Is Salon.com serious, asking this question: "Why is the possibility of ending up in American custody a cognizable ground for resisting extradition?"
I've got an answer: Because the rule of law does not exist in America.
Let's play word association:
PATRIOT Act I
PATRIOT Act II
Sneak & peak searches
The Department of Homeland Security
"If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about"
If Julian Assange ends up in the hands of the United States, he'll be disappeared, locked away, forgotten, held incommunicado where the "pull-the-wings-off-flies" intelligence operatives will take turns giving him Drano enemas and using a staple gun on his head.
I have more faith in the kangaroo court in the Peter Lorre film M than I do in the egregious "fair and balanced" American justice system.