The mechanics of Mr Assange’s case swiftly render comparisons with Pussy Riot unsustainable. Were he facing prosecution for something as nebulous as, say, tax fraud (as is the dissident artist Ai Weiwei in China) he might have an argument. But sexual assault is not a nebulous charge. It requires a real-world complainant, or in his case, two.

It’s time to put aside any mockery of Julian Assange and look at the real flaws in his arguments, says Hugo Rifkind


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