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When it comes to Assange rape case, the Swedes are making it up as they go along

Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

Sweden’s Public Prosecutor’s Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was “no evidence”. The damage to Assange’s reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to rape. Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual sex that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the sex was not consensual.

For three months Assange had been waiting in vain to hear whether media statements by and for the two female “victims” that there was no fear or violence were going to be embellished so the charges might be carried forward due to greater seriousness. Such statements would stop a rape charge in any Western country dead in its tracks. Rape is a crime of violence, duress or deception. You can rape someone by deluding them into thinking you are someone else or by drugging them or by reason of their young age but essentially it’s a crime of violence.

The women here are near to and over 30 and have international experience, some of it working in Swedish government embassies. There is no suggestion of drugs nor identity concealment. Far from it. Both women boasted of their celebrity connection to Assange after the events that they would now see him destroyed for.

That further evidence hasn’t been confected to make the charges less absurd does Sweden no credit because it has no choice in the matter. The phenomena of social networking through the internet and mobile phones constrains Swedish authorities from augmenting the evidence against Assange because it would look even less credible in the face of tweets by Anna Ardin and SMS texts by Sofia Wilén boasting of their respective conquests after the “crimes”.

In the case of Ardin it is clear that she has thrown a party in Assange’s honour at her flat after the “crime” and tweeted to her followers that she is with the “the world’s coolest smartest people, it’s amazing!”. Go on the internet and see for yourself. That Ardin has sought unsuccessfully to delete these exculpatory tweets from the public record should be a matter of grave concern. That she has published on the internet a guide on how to get revenge on cheating boyfriends ever graver. The exact content of Wilén’s mobile phone texts is not yet known but their bragging and exculpatory character has been confirmed by Swedish prosecutors. Niether Wilén’s nor Ardin’s texts complain of rape.

But then neither Arden nor Wilén complained to the police but rather “sought advice”, a technique in Sweden enabling citizens to avoid just punishment for making false complaints. They sought advice together, having collaborated and irrevocably tainted each other’s evidence beforehand. Their SMS texts to each other show a plan to contact the Swedish newspaper Expressen beforehand in order to maximise the damage to Assange. They belong to the same political group and attended a public lecture given by Assange and organised by them. You can see Wilén on the YouTube video of the event even now.

Of course, their celebrity lawyer Claes Borgström was questioned as to how the women themselves could be essentially contradicting the legal characterisation of Swedish prosecutors; a crime of non-consent by consent. Borgström’s answer is emblematic of how divorced from reality this matter is. “They (the women) are not jurists”. You need a law degree to know whether you have been r-ped or not in Sweden. In the context of such double think, the question of how the Swedish authorities propose to deal with victims who neither saw themselves as such nor acted as such is easily answered: You’re not a Swedish lawyer so you wouldn’t understand anyway. The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors.

Proposed reforms of Swedish rape laws would introduce a test of whether the unequal power relations between the parties might void the sincerely expressed consent of one party. In this case, presumably, the politically active Ardin, with experience fielding gender equity complaints as a gender equity officer at Uppsala University, had her will suborned by Assange’s celebrity. The prosecutor coming as she does from a prosecution “Development Unit” could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange’s trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn’t exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for it. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.

A great deal more damning evidence is yet to be revealed about what passes for legal process in Sweden, such as Assange’s lawyers having not received a single official document until November 18, 2010 (and then in Swedish language contrary to European Law) and having to learn about the status of investigations through prosecution media announcements but make no mistake: it is not Julian Assange that is on trial here but Sweden and its reputation as a modern and model country with rules of law.

*James D. Catlin is a Melbourne barrister who acted for Julian Assange in London during October.

  • 1
    Michael R James
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Even Murdoch’s rags have reported something similar to Catilin: (below is a small extract from a story via The Oz from original story in The Times.)

    Sean O’Neill, Frances Gibb, and Catherine Philp From: The Times December 02, 2010
    Mr Stephens [his London-based lawyer,] said that Mr Assange was originally wanted on a charge of rape but that it had been thrown out after a partially successful appeal. As a result, he said, the current allegations did not justify an arrest warrant under Swedish law.

    The sole ground for the warrant is the prosecutor’s blatantly false allegation that he is on the run from justice: he left Sweden lawfully and has offered himself for questioning. An appeal against this decision was filed on Monday and is pending.”
    “This is a persecution not a prosecution,” Mr Stephens said. “It is highly unusual for a red notice warrant to be issued in relation to the allegations reported as having been made, since Swedish law does not require custodial orders in relation to the allegation.”

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    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    At last some cogent information from Assange’s corner.

    These accusations had a stench about them from the beginning. If Assange’s ‘celebrity’ can be measured for criminal culpability it will establish an extraordinary precedent. Anyone who is bedded by a famous person will be able to, on a whim, claim r*pe after the event.

  • 3
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    The balance appears to have tilted way too much the other way in Sweden. A question: has anyone been successfully prosecuted there for a similar case?

  • 4
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Don’t have sex in Sweden!

  • 5
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I’d come to that conclusion

  • 6
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Indeed, it’s about time somebody gave us the facts of these charges. I have been wondering why Assange hasn’t been making a big noise in his own defence because, as with such things, the quieter he is the guiltier he appears to be.

    As for Sweden, what a pack of legislative idiots.

  • 7
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Sweden has certainly become a laughing stock. What a joke they are. There is one word which describes those two “women” although the moderator would not print.
    Be very, very careful if you’re intending visiting Sweden.

  • 8
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Nobody abhors rape more than me, but I also abhor people being unjustly charged with a crime they didn’t commit. I have no doubt, that this is trumped up to damage his credibility for ‘offending’ the powers that be for revealing truths we all have/had a right to know. It won’t surprise me if he has a ‘nasty accident’? I’m not surprised at all by this!Didn’t Bush sign a Presidential decree that gave him the right to kill anyone, anywhere in the world he pleases - if of course they’re ‘terrorists’? Obama could do the same thing? What names are the mad Republicans calling Julian Assange? Yep, a terrorist! Let’s have more like him I say! I’m glad he has good legal representation, particularly one who’ll tell us the real story!

    If those women are creating a story and go ahead with it, I’ll be disgusted! Surely with the ability and right to gather phone records etc, this case would be thrown out of court, but of course, there would be awful stress suffered in the interim. Let’s hope sanity prevails. They can’t all be in the ‘pay’ of the US/UK/NATO etc could they?

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    David Husband
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Well written, and if accurate this story suggests that it is indeed a persecution. With the absurdists on the rise in the USA and elsewhere Mr Assange needs to take great care of his personal safety. I can only wish him well. As for Sweden, oh dear…

  • 10
    Posted Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    The charge is BS, they’re just trying to discredit him of course but it won’t work

    Unfortunately what will work is the FBI going after him, if only he’d stuck to things other than military secrets he would have been ok.

  • 11
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Yep, this whole thing is totally bizarre. But I live in Sweden from time to time and it unfortunately it doesn’t surprise me. They are modern in many areas (heh, you know the NBN? They had it 10 years ago…) but their bureaucracy is a bit much. None of the departments communicate with each other.

    For example, to get a job you need a “personal number”, but to get a personal number you need to have a work permit, but to get a work permit, you need a job. Eventually you’ll get it worked out, but not before you’ve been walked around in circles for weeks if not months.

    Each department has it’s own rules and tough sh*t if the rules conflict. That’s your problem, not theirs.

    So with bureaucracy like that, I can fully understand how they’ve screwed this up so badly. They’ve got little napoleons all over the place.

  • 12
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the question: What’s the difference between a Hoover and the Swedish Navy?

    A: One sucks and sucks and never fails, whereas the other …

  • 13
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    James - your article appears to make it crystal clear that this whole business of the r-pe charges is a furphy. It was never about that, but all about WL and Julian Assange’s part in it.
    Perhaps Assange should try hacking into a few specially selected foreign embassies in Sweden - in my opinion, that is where the answers will be found.
    Sweden has not exactly covered itself in glory over this most distasteful of episodes. If anything adverse should happen to this man, like the “execution” some are advocating, be it upon the heads of those in Sweden who started it all. They should be made pariahs around the world.

  • 14
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Much as I apreciate your text and agree with your standpoint, I must however point out this factual error to those readers not familiar with the penal code (in Sweden anyway).

    No one can be convicted for a crime retrospectively, that is , an act commited before it became illegal. A case like that would never hold in appeals court.

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    Nadia David
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I feel angry for genuine rape victims. The two ‘victims’ in Assange’s case disrespect the very women at least one of them has devoted a part of her life to helping. To use a serious and life-altering crime as revenge for some slight or as a way to hurt the WL founder is appalling and, if they are found to have lied (as seems inevitable), they should be prosecuted. I expect Assange will sue for defamation.

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    Fredrik Hu
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    As a swede, I can say that the international attention this is getting is great. Our legal system isn’t that great when it comes to rape, obviously, and the national media has not exposed the flaws at all. I’m hoping all this international attention will spread awareness of this. I am ashamed obviously but hopefully it will bring some good things with it as well.

    Meski, I cannot say if any case like this has been prosecuted successfully but I know that evidence is not necessary for a guilty verdict. If the judge deems the woman’s story to be trustworthy, that is enough.

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    John Marlowe
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    So obvious the CIA is behind a character assassination attempt to discredit its number one discreditor. This is core CIA and the timing is textbook.

  • 18
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    It was not rape as the word is used in Australia or the United States. The charge is “having sex without a condom”. The accusers went to the police station together long after the acts took place and if the information is correct, asked about a mandatory HIV test. Assange is guilty of stupidity perhaps, pulling a “Clinton”. having sex with women who wanted to pull him down to size. I feel so sorry for Assange, because he blew it. He messed up the mission because of an emission. I wonder if his accusers saved the dress the way Monica Lewinsky did. There is a lesson in it. The days of male dominance in sex has changed, and men have to learn to be much more careful. Even a roll in the hay with a consenting adult will get you two years in Sweden.

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    Lord Sludge
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Makes you wonder how the Australian government will approach this, given it’s own outrageously poor record of supporting Australian’s charged with crimes overseas, especially where the USA is pulling the strings. As for Sweden, you are now fools in the eyes of the world where once you were a model - especially for Australia. One way of showing our protest is for Australians to stop buying from their biggest export - IKEA.

  • 20
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    One way of showing our protest is for Australians to stop buying from their biggest export - IKEA.

    So IKEA will be giving away condoms along with the Allen keys.

  • 21
    A concerned reader
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Perhaps also add Volvo automobiles to your list of products to avoid purchasing. As a US citizen recently back from a visit to Sweden, I was very impressed with the country, and pleased to be affiliated with it through heritage. Now I am quite disappointed and rather ashamed of both of my national affiliations.

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    John Marlowe
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    A concerned reader should add Amazon to one’s list of outlets not to buy books, since Amazon kowtowed to Big Brother US’s intimidation to have Amazon ban webhosting Wikileaks.

    The Swedish accusation is a crock. Assange’s British lawyer has stated: “Neither Mr Assange nor his lawyers have been provided with any further information beyond that reported in the press. This appears to be a persecution and a prosecution.”
    The warrant issued by director of prosecutions Marianne Ty is political. She’s already stuffed up the warrant documentation and is probably waiting from insstructions from the CIA as to how next to proceed.

    Meanwhile almost all US politicians are busy searching for laws he could have broken.
    If they find any be wary they may come from a rebranded ‘Office of Strategic Intelligence’ who helped dream up weapons of mass deception.

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    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink



  • 24
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    What do you suggest? (I suggest you stop leaning on the shift key)

  • 25
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ll second that.

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    Lord Sludge
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Amazon is pathetic. Use The Book Depository instead of Swedish linked Amazon Way cheaper and NO delivery or ‘shipping’ charges and the costs of books are not lifted to include the shipping. http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/?gclid=CKPByqn4zqUCFUaApAoduyJNkQ

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    Swedish dad
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    James D Catlin is painting a less than flattering picture of the swedish justice system. However he is just scraping the surface. The truth is even more horrifying than this.

    Sweden prides itself with beeing “the most equal” country in the world, but it´s all a big scam. Over 5000 men , while only 294 women are serving jailtime( KVV 2009). The swedish gouvernment are jailing men for violence or sexcrimes against women and children whithout any proof at all. One member of the supreme court has stated puplicly that “If we can keep the number of innocent that are convicted under 500 a year, we should be happy”. This would mean that over a 1000 men (one fifth) of all inprisoned men are innocently locked up at the moment. In the international statistics of convicted for rape, Sweden is number two, after Lesotho in Africa. Still the feminist state is not content. So now they are proposing a law that would outlaw sex without a written contract. No I am not joking. I wish I was, believe me.

    At the same time the custody fights have doubled in the last ten years. Over 7000 children a year are now beeing forced to experiance their parents tearing eachother to shreds in the family courts and the fathers are almost always destined to loose. At the same time the authoroties totally denies any illegal discrimination. Even though several swedish district courts (ex Lund, and Jönköping) have been found giving single custody to the mothers in 100 % of all custodyfights, they still totally deny any illegal dsicrimination.

    You just have to compare how many complaints that have been made, with the number of times anyone have been convicted. The authoroty in Sweden that handles this is DO (diskrimineringsombudsmannen).

    Many of the men ending up in jail are fathers that tried to stand up for their rights to see their children after a divorce.

    Over 300 000 Swedish children now see their father 2 days every two weeks or less. If they are lucky enough to see him at all. People that are trying to protest and speak up about this gross injustice are beeing harassed and percecuted. Very few pople dare anymore.

    This is the truth about the “Equal” state of Sweden. But just parts of it. The “victims” lawyer Claes Borgström is a political puppet. He got the former prime minister candidate Mona Sahlin freed from charges of fraud in the 90´s, and after that he became in charge of “JÄMO” former “bureau of equality”.

    But when the swedish gouvernment talk about equality they mean feminism. In sweden these two words are now one and the same. How corrupt Claes Borgström really is was revealed by swedish journalist Hannes Råstam last year when he made a documentary i two parts about Thomas Quick. Swedens firts real “serial killer”. Convicted of 8 murders. It turned out though that he never commited a single one of them. He was just a mentally ill man high on drugs, that happily confessed to everything as long as they kept feeding him his drugs.

    His lawyer was Claes Borgström. [Moderator: this comment has been edited] Any sane democracy would make that conclusion after what he have done. But Sweden is no longer a sane democracy. It is a feminist banana republic with a judicinal system that makes even the Iranian look pretty ok.

    Who am I? A swedish dad that have been denied my human right to see my daughter for 5 years this christmas, without any justification at all. She will be 6 years old the 17 of december. Just another one of the thousands of swedish children that are beeing violently torn from their fathers each year. You really want to know about swedish justice? Make sure you can handle the smell.

  • 28
    John Marlowe
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Xico, you’ve raised a salutory point - what to do with it?

    There are at least five components to this:

    1. What to do with the information that reveals inappropriate conduct/illegal acts/deliberate misinformation/lies/war crimes/worse? The information would fall into differebnt categories/zones and perhaps each category/zone has an international watchdog - beyond public opinion alone.

    2. What the information reveals about the systemic/cultural behaviour of national governments and the failure of international legislation and or watchdogs to monitor, detect, police and enforce this

    3. What the information reveals about the abuse of trust, obligations and power of the governments concerns

    4. What the international community is failing to do to protect internet freedoms against State censorship, to protect whistleblowers and to protect the public interest.

    5. The shortcomings of Swedish criminal law - such as not respecting a presumption of innocence, and inadequate laws to require a standard of proof.

    You are quite right that WikiLeaks is doing its bit, and handing the moral international community the ammunition to improve our lot. But to do nothing, but let Assange disappear into obscurity would be derelect.

  • 29
    Peter Phelps
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    And to think that all my Lefty acquaintences have been telling me all along what a progressive, feminist, socialist utopia Sweden was.

    I am shocked, shocked!

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    Lord Sludge
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    How hard is it to be fair in this world? How do children grow into these people?

  • 31
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m shocked too! I feel very sad about SWEDISH DAD. It’s not feminism philosophy to issue injustice. Feminism is the strive for equality and justice. If the opposite is being metered out against fathers in Sweden just because they’re male, that’s not feminism, that’s blatant injustice. As a feminist, I would never have anything to do with that sort of behaviour.

    I know about injustices done to fathers, and grandmothers too. I have a grandson who I haven’t seen for 17 yrs. His mother refused to obey the Family Court, and it was an exercise in futility, and before grandparents had any legal rights. I’d love to see him but will probably wait until he’s 21, then he can please himself. This child was denied the right to a large and loving family, not to mention his dad - my son! SWEDISH DAD has my sympathy. I made clothes, gave him gifts, and his mother dumped them on my doorstep - to get back at his father. What sort of a woman is that callous, to her child’s detriment?I’ve kept these things and photos close to me, but long to see him again.

  • 32
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Heh, I think if I visit, I’m going to be keeping jeans zipped.

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    zut alors
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink


    With a judicial system as flakey as Sweden’s I doubt keeping your jeans zipped would even count as a defence.

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    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink








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    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink


    @XICO - I use a larger print (due to age??). Some emails I can hardly see - the print is so small. On Windows7 you can use a magnifier? Have you got that facility? It must be very frustrating for you - I sympathise. Capital letters are fine with me!

    A few yrs ago it was mooted, that the Bush administration was trying to get rid of the internet, just for this reason - the ‘great unwashed’ were availing themselves of too much information - just like now! Scary!
    Notice how the US is tut-tutting Assange, but not one word of shame about their torture; invading countries illegally; handing over millions of dollars to destabilize and fund coups(as in Chile, El Salvador, Venezuela and others) - not one hint of remorse, only outrage at being found out! Arrogance?

  • 36
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Lives risked”?
    How long did Scooter Libby serve before being given a special Bush pardon (“for services rendered”?), after being martyred to carry the can for whoever leaked Plame’s name?

  • 37
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    And thou, Daniel, close up the scroll, and seal the book, till the time of the end. When many shall become aware, and knowledge shall be increased and wax to and fro.” Dan 12:4

    Wax to and fro? Is that the internet? or am I a monkey’s uncle?

    Assange should be a protected species and not persecuted and hunted like a common criminal. He’s a hero for God’s sake. Our own Govt’s response so far has been as disgraceful and typical of all those other nations calling for much of the same.

    Sweden for a while there had the highest suicide rate in the world, not sure where it is today, but judging by their judiciary and their preparedness to succour political and CIA interference then Sweden is a lost cause.

  • 38
    Swedish dad
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I sympathise with your loss and your pain. The discrimination of fathers is more or less a problem in all western countries.

    Regarding what I wrote about feminism. I agree that feminism once stood for equality and justice. I think highly of feminists like nobel prize winner Doris Lessing and Erin Pizzey (founder of the worlds first womens shelter). And I also highly recommend reading their books. Especially “Prone to violence” by Erin Pizzey.

    But that is not the kind of feminism that has formed the swedish society and it´s judicial system. But rather the kind of feminism founded by women like Valerie Solanas, the author of the SCUM manifest (society for cutting up men), that got fantastic reviews in every swedish newspaper when it was first published in a translated version some years ago. A book that describes men as walking dildoes, animals and mistakes of nature, that should be exterminated. The only thing measure up with the blatant hatred and bigotry of this book is “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler.

    If you are stupid enough to defend the latter, you will be branded as a bigot and a nazi, and justifiely so. But in Sweden, if you critisize the former, you will be just as politically incorrect. The radical minority of the feminist movement started to infiltrate the socialist party in the beginning of the 70’s. Just ten years later the media started to fill up with horrible stories about violence against women, pedophiles and mysterious male cults that worshipped satan, murdered and raped children by the hundreds and buried them in the woods. The mass psychoses actually got to the point where hundreds of swedish policemen were digging holes in the forests searching for childrens bodies. Of course they never found any.

    One of the sources of these allogations were professor Eva Lundgren at Uppsala University. (Anna Ardins former university). Lundgrens book about these secret male cults were so grotesk and perverse that it would make Charles Mansons skin crawl. You cant but wonder how twisted you have to be, just to make up such things?

    The whole thing finally was exposed as lies and fantasies of a very sick mind, but did she get fired? Nope, she is still working as a professor at the university of Uppsala, and is still concidered as the main ideology ingeneer of the biggest organisation for women in Sweden ROKS. A very powerful organisation with ties to the very highest level of gouvernment, and especially the socialist party. (Ardins and Borgströms party). This was exposed in the documentary “The gender war” by swedish journalist Evin Rubar in 2004. The film caused an uproar, but was soon banned by the swedish censurship from ever beeing shown again. One of the boardmembers of the “TV review board” that made this desicion was Lena Adelsson Liljeroth. Member of ROKS and the current minister of culture in Sweden. Rubar got threatened, and percecuted,and had to live with police protection.

    Another former professor of the university of Uppsala, Max Scharnberg, recently tried to publish a book about Eva Lundgren, but, and I kid you not, it was banned and burned by the univeristy themselves. They have also made rules that every course on the university now has to be “gender certified”.

    I have done my homework. Anyone are free to check these facts.

    Into this spiderweb comes a man from Australia that believed that Sweden was a progressive state with freedom of speech that protected the citizens rights against the state. Now he is on Interpols most wanted list. For a broken condom.

    But for us in Sweden that in vain have tried to inform anout these things, and have lost our jobs, home, children and means of income because of it. Articles like these are pure painkillers. Maybe finally people will see…

    For those of you that still havent seen the swedish procecutor making a complete fool of herself, here is the link:

  • 39
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink


    Increase the font size in your browser.

  • 40
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Yes guys, just press ctrl then ‘+’ or ‘-’ (or scroll up or down.) this will instantly magnify your writing…

    That is for people with sight problems, anyone with ethical problems, or hypocrisy blindness, join the US Congress.

  • 41
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    And onto Assange, journos were once lauded and given awards for this type of exposé.
    Now the media is in the Govts pocket, it is a sin. And soon to be a crime. Oh Mr Orwell, how right you were!

  • 42
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    @MAHTAY - Good one! Remember when John Pilger received awards for his amazing documentaries that exposed horrors - the first one I recall was about the genocide in Kampuchea? There’s been many! The journalist who exposed the deaths of those alleged Taliban who were put in containers and driven for miles in extreme heat without food or water, and witnesses said that the containers had ’ bullet holes in them, with blood on the ground - the people inside either died from that or were buried alive in northern Afghanistan - it’s called, ‘Afghan Massacre’. The allegation was that the US oversaw the whole thing, and one of the main participants was allegedly a Northern Alliance official? is now in Karzai’s govt. He’s one of the Russian criminals who hung around after that war.
    The young brave journalist, who was beaten up and left to die received an award. Of course the Pentagon denied all - after their ‘internal’ investigation - wink, wink!It can be viewed online! Very disturbing!

    JOURNEYMAN - I agree with you. The man should be protected and applauded. PM Gillard on last night’s news nearly made me sick! Talk about ‘brown nosing’ to the US? Some ultra right Republican called him a terrorist, another an anarchist? How about a ‘truth teller’?
    I believe that the sign at the entrance to the CIA says, ‘the truth will set you free’? I suppose it depends whose truth you’re interested in pursuing? Not theirs?

  • 43
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    People might be interested in this article - it could be part of Wikileaks but apparently this information was buried in Department of Defence documents as part of an investigation into the deaths of three Guantanamo detainees.


    There’s no limit to these crimes committed in the name of anti-terrorism?

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    Lord Sludge
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Good one, Liz45 - a brown nosing ranga, what a colour combination. They are scared shitless to have the truth exposed. The man is a hero for those who believe the truth is not negotiable. If they (the USA or any government) is doing things that put others and their citizens at risk, perhaps they should stop doing such. No doubt the Ranga is trying to see things from the point of view of the USA, but just can’t get her head that far up its arse, but she’s trying.

  • 45
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    @LORD SLUDGE - Not once have I heard any of them speak of the 1.4 million Iraqi deaths; the thousands in Afghanistan. 100’s of thousands? they don’t ‘do body counts’ do they? What about the kids dying from cholera or malnutrition in both countries, and now the horror of birth defects and increased cancers in Iraq - probably Afghanistan also! Of course they have coffee coloured skin, talk funny, so they’re not real people are they? Not like us fine upstanding democracy loving people?Makes me sick with shame and anger! The more I found out, the angrier I feel.

    I wonder if the irony of the so-called WMD’s reason has occurred to any of them - the fact that the US - Britain too probably, increased their use of depleted uranium bombs in ‘03 than in the 1990’s? By more than a 100%? Our military people will probably start showing effects soon - and then see how we ‘honour’ their service? They’ll be treated with denial like so many others who are still dying and/or fighting for justice! As I said, depressing, horrific, sickening and beyond angry!

    Julian and his colleagues are a breath of fresh air! Truth! You can almost taste it! Feels good!

  • 46
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    @SWEDISH DAD - Thank you. I remained silent when my son met a lovely woman, married and they have 3 beautiful children whom I love dearly. I did not want to spoil his happiness or interfere, and so I went along with the whole thing - difficult when you don’t have any legitimacy legally. The last time I saw this little boy was in my unit - the Federal Court judge authorised me to be the person to oversee the visit for his 3rd birthday - I haven’t seen him since, only a photo a year or so ago-he’s almost an identical ‘twin’ of his father at the same age. Life’s challenges! His photo is beside my bed, and I hope one day to show him, so he will know that I never stopped loving him. His mother? The least said the better. I could never have done what she did, but???

    I’m shocked by what you’ve written about what is going on in Sweden. I had no idea. Like others, I’ve always thought that country was a leader in social justice, non-sexist issues etc. I can assure you, that I don’t support that sort of behaviour, whether it’s by a man or woman, in fact, I usually feel twice as angry with women, because when they behave like this, they just wind back ‘the cause’ and damage it terribly. I will go to the YouTube sight and see for myself.

    I hope that you get to see your little girl soon. It must be a quiet agony to bear. Take care!

  • 47
    Posted Friday, 3 December 2010 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Here is the link to the Prosecutor’s Office in Gothenberg - Sweeden:
    http://www.aklagare.se/In-English/ - where you will see on the right the name of Marianne Ny - together with her ‘phone number - who is pursuing Julian Assange so vigorously but refusing to answer inconsistencies as so amply outlined above:
    Director of Prosecution - Marianne Ny - +46 31 739 41 04

    You will also find here described under an explanation of the ‘Role of The Prosecutor’ the following requirement for the application of ‘Objectivity’
    Note in particular:
    ‘The prosecutor must also be objective when he or she initiates a prosecution. During the course of the trial it is admittedly the prosecutor’s task to prove that a crime has been committed, but the prosecutor is obliged to give due consideration to anything that could changes the situation with respect to evidence.’

    It appears Marianne Ny has demonstrated complete disregard for the responsibilities required of her

    I guess you all know what to do with the telephone number and links - after all you’re a social bunch - twitter twitter!

  • 48
    Posted Saturday, 4 December 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Many people have a mistaken belief that Sweden is still a model of progressive Liberalism, neutral, pro peace and a bastion of free speech. For many years now Sweden has a been ruled by a motley coalition of Conservatives, Royalists, Farmers and Christian interests, some of whom are advocating joining NATO, reducing Abortion rights for women and giving strong support for Israel. Carl Bildt the Swedish Foreign Minister famously supported George Bush’s Iraq War and accused Russia of a Nazi style invasion of Georgia in 2008 (the facts later showed that it was Georgia, ruled by another George Bush poodle that did the invading). US ambassador to Sweden, Michael Wood wrote (as recorded in the WikiLeak logs) that even though the official Swedish line is non-alignment, Swedish participation in NATO’s Partnership for Peace and role as leader of the EU’s Nordic Battle Group show that the position is an untruth.
    Sweden is a fully paid up member of the US ‘International Community’ and has one of the most Right Wing governments in Europe. Julian Assange was badly mistaken if he thought he was going to get sanctuary against US oppression there.

  • 49
    Posted Saturday, 4 December 2010 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Assange will maybe carry this false image of a raper for life.

    Reminds me the case of a certain Michael Jackson, victim of extorsion twice. Everybody came to think he had done something. Even me. In 2009, Chandler has commited suicide and his son admitted about his father’s lies in the past to get money.

    The Arvizos in 2005 used the same accusations against Jackson, knowing being accused twice would make its effect…and then we discovered they did the same accusations before : Janet, the mother, accused the security agents at JC Penney of raping her, while arrested for shoplifting…they got loads of money for this during a settlement. It was discovered to be false accusations later. When her son got cancer, she did everything so he could be in Jackson’s environment. They made accusations again. Jackson was innocent on all charges and the trial was a complete circus, the medias being the accusers too at this point.

    In february 2010, the FBI revealed their files about Jackson, and the proof is there again; they found nothing about Jackson that could incriminate him. He has been taped and followed over 15 years. Still, the media and the world kept on spreading the creepy stories, even thought those stories have been all proven wrong. Even Aphrodite Jone’s book about the trial, with step-by-step explanations about the case didn’t change the world’s opinion.

  • 50
    Lord Sludge
    Posted Saturday, 4 December 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Supporters of WikiLeaks around the world are downloading a file the site calls an insurance policy. The files are encrypted with a code so strong it’s unbreakable, even by governments. If anything happens to Assange or the website, a key will go out to unlock the files. There would then be no way to stop the information from spreading like wildfire because so many people already have copies. http://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/7962849636786176