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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 09:58 AM

6. Shamir was neither the first nor the only one

to point out that Anna Ardin, the woman who let Assange stay in her apartment and jumped in bed with him the first day they met had written a thesis on Cuban opposition groups for which purpose she had contacted such groups over a longer period of time, in Cuba and in Miami. Some of these groups are known to have ties to the CIA, so not much of a mystery there. The thesis was and probably still is online, in the foreword Ardin relates all of this (except for the groups' CIA ties, which can be verified independently).

That Ardin sees herself as a feminist was also no secret as soon as she was outed on a Swedish blog. She had her own blog which was still online in the first days after the scandal broke, with some very telling contributions such as the one how to get back at a cheating lover by accusing him of rape, and other discussions about rape indicating she was very aware of the intricacies and supposed flaws of Swedish rape law. I have read all this stuff myself several days before Shamir reported on it. He happens to reside in Sweden and apparently speaks the language, so naturally he was in a better position than, say, other Counterpunch writers to research and read about the issue.

The grammar in your "the little lies" paragraph is a little confused, I assume you meant to say that some court "established" that Assange had "fled". Well, obviously he submitted to a police interview, was available after that for several weeks, made an early offer to be questioned by the prosecutor which was declined because allegedly some or other police officer had called in sick. Apparently, Assange later changed his mind about being available in Sweden for times on end. Wether he knew of the proposed interview date at this point or at any other point in time before he left can perhaps be "reasonably assumed", but has not been "established" as fact by any court. It is, frankly, a little ridiculous for the court to claim he "fled" when he in fact only travelled to another EU country and never made a secret of his whereabouts, a country which, as we have seen, has to comply with arrest orders by Swedish prosecutors via the European Arrest Warrant system.

He has consistently offered to be interviewed by the prosecutor, but only outside of Sweden because he reasonably fears political persecution once he is imprisoned in Sweden.

Hope this helps.

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