London - (AssAnge Mess): The Belmarsh Magistrates Court extradition hearing is having none of it, of course.
Attempts to exonerate cyber-snooper Julian Assange by likening his plight to Gary McKinnon's were met with cries of 'Gordon Bennett!' and 'WTF?' this afternoon.
Assange fears trumped up Swedish rape charges are politically-driven following a near collapse in the McKinnon extradition attempt saga.
Character witnesses testifying on the Australian's behalf allege an alarmist crackdown - started by the Bush Administration - is behind today's secret schmooze of Swedish lawyers.
The McKinnon case remains on hold amid Home Secretary Teresa May's reluctance to bow to 'unreasonable' US demands.
A 'no' verdict in the WikiLeaks founder's case could be seen as Britain flexing its sometime powerful muscles once again after years of kowtowing to American bullies, spoofy news reporting sources have learned.
Meanwhile Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye's Assange Is Innocent OK? t-shirts are seiiling out fast outside the courtroom premises.
At a fiver a pop they'll soon pay for all the defence costs - and maybe an exotic foreign holiday.
Janice McKinnon is 69.