A Curious Double Standard
I have no idea about the rights and wrongs of Julian Assange's case, but as far as I am aware, he does face serious charges in Sweden, allegations of serious sexual assault. I was interested to see him flanked by Geoffrey Robertson QC. Mr Assange is free to hire whichever brief he likes, and as I understand the brief's job is to represent his client to the best of his ability and without prejudice.
It does seem a bit queer, albeit with a perverse symmetry that a man who made up a whole host of baseless charges about a conscientious and dutiful man with an impeccable personal reputation, Pope Benedict, hoping that some mud from the sexual crimes of others would stick, should be so doughty a defender of a man who faces some very real charges of serious sexual misconduct.
I would be fascinated to know his motivations. As for Mr Assange, whatever he may have done otherwise, I hope he gets a fair hearing but the waters look awful muddy.