Dec 9, 2010

Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating

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, sources in Sweden told Crikey today.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


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.

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53 thoughts on “Assange accuser may have ceased co-operating

  1. Jenny

    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

    Sweden should award Assange the Nobel Peace Prize.


  3. johnb78

    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: ). 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

    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

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

  6. Rena Zurawel

    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

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

  8. [email protected]

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

  9. Greg Angelo

    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.
    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

    “* 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.

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