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  •  When I click on your link it says... (7+ / 0-)

    If this error doesn't make sense to you, please submit this error message to the helpdesk.

    Can't call method "url" on an undefined value at /www/dk4-perl/current/lib/ScoopDK/Controller/ line 31.

    So care to write the blog-post here, so that I can read it?

    If not here is where people can read about this story:

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has made his first public appearance in two months and addressed a crowd of supporters that had gathered from inside the embassy. He thanked his supporters and especially the Ecuadorian government for granting him political asylum.

    Assange in his speech urged the United States to 'end its witch hunt' against WikiLeaks. He also called for the release of US soldier Private Bradley Manning who is charged with leaking classified information from Iraq to WikiLeaks. Manning has been in custody since May 2010.

    Citing the recent jailing of punk rock band Pussy Riot in Russia for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said, "There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity in the response."

    Or here:

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  •  "How WikiLeaks Blew It", (4+ / 0-)
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    good article in Foreign Policy, here.

    How did an organization that once touted itself as the future of journalism -- and for a time seemed to have a credible case for the claim -- devolve into one man's soap opera? If one looks back, several key tactical errors landed WikiLeaks in its current predicament.

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 09:38:09 PM PDT

    •  until he answers the legal charges of rape (9+ / 0-)

      made against him by multiple women, his "statements" are meaningless.

      •  He hasn't been charged with anything (6+ / 0-)

        Not only that, the whole sex thing is about him not wearing a condom and those two women wanting him to take an STD test.

        He's wanted for questioning, something that could easily have been accomplished without the police arresting him in another country.

        "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

        by Crider on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:22:27 PM PDT

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        •  I take it you've never bothered (6+ / 0-)
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          to read the court ruling, or you would have realized that charges can't be filed in absentia and the whole point is to take him in for questioning with intent to prosecute.

          And your depiction of the accusations is not only wrong, but horribly insulting.  I only hope that you simply don't know any better rather than are deliberately trying to spin trying to pry one woman's legs open and waiting until another fell asleep in order to fuck her in ways that she wouldn't let him do while conscious as being "about him not wearing a condom".

      •  I suggest you read this... (4+ / 0-)

        ...investigative report by the independent Nordic News Network before spouting any more nonsense:


        This has become a perfect example how the Left can be manipulated & led through the nose.

        OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, is now available on Amazon US

        by Lupin on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:30:00 AM PDT

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        •  From your pdf link: timeline of events... (2+ / 0-)
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          I've posted the entire timeline because the PDF is 57 pages, and this seems to be within fair use limits.

          Sequence of Events
          Important events and developments relating to
          the Swedish prosecutor’s case against Julian Assange

          13 August 2010
          Anna Ardin returns a day early to her Stockholm flat, which she has lent to Julian Assange in connection with a seminar. He offers to find other lodgings, but she invites him to stay. That night they engage in a lengthy session of consensual sex, during which she utters not a word of objection or dissatisfaction.

          14 August 2010
          Assange is the principal speaker at the seminar; Anna Ardin plays a key supporting role. Assange spends the afternoon with Sofia Wilén, during which they engage in heavy petting and agree to meet again. That evening, Anna Ardin arranges a crayfish party in Assange’s honour and expresses great delight at the company she is keeping.
          Alternative lodgings are offered to Assange, but Ms. Ardin invites him to continue residing at her flat.

          15 August 2010
          At a meeting on the future activities of WikiLeaks in Sweden, Anna Ardin serves as Assange’s press secretary.

          16 August 2010
          Assange accompanies Sofia Wilén to her flat in the town of Enköping. He wears a condom during several consensual acts of sexual intercourse. Then he penetrates her once without a condom. She warns that he’d “better not have HIV” but lets him con-
          tinue without objection. They part on apparently friendly terms and agree to meet again.

          17-18 August 2010
          Sofia Wilén becomes increasingly anxious about the risk of infection due to the one act of unprotected intercourse with Assange, but is unable to contact him.

          19 August 2010
          Sofia Wilén phones Anna Ardin to seek assistance in contacting Assange. It is not clear what they discussed with each other or with Assange. Ms. Ardin asks Assange to move out of her flat, which he does the following morning.

          20 August 2010
          Accompanied by Anna Ardin, Sofia Wilén visits a Stockholm police station — by their own account, for the limited purpose of obtaining assistance in compelling Assange to take an HIV test. Ms. Wilén is interviewed by a police officer who is a friend and political ally of Ms. Ardin. On the basis of very little information, including what appears to be a decisive utterance by Ms. Ardin, prosecutor #1 decides to arrest Assange in absentia on suspicion of rape and other sex crimes. When Ms. Wilén is informed of that decision, she is unable


          to continue the interview and leaves without approving the written account of it. News of the warrant is leaked to a Swedish tabloid and, within hours, global media are full of articles and headlines linking Assange’s name to the word “rape”.

          21 August 2010
          Less than one full day after the arrest warrant is issued, it is revoked by prosecutor #2 who finds that there are no grounds for suspicion of rape or any other sex crime. Anna Ardin is interviewed by the police via telephone, and gives an account of her sexual encounter with Assange on 13 August which differs from what she has previ-
          ously told friends. Now, she says that she was the victim of a sexual assault, during which Assange is said to have destroyed a condom and duped her into having unprotected sex. But the “used” condom she subsequently provides as evidence turns out to be unused, and therefore could not have been destroyed in the manner that she claimed.

          23 August 2010
          The police officer who interviewed Sofia Wilén on August 20th is ordered by a superior to alter the protocol (written summary), which has still not been approved by Ms. Wilén.

          24 August 2010
          A politician-lawyer named Claes Borgström, who is in the midst of an election campaign and who is struggling to restore a tarnished legal reputation, becomes the publicly financed representative of Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilén. He immediately accuses Assange of sex crimes, cowardice, etc., in a “trial by media” that has continued
          for 17 months.

          30 August 2010
          Julian Assange is finally interviewed for the first time, after a delay of ten days that violates police guidelines which call for rapid investigation. As specified by prosecutor #2, the interview is supposed to concern the one remaining suspected crime of non-sexual molestation. But the police interviewer chooses instead to focus on Assange’s sexual relations with Anna Ardin, especially her story about the broken condom (see 21 August).

          1 September 2010
          At the urging of Claes Borgström (see 24 August), the original case is reopened by prosecutor #3, Marianne Ny. Assange is now once again suspected of rape and other sex crimes, the precise details of which are not made known to him until mid-November. In
          the months to follow, Ms. Ny will violate her own guidelines on the proper investigation of such cases.

          21 August – 27 September 2010
          Since first learning of the accusations against him from news media, Assange has voluntarily remained in Sweden and made himself available to the police and prosecutor. Through his attorney, he has made repeated attempts to be interviewed by prosecutor Ny or her agents, but she has rejected all proposals. Finally, after five weeks
          and having secured Ms. Ny’s consent, Assange departs for Germany and then England. On the same day, Ms. Ny issues a secret warrant for Assange’s arrest.

          October 2010
          Assange continues to make himself available for an interview by prosecutor Ny, offering to return to Sweden for that purpose or to be interviewed in England, in person or via video link or other telecommunications. All such proposals are rejected by Ms. Ny.
          Threats from leading figures in the United States against Assange’s life and freedom escalate in response to the continuing disclosures of WikiLeaks.



          20 November 2010
          Prosecutor Ny issues a European Arrest Warrant for Assange and authorizes an Interpol Red Notice concerning him. In doing so, she ignores the less drastic alternative of arranging to interview him via Mutual Legal Assistance, an established mechanism for international co-operation. Ms. Ny states that it is not possible under Swedish law to interview him in England. That is an outright lie; there is no such law.

          7 December 2010
          Having announced his intention to resist extradition to Sweden, Assange turns himself into a London police station and for the first time gets to read a detailed description in his native tongue of the accusations against him. They turn out to be false and distorted
          accounts of his consensual sexual encounters with Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilén. The most serious accusation is that he raped Ms. Wilén by penetrating her while she “due to sleep, was in a helpless state”. In fact, she was sufficiently awake to converse with Assange and indicate her consent (see 16 August). At prosecutor Ny’s request, Assange is jailed pending an extradition hearing. He is placed in solitary confinement with limited access to his lawyers, television, the library, telephones and the Internet.

          16 December 2010
          Assange wins an appeal to be released from confinement while waiting for the February hearing. But the conditions imposed are unusually restrictive: Assange must observe a 10:00 p.m. curfew, report to a local police station every day and constantly wear an
          electronic ankle bracelet.

          24 February 2011
          Howard Riddle, a hostile judge, rejects Assange’s appeal against the European Arrest Warrant and extradition to Sweden. It was Judge Riddle who had jailed Assange the previous December.

          2 November 2011
          The U.K. High Court rejects Assange’s appeal of Judge Riddle’s ruling, based on a hearing conducted on 12-13 July.

          16 December 2011
          The U.K. Supreme Court grants an appeal on one point of law concerning the European Arrest Warrant. The hearing is scheduled for 1-2 February 2012.

          11 January 2012
          Assange 400th day of house arrest under the conditions noted above (16 December).

          1–2 February 2012
          Supreme Court extradition hearing. The issue to be decided is whether or not a prosecutor may be regarded as an independent and impartial “judicial authority”, and thereby qualified to issue a European Arrest Warrant. Ruling expected within weeks.

          'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

          by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 01:20:27 AM PDT

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          •  The timeline is written by Al Burke (2+ / 0-)
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            who has a blog called "Support Julian Assange".  NNN has a bias.  

            That the "timeline" has a bias is clear in the use of prejudicial conclusive adjectives, not used in simple recitation of facts.    

            Good men do bad things and lie about it.  This includes Bill Clinton, John Edwards,and others.  Both denied it, and had supporters who called the women "liars", and the facts "trumped up."  

            If a man penetrates a woman or a man, who has clearly made her or his request for a condom certain, without a condom, first, that's not consensual before the act of f*ing her or him.  If you engage in this behavior, if you approve of this behavior, I'd suggest you are begging for trouble, hat or not.

            Assange needs to face the women who accuse him.  

            "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

            by Uncle Moji on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:18:11 AM PDT

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            •  Not even to mention... (4+ / 0-)
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              waiting until a woman is asleep in order to work around her expressed refusal to engage in unprotected sex (something she had never done in her life, even with her previous multi-year boyfriend).

              The charges are serious, and it's really damned insulting to hear people try to play them down by only mentioning the aspects that aren't horribly damning to Julian.

            •  For the sake of "balance", please post a timeline (0+ / 0-)

              more to your liking.

              'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

              by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:44:06 AM PDT

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              •  I am not the one who cited the timeline (0+ / 0-)

                ad nauseam. I simply noted WHO wrote the timeline you cited.  

                I simply ask that Assange face the charges against him, which are sexual offenses.  He can make his case in court, with or without the supporting work of Mr Burke.  I am sure he will have no trouble finding an expert attorney to represent him.  And perhaps he will be found innocent, or found guilty.

                I do not know what happened to those heroes of the past who had the moral fortitude, the courage of their convictions, to face charges against them (false or true), rather than take the cowards turn and attack and malign the women who accuse him, and then run and hide in the embrace of a repressive country.

                Yes, I do find it curious that Mr Assange chooses to accept the offer of the Ecuadorean government to hide from his sexual offense accusers, in this country known for its suppression of its own free press, a government that jails reporters, and shuts down media.  So much for a free press advocate.

                I separate Mr Assange from young Mr Manning.  Mr Assange has shown himself to be self-serving, cowardly, and hypocritical.  Mr Manning, at least, has honor.

                You pick the person you believe best represents your principles, the noble principles of transparency, honesty, and the necessity of a free press in a democracy - one free from government repression.  Hint:  it's not Mr Assange.

                "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

                by Uncle Moji on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:28:48 PM PDT

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                •  And I simply asked you to post a timeline... (0+ / 0-)

                  with language more to your liking.

                  If you can't find one, why don't you rewrite the one above, using language you would use.

                  'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

                  by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 06:28:12 PM PDT

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                  •  You mean like Mr Burke re-wrote the facts to suit (0+ / 0-)

                    his conclusions, those "facts" that you cite as your proof?  

                    You are clearly believe (zounds!) that "re-writing" facts passes as actual facts.

                    It may work in your biosphere, but for me, it doesn't pass the stink test.  

                    Have a fabulous day!

                    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

                    by Uncle Moji on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 06:44:43 PM PDT

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                    •  I didn't ask you to rewrite facts. You seem to (0+ / 0-)

                      think that the person who wrote the timeline is biased towards Assange.

                      I asked you to reproduce a timeline which would meet your standards of balance. It appears that you can't or won't.

                      'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

                      by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 09:03:10 PM PDT

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                      •  I "think" Mr Burke who has a blog (0+ / 0-)

                        supporting Mr Assange is "biased" toward Mr Assange?  Again, you play with words like Mr Burke does.  You and Mr Burke and Mr Assange do a disservice to what freedom of the press, what a truth means by playing with words to suit your point of view.

                        If you wonder why Mr Assange, who went from a "righteous" person to a "coward" in my book, has lost any support he had from me, it's because of his arrogant and disingenuous response to these personal claims of sexual crimes, an arrogance and tin ear you reflect.  The more and more you talk, the worse and worse it gets.  And you still don't get that.  Tin meet ear.  

                        "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

                        by Uncle Moji on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:53:27 AM PDT

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                        •  Dude, now I'm like Assange? All I did was post... (0+ / 0-)

                          a timeline as a service to those who couldn't or didn't want to get the PDF.

                          That escalated quickly, didn't it?

                          If you wonder why Mr Assange, who went from a "righteous" person to a "coward" in my book, has lost any support he had from me, it's because of his arrogant and disingenuous response to these personal claims of sexual crimes, an arrogance and tin ear you reflect.  
                          This is what the 'powers that be' wanted to happen.

                          Don't you ever wonder why we are talking about the alleged rape rather than the war crimes which Assange and Wikileaks exposed?

                          You have been played like a cheap guitar... badly.

                          Good day to you.

                          'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

                          by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:28:57 AM PDT

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          •  About three quarters of what is written there... (1+ / 0-)
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            is false, as a quick reading of the UK court statement reveals.  In fact, some of it is particularly egregious on the part of assange's defense team - Assange's lawyer, Mr. Hurtig, is lucky he didn't get slapped with perjury and witness tampering charges over the "Ms. Ny didn't try to interview him and approved him to leave" claims, since it was proven that he actually did know that she was trying to take him into custody - yet he continued to tell the lie to not just the general public, but the defense witnesses.

            Could you please step out of the echo chamber for once?

            And to reiterate what was written just above: the most egregious lies to me are the downplaying of what happened with Wilén.  What isn't in dispute by anyone: when she went to sleep, he had been continuously trying to have unprotected sex with her, and she was only allowing protected sex (she had never had unprotected sex in her life; even her previous multi-year boyfriend has testified about how this was inconceivable to her).  They ultimately had protected sex once, which Assange was unhappy about.  She went to sleep.  

            Her statement then continues about how she woke up to find him having sex with her.  She asked "what are you wearing".  He responded "only you".  THEN she responded "you better not have HIV".  She felt it was already too late to stop him so she didn't fight.  Afterwards, yes, she fixed him breakfast and helped him on his way (same sort of crap I did when I was raped - took his phone number, let him walk me back to my car, waited while he peed on the street, etc - you might want to learn about something called "shock" and "not having yet come to grips with what happened" rather than relying on Hollywood for your date-rape scenarios).  Then she got back home and had a right proper freakout, called into work sick, and called several friends in a panic.  Long before there was any prospect of a trial, she told her friends the exact same thing (which is in their sworn testimony) - that she had woken up with Assange inside of her, unprotected.

            The only part of this which Assange and his defense team has disputed so far is to claim that she was only "half asleep".  As if that'd be oh-so-fucking-much better if even true (which contradicts not only Wilén's testimony, but that of the people she called).  

            To me, the most telling part of the testimony was what she'd told her ex-boyfriend on the phone right after it happened:

            H said he had a relationship with Sofia for two and one half years. They lived together for the last year of this relationship. H said that for Sofia it was very important they always used condoms. Partly for the risk of infection and partly to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

            H said the question of infection was a central one for Sofia and before they had sex the first time, they'd tested themselves and then read each other's test results. During the subsequent two and one half years they never had sex without a condom. This was completely unthinkable for Sofia. H said 'that was the agreement'. He said that what he knew, Sofia had never had sex with anyone without a condom.

            H said he found out what happened when Sofia sent him an SMS message and asked if she could ring him. He was a little confused as they'd not had contact for several months. When Sofia rang she asked straight away what H thought of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. He told her the WikiLeaks website seemed good.

            Then Sofia said she'd been raped by Julian Assange by virtue of his initiating sex with her whilst she was asleep and not using a condom. Sofia told him she asked Assange if he was wearing anything. Assange was to have then answered 'yes - you'.

            The chief interrogator asked H how Sofia reacted to this.

            H said Sofia told him she'd been Shocked [sic] and not known what to do. H said that considering Sofia's determined opinion about condoms when having sex, he can imagine she was very shocked and very afraid. He knows how important it is for Sofia that condoms always be used when she's having sex.

            Sofia told H that she couldn't understand how a representative of WikiLeaks who does so much good could have so little respect for another human being.

            The "why?" and "I just can't understand..." are probably the single most pronounced aspect of the immediate aftermath of date rape.  Because you start out not only seeing the person as another human being, but a person you actually have interest in.  And you just can't understand how another person, a person you thought was a good person, can totally ignore your express refusal to consent to something, even while acting all nice and friendly to you while doing so.  You obsess over trying to figure out how this could have happened because, it feels, if you don't understand it, it's just going to happen again later.
  •  dKos, the "reality-based community" (6+ / 0-)

    where Assange's statement today is buried at midnight, where virtually no one talks about it, where the idea of whistle blowing is frowned on.

    In other words, this is not at all, in any form, reality-based anymore. The elections, the campaign, the administration, has made it bad form to discuss policy or to have ideals.

  •  diary (4+ / 0-)

    A one sentence diary and with a broken link. (I was able to fix it and find the page.)

    That's okay dcampbell. I have tipped you anyway because I am glad to have had this speech called to my attention. Thanks.

    Just Win, Baby. -- Al Rodgers, Feb. 24, 2012

    by OLinda on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:33:03 PM PDT

  •  Anecdotically... (0+ / 0-)

    ...our local rag here (in the South of France) this morning blithely equated Assange's protestations with the Russian Pussy Rag scandal.

    It is sad to see that in the view of the world, Obama has become like Putin.


    by Lupin on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:33:14 AM PDT

  •  I don't understand why Sweden doesn't simply (1+ / 0-)
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    give him in writing, bound assurances that no matter the outcome of his going back there to be investigated and perhaps face trial for the alleged sexual attacks (or whatever it is they call them in Sweden, since they apparently don't refer to it as rape), that he will not be extradited to the US while in their country.

    I know it's not usual procedure, but it would save them a ton of drama and a lot of money, as well as denying Assange all of the extra attention and ability to play martyr.  They could stop screwing around and wasting all sorts of manpower and simply get their justice system doing what it's supposed to.

    •  B/c countries can't do that. If there is an (0+ / 0-)

      extradition request for Assange, Sweden is bound by the treaty to consider it. Just like Britain considered Swedish extradition request. They don't have to approve it, of course.

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