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Lawyer has 'surprising' news in Assange case

AFP/The Local · 23 Aug 2012, 09:22

Published: 23 Aug 2012 09:22 GMT+02:00

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Baltasar Garzon, who spent hours in a briefing with Assange on Sunday discussing his legal strategy, said the defence had requested a prosecutor from Sweden travel to London to take a statement from the former hacker.

"I think that will be a very good option," he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

However, Swedish prosecutors on Thursday ruled out travelling to London.

"There is nothing new. We are still waiting for Mr Assange," Helena Ekstrand, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, told AFP when asked about the comments of Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon.

The 41-year-old Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and molestation, claims he denies.

British authorities won their case to extradite him to Sweden but because he sought asylum in Ecuador's embassy they have so far been unable to send him there.

Assange believes Stockholm plans to hand him over to the United States, where he fears prosecution over WikiLeaks' release of a vast cache of confidential US government files.

Garzon, best known for trying to extradite Chile's Augusto Pinochet from London to Madrid in 1998, declined to go into specifics on the rape claims but said there was "fragmented knowledge" about the matter.

He reportedly said the defence was in possession of a number of fundamental elements about the allegations that when made public would be a "big surprise".

"We cannot divulge them right now but we have requested that the prosecution take a statement from Mr. Assange," he said on the sidelines of a conference in the Australian city of Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Garzon hit out at Australia, claiming Canberra had ignored requests by Assange for diplomatic assistance, including a letter sent as recently as 15 days ago.

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He said the government's response had been "entirely negative".

"Not at any point in time have consular authorities visited Mr. Assange," he said.

"And I understand that to be an obligation for all citizens of Australia."

Australia insists it has offered Assange the same assistance it would give any other citizen in trouble overseas.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:45 August 23, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
Let us call it just another bluff by Assange and his lawyers. There was that information they had on Sweden's Prime Minister earlier this year which still has not been released, as one of their many bluffs.
10:56 August 23, 2012 by skogsbo
is Assanges lawyer suggesting that JA deliberately withheld information related to a Police rape investigation? That'll be another offence then.
11:29 August 23, 2012 by coldjava
Sweden trying to save face?
11:36 August 23, 2012 by Prestonrobsun
Assange is right to fear extradition to the US. He would not even go through Immigration at Arlanda but will be bundled off the plane from London straight onto an unmarked white 737. Next stop Guantanamo.

Never technically in Sweden and not technically in the US.

What is Karl Rove's role in this business? Advisor on rape prosecutions?
11:46 August 23, 2012 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Is there a break in this pantomime? I need an icecream.
12:37 August 23, 2012 by BackpackerKev

As you should know, the prosecution have to prove someones guilt and if procecution is withholding information that would assist the defence or that would add doubt, would be a criminal offence.

Any information JA has would be for the defence and only required to give as such time as he would need it.
12:41 August 23, 2012 by smilingjack
the girls involved conspired together. they tweeted and ranted separately on blogs prior to JA and then after. Once they conspired together they suddenly felt the urge to delete as much of the evidence that was damming to them - like sitting down witn the most wonderful man in the world at 2am the day after he supposedly raped her.But others did get hold of them. I reckon they have found evidence of payments from the yanks to the girls. watch out swedish men - its a crime not to return calls to a slapper who took you home in your country. whats next - he didnt buy me dinner or take me out for drinks after sex - thats rape.
14:28 August 23, 2012 by prince T
Why would sweden save face. It is Ecuador that will tired out sooner or later. It is a waiting game
14:56 August 23, 2012 by bcterry
What a sad pathetic desperate little man.

His lawyer is a joke as well.

He almost deserves a get out of jail pity card.
15:22 August 23, 2012 by cogito
Does JA have any groupies who are sane?
16:47 August 23, 2012 by alecLoTh
Everyone seems to forget the very basic prerequisite to being put on the Interpol list - you need to be either charged or prosecuted -Assange is neither.

He is being extradited - without charge. Would you leave another country by force without a 'formal charge'? No. immediately you would suspect serious power, beyond the judicial to be at play.

Give up the theatrics and go back to basics - why is he obliged to any of this, under house arrest - yet has no charge at all? This is exactly what happened to Kevin Mitnick.
16:54 August 23, 2012 by themoron
themoron says:

Sweden's 'reinterpretation' of the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA, a common legal practice in the European Union. It is an agreement between two countries to help cooperation during investigation of alleged crimes. The EU's website states "mutual legal assistance and agreements on extradition are essential for the EU in order to achieve a European area of justice".

The Swedish prosecution has requested Julian Assange's extradition for the purpose of questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct. He is yet to be formally charged with an offense.

Since his arrest, Mr Assange has offered himself to be questioned under the MLA practices, by telephone, video conference, or in person. He continues to retain this offer, even during his current stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy as he awaits a decision on his application for asylum. The Ecuadorians have agreed to letting the Swedish prosecution come to the Embassy to question him.

WikiLeaks' legal adviser Jennifer Robinson met with Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt on July 5 during Almedalen Week, a political conference in Gotland. She discussed with him the allegations against Julian Assange and why Sweden has refused to question him over the past 18 months.

He told me it's not allowed. And when I pointed out that Sweden had only recently done just that in a murder investigation in Serbia, he had no reply.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny made similar statements in 2010, saying that Swedish Law prevents Mr Assange being interviewed by telephone or video link, and that both Swedish and British law prevent her from traveling to London to question Mr Assange. Many of the articles containing the latter statement were later removed.

Since Julian Assange has not been formally charged, he does not have the rights of a defendant, i.e. access to the full accusations against him or any of the evidence. Could the fact that he only faces allegations affect the use of MLA law?

The guidelines for getting Mutual Legal Assistance from the UK state the contrary.

In the section entitled "What must be included in a Letter of Request" it states:

A description of the offences charged or under investigation and sentence or penalty

Furthermore, in an "Example Letter of Request" it states:

Supply information on the charge or proposed charge.

A full page of the document is also dedicated to the information needed to request a telephone or video conference call, which includes an address, a possible list of questions, and any formal notification of rights.

Neither Carl Bildt nor Marianne Ny would explain how or why it is illegal under Swedish law to question Mr Assange via telephone, video conference, or in person. With no explanation on their behalf, the EU promoting the use of Mutual Legal Assistance, and a document explaining how to achieve information this way, it opens the door for speculation as to why Sweden refuses to question Mr Assange.

Source: Guess!
22:26 August 23, 2012 by bcterry
"Source: Guess! "

As that is obviously your forte, we'll leave the guesswork to you
01:57 August 24, 2012 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
"Australia insists it has offered Assange the same assistance it would give any other citizen in trouble overseas."

Yes his consular assistance regularly checks on his supply of stationary. Then again the Americans don't Australia to actually do something tangible.
06:44 August 24, 2012 by viennacalling
More ongoing costs to the Poor Taxpayer of Many Countries ! If the So Called Leaders of All the Countries involved want to continue their pathetic War of Diplomacy over Assange then they should Pay for the Cost and Not The Poor Taxpayers of the World . They All should Read and Digest the recent PEW Report on the Economy, demographically it is relevant to the whole world!
06:53 August 24, 2012 by themoron
themoron says: My strenght is research. I have never done other moron's homework.
08:09 August 24, 2012 by nolikegohome
we are all waiting for the Asange surprise. we are keeping pop corn in stock because this is going to be a long and exciting show.
10:39 August 24, 2012 by J Jack
If the Swedes don't go to London, it will be handled by the ICJ in the Hague and JA will be afforded protection by Interpol. Simple. save us all the drama and take the statement while you can.
17:06 August 24, 2012 by themoron
the moron says: Yes! Assange is a pathetic little man, but bigger than the one who wrote this. At least, Assange has done, does and will continue fighting to reveal all the dirty secretes from the US and other governments in the world. Some posters have only silly comments and I am quite sure they have never contributed to make the world cleaner, safer and free from corrupted governments with no respect for their own laws. You can put the names here:
08:39 August 25, 2012 by cogito
"You can put the names here (#19):"

1. themoron.
10:58 August 25, 2012 by themoron
themoron says:


If you have nothing of interest to way, please do not waste our time on these threads. No wonder you are the target of many who are fully aware of your emptyness.

I have contributed in a small scale, to make the world cleaner, safer and free from corrupted governments with no respect for their own laws. I do not think you can say the same. If I am wrong, good for you, but, if you cannot or will not do a proper research on the Assange case,stp bothering us. Please.
13:18 August 25, 2012 by cogito
#21 It appears you suffer the same delusions of grandeur as your hero, j. ass.

Now take your meds like the lady in white asked. Please.
19:33 August 25, 2012 by themoron
#22 I do not suffer of that. I am great! I am a nillion numbers bigger than you and in my area, at the same level as Assange. The difference is that Assange is a sort of an hero to those who understand what freedom of speech means and not to the hundreds, perhaps thousands of cogitos contaminating the planet. You are the one who is a pathetic little (bcterry on Assange. How can you see yourself in the mirror? Just wondering.

themoron says;

There is a say: "If you cannot beat them, join them". So, yes! Assange is a rapist. Assange is a terrorist. Assange should go to Sweden so he is packed on a CIA plane and send to the US.like the Egyptians who were tortured in Egypt. Assange has done nothing to prove that somewhere around the world, there is something calld freedom of speech. Assange should send a thank you note to prosecutor Marianne Ny for her way of interpreting the laws against him. Assange should throw a party in honor of AA and

SW for having declared that they enjoyed having sexual relations with him and for recommending him to some friends. The OAS should be considered, as of this moment, an organization that is paid by Assange to back up Ecuador and should join the list of terrotist organizations. President Correa should step down and leave the post inmediately to Hillary Clinton.

GLO and all the posters like him, should be awarded with the Nobel Prize of Intelligence and nothing less. The Swedish police should be encouraged once more to rewrite at will, all the declartions made by any subject so that they can be found guilty before they have a chance of proving the opposite. The Minister for Foreign Relations of Sweden, Mr. Carl Bildt, should be confirmed in his post so that he keeps on declaring things against Assange at will and ignoring certain laws. And finally, Mickey Mouse should be adopted as an Icon in Sweden, so the non intelligentia can keep on saying "I love you, Mickey Mouse" to please Hillary Clinton and lakeys in her herd.

Posters like Anderson, Blue Crane and others, should stop posting. They have to leave the space to the cogitos, bcterry and similars.

themoron gives up! No more precise and clear facts, appreciated by many posters along the different threads. No more! Themoron will read first page news at The Local, informing how the African ants reproduce in Timbuktu by having consensual sex with Swedish ants.
23:30 August 28, 2012 by wakak
There is a great investigation on this case from ABC (Australian) TV 'Sex, Lies and Julian Assange'


46 mn more thrilling than Millenium!
10:41 August 30, 2012 by robban70226
And the news is??

That it was a fabricated bullshit story? That is well known...
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