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The report begins: "Anna Ardin, one of the two complainants in the rape and sexual assault case against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, has left Sweden, and may have ceased actively cooperating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer, sources in Sweden told Crikey today."

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder. (photo: Carmen Valino/Guardian)
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder. (photo: Carmen Valino/Guardian)

Petition in Support of Julian Assange

Also See:
WikiLeaks' Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/wikileaks
WikiLeaks' Support Page: http://wikileaks.ch/support.html
Lieberman Attacks New York Times Over WikiLeaks Documents: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-joe-lieberman-new-york-times-investigated

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+4 # othermother 2010-12-11 03:28
The public prosecutor in Stockholm found there was no case to answer. A second prosecutor in another jurisdiction issued the faulty first international arrest warrant. I do not expect that Britain will refuse to extradite, since technicalities such as where a man with no fixed address resides are used to deny bail and further to criminalise lack of a fixed address. Is his legal address now HM Prison Wandsworth?
 
 
+9 # Charybdis 2010-12-11 05:24
Two observations:
1) Read prof. Stephen M. Walt´s blog entry of Dec 10, "Should Bob Woodward be arrested?", http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/
Bob Woodward has reported many very dark secrets from the American archives, yet he is generally praised just about everywhere in the U.S.
2) The Swedish expression about VISA and Mastercard means "get your act together!"

And as a Swedish citizen, I am amazed to what degree Swedish authorities are eager to play the game of Uncle Sam. If Julian Assange is transferred to Sweden for trial, no doubt he will be "renditioned" to the U.S.A., unless completely acquitted.
 
 
+31 # Ralph Averill 2010-12-11 05:35
I don't understand how a person who turns himself in to authorities can be considered a flight risk. If he wanted to flee, he would have fled. If he wanted to hide, he would be hidden. I just hope the US gov't. agents now dedicated to somehow, some way, getting their hands on Assange understand that the worst thing that can happen, from their point of view, is for Assange to become a martyr.
 
 
+8 # othermother 2010-12-11 11:31
He's not a flight risk. He was denied bail on the technical requirement that he should have a fixed home address. He's at a disadvantage as a nomad. Giving his previous Swedish or Australian addresses is treated as misrepresentati on and bail is denied. If someone buys him a flat outside London and thereby provides an address, I'm sure other ways would be found to deny bail.
 
 
+20 # Merschrod 2010-12-11 06:23
Whoa, the case and all of its details is covering up a very interesting personality -not Assange, but just who is Anne Ardin? All of a sudden her activism all over the place makes her look like an agent. And not a change agent for the goals of the organiations where she has been embedded.
 
 
-2 # MJ Creech 2010-12-11 23:07
yup it struck me before I read any other opinions that Ardin is a plant or an agent. Didn't her tweet say Fundy Christian AND a Muslim lover? Well ok, but a stretch.
 
 
-2 # MJ Creech 2010-12-11 23:10
Re: previous comment by me:
oh wait, that's what she was commenting on that they said ABOUT her. My mistake, though if they said it, it could have some basis in the persona she projected.
 
 
+15 # Glen 2010-12-11 06:28
And, Ralph, one must ask how it is Assange can be held without charges being brought and a witness missing? It appears Assange is aready a bit of a martyr by being so obviously persecuted.
 
 
+9 # othermother 2010-12-11 11:34
Given the pathetic difficulty of getting UK police to take threats against women seriously or to follow up reports of rape, extraditing Assange because he's wanted for 'questioning' is a sour laugh.
 
 
+11 # genierae 2010-12-11 09:41
I think that the powers that be have underestimated Julian Assange's support network, and now their plans for him are going awry. In the meantime, the truth that those classified cables were trying to hide, is doing its good work shining the light on many dark deeds. If WikiLeaks continues its work, black-ops may one day be a thing of the past.
 
 
+8 # Linda Schade 2010-12-11 09:46
We're organizing to push against US extradition efforts with this petition which has Naomi Wolf and other prominent signers:

go to: www.WikiLeaksisDemocracy.org to support Assange and WikiLeaks.
 
 
+7 # Polly 2010-12-11 11:31
Seems kinda ridiculous to me. Since when does Inter-Pol get involved in flimsy cases where there aren't even actual criminal charges filed?
If you're going to file espionage or some serious charges regarding Wikileaks that's one thing...but this degrades everyone involved.
 
 
-17 # Polly 2010-12-11 11:37
I'm not so sure I like what Wikileaks did. I certainly question their moral ground. This diplomatic leak, unlike the war crimes leak, has only ampped up suspicion, hostility among enemies and friends and war could even result considering the lunatics that a running countries like Iran and North Korea.

I don't think it has served a very good purpose.

While I don't question Wikileaks right to release such things....I do question their judgment.
 
 
+1 # Ellen Simer 2010-12-15 11:30
"Leaking" is an old and all-too-frequen tly dubious tradition where the "powerful" intend to reveal or manage the news in their own interests. But leaking also has its honorable side - Daniel Elsworth and the "Pentagon Papers" - published by the New York Times during the Vietnam War, for example.
 
 
+7 # TruthBuster 2010-12-11 12:56
Hi Polly,

I think that people in governance need to share the data they base their decisions on with the population they govern.

The 9/11 commission recommended such a network of sharing information between branches of intelligence, military, and civilians. That network is where prvate Manning downloaded the data he sent to WikiLeaks. Colin Powell and the US army are credited for it's existance which 2 million people plus had access to. Not very top secret.

Privacy for individuals and transparency of governing personnel activities. That alone could prevent future wars, which are often sold on lies.

Secrets are for people that are doing something wrong.

When we tell the truth we never have to remember what we said.

Lies often are repeated as contridicting themselves.

Make it a good day!
 
 
+5 # María Eugenia Sáez 2010-12-11 13:21
the case of the leaking wikipenis
 
 
+9 # Archie1954 2010-12-11 13:46
The author has hit it on the head when he says the whole thing is a stalling tactic on the part of a US/Sweden conspiracy. My question is why would Sweden participate in such corrupt collusion with a known rogue nation? I can't see anything in it for Sweden.
 
 
+8 # Pikewich 2010-12-11 14:30
Judging by the content of some of cablegate releases, the Swedish authorities are probably being bullied into this position, much to their disgrace.
 
 
+1 # giraffe 2010-12-13 03:00
money
 
 
+7 # Nelson Valderrama 2010-12-11 19:32
This case has the CIA sleazeball enterprise written all over it.
 
 
+3 # StPete 2010-12-12 21:16
I can't wait to learn how much these girls were paid to play along with this BS, which likely will cause them a lifetime of embarrassment and ostracism. Hope it was worth it.
 
 
+2 # Glen 2010-12-13 18:45
Rather like Monica Lewinski. A major set-up on Bill Clinton. Sure, he was, in private life, a real sleaze, but he was definitely set up to help secure the 2000 election of George W.
 
 
+1 # othermother 2010-12-15 05:55
Quoting StPete:
I can't wait to learn how much these girls were paid to play along with this BS, which likely will cause them a lifetime of embarrassment and ostracism. Hope it was worth it.

St Pete, why assume they were bought? And by the way, they're women, not children. More likely it's an opportunistic use by the authorities of an effort to get Assange to take tests following unprotected sex. The only way they could get police help to do this, if Assange wasn't making himself available, would be to suggest that some offense had occurred. And charges weren't filed, were they? 'Wanted for questioning' is a ludicrous reason for a warrant unless the questions are medical. Of course, a sample could be taken wherever Assange is, so if
one plaintiff has 'stopped cooperating' it's probably from disgust at how a reasonable demand is being used for political persecution.
 
 
+3 # giraffe 2010-12-13 03:09
To go to this much trouble - the USA must know that something really bad will be leaked --- and some of the answers to why the USA (and Europe)are going broke except those who are very wealthy who are accumulating large bundles of $$.

-- including how "they" (hope their names are also available) plan on completing the rape of the ordinary citizen around the world.

-- The Righties on the United States Supreme Court are involved for sure -- 1) they GAVE the 2000 election to Bush (changed the LAW to do it -- then put the LAW back the way it was) and their decision to allow corporations to "buy our government" -- Their rational does not comport with the constitution -- guaranteed to protect my "liberty" - He is a martyr and it won't take 100 years for the world to see it. It is now
 
 
+1 # Anne Britton 2010-12-13 14:14
The real strategy here is to get Assange to Sweden where the government will defer prosecution on the rape charges and hand him over to the U.S. for prosecution on espionage charges (or whatever Eric Holder can drum up). We'll see if the U.K. has any guts and decline extradition, but I doubt it.
 
 
+2 # LawrenceEfana 2010-12-13 15:48
We have to dare to think that Assange and Wikileaks do democracy an unusually good service. Criminal charges and arrest will not help on the long run. Rather it is time to review secrecy and classification laws, especially where there are too many proliferating arms of the intelligence. And it connects well with the Australian foreign minister's comment on the issue. Last but not least politics in all its forms has to be more sensitive to morals to alleviate people with sensitive information from torments because of their conscience - something for diplomacy to closely rethink in a new rapidly changing world of multiple unfulfilled dreams of a new world social, economic and political order.
 
 
+2 # JanisL 2010-12-14 11:17
Swedish government--get YOUR act together and STOP cooperating with the evil, illicit remnants present in the U.S. intel agencies from the rogue Bush operation!! You don't owe those cur dogs anything. Disengage yourselves from this dirty business, maintain your national integtrity! The human rights crimes the U.S. is guilty of over the last 8 years will be prosecuted--in time. Don't make yourselves their accomplices! Assange is providing a legitimate journalist's service of outing those U.S. military's human rights violations/viol ations of two nations' sovereignty by invasion and occupation and resulting coverup of same! U.S. citizens have an inherent right to this info prescribed in the open, democratic government set up by the founders of this country!
 
 
+1 # mona 2010-12-14 15:29
Great now I hope the other lady will stop pressing charges too.
 

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