Setting aside that this is not Rape in the way Americans consider it.  It appears to be an accusation that Assange refused to have a sex test to check for VD and that "Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape."

When it comes to Assange rape case, the Swedes are making it up as they go along by Melbourne barrister James D. Catlin, who acted for Julian Assange in London in October.

Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

Firedoglake: Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group?

Anna Ardin (the official complainant) is often described by the media as a "leftist". She has ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups. She published her anti-Castro diatribes (see here and here) in the Swedish-language publication Revista de Asignaturas Cubanas put out by Misceláneas de Cuba. From Oslo, Professor Michael Seltzer points out that this periodical is the product of a well-financed anti-Castro organization in Sweden. He further notes that the group is connected with Union Liberal Cubana led by Carlos Alberto Montaner whose CIA ties were exposed here.

Appearing frequently on right wing tv in support of the coup in Honduras against Zelaya and the attempted coup in Ecuador against Correa.

Then there is Luis Posada Corriles who bragged about blowing up a Cuban airliner with 147 civilians aboard.

Note that Ardin was deported from Cuba for subversive activities. In Cuba she interacted with the feminist anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). This group receives US government funds and the convicted anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is a friend and supporter.  Wikipedia quotes Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo as saying that "the so-called Ladies in White defend the terrorism of the United States."

Posada Carriles and the Ladies in White, "Friends Forever"  By José Pertierra

The president of Rescate Jurídico is no more and no less than Santiago Alvarez Fernández-Magriña.  An extremely close friend and Luis Posada Carriles’ financial sponsor, Alvarez was the person who brought Posada to the United States on his boat, the Santrina, according to documents from the U.S. District Attorney’s office.  A few weeks later, he organized the famous and shameful press conference for Posada Carriles who had up until that point been "hidden" in Miami.  Alvarez is also the same person who got one of his people to place two bombs in the Tropicana nightclub in Havana.  This conversation was recorded and exposed on Cuban television.

The most recent: Julian Assange: Wanted by the Empire, Dead or Alive  By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

Originally posted to jim d on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 05:38 PM PST.


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