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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I don't know about his guilt in the "rape" case, but from what I read it was extremely sketchy at best, and considering the obvious motivation for others to pin it on him, I highly doubt that he actually did it.



    That's been kind of the unfortunate trend over the last decade or so. When major illegal and or objectionable acts are brought to light by reporters, the government simply goes after the reporters. It's easier than having to explain themselves to the public. I think it's a very dangerous trend.
    I'm reminded of the reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who blew the lid off of the Iran Contra scandal who was found in his apartment, shot in the head twice, and it was ruled suicide!
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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    'Swedish prosecutors have offered to travel to London to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over sex assault allegations.

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    A Swedish prosecutor explained the change of strategy by saying potential charges against Mr Assange would expire under the statute of limitations in August.'


    BBC News - Julian Assange case: Sweden U-turn on questioning


    I have no idea if he did it or not...my guess is the whole thing was overblown. But again, I do not know.
    Either way, I do feel for the guy being stuck in captivity for all this time for fear of becoming by deported to America.

    And I do think this guy is good for the world (outside of these charges).
    The whole case has become political big time. He did not rape anyone. Had he had sex with these women in any other country on the planet then there would be no case. But because it is in Sweden then there is laws that can make it a case if the prosecutor wants to.. and that is exactly what happened.

    Assange had sex with 2 women.. unprotected sex. This last part is the important part, because that is essentially illegal in Sweden, especially if the prosecutor thinks that he used some sort of "unlawful coercion".. being famous for example is enough. The women went to the police to get help tracking him down so he could be forced to get an STD screening. The police said they did not do that but the case was passed to the public prosecutor any ways. SHE, then opened up a case for rape and molestation against him. This case was later dropped, reopened and dropped and reopened again by various prosecutors. Assange was interviewed in Sweden and denied the accusations. Assanged applied for work and residence permission but was denied so he left Sweden. Now the Swedes claim that he left to avoid detention.. well that may be, but they did also deny him permission to be there.. so.. what is he to do.. stay illegally?

    Then after he left Sweden, the prosecutors wanted to interview him again for some reason and since he had left Sweden then they issued an European Arrest Warrant for him.. something that the system was NEVER designed for. The arrest warrant system was designed to get people extradited from country to country quickly provided that there was an actual crime to be charged with or they had run from a conviction. Assange had never been charged at the time.. but the Swedes still used the EAW to try to get him to Sweden for questioning.

    Now the kicker here is.. normal procedure is to go where the accused is, meaning that for such an interview the prosecutor would go to London and interview him.. what is happening now. That is normal.. happens all the time, but not in this case... strange no? It would have saved a hell of a lot of money for the UK and Sweden and Assange has always stated that he was willing to be interviewed in London.

    Then there is context. All this was happening just before, during and after Wikileaks. The government in Sweden was right wing and allied with the US. The prosecutors involved in the whole case were all females and most of them with political links to the ruling party. It smells a bit... yea it sounds a bit conspiracy theory like, but considering the facts of the case, that the women never accused him of rape, and the fact that the case had been dropped and reopened several times.. and a lot of other strange things, then .. well it does not smell right.
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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I will admit that I thought Assange seemed like he was being a tad paranoid about the deportation.

    However, America could have helped by saying publicly that they had no plans whatsoever to ask Sweden for deportation. And given America's recent history at grabbing people and sending them wherever they want without notice, I would be more then a little concerned were I Assange as well.
    Does this mean that when the US government makes public statements you believe them?

    I think somebody in the government DID say something to the effect that they had no schemes against Assange. In light of all I know about the government's mendacity, I don't blame Assange for a minute in being very cautious and skeptical.

    As I recall, the charges were once dropped by the first prosecutor, as there was not much to the charges. They were brought back again, with a new prosecutor. Suspicious indeed.

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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    You think so? My take would be that he had a real problem having committed rape (as defined in Sweden). That could have landed him in jail for a couple of years. But as far as I can tell, he had nothing much to fear from the US. Greenwald and the other reporters are all okay, from what I read.
    Assange made repeated statements that he feared for his life should he have to go to Sweden because he felt the Swedes would have extradited him to the US and face charges not of rape but of espionage and be thrown into a hole where no one would ever hear from him again. Its sort of the same situation Snowden faces if he returns as well.

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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    Does this mean that when the US government makes public statements you believe them?

    I think somebody in the government DID say something to the effect that they had no schemes against Assange. In light of all I know about the government's mendacity, I don't blame Assange for a minute in being very cautious and skeptical.

    As I recall, the charges were once dropped by the first prosecutor, as there was not much to the charges. They were brought back again, with a new prosecutor. Suspicious indeed.
    True, I would not believe them.

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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry David View Post
    Does this mean that when the US government makes public statements you believe them?

    I think somebody in the government DID say something to the effect that they had no schemes against Assange. In light of all I know about the government's mendacity, I don't blame Assange for a minute in being very cautious and skeptical.

    As I recall, the charges were once dropped by the first prosecutor, as there was not much to the charges. They were brought back again, with a new prosecutor. Suspicious indeed.
    It has been dropped several times and taken up several times by different prosecutors... it is beyond suspicious. And when you link this cases dates to the dates of Wikileaks releases you start to see a pattern of tit for tat (no pun intended) between wikileaks revelations and the rape case being bumped up and expanded. Might just be totally random, but one wonders if the two women involved were in fact honeypots..
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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    True, I would not believe them.
    Yeah, if there were too many public statements that he wouldn't be arrested here, then I suppose he'd shoot himself in the head twice.
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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    True, I would not believe them.
    I think that is rather general. And in its generality it is quite unknowlegeable.

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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Why would Assange believe any word that comes from the Obama administration? Obama's all out attack on whistleblowers in his two terms in office has been unprecedented and the word of the most transparent administration in the history of the republic can't be trusted. Better for Assange to stay put until there is a new President in office in two short years.

    Obama's abuse of the Espionage Act is modern-day McCarthyism | John Kiriakou | Comment is free | The Guardian
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    Re: Sweden U-turn on Assange questioning

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Why would Assange believe any word that comes from the Obama administration? Obama's all out attack on whistleblowers in his two terms in office has been unprecedented and the word of the most transparent administration in the history of the republic can't be trusted. Better for Assange to stay put until there is a new President in office in two short years.

    Obama's abuse of the Espionage Act is modern-day McCarthyism | John Kiriakou | Comment is free | The Guardian
    I would not think that in something like this even Obama would u turn. After all Assange is not a whistle blower. He is a reporter and to my knowledge broke no law.

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