"If Swedish interrogators want to interrogate him they can do it in London. Everyone in their right mind knows that this is a stepping stone to the US." Chomsky draws a parallel with Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of having leaked thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, and says that what to happened Manning is a clear indication of how Assange will be treated if he is extradited to the United States.
Manning has been held in a military prison for almost a year and a half without trial — most of that time in solitary confinement. “There is no doubt that the purpose of all this is to get [Manning] to say something about Assange, who will also be treated the same way if he ever comes to the US… Therefore, a decent country at this time — if there is one — would grant him political asylum,”
Chomsky says of the Swedish legal system “that one can not rely on it, which is not so surprising.” Sweden cooperated with the Nazis during World War II and is now working with the Americans, he points out. “Sweden cooperates with whoever is in power… suppose that Syria asks Sweden to extradite somebody to Syria whom they accuse works with the rebels — would Sweden do it? No!”
"By right [Assange] ought to get a medal of honour. He’s performing his responsibilities as a citizen of a democratic society and people ought to know what their representatives are doing "
Il y a un moralisme qui revient toujours au galop durant les périodes de crise. Ce moralisme a commencé à exister au milieu des années 70 après le choc pétrolier. A mes yeux, c’est lié. Dès qu’il y a une crise, les gens ont peur : peur du déclassement, peur de l’étranger. Ils se rabattent naturellement sur des valeurs qui ne coûtent pas cher. Ça ne coûte rien de dire qu’on est contre la prostitution. Les prostituées qui vivent bien leur métier disent : « mon corps est à moi ! ». Les prostituées sont des adultes consentantes. L’abolition de la prostitution viendrait contredire le code pénal qui admet les actes sexuels entre adultes consentants.