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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
08-21-2010, 01:32 PM,
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
Quote:The warrant was issued by prosecutors in Sweden, where the Australian-born internet activist was on a visit last week.

"We can confirm that he's wanted. He was charged last night - the allegation is suspected rape," said Karin Rosander, director of communications at the national prosecutor's office.

"One is rape and one is molestation," she said, without giving details. During his visit to Sweden, Assange held a press conference where he announced that his whistleblower website was intending to publish further secret military documents on the war in Afghanistan.

The website has already published thousands of pages of intelligence information, infuriating the US government, which claims the disclosures may have compromised military security and put informants' lives in danger.

Supporters of Mr Assange believe he has been the victim of a smear campaign to discredit him. The Wikileaks Twitter page dismissed the assault claims, which first appeared in Sweden's Expressen newspaper, as "dirty tricks".

It said: "Expressen is a tabloid; No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting."

Mr Assange, whose current whereabouts are unknown, also sent an email to the Swedish daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, saying that he had not yet been contacted by police.

"Why these accusations are popping up right now is an interesting question. I have not been contacted by police. These allegations are false," he said.

Mr Assange has close ties with Sweden, where WikiLeaks has said it keeps some of its servers. The purpose of his visit there was also to apply for a publishing certificate to make sure the website, which has servers in Sweden, can take full advantage of Swedish laws protecting whistle-blowers.

He also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he would write bimonthly columns for a left-wing Swedish newspaper.

US officials have called the Wikileaks disclosures, including more than 70,000 documents detailing the war in Afghanistan, as one of the biggest security breaches in American military history.

The Pentagon said this month it would be the "height of irresponsibility" if WikiLeaks went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.

It wants the site to expunge all classified material from the Internet and return the material it had to the US government.

News of the warrant came as the Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon lawyers have concluded that Wikileaks acted illegally in disclosing the military documents, and are now considering possible criminal charges.

Several officials told the newspaper that the Defence and Justice departments were now exploring legal options for prosecuting Mr Assange and others involved on grounds that they encouraged the theft of government property.

Prosecuting Wikileaks would be a complex procedure, however, and expose the Obama administration to accusations of trying to stifle legitimate journalism.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/wikipedia/7957665/Wikileaks-founder-Julian-Assange-facing-arrest-over-rape-claim.html#disqus_thread
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08-21-2010, 01:32 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-21-2010, 11:01 PM by TriWooOx.)
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Interesting.. nice timing Smile
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08-21-2010, 02:08 PM,
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RE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
"He shall soon meet the police"

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article7651572.ab

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Denies the accusations Julian Assange has been arrested in absentia on suspicion of rape. Wikileaksgrundaren denies the accusations in an email to Aftonbladet.

Photo: Nicklas Thegerström

"He goes to the police soon"
Rape suspect Julian Assange expected to surrender to police

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is charged in his absence on suspicion of rape.

He denies the accusations in an email to Aftonbladet.

According to people at Wikileaks will Assange to surrender himself to police soon.

Julian Assange early this morning had still not heard from the police. He has become known worldwide for the revelations made by Wikileaks.

According to a statement to AFP from Kristinn Hrafnsson, a member of Wikileaks, Assange will "go to the police very soon".
Published secret documents

Last published 90 000 secret documents from the U.S. armed forces for war in Afghanistan. It was a collaboration between Wikileaks, the New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. Information about the war that has not previously been known, was published.

Julian Assange is in Sweden for some time to participate in various activities and plan for the possible establishment in Sweden. The reason is that Sweden's law expression contains the strongest protection in the world for the protection of sources.
"Looking on serious allegations"

He has had contact with the Socialist Brotherhood Movement and the Pirate Party. Julian Assange also wrote this week on a contract to become a columnist in Aftonbladet. To date, no published column.

- I am looking very seriously at this data. We await further cooperation until we get clarity on what happened, "said Jan Helin, the chief editor of Aftonbladet.

According to police investigators in Stockholm Assange have not yet heard from them at the notifications against him became known.

- We have not heard his version of it here yet. He has the right to a lawyer, says Ola Torndahl, when police in the city.
"The allegations are not true"

In an email to Aftonbladet, which came at 10 o'clock this morning, writes Julian Assange:

"Of course, allegations of rape are not true."

Prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjell Beach confirms that Assange is charged in his absence at the high suspicion level, on suspicion of crimes.

- It's about rape and molestation. It is a serious offense to being accused of so according to those involved so I say nothing more, "she says.
Charged in his absence

According to Expressen, the women who went to police with information not wish to do so for fear of Assange. But the crime falls under the general rape prosecution why the police decided to arrest Julian Assange in his absence.

Aftonbladet will continue to search for Assange a comment.
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08-21-2010, 02:44 PM,
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RE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
my oh my, that doesn't sound like a set up
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08-21-2010, 02:50 PM,
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RE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
It is painfully obvious that the Jews in Sweden are going after Wikileaks, big-time. I read the papers here and see it.
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08-21-2010, 03:56 PM,
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RE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
I agree it sounds like a totally convenient frame..

comment on this: http://concen.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=34628&pid=197055#pid197055
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08-21-2010, 06:25 PM,
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RE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange facing arrest over 'rape' claim
Rape claim against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange withdrawn

Quote:In a bizarre chain of events, prosecutors initially confirmed he was wanted for questioning about two accusations of rape and molestation following reports in Expressen, a tabloid newspaper. It was understood to have related to complaints brought by two women in Sweden, where the Australian-born internet activist has been staying for the last week.

But just hours, later, they announced that the warrant had been withdrawn, saying that the rape suspicion was unfounded.

Prior to the announcement of the withdrawal of the warrant, Mr Assange had already described the accusations as an attempt to smear him over his whistleblowing work, which has included releasing classified information about the Western military campaign in Afghanistan. The fact that the Swedish authorities have now dropped the warrant will no doubt add fuel to his claims.

The Swedish authorities had disclosed details of the warrant against Mr Assange after journalists attempted to follow up the initial reports in Expressen.

The complaints were said to have come from two Swedish women aged between 20 and 30, and relate to alleged incidents that occurred in a Stockholm apartment and in the city of Enköping outside Stockholm. Neither police nor the newspaper had named the complainants, but the prosecutor's office had issued what appeared to be a forthright statement.

"We can confirm that he is wanted. He was charged last night - the allegation is suspected rape," Karin Rosander, director of communications at the national prosecutor's office, had said. Ms Rosander had also asked Mr Assange to come forward for questioning, saying there was a fear he would he would obstruct the probe by destroying evidence.

"The next step is that we interrogate him," she said. "Then we'll see what happens."

Mr Assange had been in Sweden for a press conference last week, where he announced that his whistleblower website was intending to publish further secret military documents on the war in Afghanistan.

As soon as he heard of the rape allegations, he issued a statement of denial. "Why these accusations are popping up right now is an interesting question. I have not been contacted by police. These allegations are false," he said.

Then, shortly after friends said he was preparing to attend a police station of his own accord, there was a further statement from the prosecutor's office saying that the matter had been dropped.

"I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape," chief prosecutor Eva Finne said, in announcing the withdrawal of the warrant. She did not address the status of the molestation case, a less serious charge that would not lead to an arrest warrant.

Supporters of Mr Assange believe that the complaints may have been made in a bid to discredit him. The Wikileaks Twitter page dismissed the assault claims, which first appeared in Sweden's Expressen newspaper, as "dirty tricks".

It said: "Expressen is a tabloid; No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting."

Making false accusations of rape or molestation is a criminal offence punishable by jail in Sweden. Some sources in the Swedish media claimed that the two women did not actually report the case to the police, but that the prosecutor had taken it up anyway.

Mr Assange has close ties with Sweden, where WikiLeaks has said it keeps some of its servers. The purpose of his visit there was also to apply for a publishing certificate to make sure the website, which has servers in Sweden, can take full advantage of Swedish laws protecting whistle-blowers.

He also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he would write bimonthly columns for a left-wing Swedish newspaper.

US officials have called the Wikileaks disclosures, including more than 70,000 documents detailing the war in Afghanistan, as one of the biggest security breaches in American military history.

The Pentagon said this month it would be the "height of irresponsibility" if WikiLeaks went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.

It wants the site to expunge all classified material from the Internet and return the material it had to the US government.

News of the warrant came as the Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon lawyers have concluded that Wikileaks acted illegally in disclosing the military documents, and are now considering possible criminal charges.

Several officials told the newspaper that the Defence and Justice departments were now exploring legal options for prosecuting Mr Assange and others involved on grounds that they encouraged the theft of government property.

Prosecuting Wikileaks would be a complex procedure, however, and expose the Obama administration to accusations of trying to stifle legitimate journalism.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/7957882/Rape-claim-against-Wikileaks-founder-Julian-Assange-withdrawn.html
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08-21-2010, 09:37 PM,
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And it's withdrawn, looks like a straight up publicity stunt. Like, "Hey look, they're trying to throw me in prison." Disinfo is written all over him.
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08-22-2010, 03:29 AM,
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(08-21-2010, 09:37 PM)Nokturnal Wrote: And it's withdrawn, looks like a straight up publicity stunt. Like, "Hey look, they're trying to throw me in prison." Disinfo is written all over him.

My initial thoughts exactly. It's to gain credibility. They may even go as far as revealing later that it was a setup.

It may go deeper though there are competing factions of the so-called elite that might want WikiLeaks discredited. It could be blown up, true or completely manufactured but outside of the two of them it matters little to the outside world.

To run a rape story associated with WikiLeaks fuels emotion and injects . By why rape .. because it's mainly based on personal testimony? A rape charge tends to stick with the public image though but they are not pandering to the usual audience of easier acceptance to the cover story. This is directed to a group that is highly sceptical of government, the story writes itself between the lines.

The fact it was unveiled in a tabloid raises the ire that it may be an attempt to sell a story, get back at him personally or garner sympathy and had nothing to do with PR for WikiLeaks, at least not initially.

There's always the possibility it is exactly what it is. Assange raped or molested a woman without consent.
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08-22-2010, 05:29 PM,
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http://nicholasmead.com/2010/08/21/how-to-smear-a-hero/#comment-1561

14:20 Update: A call has been made by an independent Swedish legal group called RO to get the Parliamentary Ombudsman to investigate the original prosecutor Mary Häljebo Kjell Strand for issuing the original arrest warrant. RO says the way the arrest warrant was handled was “a disaster for the law” adding:

“The on-call prosecutor has not been objective, she has just listened to the notifier. She suspected Assange with the highest degree of suspicion without questioning him. If you were to lock up all people suspected of crimes the police wouldn’t have time to do anything else. There must be a factual basis for the prosecutor to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant. Particularly with regard to sexual offenses. This is not unique and I think it’s good that the problem comes to the surface.”

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article7655734.ab

It is now clear that one of the women involved, Anna Ardin, specializes in women’s rights as part of her work. She would have known the legal process intimately when it comes to reporting rape cases in Sweden and also would have been aware that on the Friday night when she made the accusation, the Chief Prosecutor would have been on holiday for the weekend. In her place, was Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand – a more inexperienced prosecutor who as we now know, mistakenly rushed out an arrest warrant for Assange.

It was known from the start that Ardin didn’t make an official allegation of rape at the police station. She merely “wanted some advice on what to do” knowing that by doing so, legally she couldn’t later be accused of making a false accusation or charged with wasting police time if the allegations turned out to be false. However, her knowledge of the legal procedure when it comes to reporting rape in Sweden meant she knew that legally, the police had to record it as a rape incident and thus set the wheels in motion to capture the so called rapist.

In other words, it’s a legal loophole that makes it possible to make a false accusation with no fear of recriminations for wasting police time or making false accusations.

It should be noted that this is all still speculation at the moment however and people can only make up their minds by the evidence that has emerged so far.
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08-22-2010, 11:13 PM,
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(08-21-2010, 02:50 PM)joeblow Wrote: It is painfully obvious that the Jews in Sweden are going after Wikileaks, big-time. I read the papers here and see it.

I just dont see it. Jewish owned media in sweden going after wikileaks to sell more newspapers isnt the same as the jewish establishement/lobby going in for the kill through their zionist members.
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08-24-2010, 12:35 PM,
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To: Idiots who fell for the Jew.S.A Mockingbird Operation against Wikileaks
From: Someone who lives in Sweden and speaks the language

Prosecuting attorney charged with breaking secrecy laws
http://www.dagensjuridik.se/sv/Artiklar/2010/08/Jouraklagaren-anmals-for-brott-mot-sekretessreglerna/

Assange accusers get Borgström (a famous male-feminist lawyer)
http://www.gp.se/nyheter/sverige/1.431437-assange-anmalare-far-borgstrom
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