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Assange case officer 'friend' of accuser: report

Assange case officer 'friend' of accuser: report

Published: 10 Mar 2011 09:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Mar 2011 09:26 GMT+01:00

According to the Expressen daily the two women know each other through their membership and involvement in the same political party and since the reported sex offence have exchanged messages on the internet and have been open about their friendship on their respective blogs.

They are also friends on Facebook, the newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, the interrogator, despite having taken part in the investigation, has written strongly worded negative comments about Julian Assange on her Facebook page.

In a status update at the end of February, she is reported to have written described Assange as an "over-hyped ready-to-burst bubble".

Expressen pointed out that the officer in question must have realised as soon as the two women came in to provide statements last August that one of them was her acquaintance and co-party member, but she had not removed herself from the case and had instead gone on to interrogate the second alleged victim.

Neither of the victims had reportedly wanted to press charges against Assange but had instead gone to the police to find out if they could force him to undergo an HIV test after he had unprotected sex with them, despite their explicit request he use a condom.

According to media reports, it was one of the police officers involved in the interrogations who deemed what they had been through amounted to rape in one case and sexual molestation in another and took the matter to a prosecutor.

It remained unclear Thursday if the friend of the alleged victim was the officer who reported the matter to the prosecutor.

The interrogator in question declined to answer the newspaper's questions and referred inquiries into the Assange case to police spokeperson Ulf Göranzon, who denied knowledge of the friendship between the two women.

"As I have not myself be given any information, other than through hearsay, then I am not prepared to comment," Ulf Göranzon told Expressen.

Assange's Swedish attorney was shocked upon learning of the report.

"With this now coming to light, I think you can question the entire preliminary investigation," he told the newspaper.

He added that the lead interrogator should have informed her superiors that she knew one of the accusers.

Hurtig also found it curious that the two women who brought the sex crime allegations against Assange chose the police station where one of their friends was based.

"There's really no good reason why they would have gone there," he said.

He added that he plans to speak with Assange later in the day on Thursday to discuss the matter.

The Local's attempts to reach Hurtig for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Assange was arrested in Britain on December 7th on an international warrant issued by a Swedish prosecutor who wanted to question him over four separate allegations of sexual assault made by the two women relating to incidents in August 2010.

A UK court ruled in favour of extraditing the Australian to Sweden on February 24th. Julian Assange meanwhile continues to fight his extradition and lodged an appeal against the decision on March 3rd.

During those proceedings, Assange's lawyers blasted the Swedish judiciary and claimed the allegations were motivated by anger at WikiLeaks' publication of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:11 March 10, 2011 by Keith #5083
A rather indiscreet and unprofessional catalogue of actions for a 'responsible' police officer,Huh?

It would be somewhat incredulous to consider this officer's investigations/interrogations as being impartiial and unbiased and regrettable that

the investigation is tainted with such behaviour.

A professional would have/should have excused themselves from the investigation on the ground of personal involvement.
09:46 March 10, 2011 by Nemesis
The appeal of the extradition order in the UK court should be interesting.

Every day this goes on, it becomes more of a circus.

The good thing about this mess of stupidity, is that there is now international attention on how the law and order process is conducted in Sweden.

Swedes might think burying there collective heads in the sand will allow them to ignore the problem as usual, but way to many Europeans have seen that there is a major problem in how the process's around law and order are conducted in Sweden.
09:54 March 10, 2011 by ChomskyReader
Very interesting, and Rredrik Reinfeldt says proudly that the Swedish justice system is fair and not politically motivated. I remember the pirate bay 4, the judge(s) that tried the case sat on the boards of companies and organisations that were against and illegal downloading, an investigation had apparently proved that these people were not in the least biased, yet no one reacts to that, which would have been deemed and unfair trial in many other nations.

I have seen so many rape cases thrown out of court due to lack of evidence, I have even seen cases where individuals have been tried and convicted and given 12, 18 and 24 month sentences! fFor Rape!!!

Has Assange really commited rape? In one instance, waking up in the middle of the night with a hard on and entering the woman who willingly had sex with him hours earlier? How many men have never done that?

I believe there is something more sinister going on here. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.
10:03 March 10, 2011 by RobinHood
Is there anyone connected with this disastrous case, (for the prosecution, or the defence, and from the Prime Minister down to the humblest policeman), who isn't inept, incompetent, ignorant, incapable, immoral, unethical, unprincipled or unprofessional? Every one of them should be disciplined and/or sacked.

If you locked me in a room with a crate of whisky for a month, I couldn't think of a worse way to present Sweden to the world. People following this case who don't live in Sweden, please believe me; this must the nadir of Swedish justice. It's usually much better than this.

On with the show. Who's the next lawyer, prosecutor, policeman, or politician up for international humiliation?
11:07 March 10, 2011 by ooh456
pass the popcorn...
11:08 March 10, 2011 by johnny1939
...and it goes on and on. Kudos to Expressen that found it out. As a Swede I always thought that our legal system was fair although I usually did not approve of it but now, my God, it is truly scary how it is being handled. Just watch though how all this is going to be swept under the rug and Assange is going to be extradited ASAP and tied. If I were Assange, I would claim an unhappy childhood and being sexually abused by his stepfather then he would just get a slap on the wrist. these are the claims in Swedish courts that let you get away w/ murder.
11:14 March 10, 2011 by McChatter
Oh dear! This isn't going at all well for Sweden's reputation in the world. The police interogator should have immediately declared her interest in the case and her superiors should have taken her off the case. I can understand why the two accusors went to this interogator, but from there on this case should have been handeled in a professional way. I, too, will be very interested in the outcome of the appeal case. One does begin to wonder if there is indeed a "hidden agenda" in this case. If Sweden is indeed bowing to pressure from the USA, then they will pay a high price for it. The country's (legal) reputation, already dented, will become tarnished. And what will Sweden gain out of it? One cannot help but wonder.
11:58 March 10, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
this is the TPB spectrial all over again..... bias and corruption.

every corrupt person involved should be thrown in jail.
12:03 March 10, 2011 by johnny1939
@liquidmonkey hehe not bloody likely in Sweden. They will get a promotion.
12:50 March 10, 2011 by Rick Methven
Assagnes appeal will not succeed, all the legal pundits agree that in 99.99% of cases a EAW from an EU member state is upheld as to reject the warrant would be to say that the country issuing the warrant has an unfair or biased legal system....

However as the appeal is going to take at least another 6 months before it gets to the House of Lords, there may still be time for more to come out that will be sufficient for the British authorities that the Swedish system IS bent.
13:04 March 10, 2011 by engagebrain
and the judge will be the 'victim's' mother ?
14:24 March 10, 2011 by justwantanaccount
>Assange's Swedish attorney was shocked upon learning of the report.

>"With this now coming to light, I think you can question the entire preliminary investigation," he told the newspaper.

. . . Really? Geez, I knew about the friendship from rixstep for months. I didn't realize that it would be such a huge news in Sweden. Does anyone bother reading the police files anymore?
15:39 March 10, 2011 by Kevin Harris
Mr Reinfeldt told Parliament a few weeks ago that Swedish justice was fair. He obviously didn't know that the victim was a friend and political affliate of the interrogator. If he did, he would never have said such a silly thing.

Mr Reinfeldt should offer Parliment a correction. Then, he should announce an independant enquiry so we can all learn exactly what has been going on here.

This is starting to smell of something worse than incompetence, revenge and feminism gone mad. It's beginning to stink of corruption.
16:51 March 10, 2011 by Nemesis
@ Rick Methven,

Apparently Assange has made clear he will go all the way to the European Courts if necessary.

Most likely this will go on for the next year at least.

In that year, Sweden, the Swedish system of prosecution, Swedish police and Rheinfelt's defence of the Swedish prosecution system, will be disgraced internationally.

In the long run, it could force some Swedes to take their collective heads out of the sand and actually look hard at some of the problems in Swedish law and order and how it is conducted.
17:40 March 10, 2011 by local_lad
Not only are this police officer and Miss A friends, the police officer, according to Expressen, is also connected to Thomas Bodström, partner in the law firm of Claes Borgstrom, who is representing Miss A and Miss W.

http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/avslojar/1.2360428/interrogator-in-the-assange-case-friend-with-woman-accusing-wikileaks-founder

These people accusing or prosecuting Assange are all friends and colleagues, and they're all in the same political party. It looks very suspect.

The response from Ulf Göranzon is also not good enough. There needs to be an inquiry.
18:22 March 10, 2011 by Frobobbles
It was well known and often mentioned that those two were friends already in august 2010.
20:49 March 10, 2011 by kloster
"Julian Assange nominated for Nobel Peace Prize"

The truth is out there

I´am the writing on the wall
21:07 March 10, 2011 by DAVID T
why don't the Local just print the names? Assange is names so name the women and the bent cop
22:22 March 10, 2011 by ThisIsGettingRidiculous
There's more to come on this story, for sure. At least we now have an explanation as to why A deliberately chose to take W to that particular police station - and Hurtig is spot on to publicly ask whether there is any SMS traffic between A and Irmeli K on the day of reporting or during the investigation. (Hope this brings forth all the rest of the withheld SMS traffic too!) But the oddest thing is Irmeli apparently DIDN'T think A and W's stories merited a rape charge, and the first prosecutor took the decision to issue the warrant for Julian's arrest before Irmeli had even finished her interview with W (so there was no paperwork on which to base such a decision). Then Irmeli was locked out of the computer system and taken off the case on the Monday. It's in the police protocol that she objected to uploading a revised statement when her original one was still on it. Perhaps the powers-that-be have decided this case is unwinnable/too embarrassing and want out with Irmeli as the fall-guy, especially as there's even more embarrassment and wrong-doing further down the line still to come out.
22:51 March 10, 2011 by Grandson of Swedish Emigrants
As an earlier person commented this circus just keeps getting more and more bizzar.

Sweden's legal/justice system is an international joke. One will find more justice in a 3rd world dictatorship.

Shame on Sweden. If the Swede's are smart they will use this to institute sweeping changes in the police, lawyers, judges, procescutors, and the laws.

How sad. This is only going to get worse for the image of the country before it gets any better.
05:51 March 11, 2011 by Da Goat
this little piggie has a very curly tale (tail)

this saga is getting so twisted and curly that any more twists will detach it from the porcine animal's behind!

maybe they should move aside and let others into the trough too! ROFL
07:47 March 11, 2011 by proudly muslim
one of the women reported assange is Anna Bernardin.. to read more just follow this link , you will be shocked ... http://www.samtycke.nu/2010/09/fallet-assange-uppgifter-raderas-om-och-om-igen/
11:04 March 11, 2011 by Keith #5083
Well, if he wasn't before (and he deserved to be for his revelatory work) then there can be no doubt now that the 'abused' Swedish system has absolutely made JA a folk hero.

If the authorities do not consider the actions of some of the officers involved to be 'collusion' and/or 'conspiracy to pervert the course of justice'. then the whole system will fall into serious disrepute and disrespect.

Sweden, you now have an exit ticket from this embarrasing soup. Use it quickly.
11:58 March 11, 2011 by McChatter
@Proudly Muslim #22

Nice Work! Everybody ought to read this piece. Feels very much like "Millenium". This "case" stinks like old surströmming. We certainly haven't heard the last of this.
12:46 March 11, 2011 by local_lad
The Swedish legal system obviously does not afford proper protection to a suspect to ensure a fair trial. In most countries a police officer involved in a criminal investigation cannot be a friend of the alleged victim and also cannot post negative comments about the suspect online. This would be contempt of court anywhere else. What on earth is going on in Sweden?

Why is no action taken against this police officer? She would be suspended and investigated in another country.
16:56 March 11, 2011 by mieoux
If someone has sex with your without a condom and pretended to have used a condom during and maybe told you after. You can get pregnant. The morning after pill is only 75% effective, which means you have a 25% chance of getting pregrant. Once you are pregrant you have one of three choices all which will essentially destroy the path you had planned for your life.

You can have and keep the baby - which you did not plan for and are probably not ready for.

You can have an abortion, which will bother you psychologically for the rest of your life

You can have the baby and give it away which will also bother you psychologically for the rest of your life.

Another option is you can get sexually transmitted diseases, which can affect your ability to have a child when you actually want to in future, or even AIDS.

On top of that there is the violation of being used in this manner by someone you thought you could trust.

These are the reasons Assange will be brought back to Sweden and he will go to JAIL!

Do not get distracted.

How would you feel if someone did this to your daughter or sister?

Kudos Sweden for not promoting jerks. Assange is a total @-hole!
17:18 March 11, 2011 by zoroastrina
"to recuse": is to disqualify (oneself) in a particular case; broadly : to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest"; Norman French récuser, from Latin recusare (reject, refuse)

recusar Spanish ricusare Italian; diskvalificera sig (själv) ; anklaga sig för fördomsfullhet to denounce oneself because of prejudice

The Swedish legal system does indeed bear some resemblance to that of a failed state. Christian ethics and morality do not exist because there is no big Daddy up there in the sky to invent, legislate and give substance to the rules of the language game where the politico-judicial language game is supposedly governed by rules but not always by the same rules.
17:34 March 11, 2011 by local_lad
engagebrain

"and the judge will be the 'victim's' mother ?"

Don't be ridiculous. The judges will of course be Claes Borgström's friends - i.e. political appointments!
10:17 March 12, 2011 by Keith #5083
#mieoux A very interesting standpoint. I had never considered that these two adult women who apparently had invited JA to their beds, had mutually consensual sex, had their whole lives and future threatened.

It seems regrettable that they did not consider this beforehand and ironic that the one whose life and future seems so theatened is JA.

It also seems somewhat strange to think that condoms are totally foolproof.

Do not get distracted, make sure your sister or daughter have the word 'NO' in their vocabulary and understand when to use it.
14:44 March 12, 2011 by mieoux
Keith:

If you agree to consentual sex WITH a condom, and your partner tricks you by not using one, that is the situation.
21:52 March 12, 2011 by mikewhite
... whereas if you were a Catholic and the condom situation was the opposite, you could presumably claim blasphemy or something ?!
07:22 March 13, 2011 by munched
At mieoux: The issue was to get Assange to get an AIDS test. Fair enough. A female police officer inflated and forced the issue. Be proud, sister.

The problem is the legal system, Plain and simple. Rabid female police officers, press-hungry prosecutors, And court officials whose heads haven't seen the light of day since first inserting their heads in their own rectums. When the police can shoot a defenceless teenager in the back without repercussions and a preteen can be charged and convicted for making pig noises at police officers, there is something terribly wrong here folks.
21:55 March 13, 2011 by Archie1954
You cannot overestimate how damaging this whole Assange case is to the Swedish judicial system. One of the main tenets of the judiciary is that justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. I believe that is impossible now. There are simply too many "coincidences" and too many questions about judicial propriety to allow for justice to be seen to be done, no matter what the result . The very hounding of Mr. Assange in two nations and the extraordinary contortions the Swedish justice department has taken, when the two so called victims didn't even set out to charge him, are very, very suspect. I see the CIA and US diplomatic pressuer behind this whole debacle. Not good for a Country that is looked upon as a model of decorum and democracy.
01:56 March 14, 2011 by Keith #5083
#mieoux

Aha! So if my consenting female partner claims to be on the pill, am I to get some tests done to her beforehand, so I can be sure she is being truthful and not deceiving me?

I know 'love is blind' it now appears from your definitions that consensual sex is also blind. I mean, come on, you only need to glance to see if there's a condom or not.

I take your point seriously, really. But, it's hard to convince me that a woman who does not say 'no' is a 'victim'.
06:58 April 20, 2011 by CokoSwede
Swedish women have been taught to routinely commit perjury and lie under oath in courts.

This is what you get: Women can lie at will and destory the lives of innocent men.
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