Dec 13, 2010

Rundle: timeline of Assange’s visit to Sweden and events that followed

The following is a timeline and summary of the public record of Julian Assange's visit to Sweden, incidents therein, and accusations arising therefrom.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


The following is a timeline and summary of the public record of Julian Assange’s visit to Sweden, incidents therein, and accusations arising therefrom. Since what would otherwise be a private legal issue has become a global public cause, and since the level of misinformation has been excessive, we’re presenting this run-down of events in the interests of clarifying debate.

All material, unless otherwise marked, is a matter of public record. Even parts that are marked unconfirmed have multiple separate sources. Nothing that is purely directed towards the character or the history of the two female complainants has been included. Material that has been included is that which goes to questions of reliability of evidence in court proceedings. The timeline has been prepared from public sources in English and Swedish media, and from first-person interviews by Guy Rundle.

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15 thoughts on “Rundle: timeline of Assange’s visit to Sweden and events that followed

  1. Eugene Wong

    The smiley face in place of point 8 is a bit dodgy – autocorrect strikes again.

  2. paddy

    I’m a little confused here.
    What’s the significance of the * at 6) ?
    Refusal to leave the apartment would appear to be a fairly serious matter.

  3. Raymond

    Is there a reason why Crikey is identifying by name alleged victims of rape?

  4. Dogs breakfast

    It’s like a bad John Le Carre novel mixed with an awful script from ‘Days of our Lives’ that was borrowing from the low point of ‘Neighbours’.

    I tend to side with that other famous woman, was it Naomi Klein, who likened the woman’s behaviour to wanting legal retribution against a bloke for acting like a jerk.

    Sweden sets the benchmark for many social policies and legislation, but do they really have a law against pushing a boner into the back of someone who is sleeping with you in the same bed.

    FMD! Rape is never trivial, but this blurs the lines substantially. I’m disgusted on behalf of women of the world who have been brutally raped for the same word being used in these charges. If post-delicto tweets bragging of their exploits are proved to be true, I hope that spells the end of their sex lives, with males at least.

  5. Guy Rundle

    raymond, because the names are all over the internet.

    the asterisk has no meaning. note i made to myself that i left in

  6. voleroman

    Sound like someone needs to draft a date kit, maybe call it an “Assange”, You get a hot date, go home with her and just as your getting to the vinigar stroke, you have to say “Oh, sorry baby, you have to sign here, and initial here and here and sign on the final page”, kinda loses its passion. Really, what the f-ks the world coming to?

  7. Michael R James

    In light of what Rundle wrote last Thursday (extracts below) shouldn’t Ardin’s movements (to Israel?) be included?

    [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.
    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.]

  8. Oscar Jones

    Raymond asks why Guy has named the those making the complaints but he might well ask why Assange has been named which appears to be illegal under Swedish law as the article points out.

    I have never heard of those making rape complaints giving interviews to newspapers-anonymous or otherwise,

    Something stinks.

  9. junglejim

    @ Paddy “Refusal to leave the apartment would appear to be a fairly serious matter.”

    But not mentioned in the accusations.

    According to the time line in the following Swedish website,

    “Assange moves his things out of Ardin’s flat. He claims it’s first on Friday he hears of her request.”

    @ Guy Rundle: Are you sure “Assange refuses to leave and does not depart until Friday August 20.” or is the above version more likely to be true?

  10. Iskandar

    There is an unmistakenly American flavour to the attempts to destroy Julian Assange by hanging his washing out in public. In France or Italy they would wink and say “Thats’a my boy” but the denizens of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave are amazingly tight-arsed in the matter of private peccadilloes of a sexual nature. Must be their puritan background. Remember Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. What was no more than two consenting adults goofing around in private was elevated by the lunatic right of the Republican Party to an impeachable offence against the state on the level of the great crimes of Richard Nixon. Fortunately, in that instance the only one who got his face creamed was the chief prosecutor Ken Starr. Here in Oz some of our more impulsive politicians of various flavours now seem to be wiping a similar cream off their faces. Except of course the dreadful Tiny Rabbit. God help us, he can’t even pronounce Assange’s name correctly.

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