Assange would be safe from extradition–in Victorian England

The final hearing on Assange’s extradition continues today with a probable verdict expected later. Bernard Porter, who writes interesting things about the history of British intelligence, has a blog post up at London Review of Books suggesting that Assange would have nothing to fear in terms of extradition if only he lived in Victorian times. “Political” reasons were especially disallowed.

He also notes that it’s so easy to be extradited from the UK nowadays that some 700 people were extradited to Europe in 2009 alone.

his extradition from Britain, in these circumstances, could not have happened 100, 200 or even 10 years ago, when Britain considered itself to be more liberal, and was certainly more sovereign.

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