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Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating

Sources in Sweden have told Crikey that Anna Ardin, one of the two complainants in the rape and sexual assault case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has left Sweden, and may have ceased actively co-operating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer.

The move comes amid a growing campaign by leading Western feminists to question the investigation, and renewed confusion as to whether Sweden has actually issued charges against Assange. Naomi Klein, Naomi Wolf, and the European group Women Against Rape, have all made statements questioning the nature and purpose of the prosecution.

Crikey has been told that Ardin, who also goes by the name Bernardin, has moved to the West Bank in the Palestinian Territories, as part of a Christian outreach group, aimed at bringing reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. She has moved to the small town of Yanoun, which sits close to Israel’s security/sequestration wall. Yanoun is constantly besieged by fundamentalist Jewish settlers, and international groups have frequently stationed themselves there.

Attempts by Crikey to contact Ardin by phone, fax, email and twitter were unsuccessful today.

Ardin’s blog has restarted after a fortnight hiatus, and her twitter feed has restarted after a two-month break. The twitter feed appears to be commenting on her ongoing profile in the media with the latest entry reading: “CIA agent, rabid feminist / Muslim lover, a Christian fundamentalist, frigid & fatally in love with a man, can you be all that at the same time …”

The previous tweet appears to extend support to WikiLeaks, after financial agencies withdrew their services, reading “Mastercard, Visa and Paypal — hit it, now!”*

One source from Ardin’s old university of Uppsala reported rumours that she had stopped co-operating with the prosecution service several weeks ago, and that this was part of the reason for the long delay in proceeding with charges — and what still appears to be an absence of charges.

News of Ardin/Bernardin’s departure comes as reports circulate of Ardin’s connection to the right-wing Cuban exile community in Miami, something that Crikey readers learnt of months ago. The reports have helped fuel wilder conspiracy theories about the nature of Ardin’s involvement with WikiLeaks and Assange.

A former politics student who had done internships at Sweden’s DC embassy, Ardin completed her thesis on Cuban political opposition groups, many of whom have involvement — and funding — from the US interests section, the only US diplomatic representation in Cuba. Ardin initially began her research in Havana and left after being advised that her position was no longer safe. She completed the research in Miami.

However, it seems more likely that the Cuban episode is part of the same political nomadism that led her to WikiLeaks. An office holder with the Social Democratic party’s Christian “brotherhood” faction, Ardin is active in a range of causes from Latin America to animal liberation.

Ardin’s move and confusion over her involvement and the real status of the charges against Assange come as the campaign questioning the charges against him has come to include a number of leading feminist activists. Naomi Klein tweeted that:

Rape is being used in the #Assange prosecution in the same way that women’s freedom was used to invade Afghanistan. Wake up! #wikilieaks

While in The Huffington Post, Naomi Wolf posted a (quite funny) article asking Interpol to apprehend every date she’s had who turned out to be a narcissistic jerk.

In The Guardian Karin Axelsson of Women Against R-pe questioned why Assange’s case was being pursued more assiduously than cases of rape judged more serious (Sweden has three degrees of severity for rape charges).

These moves are evidence of the situation your correspondent suggested in Crikey yesterday — that the Assange case is proving to be the final process by which the second-wave feminist coalition formed in the late 1960s splits substantially, with feminists with differing attitude to Western state power finding themselves on different sides of the debate.

Indeed, it puts one in the unusual position of saying that commentators such as Wolf are being too anti-complainant in their construction of the charges as nothing other than a couple of bad dates. It’s a strange world, and getting stranger.

The lawyer for Ardin and Wilen, the two complainants, has hit back at attacks and criticism of his clients, saying that they had been put on trial and effectively assaulted twice. He claimed to be in daily contact with the women, which suggests that he has a better reception to Yanoun than many of its inhabitants have to the outside world.

Even if the case comes to trial, the prospects of conviction look slim. Crikey asked Flinders University sex crime law expert Dr Mary Heath to go over the charges (which may still be accusations at this stage) as they were relayed in Assange’s extradition bail hearing, and she made the following comments:

Practically speaking, I would not like the chances of the prosecutor on charge 3 — pressing his erect penis into the complainant’s back … legally speaking I would have to suggest the chances of conviction would be slim for any Australian offence where both accused were adults. Proving non consent might be difficult but proving awareness of non consent would be even harder.

Charges 1 and 2 (holding partner down, and unsafe sex despite earlier expressed opposition to such) involve contexts where there would be room for defence argument about consent. On charge 1, when is one person ‘holding down’ another person lying beneath them, and when are they simply having consensual sex in a position involving one person being on top of the other person?  Is this force or just rough but consensual (compared to cases I’ve read, the allegation would hardly count as rough).

On charge 2, prior unwillingness is not enough, the complainant must not be consenting and the accused must be aware of this ‘at the time of intercourse’. Did complainant one change her mind?  Did Assange believe she changed her mind, and perhaps on reasonable grounds the charge does not disclose?

On charge 4 (sex while complainant was sleeping), recent experience in South Australia suggests this also could be difficult to prove if there was any kind of sexual interaction prior to the complainant falling asleep, which might give the defence a plausible argument that belief in consent was present. I was deeply unimpressed by the level of protection the courts (let alone public attitudes) offered to people who are asleep or unconscious due to drugs/alcohol.

… The one thing that is clearer, perhaps, is that the charges may turn on withdrawal of consent once a sexual act had commenced.  The law of almost every jurisdiction in Australia would recognise withdrawal of consent after a sexual act commenced as rendering that sexual act non consensual (and therefore rape).  As for proving it …  I reiterate what I said about proof previously.”

The Guardian reports that former Crown Prosecution Service extradition expert Raj Joshi said that extradition was unlikely:

On what we know so far, it is going to be very difficult to extradite. The judge has to be satisfied that the conduct equals an extraditable offence and that there are no legal bars to extradition.

Assange’s team will argue, how can the conduct equal an extraditable offence if the [Swedish] prosecutor doesn’t think there is enough evidence to charge, and still has not charged.”

This has added to speculation that the Swedish moves, which have coincided with the release of the Cablegate stories, are politically motivated as stalling tactics, allowing Assange to be detained while the US “prepares an extradition/rendition request”, according to Assange’s UK lawyer Mark Stephens.

* I might have that completely wrong. The Swedish is “Mastercard, Visa och paypal — skärp er, nu!” I’m happy to be corrected.

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  • 1
    Jenny
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Groan. Is it really necessary to concoct some sort of feminist-infighting-conspiracy and to continue to attack alleged victims when the whole article could have been edited down to once sentence: “…politically motivated as stalling tactics, allowing Assange to be detained while the US ‘prepares an extradition/rendition request’ ”

    Rundle seems perversely obsessed with sex and coercion. I would rather he use his investigative skills to find out what the americans might or might not be doing to extradite Assange for completely unrelated charges of espionage.

  • 2
    John
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Sweden should award Assange the Nobel Peace Prize.

    FREE ASSANGE

  • 3
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Guy - this is another good piece and I salute your reporting on this case.

    You really needed to ask an English lawyer, though, as sexual offences laws are different in England from those in Victoria (see: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/42/part/1 ). Also, I don’t think Dr Heath understands what’s accused in count 1.

    1) This is rape under English law. As you reported yesterday, the allegation is that Assange penetrated Miss A’s vagina despite being told not to. The “holding down” and “force” stuff relate to the weirdness of Swedish sex law - the claim wouldn’t be classed as rape *in Sweden* without force.

    2) This isn’t rape or sexual assault under English law.

    3) This would only be sexual assault under English law given evidence of prior lack of consent (ie “I’ll share a bed with you but don’t you dare try and touch me, ya bastard”).

    4) This is technically rape under English law without express consent (even the fact that she consented *after he started* doesn’t get him off the hook). A conviction is unlikely if she consented after he started and only withdrew consent subsequently, and the South Australian precedent could be taken into account on appeal, but this isn’t *guaranteed* to be thrown out of court like 2 and 3.

    But, given the existence of count 1, unless Miss A withdraws her testimony or Assange’s lawyers can demonstrate that it is seriously flawed pre-trial, there is sufficient evidence to deport him to Sweden. Without the existence of count 1, there probably wouldn’t be.

  • 4
    freecountry
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Mr Rundle, what do you mean “the final process by which the second-wave feminist coalition formed in the late 1960s splits substantially”?

    There have been splits in the feminist movement right from the beginning. It has never been, and never could have been, a monolith. If there have been defining moments of polarization, I would say Helen Garner’s “The First Stone” was of far greater moment than anything to do with the Assange case.

  • 5
    shepherdmarilyn
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    It reads to me like two star f….ers didn’t like comparing notes.

  • 6
    Rena Zurawel
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    This Hollywood saga gets better every day. I love it.
    I can see not only Nobel Prize on the horizon but a tripple Oscar as well.

  • 7
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Why does Crikey carry on with this nonsense of publishing its own articles with expurgated words such as “r-pe and s-xual”?

  • 8
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    My Swedish boss says that tweet says something more like ‘get real’ (as in, don’t be so silly)

  • 9
    Greg Angelo
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    In describing Sweden as the “lickspittle of the United States”, this morning Julian Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens seems to have hit the nail on the head. Sweden is being portrayed as a lackey of the United States which is trying to address the issue of its own citizen’s leak of confidential information by attacking Wikileaks through its founder and trying to intimidate it against further disclosure. In appearing to facilitate this process, Sweden has chosen some very bad bedfellows.

    Whatever the natural justice of the situation concerning the rape allegations, there has been sufficient questioning of the motivation for these extradition proceedings to put Sweden in a very bad light as an acolyte of the United States.
    Right wing commentators in United States are calling for Mr Assange to be assassinated or be tried for treason. These lunatics do not understand that treason cannot apply to anybody other than a US citizen, and that extrajudicial killing is against the American Constitution. On the other hand the Wikileaks disclosures go to the very heart of political duplicity, and the freedom of expression and information which underpins Western democracy.
    or
    In making these comments, I am even more disgusted with our own government which has its own set of “lickspittles” including our Prime Minister Gillard and reportedly US informant Minister Arbib. The current proceedings in relation to Sweden’s extradition proceedings are so transparently obvious as being politically motivated yet the Australian government cannot see its way clear to support an Australian citizen with anything other than tokenism.

  • 10
    Anonymous
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    ”* I might have that completely wrong. The Swedish is “Mastercard, Visa och paypal — skärp er, nu!” I’m happy to be corrected.”

    Doublechecked with a Swedish speaker, and they said “it depends on who has written it…. if someone wants it down.. it means like “all, getfocus now” or if someone dont want the servers to go down… its more a “*sigh* grow up” … but I think because of the “???”, it means… why are you atacking theese, comeon and grow up….but normally “skärp er nu” means “get focused, now” or like “we arn´t doing it good enough, so come on now”.

    Just for clarification.

  • 11
    kellyu
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Socratease, the edited words are probably to get around overly enthusiastic work and public internet filters - I vaguely remember years and years ago an organisation that had a cheap, grossly inaccurate internet filter that blocked a web page if it had certain words in it. They got rid of it when they realised that it was blocking br-ast cancer support sites.

  • 12
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    KellyU,

    I could accept that if the comments under the articles required the very same expurgation, but they don’t.

    I’m aware that Crikey comment posts are subject to filtering for certain target words which, if present, result in the posts being held over for moderation, but sex and rape are not among them, so it just strikes me as silly.

  • 13
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    KellyU,

    In answering your post, seems I just triggered the automatic moderator, LOL!

  • 14
    Angra
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I suspect its also something to do with Crikey not wanting to get too many returns in search results for such words.

  • 15
    SBH
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Our own Government Greg Angelo? Have you moved back to Australia then?

  • 16
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    GUY RUNDLE: For C_hr_ist’s sake! This is just a whole lot of words thrown together for effect. It’s like a Swedish movie-all art but no substance.

    For the second time in my life I’m agreeing with MARILYN SHEPHERD….”“It reads to me like two star f….ers didn’t like comparing notes.”“

    This Ardin/Bernardin sounds like a character in “A Thousand and One Nightmares” and Julian Assange (in the unlikely case of the charges being proven) will have the rest of his life to ponder the question. How dud a bash was I that I had to do it when the complainant was asleep?

    Minus five stars RUNDLE.

  • 17
    Greg Angelo
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    @SBH I do not understand your comment unless it was an oblique point of sarcasm.

    I have never left Australia.

    The “our government” I referred to was the Australian government, and I have never had any other nationality or lived in any other country.

  • 18
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    The censorship is to avoid the Crikey daily emails being trapped in spam filters.

  • 19
    ggm
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Breathes there a man who has not awoken with a burning desire and evidence to prove it?

    AFAIK its one of the standard G.P. questions chasing up your overall health: lack of a morning erection is a sign of vascular degeneration…

  • 20
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    ^

    I don’t use the email feed, but that figures.

  • 21
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    @GGM,

    brings to mind an Ian Dury song:

    I come awake
    with the gift for womankind
    you’re still asleep
    but the gift don’t seem to mind

  • 22
    Stevo the Working Twistie
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks @GGM. Guess I don’t have a degenerate vascular then ;-)

    Assange & Wikileaks aside, this whole case makes you wonder whether it is worth even trying to have physical relations with the ‘fairer’ sex (irony intended). As if there weren’t enough minefields to cross in that pursuit. No wonder internet p-rn has become so popular - no one needs to worry about Mrs Palmer’s informed consent.

  • 23
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    That’s weird, what was originally showing as “s-x and r-ape” in the first line of Guy’s article has now been unexpurgated.

    So, I still don’t get this phony censorship policy of Crikey’s.

  • 24
    scottyea
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    The Times of India has this on theheir front page:
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Sex-accusers-boasted-about-their-conquest-of-WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assange/articleshow/7068149.cms

  • 25
    Frank Campbell
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    But there’s no doubt that the sex between Uncle Sam, Gillard and Mark “Rubberlips” Arbib is consensual.

    Asymmetrical perhaps, but a very special relationship.

    Risky too. Poor Beazley ruined his knees.

    Bomber’s now at the back of the queue.

  • 26
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Ardin, who also goes by the name Bernardin, has moved to the West Bank in the Palestinian Territories, as part of a Christian outreach group, aimed at bringing reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. She has moved to the small town of Yanoun, which sits close to Israel’s security/sequestration wall. Yanoun is constantly besieged by fundamentalist Jewish settlers, and international groups have frequently stationed themselves there.”

    Sceptics such as myself, who have the temerity to openly speculate that much of the Wikileaks saga may be manufactured psy-ops, could never have imagined a more improbable twist in this long series of mind-numbing distractions. Whoever writes these scripts has a sense of humour, that’s for sure - whether they happen to be mortals based in Hollywood or Almighty God residing in heaven.

    Overall, I think WikiGossips is a more suitable name for the whole show (WikiGoss for short?) but I doubt it’ll catch on.

  • 27
    mostyn
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Even a star f*cker can be raped, even if it’s third degree r*pe.

    I don’t think the US has anything to do with this and I’m in Wikileaks corner.

    I’ve had this exact thing happen to me, was held down in the middle of sex, after I stopped giving consent. I felt raped. But not violently.

    Let’s say two male friends are canoe-ing together and had planned to go out for two hours. After one hour one man says “I feel like quitting”. The other either ignores him and plows ahead for another half hour or says “No, you said you’d canoe for two hours, so that’s what were doing” and then goes ahead. How would a man feel about this?

    Anyway in my case the guy was my boyfriend, my first. I didn’t break up with him for another several months and it wasn’t because of that incident, which never happened again. He wasn’t a creepy violent guy, but he was very sexual. That was before AIDS. But if he’d been a one night stand, in the age of AIDS, and obviously in a high risk category, and had left the country, well… maybe I’d press charges.

  • 28
    mostyn
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Forgot to say that apparently in both Assange cases there was unprotected sex.

  • 29
    Adam Fenlon
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Its a case where the presumption of innocence means more than usual.

  • 30
    junglejim
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s fascinating to see that while some US (and Canadian) right wing figures are calling for Assange to be killed or executed over Wikileaks, far right commentator and wingnut Glenn Beck actually defends Assange over the rape allegations, and does so quite convincingly!

    See for yourself: http://www.businessinsider.com/watch-glenn-beck-provide-the-most-coherent-explanation-of-julian-assanges-sex-charges-2010-12

    Can the world get any stranger?

  • 31
    Angra
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    A genuine question. If I am feeling tired and emotional and want to go to sleep, but my randy girlfriend insists on sex and eventually has her wicked way, is she guilty of rape if I repent of this afterwards?

    Seems to be some gender discrimination here.

  • 32
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    That’s weird, what was originally showing as “s-x and r-ape” in the first line of Guy’s article has now been unexpurgated.

    So, I still don’t get this phony censorship policy of Crikey’s.’

    Crikey does this to stop their daily emails going into recipients’ spam folders, as many spam blockers tag emails as such if they use too many of these words. Obviously that’s not necessary for the online version, but in this case the email version seems to have been mistakenly put online unchanged, probably through the expedient of cutting and pasting. When it was noted that the online version contained unnecessary “censorship”, it was corrected.

  • 33
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    in this case the email version seems to have been mistakenly put online unchanged

    I see, thanks.

  • 34
    botswana bob
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Hear!Hear!! Greg Angelo. Its increasingly obvious that our image of Sweden does not fit the reality. Reports from Britain’s INDEPENDENT newspaper reveal these Nordic Nazis — they traded with Germany during WW2 and there have been recent reports of the Swedish royals admiration for National Socialism as practiced by Adolph — are talking to the Yanks about a Swedish version of “extraordinary rendition” (commonly known as kidnapping) should the poms go along with the fake sex charges and ship him to lickspittle Sweden.Sounds to me that its time to start boycotting IKEA!
    I have read that Assange has asked for Australian consular assistance. The poor bloke. If a full report on the visit isn’t passed on to the Yanks by the London High Commission, its likely Arbib of America will be on the phone giving a full account to the American Embassy in Canberra within hours.

  • 35
    deviljelly
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    You missed, but I caught, the original tweet before it was deleted and corrected a minute later….

    The Original Said:

    ” mastercard, visa och paypal - skärp er för satan!”

    Which was quickly changed to:

    mastercard, visa och paypal - skärp er, nu!”

    Don’t know if that changes the interpretation.

  • 36
    Noodle Bar
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Jenny is correct. I’m a fairly strong feminist, and I am appalled by Sweden’s conduct with respect to Assange. Being a feminist does not negate a belief in proper process by the State. If what happened with a couple of people (whatever their sex) amount to criminal offences, he should be charged with those offences and the judicial processes should commence.

    Frankly this Wikileaks phenomenon is fascinating enough with sufficient angles, tangents and fabulous gossip without trying to fabricate some great Conflict around Feminism.

    It is to Guy’s credit (or maybe I have a similar squeamish limit to him) that he avoided the specifics of the events with the women in Sweden for as long as possible. In alleged sexual assault situations, the focus always ends up being on the complainants when the facts haven’t actually been tested anywhere. Complainants usually end up being judged harshly, usually before the law as applicable to what happened has been ascertained. Aren’t we better than that nowadays? Apparently not.

    Sweden now has a gigantic problem as to how it’s going to try to save face. What a mess.

  • 37
    MLF
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    @GregAngelo - I do not think you are correct in saying that JA cannot be charged with treason because he is not a US citizen.

    My understanding is that the act of treason, the only crime covered by by Constitution, is a crime of betrayal against the United States by anyone who owes even a temporary allegiance to the United States. Its doubtful it could be claimed that JA or WL have an allegiance to the US (although maybe treaties come into it?), but just the same, he does not have to be a citizen, if he were living there temporarily for example he could be charged.

    On top of that, treason can only occur during periods of war. Again, curious how the US would address that issue as I don’t think ‘war or terror’ counts as a ‘war’ in that sense, but anyway, there you have it.

  • 38
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    @MLF,

    Since the passing of the Patriot Act, who knows what treason now means in the USA?

  • 39
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    It’s interesting to read Ardin’s background as reported on various news sites and given her various political activities over the years it’s conceivable that she’s decided that she’ll come out second best if Assange is tried over her allegations.

    This statement “[Ardin] has written a little compendium of ways to legally get revenge on a boyfriend that cheats on you” is quoted many times in various web news articles, and ought to make a very interesting read given the circumstances, however I haven’t found a link to that compendium. I guess it’s in Swedish. Anybody know the whereabouts of that compendium, or a translation of it?

  • 40
    Socratease
    Posted Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Re the “compendium” I just found it a cache of her blog ardin.se dated 19 January 2010, and as one of the commenters notes it a rip-off an an existing eHow article titled “How to Get Legal Revenge”.

  • 41
    AndyWare
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    As Dylan Moran said “American stupid people are stupider that all other stupid people”

  • 42
    laura agustin
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    It may help to understand the background for Swedish rape law and accusations. This article was published last year when an EU-funded report came out comparing rates of rape and conviction in different European countries. Sweden came out on top for the first and last for the second, for interesting reasons.

    Is rape rampant in gender-equal Sweden? http://tinyurl.com/3xfkzh2

    published at The Local, Sweden’s English-language media site.

    Laura Agustín

  • 43
    Kathy
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Feminists-for-free-speech-Defend-Wikileaks-Free-Julian-Assange/161079347268128

  • 44
    Per
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    The translation of those tweet’s:

    ” mastercard, visa och paypal - skärp er för satan!”
    “mastercard, visa och paypal - skärp er, nu!”

    would be something like

    mastercard, visa and paypal - shape up, now!”

    with the first one adding “… for fcks sake”

  • 45
    Miva
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Meet Anna Ardin she is the Swedish woman who accused Wikileaks funder Julian Assange of sexual embarrassment, not wearing a condom, very confusing this is, but wouldn’t you like to find out who is Anna? What does she do for a living? How did she met Mr. Assange?
    Anna Ardin: Wikileaks Julian Assange’s Rape Accuser (Biography, Photos, Video) http://sports.rightpundits.com/?p=5578

  • 46
    Guy Rundle
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    out yourself to the editors, Per, we may need a go-to idiomatic Swedish translator in the weeks to come

  • 47
    Mort
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    Agreeing with Jenny here, there is no crisis in feminism over the wikileaks story.
    Surprisingly we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We can fully support wikileaks and efforts to protect it and also reserve judgement that Assange might be complete dickhead in his private life. Shit, it is not like that is unusual.

    Being distracted by the sex scandal /feminist bashing aspect is a classic tabloid way to divert attention “look shiny sex thing over there” from the real issue of some of the fascinating stories that are coming out.

    Spiegel online is doing a great analysis http://www.spiegel.de/international/topic/wikileaks_diplomatic_cables/

    We all know a “sex story” will generate an over representative number of page views /comments but please crikey I can get that ridiculous crap and organised witch hunts from the Murdoch press.

  • 48
    Astro
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Sweden are patsies to bigger friends, who are pulling the strings

  • 49
    TheSpruiker
    Posted Friday, 10 December 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Brisbane Ccnfidential
    “Assange Guilty - Guy Fawkes was framed”
    News has just come in that the highly successful “Bin-Ladin hunt” department widely believed to be run by Sarah Palin has today issued a warrant for the arrest and deportation of one Julian Assange. Following a series of heavily encrypted diplomatic communications involving the Gillard government, the HQ of the UK Tory party and the US State department, it appears that there is damning evidence that Fawkes was framed, Assange beng named as the prime initiator of the Gunpowder Plot. There is also some suspicion that he might have had at least some involvement in the death of Edward the Confessor. Watch this space for more…..

  • 50
    DaveKimble
    Posted Saturday, 11 December 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    For the record, these two articles by Anna Ardin appear on an anti-Castro website, which is likely to be supported by the US.
    http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web/article.asp?artID=1314
    “Cuba needs a new policy”
    http://www.miscelaneasdecuba.net/web/article.asp?artID=1315
    “What happens when Castro dies ?”

    Both are written in Swedish, which can be cut and pasted into http://translate.google.com

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