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On the Rape Charges of Julian Assange

From Counterpunch:

Swedish bloggers uncovered the full story in a few hours. The complaint was lodged by a radical feminist Anna Ardin, 30, a one-time intern in the Swedish Foreign Service. She’s spokeswoman for Broderskapsrörelsen, the liberation theology-like Christian organization affiliated with Sweden's Social Democratic Party. She had invited Julian Assange to a crayfish party, and they had enjoyed some quality time together. When Ardin discovered that Julian shared a similar experience with a 20-year-old woman a day or two later, she obtained the younger woman’s cooperation in declaring before the police that changing partners in so rapid a manner constituted a sort of deceit. And deceit is a sort of rape. The prosecutor immediately issued an arrest warrant, and the press was duly notified. Once the facts were examined in the cold light of day, the charge of rape seemed ludicrous and was immediately dropped. In the meantime the younger woman, perhaps realizing how she had been used, withdrew her report, leaving the vengeful Anna Ardin standing alone.


There's a conspiracy theory to go with it and the writers make unfortunate references to the Matrix, but it's still the first I've read of the actual charges.

Now, I want it to be understood that I do not know either way if the rape charge is true or not, but I cannot help but notice the convenience of the charge and the way it was first dropped then reapplied. Also, none of the local news outlets are providing any details.

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jack_ryder
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Some comments on Stross's piece take issue with this representation as it's basically the scenario put forward by Assange's defence lawyer.

I doubt we'll ever really know the truth (which is kind of ironic) but the time is definitely suspect.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
it's entirely possible that there's more to it, but since no attempt to present both sides of the charges are being made, it's good to link round this other one too.
jack_ryder
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
My suspicion is that Assange has become a stalking horse (thanks murasaki_1966 and that Wikileaks will carry on regardless. It's been removed from the US DNS server (so the media are reporting the site as "down") but people are circulating the direct ip on twitter. Regardless of the truth of the rape allegations, there may be a critical mass now of Wikileak supporters.

And then, of course, there's always the insurance file.

The truth (whatever that is) will out eventually.
nick_kaufmann
Dec. 3rd, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, radical feminists who cry rape at the drop of a hat in order to keep good men down. There's a stereotype the world could use more of! It's going to take a lot to make me believe this version of events.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
but don't you find the charges somewhat suspect, whatever they are? i mean, given the timing and all.
nick_kaufmann
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's perfectly legit to be on the side of freedom and transparency and still wonder if maybe Assange is an asshole, or if he at the very least did something questionable that left him open to these charges. Just because I see the benefit of something like Wikileaks in helping society ostensibly become more just through the sharing of information doesn't mean Assange could not possibly have done something wrong regarding these women.
benpeek
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
well, no, that's not what i'm suggesting, though. he could be an asshole. in fact, he comes across as a concieted bastard for the most part in his interviews, but that's neither here nor there. but there is someting questionable about these charges, i think: it's in the timing of them, and in the fact that after they were first pressed, they were dropped shortly after, only to be reinstated. and when was the last time you heard of an interpol red alert for rape charges?

truthfully, we'll probably not know the truth about the charges for some time, but they are, i think, questionable given what else has happened.
nick_kaufmann
Dec. 3rd, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
The timing is definitely questionable, but the truth is, we don't know him, or the two women involved in the case. To blindly defend him would be a mistake, just as blindly condemning him would be.
ataxi
Dec. 3rd, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Supposing the worst of Assange, it's still interesting to think that there's probably someone who has done something at least as bad, about whose actions the Swedish authorities know at least as much, who is not being pursued at all.

As far as WikiLeaks is concerned, I'm not sure whether it really matters - I suspect the organisation will survive, probably thrive even if Assange is arrested and sentenced.
ironed_orchid
Dec. 4th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Honestly, I have no idea whether he raped anyone or not, but I don't think that Wikileaks raped anyone, because it's not a person.

As for the rape allegations, I'm waiting until someone actually presses charges, rather than wanting him for questioning. Because I don't actually think they will take it to court without a strong case.

I certainly don't think that being a public figure who is seen to be on the side of truth and justice etc. ever stopped anyone from raping women before.



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