Swedish Supreme court judge Stefan Lindskog, funded by the Swedish Embassy and speaking about the legal questions surrounding Julian Assange’s case at the University of Adelaide, should be asked some simple question:
In September 2012 Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed the US government considers Wikileaks’ continuing possession of classified US “national defense” documents an “ongoing violation of the law”. Presumably this includes the Afghan War Diaries. In your opinion, is it feasible that Sweden’s new Espionage and other illegal intelligence (SOU 2012:95) law could be used to extradite Julian Assange from Sweden to the United States? If not, can you explain why not?
New legislation is usually enacted in response to some crisis or event. What was the precipitating event behind Sweden’s new Espionage and other illegal intelligence law, do you know? New laws are generally subject to intense parliamentary debate before they are agreed in their final form – was there much of this in Sweden prior to this new law?
In 2011 we learned from Wikileaks cables that US diplomats had dictated Sweden’s Ipred and data retention laws on copyright almost word-for-word. Do you think that in the next major leak of US government documents we might discover the same has been true about Sweden’s new Espionage and other illegal intelligence (SOU 2012:95) law?
It’s been estimated that the Wikileaks Grand Jury empanelled in Alexandria, Virginia will finish sometime between July 2013 and January 2014. Given that Sweden’s new Espionage and other illegal intelligence (SOU 2012:95) covers joint military operations in which Sweden participates, can you talk a little about the timing of the new legislation and how it treats the concept of dual criminality?
I understand Sweden’s new Espionage and other illegal intelligence (SOU 2012:95) law requires amendment to Sweden’s Freedom of Press Act and to the Swedish Constitution. Why do you think there has been so little debate in Sweden’s media regarding a proposed change to the law which surely threatens their profession and press freedom generally in Sweden?