IBA interview with Mark Stephens, lawyer for Julian Assange

Leading media lawyer Mark Stephens, who represents WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks to the IBA about the legal challenges surrounding the groundbreaking whistleblowing website and the sexual assault allegations made against his client in Sweden. Assange will appear at an extradition hearing on 7 and 8 February, where it will be decided if he should return to the country to face questioning.

Stephens also discusses the Max Mosley and Naomi Campbell privacy cases at the European Court of Human Rights, the problems with libel law and the News of the World phone-tapping scandal.

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0.30mins: Assange's character and its portrayal in the media.
2.25mins: Was Assange responsible with the leaked the information?
5.50 mins: Assange and his relationship with the mainstream media.
7.20 mins: 'That's just not true' - Stephens denies claims by the Guardian that he threatened to sue the paper over its coverage of sex allegations against Assange.
10.10mins: WikiLeaks and the law.
12.50mins: The United States and legal threats against Assange.
18.15mins: WikiLeaks, newspapers and liability.
19.15mins: Stephens on whether he was being followed by the security services.

20.45mins: Assange and the Swedish sex allegations.
25.10mins: Stephens denies claims Assange has seen the full report of the sex allegations against him.
28.20mins: 'The honey-trap has been sprung' - Stephens accuses the Swedish and Americans of political conspiracy.
32.50mins: Assange's chances of extradition to Sweden.
34.10mins: Newspapers, privacy and the Max Mosley case at the European Court of Human Rights.
37.10mins: What next for WikiLeaks?
38.40mins: Assange in the arts - books, films and potential libel.
41.00mins: Naomi Campbell, privacy and libel laws in the UK.
46.00mins: The News of the World phone-tapping scandal.