Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
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.
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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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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