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WikiLeaks' conspiracy theories laid bare
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WikiLeaks' conspiracy theories laid bare

Published: 07 Feb 2011 11:54 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Feb 2011 11:54 GMT+01:00

It could be considered an odd twist of fate for the 39-year-old Australian that his personal secrets are up for scrutiny in a court of law, rather than the secrets divulged on his whistle-blower website.

The story took another ironic turn at the weekend when details of the sex crimes allegations against Assange were leaked online at the weekend, exposing previously confidential information in a manner similar to the methods on which WikiLeaks built its reputation.

Since coming to light at the end of last summer, the hotly followed case of Assange’s sexual encounters with two Swedish women, aged 26 and 31, have spun a myriad of theories suggesting there’s evermore to the story than a simple one-night-stand gone sour.

The thrilling combination of a high-profile yet mysterious Assange, his WikiLeaks’ exposure of thousands of highly sensitive diplomatic cables, and one inflamed US government have unleashed a flood of inevitable conspiracy theories, offering everything from the simple to the far-flung.

Some theorise the alleged victims have accused Assange out of anger or jealously, while others believe the sex crime allegations are part of a much more complicated plot involving Swedish security service Säpo and a mentally unstable serial killer, who happens to have been represented by a lawyer involved in the Assange case.

Three theories related to Assange’s case which have circulated widely focus on a possible US-connection to the accusations: the idea that one of the alleged victims works for the CIA; that the United States has hijacked the Swedish judicial system; or that American Republican political strategist and former advisor to George W. Bush Karl Rove is a master puppeteer pulling strings behind the scenes.

Assange and his lawyers have been all too happy to fuel the flames of conspiracy, themselves painting the accusations as a "smear-campaign" to bring down Assange and WikiLeaks.

So could one of the complainants actually work for the CIA? Is the case really a ‘honey-trap’ designed to deliver Assange to salivating US officials so they can proceed with potential espionage charges?

The facts according to public records state one of the alleged victims is in fact a member of The Brotherhood, a leftist Christian faction of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. She invited Assange to speak at a Brotherhood event, offered him accommodation at her apartment, and had sex with him.

“Historically there are very few (honey-trap) cases and they are usually of a very different character to his case, which does not have the character of a pre-designed trap,” says Professor Wilhelm Agrell of Lund University, one of Sweden’s experts on intelligence gathering, national security and other related issues.

“There are easier and far more effective ways to reach that goal – stuff up his bag with narcotics.”

It gets juicier. She also once hosted a blog titled “Seven Steps to Legal Revenge” on ex-lovers and is alleged to have worked with a feminist Cuban anti-Castro group. The opposition movement, Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White), is said to be partly funded by the American government.

Add them together: a leftist feminist who once blogged about how women can use the legal system in seeking revenge on unfaithful lovers and who may have worked for a US-backed women’s group in Cuba. In one quick sweep, she suddenly becomes a CIA operative, sympathetic to the US WikiLeaks embarrassment and prepared to take down Assange at whatever the cost.

“It’s preposterous,” says Billy McCormac, an American senior advisor at Stockholm’s Prime Group and resident scholar of Swedish think tank Timbro.

“It pre-supposes a tactical competence that the CIA doesn’t obviously have and I fail to see how they could pull this off with any degree of success.”

True. The CIA is not known for their stealth-like covert operations and there are no official records of the alleged victim having any direct connection to the CIA or the US government. The blog appears to have been a translation of joke material from another website, leaving us back where we started: one of the accusers has leftist political sympathies. Nothing new there.

Moving on.

Is it possible that the accusers' legal representation are taking orders from the government, who in turn are acting at the behest of US forces applying pressure behind the scenes?

The historically close relations, both formal and informal, between the United States and Swedish governments, naturally elevate suspicions. Add to that the seemingly erratic way in which the case has been handled with charges filed, the most serious dropped, the arrest warrant revoked, charges appealed. Finally we are left with four accusations and an Interpol manhunt. It's not hard to see why conspiracy theorists' interests have been aroused.

Could the United States manipulate the Swedish judicial system?

“There is no proof that makes it likely but it cannot be completely ruled out,” says Agrell.

“It’s still quite a stretch though and given the integrity of the legal system and the integrity of the prosecutors, it is most unlikely. It would be far, far too damaging.”

In addition, the alleged victims’ lawyer, Claes Borgström, is a former minister in the Social Democratic Party and served for seven years as the national government’s Equality Ombudsman. In 2007, he joined forces with former Social Democratic Minister for Justice Thomas Bodström, and together opened a law firm, Borgström & Bodström.

It is uncertain whether the women involved sought out this particular firm’s services or vice versa. But now there are two well-known, well-connected counsels with ties in both countries involved in a highly publicized case.

When considering all these fragments, the dots, though far-stretched, might seem to connect and emerge as an exciting image of secret plots, political manipulation and extreme measures.

“It’s all relatively insulting toward the Swedish government and its legal system,” says McCormac.

“People want it to be true; they would love nothing more than to prove that American interests are manipulating Swedish decisions. But there is no proof because it just didn’t happen. Reality is far more banal than people want to accept.”

And then there’s the Karl Rove bent.

Is the former Bush advisor directing the show, pulling strings with politicians in a grand scheme to bring Assange to US soil? Or, is Rove trying to protect the Bush administration or his own role in activities that WikiLeaks might access?

“It's utter conjecture,” says McCormac, who maintains a professional acquaintance with Rove.

“What could Karl Rove possibly gain in influencing Swedish politics? It affords Sweden far too great a significance in the global scene.”

Rove, who officially served as a White House Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff under Bush, is known to ardently disapprove of WikiLeaks. He also has been associated with several high- profile political scandals. Couple these facts with his 2008 visit to Sweden and a seductive story begins to present itself.

“It was an election year for Sweden and we wanted to talk about it from a different perspective than Swedes are accustomed to,” says McCormac, who was partly responsible for bringing over the expert political strategist credited for both of Bush's presidential victories.

According to McCormac, who shadowed Rove during his visit, the US political advisor made one public speech, one private speech and hosted one semi-private dinner in a restaurant without giving a speech.

“I see the excitement. You have the idea of Karl Rove in Sweden with politicians in the room doling out advice and dirty tricks to win elections and push agendas,” says McCormac.

“It’s very easy to make that leap. But there is no substance to it. It was all really undramatic, more of a nerdy political discussion.”

Nevertheless, the public is eager to know the truth behind WikiLeaks, its controversial frontman and whatever may have happened behind closed doors. The allegations related to sex crimes add another frothy layer of enticement to the saga and the theories will undoubtedly continue to swarm.

“I understand this perceived witch hunt of Julian Assange is exciting for many people,” says McCormac.

“But I fail to see how any of this would really happen. It pre-supposes a completely airtight coalition of co-conspirators, which would never happen. It’s impossible.”

The truth, it seems, may be more prosaic than many of Assange's sympathisers are making out.

“Conspiracy theories offer an overarching explanation to things which are unexplainable,” says Agrell.

“We have difficulty in accepting that events actually have no logical connection; that events just happen.”

Whatever the outcome of his extradition hearing in London, Assange has likely assured himself a place in history – although that legacy may be inextricably linked with the many conspiracies that his ordeal has inspired.

And as his legal battle continues, the flood of conspiracy theories will likely continue, no matter what the final outcome.

Karen Holst (kholstmedia@gmail.com)

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15:47 February 7, 2011 by Luckystrike
Which "local" idiot wrote this article? Report on facts, not your warped opinion.
17:29 February 7, 2011 by reason
"Report on facts, not your warped opinion."

I think you should probably try to stay away from the section titled "Opinion".
22:13 February 7, 2011 by HYBRED
@reason> You make a good point, lol.

I try not to take opinions like these to serious. But opinions are like buttholes, everybody has one.
02:14 February 8, 2011 by harvest
Something doesn't fit in the profile of :

"one of the accusers has leftist political sympathies"

She was asked to abandon Cuba and in december 20010 it was published an article in the official cuban media describing her connections to people and organizations very far away of the "leftist" political range.

the links are only for German and Spanish version, sorry!

http://www.granma.cu/aleman/internationales/10diciembre-WikiLeaks.html

http://www.granma.cu/espanol/noticias/7diciem-detras.html

Please Karen, try to make better judgments.
05:09 February 8, 2011 by mikewhite
Typo in article: "... there's evermore to the story ..."

That should be "ever more"; the word "evermore" means "always thereafter"
06:46 February 8, 2011 by UScitizen
Evermore is also a fantasy world, which is what all these conspiracy theorists live in.

http://www.evermore.de/
15:46 February 8, 2011 by flintis
There's one thing for sure, Assange can never be guaranteed an fair trial in Sweden.
17:53 February 8, 2011 by coot
It's hard to prove a specific conspiracy theory, but as this article says:

"It's not hard to see why conspiracy theorists' interests have been aroused."

This is not total craziness like "the moon landings were faked" or 'the queen of England is a lizard in disguise'. From the prosecutors own statements, we can conclude 1) the prosecutors have mishandled the case and 2) they failed to take actions that would be obviously in line with their claimed motives.

It _could_ be just bad handling of the case, but you don't have to be a conspiracy nut to think it looks suspicious.
18:36 February 8, 2011 by MarkinBoston
"It _could_ be just bad handling of the case, but you don't have to be a conspiracy nut to think it looks suspicious. "

That's what they all say - "Of course there are loony conspiracy theories, but THIS one is different!"
20:41 February 8, 2011 by sgt_doom
The other day a T.A.D. (Typical American Douchebag, could as well have been the writer of this sorry article) said -- and we've heard this dozens of times -- that Wikileaks hadn't accomplished anything?

Excepting, everything it has instigated, long in the making, from Scandinavia to Spain, from the UK to Greece and throughout North Africa and the Mideast.

When a radio announcer in Tunis read the Wikileaked documents explaining the the thievery and extraordinary wealth of the Tunisian dictator, the people already knew the generalities, but it served as a catalyzing event.

When Wikileaked documents fully explained the consistent collusion between Mubarak and the Israelis against the Palenstinians (their economic warefare, etc.) along with Mubarak's billions of theft from the Egyptian people, people knew this in general, but it served as a catalyzing event.

In Spain, the compromising of the Spanish judicial system by the Obama Administration, in support of the previous Bush Administration, rised the people's hackles considerably.

Whether in Greece, Russia, Sweden or elsewhere, again and again Wikileaked cables from the US State Department has served as catalyzing events.

In Sweden, scandals have been brought to light regarding present and past political figures, and their Foreign Affairs Minister***, Carl Bildt (former president of that country), is adamant that Assange of Wikileaks be extradited to Gothenburg, home to Jeppesen Systems AB (subsidiary of Boeing and an affiliate of extreme rendition airlines, Jeppesen Dataplan, another Boeing sub).

And what do we know of Carl Bildt? That he was a director at Lundin Petroleum during their years of mayhem in Sudan.

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

http://www.ecosonline.org/reports/2010/UNPAID_DEBT_fullreportweb.pdf

Always interesting, and always predictable, the way it always ties together.

***Evidently Sweden, like the USA, likes to recycle their corrupt politicians with Bildt now their equivalent of the US Secretary of State, which we now have the recycled First Lady in charge of. Bildt, interestingly, was also a director at the British MI6 cutout, Hakluyt & Company, which boasts another well known director, one Frank Wisner, Jr.

Yup, it always connects together.....
14:04 February 9, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Sgt_Doom

What always connects together is the idiocity of your rambling posts. Good job on connecting your dots. I don't know why Sweden, the UK and the US don't all get together and hand the leadership of their governments over to you.

Well, I do know. It would be the end of the world as we know it.
07:55 February 10, 2011 by krattan
"People want it to be true; they would love nothing more than to prove that American interests are manipulating Swedish decisions. But there is no proof because it just didn't happen. Reality is far more banal than people want to accept."

Well, this lobby activist needs to update his view on the world. US interests manipulating this banal world is already out in the open. It's what Cablegate is all about for ***** sake!!
11:40 February 10, 2011 by johnny 2011
If there is smoke there is fire.
11:50 February 10, 2011 by rufus.t.firefly
The Swedish government has acted in a highly irregular way in this case, which brings suspicion on it. It's motives are not known, but it smacks of bad faith and corruption. More could be said, but these things are self-evident. Any connection to some US intrigue is speculative.
12:17 February 10, 2011 by Nomark
@cretin

What do you think cables from the UK, France, Russia, China etc would reveal ? How do you think China managed to make sweetheart deals with African countries for mineral supplies ?

The country which is supposedly manipulating this banal world is doing a very bad job at it these days - it is heavily in debt and is losing export markets and influence.

Perhaps the "lobby activist" knows far more about this banal world than you do.
13:16 February 10, 2011 by Steve911
The fact is that if JA voluntary goes to or is extradited to Sweden, he will immediately be arrested and held in detention on arrival for perhaps over a year in some stinking jail for foreigners. The Swedes already managed to get him locked up in prison in the UK for about 10 days. The main purpose is to deny him access to the internet and the media so it will slow down the release of the Wikileak logs. The legal case the Swedes are purporting to pursue against JA is a sham. Tabloid newspapers love a good sex story, especially when its distracts people from reading the real message about the corruption and illegal activities of our governments exposed by Wikileaks.

Many UK legal experts doubt if Sweden will succeed in get JA extradited for so called questioning. So Sweden should brace itself for heavy court costs and serious international embarrassment. Even, if they get him to Sweden, what then? He will just say, 'you have already questioned me and I have answered your questions, I have nothing further to say. Charge me or let me go. There is no new evidence other than the SMS messages of the 2 women (which you don't let me see), so perhaps you should question the women about them.' The fact that Ms Ny doesn't have the guts to charge JA proves that even she knows that the case against JA is extremely weak. It is unlikely that his so called accusers will give evidence in court against JA because they would lay themselves open to a charge of perjury and in any event one of them is living in Palestine now.

http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2010/12/08/whats-behind-the-war-on-wikileaks/
17:08 February 10, 2011 by Nomark
@Steve911

I'm confused. Perhaps you can explain.... JA is fighting for freedom of information and all that... You mention that the Swedes/US etc want toarrest him in order to slow down the release of the war logs...

Why isn't this info already released ? All JA has to do is push a button. If its redaction he's worried about (and the evidence is that he *isn't* at all worried here) then there are a team of activists who have helped in the past who can do so now.

I'm confused as to why this freedom of information campaigner holds information back. It seems that he fights for freedom of information as long as *he* gets to choose when to release it. Another example is the "banking scandal" he keeps alluding to...

He has the power to give away that info now but doesn't.... Why not ? Maybe because he would lose any power he has to make the news.. Surely not ? Surely he understands that free info means it is there for everyone to use and not to be dripped according to one person's agenda.
19:01 February 10, 2011 by Nomark
Judging from the lack of a reply I may have identified a flaw in Steve911's otherwise rigorous and profound reasoning... According to Steve911 the extradition is an attempt to stop JA from releasing the Wikileaks logs... However, as mentioned earlier pushing one button is enough to do this or asking his colleagues to redact... Steve911 would you care to address my concern ? I'm really trying my best to follow your logic but its hard.
19:02 February 10, 2011 by Nomark
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20:14 February 10, 2011 by krattan
@Nomark

So we should compare US to the well known democracies of Russia and China? Then I perfectly understand your holding of the US foreign activities in such high regard.

And I see you expect a reply on an internet forum within 2 hours. You do know that people have other things to do? It doesn't mean you are right even if they would stop replying. But it usually means something else....

Enough trolling.
22:12 February 10, 2011 by Grandson of Swedish Emigrants
My thoughts are that

(1) ...the whole thing is making the Swedish legal system and government look like fools;

(2) No male in his right mind would ever want to engage in consensual sex with a woman while he was in Sweden;

(3) The world is looking at Sweden and its laws and wondering if Kangaroo courts & Keystone Cops were first created and are still alive in Sweden.

The reason that this story about "rape" is news, is that it is about sex, it about someone who many would like to see behind bars, and it is about stupid & incompetent Swedish bureaucrats. When one looks into the complaint agains JA that he raped two women, on must shake their head, hold their nose, and say what a sick legal system must exist in Sweden to make this an international case.

Ultimately, no matter what happens Sweden will loose in the poll of world public opinion.
22:25 February 10, 2011 by buschmann
Have you not figured it out yet? Sweden is the fifty first state.
02:58 February 11, 2011 by Nomark
@cretin

I've never trolled. My point is perfectly valid. I see you selectively removed "UK, France" from my list of other countries and alleged I spoke only of non-democracies. Try not to use a strawman argument.

All countries use whatever power they have to serve their own interests. The UK just let the convicted Lockerbie murderer go in order to improve business opportunities there. France recently destroyed the Ivory Coast air force in a show of force. Show me any country, democracy or otherwise which doesn't behave in a self-serving way with minimum regard for others ? This is the way of world and always has been. Your righteous indignation concerning the "revelations" of cablegate suggests you should read more modern history.
07:42 February 11, 2011 by LordSqueak
Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

We know from history that the CIA has been involved in instigating revolts and supporting guerillas, etc. The plots to kill Castro is in many cases ridiculous, and they failed, but CIA never the less tried them.

In recent times, the US agencies has been given free reigns against terror, so it is not unlikely that they have gone back to their old ways.
08:34 February 11, 2011 by ChrisPDX
Doesn't it seem odd that our corporate/state run media gives a lot of air time to wikileaks?

Wouldn't the "State" want this news buried?
08:41 February 11, 2011 by krattan
@Nomark,

The problem is exactly that. What is good for a country? What is good for a country should adhere to what's good for the people of said country. Just look at Egypt and Tunisia. There the definition of what was good for the country was what was good for the dictatorship ruling it. While people did not have access to proper infrastructure or health care Mubarak has collected some 70,000,000,000 $ for himself. That's what powerful people will do to you if you let them.

The point of democracy, human rights, transparency and so forth is as I see it to hinder deterioration and conflicts. And it is a dangerous path that the powers that be has chosen by going for more secrecy and more under the table meddling. It hinders people from taking active part in the well being of itself in both democracies and the world in general.

And for the trolling, the ridicule of nickname thing strongly suggests that you are indeed doing just that.
10:04 February 11, 2011 by Nomark
You're rambling a bit here. Your first post concerned the US - "US interests manipulating this banal world is already out in the open. It's what Cablegate is all about for ***** sake!!". It is cretinous to consider anything in isolation, which is exactly what you did (hence my ridiculing of your nickname). The US is merely one in a long line of manipulators.

It is also cretinous if you thought this stuff wasn't already out in the open. I was aware of just about all the wikileaks "revelations" just by being vaguely aware of current affairs and modern history. Sure you have the words of some diplomat talking about it but big deal. Manipulation by the US (like that by any powerful country) is a fact arising from human nature. I don't know why you think democracies would somehow behave in a substantially better way than, eg China. There are limited checks and balances in a democracy to prevent nastiness to our own people but, by and large, the people acquiese in all manner of nastiness to others, eg selling weapons to an oppressive regime (protect jobs in the defence industry and reduces unemployment), supporting oppressive regimes (at least that country won't cause us trouble), subsidising our farmers (we need a thriving agricultural sector so we have to price a third world country out the market) etc. etc.

We're a bunch of hypocrites, always have been and always will be.
10:10 February 11, 2011 by Steve911
@Nomark

I'm even more confused than you are, for what possible reason did Sweden want to keep him in jail during these extradition proceedings? They fought hard to get bail refused, then when he finally got bail after spending 10 days or so in solitary confinement in a hell hole of a jail in London, the Swedes appealed the judges decision. He would already have been in jail several months if the Swedes had their way. If I'm wrong regarding the Swedes trying to stop him using the internet, how do you explain the fact that Ms Ny is requesting that he be held incommunicado, when he comes to Sweden and is held in jail awaiting questioning / trial or whatever?

The situation from JA's point of view is simple, he is fighting extradition to avoid being held in a Swedish remand jail for a year or more, which is what any normal person would do and what any sensible lawyer would recommend.

As for my point that the main reason for the extradition proceedings is to slow down JA's Wikileaks activities and distract people from reading the content of the logs. Isn't it common sense? Whatever happens, its achieving its objective. A lot of his time, energy and money is going into the legal case and if he ends up in jail for a long time Wikileaks will fall apart. The sex case is attracting more attention in the news than the Wikileak logs. Its actually quite hard to find a Wikileak release in the news now. If he publishes the whole lot in one go, it may hit the headlines for a week, after that it will all be old news and quickly forgotten.

As for the argument that JA is inventing anti US conspiracy stories to avoid going to Sweden, read his legal teams skeleton arguments for his court hearings this week:

http://www.fsilaw.com/sitecore/content/Global/content/~/media/Files/Publications/IP_Media/Julian%20Assange%20Case%20Papers/Julian%20Assange%20Material/Outline%20of%20Arguments%20for%20Mr%20Assange.ashx

You will see most of the points deal with the abuse of process by the detestable Ms Ny. I don't know why Swedes aren't calling for her immediate resignation over this matter or even better her sacking with the costs of this legal circus coming out of her salary.
10:23 February 11, 2011 by Nomark
Steve

(1) There are more people in wikileaks than JA. Others can also select material and give to the press if that's what you're worried about. Common sense really....

(2) Please explain to me how the whole idea of dripping selected titbits to the press is consistent with universal freedom of information. This is information release determined by one person who has become the self-appointed guardian of these papers and who refuses to discuss essential details such as redaction to protect innocents.
11:25 February 11, 2011 by Steve911
@ Nomark

(1) I'm sure JA would argue that Wikileaks is a new form of information publishing / media / press. As the founder of Wikileaks he would be hard to replace. He second in command has left to form a rival website. Do you know for sure there are other in Wikileaks that can take his place? What actually are you saying he should do?

(2) It depends what your objective is. Clearly JA wants to get the maximum coverage for each news story, which requires focus on one issue at a time. Most of us have real lives to live and don't have time to read 1000's of logs in one go. Common sense really....

I thought the idea of having selected media partners was that the logs would be redacted?

(3) I'm still waiting for your explanation of the Swedish actions against JA, or is it as unfathomable as it appears to be?
11:34 February 11, 2011 by krattan
@Nomark,

Thank you for the clarification of your opinion. It's easier the comprehend what you say when you treat your fellow internet users with respect.

I do know that the US is not the only country meddling in other countries but the rambling is from a Swedish point of view, where an American says exactly the opposite to what we've recently seen. The US is indeed meddling in Swedish politics. That other countries is doing it does not make it more right. Sweden is after all in the same cultural sphere as the US and the US is the most powerful, and alas has the most influence. And taking from what you said, the US is currently not working mainly in it's peoples favor. Becoming heavily indebted while warring on the other side of the world in Afghanistan could hardly favor the average American. Something that is also very human is the want to be free. You could take the American revolution as an historic example.

And it's easy to say you knew about all that has been leaked afterwards, and it's easy to say that it's nothing new and that makes it irrelevant. But recent events in northern Africa has shown that it is all but irrelevant. And to diminish the information like this could only be part of the damage control from powers who don't want people to know to much. And that's also were the transparency comes in. The old argument that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear comes to mind. This is true to governments as well.

Wikileaks is releasing information bit by bit because that will make the impact larger during a longer period of time. This will certainly also mean that Wikileaks will make more money. But since it is done for a good cause I have no problem with it. Every news paper today is a money making machine. Something one should be very aware of when reading the "news".
12:22 February 11, 2011 by johnny 2011
I am curious re the Karl Rove connection. Karl Rove is of Norwegian ancestry and is known to dislike anything Swedish so where does he fit in? He has no clout anymore anyway so why would he have any influence w/ Reinfeldt? This case is getting curiouser and curiouser and I hope it will be put to rest today in London by denying the extradition to Sweden. Wonder where Assange will go? I don't think that he is safe in Australia.
18:36 February 11, 2011 by Archie1954
This McCormac fellow sounds very much to me like a US apologist. I wouldn't actually believe one word he says. Don't forget what Wikileaks has exposed, including American efforts to obstruct justice in both Germany and Spain, so please don't tell me they wouldn't try it in Sweden also.
20:41 February 11, 2011 by procrustes
http://orlingrabbe.com/

Scroll down to :"Secret Swedish Spy Law, US connection revealed by Wi" (Wikileaks)

Video of TV news report that is, "interesting."
23:20 February 11, 2011 by diegoveggie
assange has a wild penis
01:28 February 12, 2011 by Steve911
Its not only Julian Assange that is on trial here but also Sweden and its reputation as a modern and model country with proper rules of law.
11:23 February 12, 2011 by Steve911
BREAKING NEWS FOLKS: 50,000 emails have been downloaded by Anonymous.

Last week, Aaron Barr, a top executive at computer security firm HB Gary, boasted to the Financial Times that his firm had infiltrated and begun to expose Anonymous, the group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers that had launched cyber attacks on companies terminating services to the whistleblowing site (such as Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, Amazon and others).  In retaliation, Anonymous hacked into the email accounts of HB Gary, published 50,000 of their emails online, and also hacked Barr's Twitter and other online accounts. 

Among the emails that were published was a report prepared by HB Gary -- in conjunction with several other top online security firms, including Palantir Technologies -- on how to destroy WikiLeaks.  The emails indicated the report was part of a proposal to be submitted to Bank of America through its outside law firm, Hunton & Williams.  News reports have indicated that WikiLeaks is planning to publish highly incriminating documents showing possible corruption and fraud at that bank, and The New York Times detailed last month how seriously top bank officials are taking that threat.  The NYT article described that the bank's "counterespionage work" against WikiLeaks entailed constant briefings for top executives on the whistle-blower site, along with the hiring of "several top law firms" and Booz Allen (the long-time firm of former Bush DNI Adm. Michael McConnell and numerous other top intelligence and defense officials).  The report prepared by these firms was designed to be part of the Bank of America's highly funded anti-WikiLeaks campaign.

The leaked report suggested numerous ways to destroy WikiLeaks, some of them likely illegal -- including planting fake documents with the group and then attacking them when published; "creat[ing] concern over the security" of the site; "cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters"; and a "media campaign to push the radical and reckless nature of wikileaks activities."  Many of those proposals were also featured prongs of a secret 2008 Pentagon plan to destroy WikiLeaks. 

Read the leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_gr...igns/index.html

Perhaps this secret 2008 Pentagon plan includes Swedish politicians? Reinfeldt and Bildt are well known GW Bush lovers.

Read about the CIA plan to manipulate public opinion in European countries in favour of war:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_gr...03/27/wikileaks
07:50 February 13, 2011 by marcelj
So is the bush wacker coming next. First we had the self serving liar cheater clinton hanging around looking at our woman, now we have the rover and his side kick from the think tank. So what are they afraid of, maybe the leaks. The last thing we need is some advice from stupid anglo americans of criminal minds.
15:47 February 13, 2011 by Xris Hannah
Mhmmmm... so while the long debate over sexual assault/not sexual assault and all eyes and attention (STILL) on Sweden, how ABOUT the leaks, USA? And what are you doing about the perpetrators of the exposed acts of secrecy and low-handed politics? Oh yeah, sorry.... forgot you were still fully engrossed in creating diversionary tactics; making a big thing over Assange for giving your public what they really need to know about your pastimes and questionable behaviour.

This game of "GRRRRR..... Assange... look what you've DONE, you TRAITOR! ('...but I'm not even American, thank God'). You've exposed our unbelievably nasty, monstrous, dirty laundry to the international community (that-no one-is-even-a-lil-surprised-at-anyway-and-why-not-blame-someone-else?). Die!!!! "

Pretty stupid attitude all in all, and it makes you look even more stupid than you might be.. HE didn't rain chopper fire on innocent victims... nor did he record the acts for the world to see at a later date.

The only thing he did wrong was to catch you out. So how about dropping the nonsense and refocussing on the matter at hand.... your own house and it's nasty occupants? Then all this will just go away; Sweden will ask itself how/why the heck it got involved in this circus in the first place, and we can all get back to our rose coloured lives.
17:54 February 16, 2011 by Grandson of Swedish Emigrants
arbed12

thank you for the link. While I really don't like conspiracy theories, the more I read about Wikileaks, the more I have to wonder what information they have that has so many feeling so threatened.

I understand the importance of "national security," but national security should never mean or be used to create secrecy surrounding criminal conduct of government and corporate officials.

Ethics are important as is a legal system that is not based on who you are, how much money you have, or if you are an elected official.

The Wikileaks controversy and especially the Swedish rape charges agains Julian Assange, have the smell that money, power and influence are trying to manipulate the laws of Sweden.
06:01 February 21, 2011 by csence
Don't forget Assanges attorney works for other Spooky dude: George SOros.... who's probably paying for his defense... wouldn't surprise me if much of Wiki leaks leaks comes from Soros's deep and far ranging global connections
20:38 February 21, 2011 by philip hope
There is a conspiracy at work - why invade a foreign country when regime change can be effected with diplomatic gossip and innuendo? It is probably more realistic to suspect that US government agents spoon fed Assange this material; and to make this scenario more believable the "leaked" documents were peppered with some info that could slightly damage US interests, but again, just to make it more believable.

Look at the results - Tunisian Regime change, Egyptian Regime change, and tons of gossip ranging from Israel bluffing on Iranian attacks, Gadhafi travels with a bombshell nurse, unsecured uranium in Pakistan, Saudis want US to bomb Iran, Iranians & North Koreans sharing missile technology, and allegations of entrenched graft and corruption from Russia to Afghanistan to Argentina.

JA is being played.
10:04 February 23, 2011 by Lukestar1991
F*** the United States Government ;)
02:37 February 24, 2011 by markhenrytaylor
Julian Assange isn't on trial in Sweden. The Swedish justice system, Marianne Ny, and ridiculously childish laws are trial. The world is watching and Sweden you are not performing well.
11:55 February 25, 2011 by johnny1939
I cannot wait for the next installment in this saga.

I distrust anybody that belongs to a "think tank".

I don't think much of Karl Rowe or the Swedish and American government at this time.
04:37 February 28, 2011 by emfrodo
the actions of sweden in the assange case amount to political repression. that such nonsense is considered actionable is beyond belief in the first case anyway. that this is being used in this fashion, is reprehensible. it reminds me of smear campaigns conducted by intelligence organizations in the old apartheid regime of south africa or east germany during their heyday. to suggest that there is no political component associated with this leaves this writer at a loss for words as to how ridiculous such a claim is. the nation of sweden should be ashamed, that i as an american say this beggars reality all things considered. what assange has done has taken great courage, what 2 swedish women have done and what the swedish government has allowed and furthers being done, is shameful, shame on you, i no longer will purchase anything swedish.
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