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Inside Story – Julian Assange and the ‘Red Notice’

1 Dec 2010

OII Professor Ian Brown appears on Al Jazeera’s Inside Story to discuss the legal situation facing the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. As it remains unclear which US laws Assange violated or whether he was within US jurisdiction when breaking them, Brown concludes that there is currently no clear basis for the US government to place charges. Regarding whether countries with citizens currently hosting Wikileaks have the ability to take action instead, Brown relates that it is possible for governments to charge domestic ISPs for this action; however, in this scenario, all international servers would have to be taken down, including those of the newspapers publishing the information, which is extremely unlikely to occur in practice.