By James D. Catlin
Sweden’s Public Prosecutor’s Office was embarrassed in August this year when they leaked to the media that they were seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in their own words there was “no evidence”.
The damage to Assange’s reputation is incalculable.
Three months on, and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seemed to be clear on their basis to proceed with a headline-grabbing international arrest warrant.
“If consensual sex that started out with the intention of condom use, and actual condom use ended up without condom, that’s rape.”
This is the basis for a recent revival of rape allegations 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.
Statements by the two female “victims” Sophia Wilén and Anna Ardin that there was no fear or violence would stop a rape charge in any western country dead in its tracks.
Rape is a crime of violence. Both women boasted of their of their respective celebrity conquests on internet posts and mobile phones texts after the intimacy they would now see him destroyed for.
Ardin hosted a party in Assange’s honour at her flat after the ‘crime’ and tweeted to her followers that she was with the “the world’s coolest smartest people, it’s amazing!”
Ardin has sought unsuccessfully to delete these and thereby destroy evidence of Assange’s innocence.
She has published on the internet a guide on how to get revenge on cheating boyfriends.
Their SMS texts to each other show a plan to contact the Swedish newspaper Expressen beforehand, in order to maximise the damage to Assange.
They belong to the same political group, and attended a public lecture given by Assange and organised by them.
The exact content of Sophia Wilén’s mobile phone texts is not yet known, but their bragging and generally positive content about Assange has been confirmed by Swedish prosecutors.
The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors.
Niether Wilén’s nor Ardin’s texts complain of rape.
These facts should make any normal prosecutor gravely concerned about whether a false complaint is being made.
But then neither Arden nor Wilén complained to the police. They collaboratively ‘sought advice’, a technique in Sweden enabling citizens to avoid being sued for making false complaints.
In any normal first world country, the prosecutor would know that her case is not just a deeply-flawed waste of time, but a dangerous perversion of the serious objectives of rape laws.
The womens’ lawyer Claes Borgström was questioned by the media as to how the women themselves could be contradicting the legal characterisation of Swedish prosecutors; a crime of non-consent by consent.
Borgström’s answer is emblematic of how divorced from reality this matter is: “They (the women) are not jurists”.
You need a law degree to know whether you have been raped or not in Sweden.
How the Swedish authorities propose to prosecute for victims who neither saw themselves as such, nor acted as such is easily answered: You’re not a Swedish lawyer, so you wouldn’t understand anyway.
Make no mistake: it is not Julian Assange that is on trial here, but Sweden and its reputation as a modern and model country with rules of law.
James D. Catlin is a Melbourne Barrister
From- The Courier Mail.
A point in question here is just how much pressure did the US Government put on the Swedes to draw up these charges and are the Swedish Prosecuters willing to make a mockery out of their own country and laws at the whim of the US Government?
What this also does is make a mockery of those of us who have been molestered and raped at the hands of monsters like I have. These two girls who it seems enjoyed their romp in the sack and did so willingly, it seems have no idea of the trauma of being raped and having your body violated and your mind distroyed for life.
At www.getup.com.au there was over $250,000 raised in 24 hours to be sent to Julian Assange for his legal case and there will be more than $2mil by the end of the week. I think the Swedes have backed themselves into a corner here when the reality of it is that Wikileaks is just a freedom of information publishing house, Just like The New York Times or any other publisher. Ask your self, who was prosecuted over “Watergate”. It seems publishing the truth is not acceptable to the US Government any more. Like one journalist put it: If any other publisher got the file in their mail box, on a cd or handed to them in a back ally, they would have published it too. G.D.
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