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Sweden Says No Political Pressure Spurred Assange Arrest

Posted on Dec 9, 2010

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange makes a pre-arrest appearance at London’s Frontline Club.

Although the timing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest and proposed extradition to Sweden seemed a tad conspicuous, what with the site’s recent big release that angered and embarrassed several powers that be around the globe, Sweden is denying that political pressure played a part in his apprehension.

One Jonas Björk, correspondent for TV4, echoed the sentiment expressed by Sweden’s justice department: “I believe the politicians when they say they haven’t had any pressure from abroad,” he said Thursday.  —KA

The Guardian:

Swedish media and politicians have rejected speculation that political pressure from abroad was exerted on the country’s justice system to secure Julian Assange’s arrest and extradition. Martin Valfridsson, a spokesman for the Swedish minister of justice, Beatrice Ask, said yesterday the suggestion was “completely wrong”.

“As far as I know no such pressure has been put on Sweden,” he said.

Jonas Björk, a correspondent with the TV4 channel, said the idea that the original rape allegations were a part of a conspiracy to attack the WikiLeaks founder stretched credibility.

“For it to have been a honey-trap operation would have been so complicated that I can’t see how it could have been pulled off; if it was, then I tip my hat to the CIA,” he said.

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By fearnotruth, December 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

all nations being equal and
some more equal than others

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By gerard, December 11, 2010 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

Probably every nation in the world would deny that its actions were influenced by, or ordered by, any other nation.  It’s called “national pride” and the flack over the “leaks” reeks with that.  Truth be damned as long as we can keep our “reputation” and our “honor” unscathed. What WikiLeaks has done is to expose that phoney “honor” and “pride” for what it is—dishonest posturing and pretense in the name of “diplomacy” rather than honest dealing and mutual concern and open agreements.
  The rotten core of the entire apple is the universal acceptance of the idea that “they are dishonest, so we have to be dishonest, too.” The slightest move toward openess and honesty is construed as “betrayal” and “posing a risk to national security.”
  But—the fact is that, the dishonesty is the cause of much of the resulting INsecurity.

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By berniem, December 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment

OK, Sweden produces some great hockey players and is pretty good when it comes to human rights and gender equality. When it comes to gutsy politicians, however, I don’t see them near the top of the list when it comes to standing up to intergovernmental bullying. After all, weren’t they were the only non-allied Scandinavian country not invaded by Germany in 1940?

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By diamond, December 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

The simple fact is we don’t know what kind of deal America has done with Sweden. We don’t know what they’ve been promised for delivering Assange to the corporatocracy and their bought and paid for legal system. And we never will know unless someone leaks it to Wikileaks, the only information source that comes anywhere near telling the truth about anything.

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By SarcastiCanuck, December 10, 2010 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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Anyone know how to say ‘Bullshit’ in Swedish?

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By FRTothus, December 10, 2010 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

“Governments lie, and nothing they say should be
(IF Stone)

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By fearnotruth, December 10, 2010 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

RE: The Swedes are puppets.

quite so - but then so is every player…


There is little doubt that the primary purpose of Wikileaks has always been to
clear the way for an attack on Iran.  If one ignores what Zbigniew Brzezniski
calls “seeding” with “pointed intelligence,” what he says is proof Wikileaks is an
intelligence operation, the Wikileaks saga can be appreciated for drama alone. 
Would anyone be surprised to see Assange on Skating with the Stars? After all,
Bristol Palin had a very successful season on Dancing with the Stars and
Assange may actually be a less controversial figure.

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By markulyseas, December 10, 2010 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

Has anyone witnessed a faster international arrest warrant (without charges being framed) and extradition proceedings in a rape case? The Swedes have been sat upon by other governments so please spare us the holier than thou indignation. The Swedes are puppets.

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By glider, December 10, 2010 at 4:06 am Link to this comment

“As far as I know”

Sound f***ing authoritative doesn’t he?

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By Leefeller, December 10, 2010 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

This is all starting to read like one of those Swedish Novels I have been reading. 

How about those coinkydinks….A..!

Geeze, wish I was a politician…. so I could bone up on getting egg on my face!

If they worked this hard to get Osma Bin Laddy, maybe things could have been this keystone copish so we could be laughing about the wars instead of crying.

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By fearnotruth, December 10, 2010 at 2:37 am Link to this comment

next act, legend grows:

Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative

link is black-listed by TD - go to

By David Edwards
Monday, December 6th, 2010—3:43 pm

One of the women accusing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes
appears to have worked with a group that has connections to the US Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA).

James D. Catlin, a lawyer who recently represented Assange, said the sex
assault investigation into the WikiLeaks founder is based on claims he didn’t
use condoms during sex with two Swedish women.

Swedish prosecutors told AOL News last week that Assange was not wanted for
rape as has been reported, but for something called “sex by surprise” or
“unexpected sex.”

One accuser, Anna Ardin, may have “ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and
anti-communist groups,” according to Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett, writing
for CounterPunch.

While in Cuba, Ardin worked with the Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in
White), a feminist anti-Castro group.

Professor Michael Seltzer pointed out that the group is led by Carlos Alberto
Montaner who is reportedly connected to the CIA.

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By Calabashe, December 10, 2010 at 2:26 am Link to this comment

Sounds like a load of Svenska Shutbullah

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By mack894, December 10, 2010 at 12:25 am Link to this comment

Nobody believes this.  Nobody.

Interpol is recruited to post a Red Notice for a man who hasn’t been charged
with one thing, who is wanted for questioning.

He voluntarily turns himself in as soon as there is an arrest warrant—although
Interpol knew his location and could have come got him.

For being cooperative, even asking Swedish authorities for permission to leave
the country, he is denied bail—despite the number of resourceful people
available to post for him.

Right. No U.S. involvement.  This is all because 2 women wanted to screw him
and he obliged them…according to their tweets which they tried to delete (not
understanding how caches work).

Right. No U.S. involvement at all.  If the U.S. is not able to find a legitimate
charge for him, Sweden will treat him worse than Roman Polanski. 

Good thing Bill Clinton wasn’t sexually active in Sweden, isn’t it Hillary?

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By gerard, December 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment

If you search around a bit you find a lot of uncertainty about the charges of rape, the circumstances, the timing, the refusal to prosecute, the fact that Assange requested time to answer questions in Sweden before he left, but was not given opportunity, the statement that the women “did not want to ” prosecute, and the fact that he was given legal permission to leave Sweded before he went to Britain, etc. etc.

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By joentokyo, December 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Lögnare, lögnare, byxor brinner!

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By politicky, December 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

“Jonas Björk..said the idea that the original rape allegations
were a part of a conspiracy to attack the WikiLeaks founder
stretched credibility.”

Oh bollocks!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s accuser has ties to Cuban

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Cuban dissidents?  Jeeeez, the CIA hasn’t changed their effing
playbook since 1963, when are the ancient spooks going to
knock off their sh*t?

Oh, probably not if they think they can stop the release of
BANK documents. 

WikiLeaks to Reveal U.S. Bank Documents Next
By MELLY ALAZRAKI Posted 8:50 AM 11/30/10

See full article from DailyFinance:

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By PatrickHenry, December 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

I think Sweden will give him a fair shake.

They are not intimidated as easily, diplomatically, financially or militarily as some of other U.S. allies are.

I hope he makes it to trial and beyond.

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By Queenie, December 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

Complicated? Au contraire mon ami. When the truth about this comes out -AND IT WILL- Mr. Bjork will not just be tipping his hat, he will be sh*tting in it.

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