unlawful damaging of railways, trains, vessels,
aircraft, bridges, vehicles, and other means of travel or of public or
private buildings, or other structures, when the act committed shall
endanger human life.
10. Piracy; mutiny on board a vessel or an aircraft for the purpose of
rebelling against the authority of the Captain or Commander of such
vessel or aircraft; or by fraud or violence taking possession of such
vessel or aircraft.
11. Blackmail or extortion.
12. Forgery, or the utterance of forged papers; the forgery or
falsification of official acts of government, of public authorities, or
of courts of justice, or the utterance of the thing forged or falsified.
13. The counterfeiting, falsifying or altering of money, whether coin or
paper, or of instruments of debt created by national, state, provincial,
or municipal governments, or of coupons thereof, or of bank-notes, or
the utterance or circulation of the same; or the counterfeiting,
falsifying or altering of seals of state.
14. Embezzlement by public officers; embezzlement by persons hired or
salaried, to the detriment of their employers; larceny; obtaining money,
valuable securities or other property by false pretences, or by threats
of injury; receiving money, valuable securities or other property
knowing the same to have been embezzled, stolen or fraudulently obtained.
15. Making use of the mails or other means of communication in
connection with schemes devised or intended to deceive or defraud the
public or for the purpose of obtaining money under false pretences.
16. Fraud or breach of trust by a bailee, banker, agent, factor, trustee
or other person acting in a fiduciary capacity, or director or member or
officer of any company.
17. Soliciting, receiving, or offering bribes.
18. Perjury; subornation of perjury.
19. Offences against the laws for the suppression of slavery and slave
20. Offences against the bankruptcy laws.
21. Smuggling, defined to be the act of wilfully and knowingly violating
the customs laws with intent to defraud the revenue by international
traffic in merchandise subject to duty.
22. Offences against the laws relating to the traffic in, use of, or
production or manufacture of, narcotic drugs or cannabis.
23. Offences against the laws relating to the illicit manufacture of or
traffic in poisonous chemicals or substances injurious to health.
24. The attempt to commit any of the above offences when such attempt is
made a separate offence by the laws of the Contracting States.
25. Participation in any of the above offences.
1. The requested State shall, subject to the provisions of this
Convention, extradite a person charged with or convicted of any offence
enumerated in Article II only when both of the following conditions exist:
(a) The law of the requesting State, in force when the offens was
committed, provides a possible penalty of deprivation of liberty for a
period of more than one year; and
(b) The law in force in the requested State generally provides a
possible penalty of deprivation of liberty for a period of more than one
year which would be applicable if the offence were committed in the
territory of the requested State.
2. When the person sought has been sentenced in the requesting State,
the punishment awarded must have been for a period of at least four
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