Aug 17, 2012

‘Preconcert’ and the strange coincidences around Julian Assange

The behaviour of multiple governments toward Julian Assange undermines the argument that he's not the target of a campaign.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“We cannot absolutely know all these exact adaptations are the result of preconcert. But when we see a lot of framed timbers, different portions of which we know have been gotten out at different times and places and by different workmen — Stephen, Franklin, Roger and James, for instance — and when we see these timbers joined together, and see they exactly make the frame of a house or a mill … all the lengths and proportions of the different pieces exactly adapted to their respective places … in such a case, we find it impossible to not believe that Stephen and Franklin and Roger and James all understood one another from the beginning, and all worked upon a common plan or draft drawn up before the first lick was struck.” Lincoln, House Divided Speech, 1858

It’s a peculiar thing, the way numerous governments have behaved about Julian Assange.

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23 thoughts on “‘Preconcert’ and the strange coincidences around Julian Assange

  1. zut alors

    A neat slice of pertinent resource material from A Lincoln, Bernard.

    Let us not overlook another element of preconcert: Assange’s appeal to the Supreme Court was held over until the 30th May – meantime, the US Secretary of State was booked in for a trip to Sweden on 2nd June. The first time a US Secretary of State has set foot on Swedish soil for 36 years. Preconcert…?

  2. klewso

    “Honey trap”? It looks like there’s a get-square political “daisy chain” been formed around this bloke doesn’t it?

    [Even odder look, though, a prosecutor going to Serbia to interview a suspected murderer – but not to London to ask questions of a bloke that wouldn’t put a “Johnny on his Willy, the morning after congress, for a rematch”? Maybe it’s a question of distance – too close? “Weather”? “TA expenses” – London accommodation and all?]

  3. AsGrayAs

    “you have to be a conspiracy theorist *not* to believe he’s the target of a concerted campaign”
    Very nicely put, Mr. Keane.

    It is plain to see that this issue (Sweden, s-x allegations, extradite or not, etc.) is a badly-managed US mission ‘get Assange’, by whatever means are available (in the classic style of countless other badly-managed US missions). In the process, however, the masterminds behind the mission have only inflated the iconic status that Assange now ‘enjoys’. One wonders if they now (or will someday) regret not simply moving on, and letting the world slowly forget who Julian Assange is?

  4. robinw

    It really does bring into question why we continue to slavishly adhere to the positions of these thugs and fools of the US ruling elite. Makes you wonder about our own elite in the process.

  5. Charles Richardson

    Well yes, except I think almost all historians would now agree that Lincoln was wrong and that Stephen Douglas wasn’t acting in concert with the southerners to extend slavery. So perhaps we should reserve judgement on the conspiracy theory.

  6. DF

    Sometimes you do best when you follow your gut instinct and, if conspiracies were ducks, this one looks like a duck, flies like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck.

  7. ian dale

    Mr Keane : when you are good you are very good.

  8. ian dale

    Mr Richardson:
    your response perfectly examples what Bernard Keane is pointing out very succinctly.

    One would think you are a government official.

  9. puddleduck

    Great work, BK. I wish some Crikey readers commenting on Mr Rundle’s piece today would read this. Jimmy, I’m talking to you.

  10. izatso?

    …. and Karl Rove’s place of employment is where, ‘zactly ? ”All Governments are Fact Aversive …. some are just more ” Fact Aversive ” than others, by Jingo ! from Plato. …. plagiarised by Orwell* ….. *fact aversive .

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