Stockholm Syndrome

by craig on July 17, 2014 10:21 am in Uncategorized

Most of the Stockholm hearing into the Assange case yesterday was held in secret. It is plain from comments on my blog that many people have not grasped this point: if Assange goes to trial in Sweden it will be mostly held IN SECRET. There will be no jury. There will be a judge and two assessors. The assessors are nominated one each by Sweden’s main political parties.

It will not be like the Oscar Pistorius trial, where justice is open and society can form a fair view of the strength of the evidence against the member of society who has been accused. It will be a secret proceeding in which you will hear little more than the verdict. You will never know what the evidence was. All this is to “protect” the false accusers from the public obloquy they so richly deserve.

I have yet to hear a single one of those jumping on the “Assange should face a fair trial” bandwagon address the point that it will be a secret trial, stitched up in advance by Sweden’s political parties who are, to say the very least, CIA-friendly.

I am not therefore in the least surprised by yesterday’s Swedish court verdict, which Assange’s lawyers will appeal, probably pointlessly. The fix is well and truly in.

For me, the most important point at yesterday’s trial was about disclosure. The defence was applying to see the hundreds of texts from and between Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen in the possession of the prosecution, including texts they sent when at the police station making their complaint.

Now in every other legal system I know, those would have to be shown to the defence. Weirdly, in this case they were shown briefly to defence lawyers, but they were not allowed to have copies or write anything down. What on earth can be the purpose of that? Can anybody explain to me any principle of law that might explain why defence lawyers should be allowed very quickly to read them but not have copies or ever see them again?

In the UK, the US, France, Spain, South Africa, Ghana and Russia those texts would have to be available to the defence. Anyone with knowledge of other jurisdictions would be welcome to contribute. The EU has made plain that the ability of Swedish prosecutors to hide evidence tending to innocence is contrary to the human rights of citizens. Accordingly, Sweden has been obliged to amend its law for the first time, to bring it a step towards civilised practice and institute disclosure. This has just happened, and this appeal by Assange was viewed as an important test case for the new duty of disclosure.

The Prosecutors however said that the new Swedish legislation makes plain that they do not have to disclose the case file to the defence. That appears to make some sense, in that the prosecution has to be free to set out its case in court. But it cannot possibly mean that the prosecution can make the EU obligation a dead letter, simply by hiding any evidence that tends to innocence inside the “case file”. That would negate the entire purpose of the new law, and Sweden plainly is still not meeting its international human rights obligation. The hiding of these texts should be a severe concern to anybody whose concern is genuinely for justice.

Finally we have the strange question of the refusal of the prosecutors to advance the case by taking up the offer to conduct initial interviews with Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy. It is perfectly known procedure for investigative authorities to
travel to conduct interviews in other countries. It happens pretty frequently.

The question here is, what do they have to lose? If they travel to interview Assange in London, and they believe the interview clears up the questions outstanding, that may resolve the case. If they feel it does not clear up the case, then they are still a bit further advanced than they were before, having conducted the interview, and the difficulty of Assange’s physical location will have been no better of worse than today. For the cost of a short haul air ticket, it is truly worth a try.

The prosecutors’ argument against interviewing Assange smacks of desperation. They could not compel Assange to take a DNA swab in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Well, have they asked him if he is willing to provide a sample? Knowing Julian he will happily agree. (You would, incidentally, have to be extraordinary naïve to believe that the security services have not had Assange’s DNA on file for years.)

But what is the DNA sample for. There is no question of identity in this case. Nobody has ever argued that the man who Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen eagerly got into their beds was Julian Assange. The argument concerns the wearing of condoms whilst there. Anna Ardin produced a torn condom, not at her first police interview but several days later, and by then weeks after it had allegedly been used by Assange. She had told police at interview that she “might” be able to find it. One does have to wonder about her sanitary habits that she was able to find an allegedly used condom weeks after the event. Strangely, the torn condom she eventually brought in had nobody’s DNA on it but her own.

Secret courts, no jury, no disclosure of evidence tending to innocence, refusal to interview Assange in London. To believe that this is a genuine attempt to pursue a crime, you need to have had every critical faculty removed.

The trolls will be out big time on comments now. I am more than happy for contrary opinions to be addressed, provided the commenter actually includes a response to the specific points which I make above. Otherwise they will be simply deleted.

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66 Comments

  1. The Swedish legal system doesn’t use juries, we’ve been over this before besides you’ve been critical of trial by jury for jailing innocents such as the Birmingham Six.

    The Swedish authorities have also denied that the trial will be held in secret; but of course that means nothing.

  2. I am quite gobsmacked by how the Swedish authorities are behaving in this case. They clearly don’t care about the rights of the alleged victims or they would have moved forward to a trial via video link with Assange not required to attend in person (and while encircled in the Ecuador embassy he is not going anywhere) then if found guilty they can sentence him and have him serve any punishment in Ecuador. It could be done – had they the will.

    It seems obvious they have an ulterior motive – as we have all long suspected.

  3. Kempe

    “The Swedish authorities have also denied that the trial will be held in secret”. I don’t believe that is true. Link please. I have suspended your comment because it is a classic troll tactic to immediately post an untrue assertion contradicting flatly the premise of the article. If you can provide evidence of such a commitment to public trial by the Swedish authorities I will reinstate.

    Yesterday’s proceedings were held in secret because they were considering some of the same evidence the trial will consider.

  4. AAMVN

    They first have to interview the accused as part of the process of ascertaining whether there are grounds to have a trial at all. Frankly I do not think it entirely unreasonable not to want a trial by video link. But the refusal even to travel for the initial interview makes it more than plain this is already not a genuine process.

  5. Pursuit of Assange is natural given that Wikileaks annoyed so many
    people in powerful positions. Notoriety and technical skills gave Assange entry to a high society of activists who are Pirate Party supporters.
    Apparently Assange had sex with two women who subsequently
    filed complaints about mis-use of condoms, or mis-timing of sex.
    These complaints were enough to get Assange detained in a British
    jail until he jumped bail and obtained refuge in the Ecuadorian
    embassy.
    Everyone, including Assange, acted as though some sort of conspiracy was going on.

  6. Well said Craig.

    The excuse by Swedish prosecutor(s) of not disclosing the texts was an issue from the beginning ie because Assange hadn’t been charged, which is pathetic.

    It is a fundamental obligation of any reasonably decent criminal justice system (Australia UK Canada NZ etc etc, USA excepting GITMO Chelsea Manning etc etc) in any prosecution to not only disclose exculpatory evidence but to follow all leads and investigate potential exculpatory evidence. This the Swedish authorities have consistently refused or failed to do, which makes a mockery of EU law, (especially the EU laws of human rights) and a mockery of procedural fairness.

    As a defence lawyer myself I say this: refusing to disclose exculpatory evidence is prosecution by ambush.

    This is what Sweden is doing, in refusing to disclose that evidence, it is deliberately (with malice aforethought?) subverting a fundamental legal concept for political gain, ie 1) it panders to the internal dynamic of ‘lock up all those men accused of sexual assault before trial’

    Bail? did you say, bail?? What is bail??? Ooops, (Proof of Sweden being 100 years behind the times, they did not understand that at Julian’s bail hearing in London, strength of the prosecution case was a factor for bail as it is in any DECENT legal system.)

    and 2) it panders to the USA for which I have no doubt within the bowels of the DOJ there is a sealed indictment.

    The trolls will be out big time on comments now.

    Indeed, but be prepared for a hammering.

  7. Craig, with regard to Justice, is there not at least an element of honesty in the Swedish Legal system, even now circumventing pressure to be more open, compared with the UK hypocrisy which declares humanity and adherence to law, but in fact has no respect whatsoever for international law, or any other type of law, in practise?

    I had a little smile to myself about your rant yesterday about Arab hypocrisy. Everyone’s entitled to a little rant from time to time. I don’t share your feelings on that particular one.

    Sometimes the bit that is annoying about other people is when they hold a mirror to ourselves. We Brits are suspended in our own, sealed bottle of highly hypocritical self-interest and we look across at another nations sealed bottle of self-interest and cry foul.

    Fair play to you for campaigning for a Scotland that has a Utopian element. I also have a Utopian dream about Islam. But I haven’t found either Scots or Muslims always living up to my dreams which is annoying of them.

    My best advice to Mr Assange is not to get involved with Swedish women next time.

  8. As I understand it Assange is unlikely to leave the embassy even after a preliminary interview – he would I think be foolish to risk it given the forces arrayed against him. As such – if following an interview in the embassy the Swedish police felt they had grounds to proceed any trial would have to be by video. That’s why I mentioned the video linked trial. They may not like it – but I don’t see they have another option as things stand.

  9. Borgström, Bildt – US FASCIST EMPIRE QUISLINGS

    After the fake 2001 US Presidential election, when Bush was appointed Boy Emperor by the US Supreme Court led by Cheney’s hunting pal Antonin Scalia, Noam Chomsky says that a well known historian said “No, it’s a good thing.” “I thought he was mad,” said Chomsky.

    Today the world knows a great deal more about the fascist US Empire and their use of the methods of the Nazis, and of the UK playing Mussolini to the US Empire Nazis.

    The world also knows a great deal more about the US as an Empire and colonizer, with its subversion of those in power in countries around the world.

    As we see in joke that is the ‘rule of law’ in Sweden. ‘Rule of the US Empire’ possibly. Rule of a democractic state? Hardly.

    It is of course hard luck for the 1.7m dead Iraqis (excess deaths – Orb study) and also for Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and many, many others who are either imprisoned, in exile. Never mind those murdered by the US Empire in their war of terror – Michael Keeting (?), Riad Hamad (?) etc.

    BORGSTROM, BILDT

    Claes Bergstrom the Left Party (??! Ed.) politician who decided to overrule the Swedish prosecutor who ruled that Assange had no case to answer. (Thank you el CIA-Duh ?!

    Carl Bildt Karl Roves special ‘friend’ Dear Dog In Heaven, what is it with these Log Cabin Republicans and their ‘friends’?? (ER, One more bent than the other? Ed. Criminally sociopathically. ; ) )

    NUREMBERG MK I

    The sooner Tony Blair and the other European US fascist Empire Quislings get their long drop on a short rope the better. Nuremberg Mk I for comparision –

    - http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=95d_1206462963

    Johan Galtung – US Imperialism – See Online Papers and Editorial Archive. His weekly editorial is a breath of fresh air usually. Not so sure that Fascists can be dealt with by peaceful means – See Deutchland 1933-45 for details! ; ) -

    - http://www.transcend.org/tms/

  10. No apologies for it being from the BBC.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12427839

  11. My namesake with an e Kempe, from that 11/02/11 BBC link

    Clare Montgomery QC, for the Swedish authorities, said evidence from a trial would be heard in private but the arguments would be made in public.

    Hearsay from the bar table, by Clare Montgomery, I think we need some better up to date pronouncement by the Swedes, mmmm? In any event, from that statement from Montgomery, complainant evidence to be given in secret, yes?

  12. Clare Montgomery ‘represents the Swedish authorities’. As she represented Pinochet. Colleague of Cherie at Matrix.

    How many kronor (plural of krona) does it take?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_Montgomery

    FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW

    PS How can any troll defend the indefensible?

  13. “How can any troll defend the indefensible?”

    They can’t. They get rolled over time and again in almost all their arguments, ever ready to support a government with a proven track-record of deceit and complicity with US global aims. I have no doubt that if Julian Assange stepped foot on Swedish soil he would end up in a US prison. Thank you Craig for this measured assessment of Sweden’s new law. Those of us who have been supporting Julian are gutted because we held out high hopes that the e-correspondence would be released, and likewise Julian.

    I have reason to believe that Anna Ardin was/is a secret services (CIA/Swedish) asset, or an extremely gullible woman. I have no evidence that Sophia Wilen is an asset, but honey-traps are a favoured tactic of the spooks. Wilen did a degree in Wales and could have been recruited by our spooks.

    What is most disturbing is that Assange’s own government Australia has totally neglected one of their key citizens. As one of the five eyes it has as much investment as the US and UK in seeing Assange in prison so it can continue having the Aussie populace spied upon with impunity. I’ve said it often before that unless we get rid of secret-services and secret societies the planet cannot live in peace. They are unpunished and unpunishable perpetrators of the worst kind of crimes against humanity and never ever prevent terrorist activity but very often start it. Give me a party or government that promises to abolish secret societies and secret services and it will get my wholehearted support.

  14. “My namesake with an e Kempe, from that 11/02/11 BBC link”

    Thankfully Peter there is no way anybody on this blog would confuse you with Kempe. :)

  15. Kempe

    So your link states baldly that “evidence would be held in secret”. Only the BBC could spin that as a story that the trial would be public. The “arguments” being public is meaningless – that just means that, like yesterday people are allowed in at the beginning and to hear the verdict, but kicked out for the actual trial. The evidence is precisely what ought to be public.

    Anyway thank you for proving, absolutely beyond refutation, that it is a secret trial.

  16. Thanks John, especially my gravy pic, John Howard and Phillip Ruddock holding up a stinking dead rat depicting their sellout of David Hicks with Howard saying ‘A rose by any other name’ :-)

  17. They called the Assange case the murder of justice in Sweden.
    It is so very true.But then all of Europe swings to the right these days.
    The right wont get in next time around,but Bildt is very much a free radical somehow and maybe changes will not be fast.

  18. The evidence is precisely what ought to be public.

    Oh yes. Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. ie witness demeanour to establish for starters, (leaving aside the lies that the defence might expose) credibility or lack thereof. That way the tribunal of fact, (in this case a judge and two flunky political party hacks) cannot get away with a perverse decision.

  19. A useful analogy for the Swedish prosecutors’ ‘witch hunt’ for Julian Assange:

    The witches exist; you are appointed to deal with these witches; testing whether there are witches is only a dilution of the witch hunt.

    (Hat tip Hans Blix)

  20. We have big problems ahead. Our own Justice and Security Act (2013) allows for trials to held secretly although at the moment seems to be applied only to intelligence-related trials. Well that would probably apply to Assange here if the honey-trap, the big distraction in this politically-motivated affair, were removed from any trial. Fortunately, as things stand, we do not consider consensual sex to be rape yet in this country! So they would have to give a real reason to take away Julian Assange’s freedom.

  21. If Sweden needs to be told to be civil by an undemocratic court, then Sweden is definitely up the fjord without a paddle.

    And any system that puts feminism into law, is an evil corrupt system.

  22. If the Swedish arrest warrant is quashed, Assange will have to be sent by the UK to the USA to answer much more serious charges for which the DoJ will throw the book at him.

    He, in short, is apparently stuck in limbo by the Swedes for his own benefit.

  23. The whole case stinks to high heaven.

    Assange is being persecuted for revealing war crimes.

  24. YouKnowMyName

    17 Jul, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    a possible opinion is that the soft assassination – the current predicament of Mendax – is fortunately an overt case of strategic paralysis (from a USAF theory of total dominance information warfare in the 1990′s, the author John Warden was a Strategist at the Directorate of Warfighting Concepts, his MILITARY technology is now obviously capable of being aimed at the CITIZEN)

    I say ‘fortunately’ above as we are aware of it, it would be worse would this be happening covertly.

    In fact, has the legal system in the UK/Sweden got any idea what the Snowden allegations mean for modern justice, in this time of admitted high-bandwidth information warfare? …on the basis of beyond reasonable doubt…

    From GCHQ TOOLS AND POTENTIAL MISUSES

    Here are the actual dirty tricks in the British spy agencies toolkit, with hypothetical examples of potential misuses …

    CHANGELING: Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity. Fake an email from a privacy advocate to make it look like he’s proposing terrorism
    SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE: Perfect spoofing of emails from Blackberry targets. Fake an email from an opponent of bank bailouts to make it look like she’s proposing bombing a bank
    BURLESQUE: The capacity to send spoofed SMS messages. Fake a message from an an anti-war pacifist to make it look like he’s advocating sabotage of a military base
    IMPERIAL BARGE : For connecting two target phone together in a call. Fake a telephone connection to make it look like an opponent of genetically modified foods spoke with a leader of Al Qaeda
    BADGER : Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign. Send out a fake, mass email pretending to be from a whistleblower “admitting” that he’s mentally unstable, disgruntled, dishonest and vindictive
    WARPATH: Mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign. Send out a fake, mass message pretending to be from a whistleblower “admitting” he’s a Russian spy
    SPACE ROCKET: A programme covering insertion of media into target networks. Insert a fake video calling for jihad on a the website of a moderate American Muslim lawyer
    CLEAN SWEEP Masquerade Facebook Wall Posts for individuals or entire countries. Put up a bunch of fake wall posts praising the Islamic State on the Facebook page of a reporter giving first-hand reports of what’s really happening in a country that the U.S. has targeted for regime change
    HAVOK Real-time website cloning technique allowing on-the-fly alterations. Hack the website of a state politician critical of those who ignore the Constitution and post fake calls for terrorism against Washington, D.C
    SILVERLORD: Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content through concerted target discovery and content removal. Disrupt websites hosting videos espousing libertarian views
    SUNBLOCK: Ability to deny functionality to send/receive email or view material online. Block the emails and web functionality of a government insider who is about to go public on wrongdoing
    ANGRY PIRATE: A tool that will permanently disable a target’s account on their computer. Disable the accounts of an activist working for clean food and water
    PREDATORS FACE: Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers. Take down a website which is disclosing hard-hitting information on illegal government actions
    …Ad nauseam..

    at least the police will keep us safe – oops: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10277024/Police-struggle-with-data-laws-says-expert-after-Dotcom-spying-report

  25. This comes from Curtis on Medialens who says:

    The video which Julian Assange’s lawyers showed the court yesterday in Sweden to support their case that the U.S. will stop at nothing to see him neutralised including assassination.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b-DIZvcK6Rc

    It’s very sad to see Sweden behave like an obedient client state of the empire, shredding whatever reputation they had (undeserved or otherwise) for following the rule of law and a supporter of human rights.

    ~~~

    It features all the usual suspects.

  26. Of course, it stinks to high heaven because the Anglo-American spooks apparently killed Gareth Williams, Gudrun Loftus and Steve Rawlings because The Guardian and the WP published the unredacted Afghan File which Assange provided from Williams.

  27. Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of David Kelly’s death. A small vigil will be held outside the Royal Courts of (In)Justice in his memory.

    Ms Chakrabati of Liberty regrets the loss of Dominic Grieve from the government, ‘one of the finest Attorney Generals this country has had’. etc, etc

    So fine that he refused to grant an inquest for Dr Kelly and the opposed the High Court challenge to that decision.

    Dr David Kelly inquest ruling challenge fails
    Dr Kelly was the source of a BBC report casting doubt on government claims about Iraq’s weapons
    A bid to bring a High Court challenge over the attorney general’s refusal to give his consent for a new inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly has failed.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-16249783

  28. The question Craig should ask about Julian Assange is why he felt compelled to prove his sexual potency to a colleague whistleblower. The scenario that a professional whistleblower would be unaware of the danger of honeytraps or HIV is ridiculous.

    I find it unlikely that two spooks on a mission to expose the NWO would be so vulnerable to their sexual feelings as to go to bed together just when they were about to whistleblow.

    It smells of the old scandals like Profumo. The public is given a saucy tale to distract them from hard, nasty politics. The main components of the plot, such as Israel doing 9/11 or ISIS, fade away.

  29. A quote from the link:-

    “Clare Montgomery QC, for the Swedish authorities, said evidence from a trial would be heard in private but the arguments would be made in public. ”

    Private, not secret, there is a considerable difference.

    Interesting how the focus of Assange’s supporters have shifted from the fear that he’d be immediately extradited to the US to the conviction that he won’t get a fair trial in Sweden. It seems that the impression we’ve had all these years that Sweden as an open and liberal society (one reason Wikileaks moved their servers there) have been wrong and it’s really a neo-fascist police state that indulges in secret show trials.

    Funny how we never noticed.

  30. Kempe

    “The evidence would be heard in private”. OK, please explain to us in what ways that is different from secret?

    As far as I am aware the primary concern of Julian and those close to him is extradition to the US. I have seen no sign their focus has shifted from that, and indeed it was the primary thrust of their case at the court hearing yesterday.

    That he would be stitched up in a secret trial in Sweden and branded a rapist is my own, personal interpretation. It has always been my focus. Whose position do you feel has changed?

  31. “The question Craig should ask about Julian Assange is why he felt compelled to prove his sexual potency to a colleague”

    Perhaps he just fancied her and didn’t think it all through as meticulously as hindsight might recommend.

  32. It was really kind of the BBC to tell us this:

    BREAKING NEWS:Emergency law allowing communications companies to hold phone and internet records clears House of Lords and is set to become law

    ~~~

    What did you think of the You Tube I posted? Death threats to Julian and wishes for his death coming out of the mouths of warmongers and the founders of the Project for a New American Century. Have you heard of the latter?

  33. I certainly am not a supporter of Assange, especially after what happened after the Afghan File was published.

    Much more concerned about what happened to British agents who supplied it to him.

    There is no way that Assange can get to Sweden for any trial unless the British give assurances that he can go there.

    Think Claes Borgstrom, note spelling, has claims that Assange had more importan sexual liaisons which cannot be revealed in any open trial without undermining further trust in important figures.

    Don’t know, though whether they are true.

    Do know that 1,300 Stockholmers demonstrated most effectively yesterday about Israel’s barbarism in Gaza, and the need of a free Palestine.

  34. The verdict yesterday was very disappointing. But, there is some comfort in that Assange’s lawyers smashed into pieces the arguments of the Prosecutor. They will now appeal to a higher court. The appeal may take place within weeks. Per-Erik Samuelsson, who represented Assange, explained that their appeal would be a strong and vitriolic response to the Prosecutor’s argument. It is not surprising that a single judge, Lena Egelin, did not dare to free Assange. She is concerned about her career. The chances are somewhat better in the next instance, Svea Hovrätt. It may go all the way to the Supreme Court, even the European Court eventually.

    @craig. The trial was secret in parts, open in parts. The secret part was the first session dealing with any evidence on alleged sex crimes. The open part was the session dealing with how the case has been handled, for instance the refusal of Ny to go to London to question Assange and the question of whether the US threat to Assange is real or imagined. I heard a large part of that session and it was devastating for the Prosecutor. However, it is true that the practice of closed doors is a bad one, allowing abuse of justice.

  35. Craig,

    In relation to this:-

    ” The Prosecutors however said that the new Swedish legislation makes plain that they do not have to disclose the case file to the defence. That appears to make some sense, in that the prosecution has to be free to set out its case in court. But it cannot possibly mean that the prosecution can make the EU obligation a dead letter, simply by hiding any evidence that tends to innocence inside the “case file”. That would negate the entire purpose of the new law, and Sweden plainly is still not meeting its international human rights obligation. The hiding of these texts should be a severe concern to anybody whose concern is genuinely for justice.”

    In the English system there is “used” and “unused” evidence of the prosecution. There is material which the prosecution deems important for proving its case and thus relies on and then there is material the prosecution decides is not relevant for their case. However, the point is not just that the prosecution has a perception about one set of evidence versus the other. The real challenge for fairness, is that all available evidence is disclosed to the accused. Clearly, a competent lawyer combing through all the available evidence can, and most likely will, find material which is helpful to the defence. While this is so in England as regards disclosure, whatever the procedural rules under the Swedish system may be – the purely logical point stands as regards fairness.

  36. Only thinking out loud:-

    ” Case file” = what the prosecution has as the complete material for its case to prosecute.

    “Evidence” = a part of the case file – thus disclosure of evidence is not the same as disclosure of the case file.

    Say in a murder case with DNA involved. The defence has to have the availability of scientific tests for purposes of preparation to challenge the scientific accuracy. This cannot be done at the time when the evidence is first introduced into court and thus disclosure serves an important purpose is balancing the scales of justice.

  37. Axel

    Yes that is my understanding too. Questions of process are open. But the setting out and the questioning of the alleged facts of the case are entirely secret. it stinks.

  38. doug scorgie

    17 Jul, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Mary
    17 Jul, 2014 – 3:27 pm

    “BREAKING NEWS: Emergency law allowing communications companies to hold phone and internet records clears House of Lords and is set to become law”

    Should read: Emergency law compelling communications companies to hold phone and internet records and hand them over to the security services clears House of Lords and is set to become law”

  39. doug scorgie

    17 Jul, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Newsflash:
    Off topic but:

    A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

    Who will get the blame

  40. Malaysian airlines logo and livery look Russian.
    Terrible tragedy.
    Sounds awful but I hope it was an accident.

  41. “Who will get the blame”

    If it was shot down either the Ukraine or Russian government, I doubt the rebels would have the capability.

    Might be a bomb, Malaysian Airlines lost another plane not long back still not been explained.

  42. Ha! Doug I will ask the BBC to alter that line ref DRIP.

    ~~~

    The separatists on the BBC inc Sir Toby Brenton, ex ambassador to Russia. Sky are more open minded and have much better coverage and contacts.

    The BBC are getting rid of 415 staff in their news division and are going towards digital so says James Harding one of the Zionist supporting BBC management team.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28342929

    ( Apologists for Israel take top posts at BBC
    http://electronicintifada.net/content/apologists-israel-take-top-posts-bbc/12395 )

  43. Stockholm Syndrome indeed: it has been getting increasingly apparent that the relationship between the state and the populace is essentially analogues to that between the terrorist and the hostage.

  44. I think that the day Julian walked into the Ecuadorian embassy he walked into a trap. I don’t believe for one second that Rafael Correa would have allowed him to remain in the embassy purely to extract the political capital useful for his re-election, whilst at the same time damaging relations with the US.

    I think Correa may well have agreed a back-room deal with the US for some concession or other, then he wins on both sides of the equation. He gets political capital and the US get the man they want detained in one place where they can monitor him 24/7. Whilst it’s true that Rafael benefitted from disclosures on Wikileaks he did not owe Julian anything.

  45. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch this very revealing documentary by Swedish state TV on incestuous relationship between #Sweden’s listening post the FRA & NSA and GCHQ.

    The Swedish establishment, like the UK, is completely up Obama’s alimentary canal.

    http://www.svt.se/ug/view-the-report-about-the-snowden-documents-and-sweden-with-english-subtitles

  46. The withholding of exculpatory evidence favouring Assange’s innocence is indeed a crucial issue. The discussion above about what constitutes the ‘case file’ is relevant. My understanding is that in Sweden, which typically has a gap of 10-14 days between formally charging someone and their trial, the whole of the case file – including all the material a prosecutor has discarded as irrelevant to the case they wish to put before the court – must be disclosed to the defence as soon as they are formally charged; it’s colloquially known as the ‘slop bucket’, I believe. Defence counsel then have only about 10 days in which to analyse sometimes 100s of pages of material. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why Marianne Ny doesn’t want to progress her investigation to the point of formal charge without Assange being safely in solitary confinement and access to his lawyers severely curtailed before releasing her ‘slop bucket’.

    As you say, Craig, the text messages by Sofia Wilen to her friends are dynamite. Analysis of the ,a href=”http://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/Affidavit_of_Julian_Assange.html#efmNOcN05″>timestamps of only two out of the four reproduced in Julian Assange’s Affidavit requesting proper investigation of the mysterious disappearance of Wikileaks’ computers when he eventually left Sweden shows that there was something very odd going on even during the women’s visit to the police station. How could Ms Wilen know of the issue of the arrest warrant for Assange within 6 minutes when she was supposedly halfway through giving her testimony? How could she be sending text messages during that interview? And why does the police officer record her breaking down with “shock” at the news a full 1 hour 34 minutes after the timestamp of Ms Wilen’s text?

    http://hazelpress.org/textmessagetiming/4581076519

    Other text messages from Sofia Wilen throw considerable light on when exactly she visited various hospital clinics during the week after her night with Julian Assange, and raise questions about what exactly was the purpose of her third visit to hospital on the morning of the day both women went to the police, ie. AFTER her first discussion with Anna Ardin.
    My own theory is that it has something to do with the OTHER torn condom – the one from Sofia Wilen – pictured [top, above the DNA-free torn condom from Anna Ardin] in this forensic report:

    http://assangeinswedenbook.com/2013/07/01/the-lab-results/

    That forensic report bears very careful study. Aside from it showing that Ardin’s condom is worthless to Assange’s prosecutor as evidence, having neither male nor female DNA on it, it does state clearly that Wilen’s condom (which does have two sets of DNA on it) has been manually torn in the same way as Ardin’s. It also indicates two other things: 1) the chain of custody for Wilen’s condom is unaccounted for, as it has been submitted to the forensics lab under Anna Ardin’s ticket (Wilen’s ‘case’ having been dismissed by senior prosecutor Eva Finne at the time), and 2) there is a dirty great big hole in the witness statement given by Sofia Wilen to the police, and in the witness statements of her friends, none of which mention anything at all about a condom being broken during Wilen’s encounter with Julian Assange. To my mind, the chain of custody of Wilen’s torn condom fragment is the most important piece of evidence that needs to be extracted from Marianne Ny’s withheld ‘slop bucket’ of investigation materials.

    John Goss:

    I have reason to believe that Anna Ardin was/is a secret services (CIA/Swedish) asset, or an extremely gullible woman.

    “or an extremely gullible woman” would be my guess. Maybe “gullible” would be the wrong word – ‘cold reading’ techniques can be extremely persuasive, and convince many they are hearing something for the very first time from an independent source when in actual fact they themselves have inadvertently provided all the clues necessary for their interlocutor. Personally, I think all the available evidence points to Sofia Wilen claiming to Ardin during their first telephone call that she too had been the victim of a ‘deliberately’ broken condom – having picked up on Ardin mentioning her own imaginings about this supposed event – and that’s what persuaded Anna Ardin to risk her political career by accompanying the younger woman to the police station to report the matter and seek advice. There is a text message from Wilen to a friend in which she tells bald-faced lies, attributing to Ardin things which completely contradict what the latter has stated in all other sources (to her friends BEFORE the police visit, to newspapers after, on twitter, etc). As to the first part of your sentence about Ardin being an intelligence asset, well I don’t know about that, but there are two reputable Swedish sources claiming Wilen is one.

    Oh, and the claim by the prosecutor that they cannot interview Assange in London because it would be impossible to compel a DNA sample is laughable, purely designed to throw sand in the eyes of a gullible press. It’s already been confirmed at the Belmarsh hearing that Assange had voluntarily given a DNA sample to the Metropolitan Police. The Swedish prosecutor can simply ask for that to be forwarded to them. Does make you wonder to what use a corrupt Swedish prosecutor would put it, though…

  47. Fixed link from above post:

    As you say, Craig, the text messages by Sofia Wilen to her friends are dynamite. Analysis of the timestamps of only two out of the four reproduced in Julian Assange’s Affidavit requesting proper investigation of the mysterious disappearance of Wikileaks’ computers when he eventually left Sweden shows that there was something very odd going on even during the women’s visit to the police station.

  48. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    18 Jul, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    I had no idea Sweden was a Star Chamber State, lacking the fundamentals of democracy, like a jury system.

    Other than voting, it is the pillar of democracy and even in an indirect democracy, it is a direct form of participation and cannot be countermanded by a judge. Public hearings are also essential.

  49. If this is an ordinary sex offence case, as has been argued before, it can be held in public like any other case.

    If the Swedes want to be secretive that is grounds enough to refuse extradition.

    Bert.

  50. An embarrassingly thin ‘judgment’ from the 16 July Stockholm District Court hearing:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/234349165/Stockholms-TR-B-12885-10-O-vrigt-brottma-lsavgo-rande-2014-07-16 [Swedish, use Google translate]

    … or maybe best to await the English translation to get the full flavour of how empty this is. There is absolutely NO examination of the merits of the arguments put forward by Assange’s lawyers. It simply says “the prosecutor says X, so we agree” – owtte.

  51. Can you imagine what would happen if engineers, scientists and technicians were instructed to round Pi down to the number 3 under penalty of legal sanctions? Absolute chaos would ensue with our technical infrastructure rendered wholly dysfunctional. Buildings would fall down as they were being erected and planes wouldn’t even roll out of factories let alone fly.

    Now imagine an equivalent act of madness in which people were instructed to substitute a natural social value with an ideological one imposed by an extremist minority with a radical social agenda. That is what Sweden is experiencing now.

    Political correctness has effectively substitued the value of free communication with the value of irrational hypersensitivity to criticism. And with that, the aggressive misandry of radical feminism, amongst other fucked-up ideas, has infected the national psyche to the extent that insanely nonsensical situations like Assange’s predicament is not only possible, but inevitable.

  52. Its Assange delaying the proceedings, not the Swedish State prosecutor. All Assange has to do is go to Sweden for questioning… Then stand trial present his arguments before his accusers. The issue is that Assange continues to conflate his USA extradition fear/fantasies with the sex case issues.

  53. Walsingham,

    You really dont get it do you?

    But with a handle like yours i imagine its deliberate pot stirring eh?

  54. Can anyone confirm the story that Anna Ardin was deported from Cuba for her CIA links? It could be true, or yet more water muddying.

  55. Can anyone confirm the story that Anna Ardin was deported from Cuba for her CIA links?

    Yes, she was. This article covers her time in Cuba quite well:

    http://hazelpress.org/aa-cuba/4571327129

    I can’t find it now, but Ardin herself wrote a blog post about having to get out of a country fast and spending the last night in a cosy dinner at the US embassy. It wasn’t Cuba though, IIRC – maybe Argentina?

  56. Sweden has a long record as a defender of human rights. I hope and expect that any attempt by the Swedish government to compromise Sweden’s traditions here will meet a very stiff fight and ultimately lose.

  57. Arbed wrote (18 July 1:15 PM)
    “There is a text message from Wilen to a friend in which she tells bald-faced lies, attributing to Ardin things which completely contradict what the latter has stated in all other sources (to her friends BEFORE the police visit, to newspapers after, on twitter, etc). As to the first part of your sentence about Ardin being an intelligence asset, well I don’t know about that, but there are two reputable Swedish sources claiming Wilen is one.”

    Arbed, could you elaborate on that text message, please. And about the two reputable Swedish sources in the last sentence.

  58. Abe Rene wrote:
    “Sweden has a long record as a defender of human rights. I hope and expect that any attempt by the Swedish government to compromise Sweden’s traditions here will meet a very stiff fight and ultimately lose.”

    This is true. And Sweden still defend human rights in many ways. For instance, in spite of its small population, Sweden admits something like 30.000 syrian refugees this year compared to Britain’s very limited number (1000 or so?).

    But it is equally true that the secret collaboration between NSA/GCHQ and Swedish FRA corrupts Swedish government politics and, obviously, also the Swedish legal system. The conservative government which has been in power since 2006 has proven to go further than any previous government in bending down to pressure from the US and actively defended the US position on mass surveillance.

    The vitality of Swedish democracy is mainly due to a strong civil society and a strong trade union movement. They will in all likelyhood join forces and kick out the present government on September the 14th this year.

  59. In the UK [...] those texts would have to be available to the defence.
    In England; nope.
    The prosecution only have to disclose anything which tends to be exculpatory.
    If the prosecutor, and the prosecutor alone, says that they do not contain anything which tends to be exculpatory, you can’t get them. Just asking for them would get nowhere. That is a “fishing expedition”.

  60. Alex, 9.23pm

    Glad someone spotted that! haha. Mum’s the word though, ok?

  61. Sorry, Axel, I can answer a little more fully to the second part of your post – about the two reputable Swedish sources saying Wilen is an intelligence asset. One is a very prominant Swedish journalist, the other is – indirectly – an intel source itself.

  62. Bob R

    They do contain material which tends to be exculpatory. If you recall, the defence were allowed to look at then briefly, but not make notes or copies. They believe the material is exculpatory.

  63. Paul Barbara

    21 Jul, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Totally agree with your post, Craig.

    @Ken 19 Jul, 2014 – 1:16 am
    ‘Can anyone confirm the story that Anna Ardin was deported from Cuba for her CIA links? It could be true, or yet more water muddying.’

    Yes.

    ‘Despite its ‘leftist’ terminology, RSF is a private organization drawing funds from US government sources aiming to destabilize Cuba. It is connected to Cuban émigrés in Miami. Anna Ardin (the official complainant) is often described by the media as a “leftist”. She has ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups. She published her anti-Castro diatribes (see here and here) in the Swedish-language publication Revista de Asignaturas Cubanas put out by Misceláneas de Cuba. From Oslo, Professor Michael Seltzer points out that this periodical is the product of a well-financed anti-Castro organization in Sweden. He further notes that the group is connected with Union Liberal Cubana led by Carlos Alberto Montaner whose CIA ties were exposed here. Note that Ardin was deported from Cuba for subversive activities. In Cuba she interacted with the feminist anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). This group receives US government funds and the convicted anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is a friend and supporter. Wikipedia quotes Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo as saying that “the so-called Ladies in White defend the terrorism of the United States.”
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/09/14/assange-beseiged/
    @ PAЯADOX 17 Jul, 2014 – 11:07 pm
    ‘I think that the day Julian walked into the Ecuadorian embassy he walked into a trap. I don’t believe for one second that Rafael Correa would have allowed him to remain in the embassy purely to extract the political capital useful for his re-election, whilst at the same time damaging relations with the US.
    I think Correa may well have agreed a back-room deal with the US for some concession or other, then he wins on both sides of the equation. He gets political capital and the US get the man they want detained in one place where they can monitor him 24/7. Whilst it’s true that Rafael benefitted from disclosures on Wikileaks he did not owe Julian anything.’
    Er, I don’t think Rafael Correa would go crawling to the US for a mutual favour:
    ‘Ecuador. $88 million CIA plot to assassinate President Correa before February elections By News Bulletin. Axis of Logic Commentary
    RT News. Axis of Logic
    Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013
    Editor’s Comment: For any who may have doubts about Washington’s desire to eliminate President Rafael Correa, consider his consistent defiance of the U.S. since he was first elected President of Ecuador in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in economics, having been educated in Ecuador, Belgium and the United States and has earned his credentials as a stalwart revolutionary, standing against US imperialism in Ecuador and all of Latin America. Among the many reasons he is so hated by the US government are:
    •Correa’s unflinching support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias and the Bolivarian Revolution;
    •his stand against the so-called “war on drugs” run by the US in Colombia;
    •his robust response and condemnation of the Colombian government when it carried out the cross-border missile attack on a FARC military camp inside Ecuador on March 1, 2008;
    •his closing of the US Manta Air Base in Ecuador in September, 2009;
    •his $19 Billion law suit against petroleum giant Chevron for polluting the indigenous lands of Ecuador culminating earlier this year;
    •his nationalization of Ecuador’s oil and gas reserves, notably the Amistad oilfield, U.S. Noble Energy Company’s Energy Development Company in 2011, placing them under the state oil company, Petroecuador, and the Electricity Corporation of Ecuador (Celec).
    •Correa’s plan to nationalize the country’s banana export industry
    •his granting of political asylum to Julian Assange in 2012 when the US tried to engineer bogus rape charges against Assange for extradition from England to Sweden and from there to the U.S. where he would have been imprisoned and possibly been executed for revealing U.S. state secrets through Wikileaks.

    •and most recently his passing of a law to raise taxes on the bankers & financial sector before the February election to help raise the standard of living for the poor. In fact, Guillermo Lasso, an entrenched banker from Guayaquil will be the foremost opposition candidate running against him in the presidential elections next month (February 17)

    In addition to Correa’s assault on US imperialism, President Correa was the target of a September 30, 2010 assassination attempt by a band of corrupt Ecuadoran police. There can be little doubt that those police who have now been prosecuted and imprisoned were backed by the CIA with the objective overthrowing the government.

    President Rafael Correa would be a fool to disregard Chilean journalist Patricio Mery’s report of an $88 million CIA plot to assassinate him before next month’s elections.
    - Les Blough, Editor Axis of Logic
    http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_65294.shtml

    @ Kempe: ‘It seems that the impression we’ve had all these years that Sweden as an open and liberal society (one reason Wikileaks moved their servers there) have been wrong and it’s really a neo-fascist police state that indulges in secret show trials.

    Funny how we never noticed.’

    Er, some of us have noticed!

    (I’ve just put in first ten, for brevity):

    http://www.svenskafreds.se/sites/default/files/at-percapita2011-eng.pdf
    Rank Country Arms export Population Per capita rel.

    1 Sweden 686 9380 73,1343284
    2 Israel 531 7418 71,5826368
    3 Brunei 24 399 60,1503759
    4 Russia 7874 142958 55,0791141
    5 France 2437 62787 38,8137672
    6 Switzerland 297 7664 38,7526096
    7 Netherlands 538 16613 32,3842774
    8 USA 9984 310384 32,1666065
    9 Bosnia-Herzegovina 119 3760 31,6489362
    10 Norway 108 4883 22,1175507

  64. An interesting article looking at the possibility that, although Marianne Ny refuses to use Mutual Legal Assistance to question Assange in London (because she’d then have to set out her evidence for UK authorities to assess), she might have filed an MLA request for wiretap surveillance of the Ecuadorian Embassy – something which MI5/MI6/GCHQ would look on favourably as they’d get to retain anything obtained as a result of it that is not directly related to the Swedish case. This could account for the major discrepancy between what the UK govt admits it’s spent on policing the embassy and what it should cost (ie. roughly half the amount). FOI requests for a full break-down of the figures have been met with refusal and some coy references to “national security”:

    Is Sweden’s Prosecutor Secretly Spying on Julian Assange?
    http://hazelpress.org/secret-mla-request/4585578136

  65. Transnational cross-posting :)

    Hello Out of the Blue,

    Well done, you! Three posts by Anonymare in quick succession – all in the space of 10 minutes. And successful in getting whatever it was that you said which upset them so much off the current page of Flashback… Hmmm, I wonder what that was…? Haha.

    (For anyone wishing to take a peek for themselves, thanks to Anonymare’s efforts Flashback is now on page 5107, so it’s the bottom of pg 5106 you want: https://www.flashback.org/t1275257p5106)

    PS. To DannyK – keep up the good work, DannyBoy, nice Rottweiler technique you’ve got there! Haha.

  66. ” Rank Country Arms export Population Per capita ”

    In your world this might relate to how a country administers it’s justice system. To most people it would seem irrelevant.

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