Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested for jumping bail and in response to a USA extradition request.
He probably is a bit of a plonker, but it is hard not to feel a sense of unease about the way he has been treated.
Instead of punishing him for jumping bail, the court might well have said, “You should not have jumped bail, and the bail is forfeit. But you have imprisoned yourself for seven years, which is far longer than we would have sentenced you to for that offence, and so we dismiss that charge. There are no outstanding charges or arrest warrants from Sweden. You are at liberty to walk free until your challenge to the USA extradition request has been determined”.
It is not obvious that it is in United States’ interest to try to bring him to trial there. The essential gravamen of their charge is that he put into the public domain material which should never have been concealed, and with which reflects very badly on the US. The more they persecute him, the more his case will be made.