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Arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder

TT/AFP/The Local · 18 Nov 2010, 18:02

Published: 18 Nov 2010 10:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2010 18:02 GMT+01:00

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Swedish prosecutors submitted the request for the remand order to the Stockholm District Court earlier on Thursday.

"It has been decided that he be detained in absentia," Alan Camitz, a Stockholm district court judge on the case, told AFP.

Prosecutor Marianne Ny, who had requested the detention earlier Thursday, meanwhile said an international arrest warrant would soon be issued for the founder of the whistleblower website.

Assange had been detained in his absence "on probable cause suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion," she said in a statement, adding that "to execute the court's decision, the next step is to issue an international arrest warrant."

In an interview with AFP, Ny, the head of the department that oversees prosecution of sex crimes, explained that "I requested his arrest so we could carry out an interrogation with Assange. That is the reason."

A warrant was first issued for Assange's arrest on August 20 by another prosecutor on suspicion he had raped one woman and sexually molested another, but the warrant was withdrawn just hours later.

Ny reopened the rape probe against the 39-year-old Australian on September 1, but did not request his detention, making it possible for him to leave Sweden.

"We have exhausted all the normal procedures for getting an interrogation (and) this investigation has gotten to a point where it is not possible to go further without interrogating Assange himself," Ny explained Thursday.

She said she did not know where the former hacker was currently and had "no idea" how to get in touch with him.

Assange's British attorney Mark Stephens meanwhile said his client was in London, blasting the prosecutor's decision to seek his arrest and describing the case as "not a prosecution, but a persecution."

Speaking before the Swedish court made its decision, Stephens said his client had been in London "this morning" but he did not know his whereabouts later in the day.

"He hasn't run away from this. He has sought to vindicate his name," Stephens told AFP.

In a statement issued before the court ruling, Stephens insisted that "despite his right to silence, my client has repeatedly offered to be interviewed, first in Sweden before he left, and then subsequently in the UK (including at the Swedish Embassy), either in person or by telephone, videoconferencing or email and he has also offered to make a sworn statement on affidavit.

"All of these offers have been flatly refused by a prosecutor who is abusing her powers."

Assange's lawyer in Sweden, Björn Hurtig, also said the prosecutor's petition was "exaggerated" and "out of proportion."

He stressed to AFP that his client "is absolutely prepared to come to Sweden (and) wants to cooperate," and had even proposed some dates that would work for him, "but we have not been able to agree."

Ny meanwhile said she was not aware of any offers from Assange to come to Sweden for an interrogation.

"I would like to stress that the district court shared our opinion that there is flight risk in this case," she said, adding that the international arrest warrant would be issued "soon" through Interpol.

The 39-year-old whistle blower has since admitted that he had met both women in question, who according to their lawyer are both Swedish and aged between 25 and 35, saying "they were both at my press conference."

He has since insisted that he has never had non-consensual sex with anyone, and refused to discuss whether he had sexual relations with the women in question, saying it was a "private matter".

Assange has repeatedly denied committing any crime and has criticised how Swedish prosecutors have handled his case.

"I am very disappointed at the Swedish authorities," the Australian activist journalist told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper earlier in November.

"I plan to sue, several different lawyers have advised me to sue."

Forcing Assange to come to Sweden when it suits the prosecutor "could lead to catastrophic consequences for him and his organisation, not least economically," Hurtig insisted, pointing out that his client "has a lot of work to carry out (and) a lot of that would fall through."

Assange has said the allegations against him are part of a "smear campaign"

aimed at discrediting his whistleblower WikiLeaks website, which is locked in a row with the Pentagon over the release of secret US documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US intelligence services "are probably very happy now," he said in an interview with AFP in September, adding however that "mentioning their involvement is for now only speculation."

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WikiLeaks last month published an unprecedented 400,000 classified US documents on the Iraq war and posted 77,000 secret US files on the Afghan conflict in July.

As for the two women at the centre of the Swedish rape and sexual molestation probe, whose names have not officially been made public, Assange admitted in a September interview with AFP that he had met them both, but refused to say if he had sex with either of them, calling it "a private matter."

The two women's lawyer Claes Borgström meanwhile said Thursday he was relieved that Ny had requested Assange's arrest.

"Finally. This should have been done earlier," he told the TT news agency, adding that neither he nor his clients would be permitted to be present at Thursday's hearing.

"That is unusual, but not unique and is probably related the fact that

the prosecutor wants to have control over who has access to what information

in this case," Borgström said.

Two days before the allegations against Assange were made public in August, he had applied for a work and residency permit in Sweden, where some of WikiLeaks' servers are situated, but his application was turned down on October 18.

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11:33 November 18, 2010 by Rick Methven
"The reason for my request is that we need to interrogate him. So far, we have not been able to meet with him to accomplish the interrogations," prosecutor Marianne Ny said in a statement."

Does she want him to be interrogated by the CIA I wonder?
11:43 November 18, 2010 by Craptastical
@Trow: While I agree that the timing of the accusations does even raise my suspicions, it is possible that the allegations are factual.

The statement "no matter who is behind them, and for what purpose - are just a convenient way of closing down the real concerns about him" doesn't make a lot of sense *if* the allegations prove to be true. The fact of the matter is that it's being investigated to see if there is anything to even prosecute. Nobody except those involved really know whether or not the allegations hold any water.

All your statement says to me is that you've already made up your mind as to who is behind the charges and why and have declared Assange's innocence. That's just as bad as claiming Assange is guilty before he has gone to trial.

Of course you'll stick to your guns, but maybe this will put things in perspective for you: Assuming that rape charges *in general* are smear campaigns before charges have been filed, and before a trial has been completed is a couple thousand steps backwards from where we are today. Just ask the residents of Örnsköldsvik why withholding judgement is so important.
11:58 November 18, 2010 by lux.veritas
"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." - Louis D. Brandeis.

Adversity is the first path to truth. - Lord Byron.

Are we finding it difficult to face the truth about who are terrorists. I suggest we look no further than the state. It is interesting to note the knee jurk reaction against such a thought, but think and reason we must to face the ugly truth, because no solutions are forthcoming from those that rob and oppress us. We are not free, we are livestock.

The evidence is empirical that the second largest cause of death among human beings after natural causes are our governments.

Every candidate on the ballet has already been bought and paid for and cannot have the peoples interest when they have other groups interests; which have already been discussed in secret, i.e. politicians and or government conspire. Thus people are not represented by government. It acts without consent or approval. It takes half or more of what we earn, taxes every consumption and creates registrations and licences to extort by force. If you do not wish to contract, you are threatened with property theft and jail with institutionalised abuses; if you defend yourself you are killed. Hence the government is a terrorist organisation which uses force and unjust law.

Definition of terrorism: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion (Merriam Webster dictionary). 'Terror' could be further defined as creation of fear aggression or force. Governments are the greatest successful terrorist threat to a nation's people.

Governments have solved none of the problems for which they increasingly extort, under pain of force, taxes from people. Through lobbies, special interests and elite groups, wealth transfer, fraud, deception, poverty, disease, enslavement, unjust laws, indoctrination of the young, arm sales, war, torture, pillage, inefficiencies of every kind and just about every crime; is their legacy.

The primary purpose of war is to benefit government, corporate and banking self-styled elite interests including; the theft of resources, wealth of another country and taxable revenue. This is accomplished through local extortion of taxes and indoctrination. All hierarchical forms channel power and wealth to the pinnacle and suffering to its base until it collapses and is rebuilt. This is the endless 'game' your self-styled elite continuously remodel to a completely infirm pinnacle.
12:42 November 18, 2010 by skatty
I clicked on Assange on Local to see what I find about him, and here it is:

1. Assange didn't trust Americans

2. Moved his servers to Sweden in 2007 to benefit Swedish laws protecting journalists' sources (Freedom of journalist, trusted Sweden, HAHA!).

3. Spend a period as a guest of Association of Christian Democrats in Sweden.

3. Found out about his two cases on rape in Enköping and molestation in Stockholm by reading Expressen (the girls went to police themselves on a Friday).

4. A warrant has been issued for person's arrest by a Prosecutor.

5. The warrant for arrest has been withdrawn by the Prosecution Authority based on violated the confidentiality of preliminary investigations by giving the media information about the case.

6. Assange hires top Swedish defence lawyer, guess whooooo

7. lot of paper works …..

8. Get ride of the Lawyer, and he was free to leave Sweden.

9. News about the use of Swedish weapons in war in Iraq by WikiLeaks.

10. He is going to Sue Sweden.

11. Prosecutor in Sweden wants arrest of Assange.

So, I think the conclusion can be: don't bring your servers to Sweden!
13:29 November 18, 2010 by Craptastical
@Trow: Fair enough. I wasn't attempting to misrepresent you, but it seems I misinterpreted what you meant when you wrote:

"The charges against Assange here in Sweden - no matter who is behind them, and for what purpose - are just a convenient way of closing down the real concerns about him, now that his sources, it seems, are dead"

I think what made me think that you were jumping to conclusions about both why the allegations were made and by whom was the inclusion of the word "convenient". After your latest post I think it would probably have been more accurate for me to have interpreted the meaning as "a convenient coincidence" as it relates to the allegations of rape etc. Sorry about that.
13:56 November 18, 2010 by Nomark
Is there any evidence at all that the rape investigation is linked to the activities of wikileaks ?

Call me old fashioned but I do prefer evidence to speculation and supposition....

Still, if folk wish to speculate then they may consider JA's own statements. He claimed that this is a case of "a woman scorned" (or perhaps two women scorned) rather than a sinister government conspiracy. The two women, however, claim that he assaulted them and the prosecutor clearly thinks that there is a further investigation is warranted.

I don't know what the truth is. However, I do hope that the JA supporters don't continue with their attempts to smear the women. They are possibly rape victims and one is already being called "the most hated woman on the internet". Not very nice for someone who may have undergone a sexual assault. Its usually good to reserve judgement until evidence appears.
14:07 November 18, 2010 by Morenikeji
Much as I admire what wikiLeaks is doing, I don't think we should automatically assume that the charges against him are without merit. Only a competent court of law can determine that. Of course it is very ridiculous of the prosecutor to start threatening an international warrant arrest against the man when his lawyer has not refused to co-operate.
14:36 November 18, 2010 by Ugly A
Fascinating that he feels it is his duty and right to air everyone else's dirty laundry in the name of "truth" and not be held subject to his own actions, actual or alleged. Give me a break. Lame.
14:55 November 18, 2010 by Åskar
@Nomark, "Is there any evidence at all that the rape investigation is linked to the activities of wikileaks ?"

To the best of my knowledge none whatsoever and the reason why the prosecutor wants him arrested is that he keeps away and doesn't let himself be heard by the police.
15:26 November 18, 2010 by shame, shame
White famous guy gets accused of rape - 'it was a set up'.

Black famous guy gets accused of rape (3 stories down) - 'well what do you expect, he is an immigrant'.
15:38 November 18, 2010 by waggywow
LOL, like anyone really cares what the swedish kangaroo courts do lol

15:45 November 18, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@shame,shame:- you got it wrong, the SD told us about these black people with the rape gene!!
15:50 November 18, 2010 by Civil
The banking elite that runs America has build enough machinery worldwide to keep their global domination agenda. Nobody should think it's possible to leak information about them and be free, not even opposing governments or monarchs. I can see Sweden well engulfed.
15:52 November 18, 2010 by marianne667
Well, well get Assange in some jail and that will be the end of him. It is a dangerous world we live in.
16:09 November 18, 2010 by Bumblebeetuna
What timing! I can't wait till more developments come forward.
16:27 November 18, 2010 by facetedjewel

"All your statement says to me is that you've already made up your mind as to who is behind the charges and why and have declared Assange's innocence. That's just as bad as claiming Assange is guilty before he has gone to trial."

That's just as bad?

It was great to start the day off with a laugh, Crap, but it was laughter tinged with a little bitterness. In the courts of both law and public opinion, you're presumed innocent until *proven* guilty. That's the way it works.

The accusations against Assange are thin at best and stink of political motives. A law written to protect journalists' sources is PC and lucrative, but invited in too certain 'undesirables'. Assange is an international political hot potato and Sweden wants to be sure not to get stuck with him when the music stops. Now the Swedish government would like Assange to go away, stay away, and take his website with him. They can accomplish this by making Sweden as unwelcoming as possible, while maintaining their polite smile.
16:40 November 18, 2010 by Traveler2010
I'm sure this is all a bunch of B.S. trumped up by some CIA black op. This is the sort of thing they do professionally.

Go Julian Assange, we all love you!

Screw the CIA!

17:17 November 18, 2010 by Jan M
All seems very strange. His lawyers protest his innocence and say that he's offered to be interrogated but that the authorities have rejected those offers. The same authorities now issue a warrant with the aim of having the opportunity to interrogate him. Someone is lying here and given that all he needs to do is get on a plane and show up why is it that no-one is asking why he hasn't just done that? I know it's nice to have little guys as heroes against big bullies but please don't pick a tosser to idolise.
17:26 November 18, 2010 by GLO
What goes around comes around. He must be brought to accout for his actions. Killer or Rapist same-same......
18:25 November 18, 2010 by waffen
This is simply the U.S. Government's Gestapo wing in action to shut out the truth of what is actually happening, and has happened, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what might soon happen in Iran should Israel rattle Obama's cage enough to trump up measures for an attack on Iran.

They have convinced their people that a ragtag group of Arabs could pull-off a tactical suprise that caught the vaunted United States air power with their pants down, when what really happened in NYC and at the Pentagon on the eleventh of September, 2001 was an inside job.

Osama bin Laden is still working for the CIA, just as he was during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The Swedish Government is doing what the United States is telling them to do, which is sad indeed.

However, the Depression United States, with their hapless and witless Republicans again in the economic driver's seat, will soon have their current cheneybush 2000-2008 Depression economy to a point where unemployment has the people in the streets.

Wait until the abysmal Tea "Party " starts pushing for Social Security to be stopped, and Medicare as well.

The world is sick of the United States, and Sweden should be as well but the powers that are, are bigger than the both of them.

Assange does not stand a chance.
18:36 November 18, 2010 by Nomark

Please provide evidence showing that the US had a hand in the JA rape investigation.

NB Evidence does not equal prejudice, supposition,speculation etc...
19:06 November 18, 2010 by Jan M
Fair comment. Also I don't think anyone seriously believes that wikileaks would cease to exist if Assange were arrested or charged. It's a structured web-based forum for information. If Assange is arrested or charged someone will just step up to replace him. For all those conspiracy theorists out there this is the biggest reason not to believe he's being framed. If the US wants to stop leaks it needs to stop them at source. The sources aren't Assange, they're people working in the US military and intelligence communities who for some strange reason don't get any hero worship or praise from the Assange fan club. Definitely time for some to grow up.
19:17 November 18, 2010 by Nomark
Its a little ironic that so many people who clamour for free information seem content to make their minds up with no information.

They should take up another cause since free information would clearly be wasted on them.
19:24 November 18, 2010 by iridesce
As an American who has recently visited Sweden and admittedly a supporter of open and transparent governments, I do see both sides.

Is it possible that JA had sex with these women? Yes.

Is it probable that JA; in the midst of the most damning release of previously classified information, committed rape against not one, but two women? Doubtful.

Is it possible that these women were motivated to press these allegations by persons or agencies hostile to JA? This could go either way.

Has there been an orchestrated smear campaign to discredit the messenger who published previously classified proof of the slaughter of innocents and the lies told to the American people and the citizens of the world to draw attention away from the facts presented by Wikileaks? Obviously

Do I believe that pinning JA down to a legal process would continue to the ad hominem attacks? Yes

In the end though, should JA be required to respond to the allegations? Absolutely

Appreciating the position that the Swedish legal system and JA have been put in, it is my hope that both sides will conduct themselves with respect to the global issues that have arisen and the trauma of sexually abused victims.

It is my also my hope that a complete and transparent investigation will be preformed so that the Swedish citizens and the citizens of the world are able to judge for themselves the actions and motives of all involved.
19:25 November 18, 2010 by w_t_f
if you mess up with USA. It will always bring "democracy".
19:27 November 18, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I wonder if he still wants Swedish citizenship....
19:37 November 18, 2010 by Nomark

"Is it probable that JA; in the midst of the most damning release of previously classified information, committed rape against not one, but two women? Doubtful."

Any chance you could quantify the steps leading you to a "doubtful" conclusion. Do you have detailed knowledge of his sexual history ? Do you know the exact allegations made by these women ? When you say the "rapes" were doubtful, I assume you've reviewed the definition of "rape" as applied in Swedish law, which is a little looser than in other states.
19:42 November 18, 2010 by Nomark
"Has there been an orchestrated smear campaign to discredit the messenger who published previously classified proof of the slaughter of innocents and the lies told to the American people and the citizens of the world to draw attention away from the facts presented by Wikileaks? Obviously"

Errrmm. These allegations are certainly a gift to his enemies who would have exploited it fully.

You forgot to mention the orchestated smear campaign by JA's supporters against the alleged rape victims. Their anonymity has shamefully been removed and one is now known as the "most hated woman on the internet".
19:56 November 18, 2010 by Nemesis
This is turning into a bad sitcom.
21:01 November 18, 2010 by sgt_doom
"Much as I admire what wikiLeaks is doing, I don't think we should automatically assume that the charges against him are without merit."

Odd, the obvious timeline of events would strongly suggest otherwise, especially when one has kept current on those supposed charges, and the dropped charges, and the circumstances of how it was done at the very end of the week when the senior prosecutor was no longer in the office, etc., etc., etc.

Thankfully, commenter SKATTY completely nails it!

Nope, the crooked politicians in Svenskland are fully cooperating to make things difficult for Julian.

Shame, shame on them and anyone silly and ignorant and mentally lazy enough to avoid thinking things through.

Wikileaks provides a highly important conduit to the real news here in America, something sadly lacking.

Example: The very last time I watched a popular news show (60 Minutes) back in the '90s, some ultra-airhead, Diane Saywer was gushing obscenely over a Taliban jet pilot (yes, you read that correctly) who lived in the USA and traveled back to forth to Afghanistan to bomb and destroy the Northern Alliance and other anti-Taliban and liberty loving insurgents.

The other day a friend sent me a clip of that putrid show (and virtually all MainstreamNonmedia in America is putrid propaganda) where Diane Sawyer is stating "...when do WE prosecute Assange?"

Prostitution is alive and well in Amerika, and they pay them well.
21:39 November 18, 2010 by Nomark

Can we have some evidence instead of supposition ? Skatty completely nails nothing at all - he/she merely articulates your own prejudice.

Please, please, please can one of you provide a scintilla of **evidence** showing that this is some type of conspiracy.
22:46 November 18, 2010 by skatty

You say so many "please"; I think that I have to right something.

My purpose is not to provide any evidence showing conspiracy. Actually this is the first time; I started to read about Assange. To tell the true, I have never look at WikiLeaks. It's why I looked at the past articles about him in The Local! I even didn't read all the articles but mostly looked at the titles.

I don't know if he is a rapist or not and I'm not trying to prove it's not. What have become interesting for me are the sequences of actions and reactions! His move for a reason and the response to his move from somewhere by somebody. I wrote the sequences down and you see that there is certain reaction when he published the secret information about Afghanistan and Iraq. In bother cases the reactions have been putting him in a juridical process for whatever reason.

Obviously, his action of publishing secret information is damaging somebody, and the reaction is to damage him. Don't forget to keep the matter of damaging and be damaged in mind, whenever you read an article about him. The rest, all the news, all the stories, all the talks are just shadows around the fundamental fact of who will be damaged more!
22:52 November 18, 2010 by iridesce
@ Nomack

I defer to your knowledge of the specificity of the term 'rape' in Swedish law. My use of the word refers to forcible and non-consensual penetration / intercourse. I acknowledge that my use refers to the generally accepted definition here in the States. Likewise, here in the States, we consider a person innocent until criminal activity has been proven.

I would appreciate your explaining the accusations in terms of Swedish law

My personal conclusion of doubt is based on my personal assessment of the probability that anyone in the midst of an international event of this magnitude would act in a personal manner that could in any way discredit the disclosure coupled with the history of intelligence organizations of my country and in light of the recent accusations by your government regarding the intelligence activities of those organizations in your country.

As I stated, I do advocate for JA responding to the allegations in an open and transparent manner.

Like you, I do not have the facts of the event. My personal thoughts are, like yours, limited to the facts presented thusfar and the histories of the individuals and organizations involved..
23:55 November 18, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Put Assange in a cell with a big black man.
23:58 November 18, 2010 by StuartM
I find it hard to believe that the CIA has somehow manufactured all these accusations or that the Swedish legal system would be deliberately persecuting someone they knew to be innocent just because the Americans are out to get him. Of course wikileaks has been doing a good job but if Mr Assange is guilty of these accusations then it will be entirely his own fault if their work is in any way discredited or put at risk.
00:17 November 19, 2010 by facetedjewel

'My personal conclusion of doubt is based on my personal assessment of the probability that anyone in the midst of an international event of this magnitude would act in a personal manner that could in any way discredit the disclosure coupled with the history of intelligence organizations of my country and in light of the recent accusations by your government regarding the intelligence activities of those organizations in your country.'

Incredible sentence . . . however, it was 70 words long and without any punctuation. Have a heart!
00:53 November 19, 2010 by GLO
HaHa Just Desert......
01:56 November 19, 2010 by iridesce

Probably at least a period after disclosure, eh?

Would you believe I lost all my punctuation keys? No .. then I plead ... guilty as charged ... my only defense is that I run on in word almost as eggriegiously as I do in thought.

Reading your username, I'll bet you shine iridescently :)


Remember - you would probably want two desserts and only one desert.


A valid viewpoint, however with all the lies and fabrications of the recent American administrations ( ie WMDs, illegal wiretapping, backscatter scanners, mideastern civilian casualty counts, etc ), its hard not to think about intelligence involvement in such a situation.
03:50 November 19, 2010 by asee
I just wana say, this guy trusted Sweden!
07:57 November 19, 2010 by glamshek
One group is saying let the law take its course if he has been accused of something. Another is saying its politically motivated case. The fact is that See the Wiki Leaks and you wil know why so much venom is being spewed against Assange ! It will however create more Assanges, because He stood up for the truth. Its a real sorry state for Sweden who is being hijacked by US Hawks. Wikileaks wee like a Hammer on US head !
08:22 November 19, 2010 by Nomark
Please.... what am I missing here ? Why am I so stupid as to be unable to draw the conclusions drawn by so many that this is a conspiracy ? Where is the evidence ??

Evidence does not equal supposition/speculation/prejudice.
08:34 November 19, 2010 by Nomark
@iridesce 'My personal conclusion of doubt is based on my personal assessment of the probability that anyone in the midst of an international event of this magnitude would act in a personal manner that could in any way discredit the disclosure coupled with the history of intelligence organizations of my country and in light of the recent accusations by your government regarding the intelligence activities of those organizations in your country.'

The above is waffle. I ask again. Can you please quantify the steps leading to the conclusion that the rapes were "doubtful". Do you know his sexual history in detail ? Do you know his state of mind when in Sweden ? Do you know the details of the alleged offences ? Do you know him - if not how can you possibly predict how he would act under a given set of circumstances ?
08:37 November 19, 2010 by Koondog
For shame, "you old, you free," for shame.
08:57 November 19, 2010 by Nomark

Very erudite. Its clear that you've got this whole thing nailed. Have you thought of going on a speaking tour ?
09:06 November 19, 2010 by olllidjiri
Is it possible to rape a lesbian scary ugly looking old feminist

without her good will?

The answer is NO.
09:13 November 19, 2010 by olllidjiri
If I was Assange, I would demand from that old b*tch to pay me out $1mln.doll. compensation for moral suffering after such claims. Or even 2mln.doll.
16:41 November 19, 2010 by facetedjewel
It would be interesting to have roughly the debate here about Viktor 'The Merchant of Death' Bout. He too has been in the news of late. To Assange we assign a super conscience, to Bout we credit no conscience whatsoever, and we make assumptions about both men based no reliable facts. Although, both are entitled to the same due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

One the the signs of our growing maturity is the realization that nothing is a simple as we would have it. The 'good old' days' never existed, unless remembered through lenses of rose-colored sentimentality. Another realization is that we never know but part of the truth about anything, even the truth about ourselves. A third truth is that we're not in control, any presumption of control is an illusion.
17:35 November 19, 2010 by Nordland88
Sweden has gone from being somewhat of a neutral self standing state to just another accomplice to whatever designs the US wants to carry out. Suspicion of collaborative behaviour in this case is fully justified.
20:20 November 19, 2010 by Archie1954
This whole case smells of conspiracy to me. I think the Pentagon and the Swedish Justice Department are in cahoots to bring this guy down. I wouldn't even put it past the Pentagon to have set him up with these two women. It is definitely something they would do. They are completely unethical and amoral. I hope the Swedish authorities revisit this matter before they create a mountain out of a molehill of false testimony.
20:45 November 19, 2010 by Nomark
Archie1954 - Anyone can "sniff" a conspiracy. That's why so many people believe so much rubbish.

Can you please supply some evidence that this is a conspiracy ? I'd like to be convinced and your sense of smell isn't particularly persuasive.
21:24 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
More imprtant issue's at hand, these islamics killing kin in "honour killings" where is the honour in killing your own daughter.

Talk about ignorance, what respectable religion can condone such disrespect for another persons life.
22:02 November 19, 2010 by sgt_doom
Nomark -- @34:

Here's several links to support my remarks:




Hope this elucidates things for ya!
22:51 November 19, 2010 by Nomark

I asked for evidence. The links are provide more supposition and speculation.
23:38 November 19, 2010 by sgt_doom
Nomark - #56

When supporting data is provided, and the troll keeps coming back again and again, that individual is either an obsessive-compulsive, mentally-challenged troll, an e-bot, or some other type of fungi mutation.
07:33 November 20, 2010 by Nomark
Many things I am, a troll is not one of them. My line has been consistent and rational. I have simply asked for evidence and that hasn't been provided. Calling me names achieves nothing.

If you think I'm wrong then please summarise the "evidence" here. I'm sure a lot of people are following this thread (its been top of the "most viewed" pages for a few days) and would like to be the convinced by the evidence you speak of.
08:42 November 20, 2010 by Nomark
All I want is information. Given the whole JA-wikileaks openness thing I would have thought that you guys would be very keen to (a ) pass on the detailed information you think you have which shows a conspiracy (b ) open it up to scrutiny and debate and (c ) arrive at an informed conclusion.

Its not my fault that the links you have so far given contain supposition/speculation (at best). If you think I'm wrong then please make some evidence-based arguments here.
15:49 November 20, 2010 by bira
If he has nothing to hide...then why hide? If you've done nothing wrong then go to court with your lawyer and fight the charges and be exonerated. Simple as that. Running only makes you look guilty. And for those of you that thinks he has a valid excuse due to some conspiracy that Sweden is in cahoots with the CIA to "get" this guy. Get real!!
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Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

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