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I do not think this was a honey trap but I do think that having rough sex with Anna Ardin and then humiliating her, when she is a friend of a friend of Marianne Ny who is a specialist in the development of sex crime law has had its consequences. I don't think the US made it happen but they ore ready to take advantage of the situation if they can. Given the US's flagerent abuse of human rights lets try to "Keep Sweden Swedish".

Introduction

Last updated 18th January. Green text is new additions. Red text will be deleted.

This timeline was sourced from;
  1. The Australian online magazine Crikey, in which Guy Rundle sets out a summary of Julian Assange's trip to Sweden taken from the public record. The timeline has been prepared from public sources in English and Swedish media, and from first-person interviews by Guy Rundle."
  2. The Guardian 10 days in Sweden: the full allegations against Julian Assange
  3. I have added and edited material to clarify certain points and added some events or quotes from other sources inserting links to those sources in all cases, I hope.
So its a bit of a mess and a few things are said twice but better then not at all perhaps. To summarise if what is reported here is true the seeming conclusion so far is, Julian Assange isn't vary considerate to women who worship him and get close or perhaps “even WikiLeaks heroes can do crappy things”. Rape? Can a woman be raped and then be friendly to her assailant the next day? You decide. If you think that there is anything factually wrong here or any important omissions please let me know.

BIG OMMISSIONS are;
  • The smear campaign prior to the Swedish trip.
  • Bradley Manning events 

Timeline

July 30 2010 The FT describes Julian Assange as; "An anti-establishment computer hacker with the impulses of a radical libertarian, he has both the skill-set and the desire to wreak havoc." in an article titled Online leaks: A digital deluge  by Richard Waters Published: July 30 2010. Julian Assange has certainly never expressed a desire to wreak havoc! That article is one indication that the smear campaign was beginning and that prompted me to look at Wikileaks!


Assange flew into Stockholm on Wednesday 11 August. One of the women, named in court as Anna Ardin, told police that she had arranged Assange's trip to Sweden, and let him stay in her flat because she was due to be away. She returned early, on Friday 13 August, after which the pair went for a meal and then returned to her flat.

31-year-old Anna Ardin, is a political officer with the “Brotherhood”, a leftish Christian faction of the Social Democratic Party, inviteted Assange to speak at a “Brotherhood” function in Stockholm, which she organised. She also offers him accommodation, and Assange moves into her Stockholm apartment on August 13.

(Unconfirmed: It is often reported that Assange came to Sweden at the invitation of Ardin, which may be significant if true. However, this cannot be fully verified. WikiLeaks has used Swedish servers as hosts for the site, and the possibility of basing the organisation there had been suggested previously).

Swedish constitutional protection increases support for WikiLeaks, says Assange 'But we're dealing with organisations that don't obey the law - we're dealing with intelligence agencies', says Assange in an interview with Aftonbladet.

Anna Ardin's account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she "tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again". Miss A told police that she didn't want to go any further "but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far", and so she allowed him to undress her.

According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had "done something" with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

When he was later interviewed by police in Stockholm, Assange agreed that he had had sex with Miss A but said he did not tear the condom, and that he was not aware that it had been torn. He told police that he had continued to sleep in Miss A's bed for the following week and she had never mentioned a torn condom.

On the following morning, Saturday 14 August, Assange spoke at a seminar organised by Miss A. A second woman, Miss W, had contacted Miss A to ask if she could attend. Both women joined Assange, the co-ordinator of the Swedish WikiLeaks group, whom we will call "Harold", and a few others for lunch.

Assange addresses the meeting on Saturday August 14. Films on this link Also in attendance was 26-year-old photographer Sofia Wilen. She also attended the lunch after the event, where, reportedly, she and Assange flirted, and spent the afternoon together, seeing a movie. (Unconfirmed: Assange’s and Wilen’s sexual relationship begins at this stage) Meanwhile, Ardin sends a tweet: “Julian really wants to attend a crayfish party, anyone got two spare places”?*

Assange left the lunch with Miss W. She told the police she and Assange had visited the place where she worked and had then gone to a cinema where they had moved to the back row. He had kissed her and put his hands inside her clothing, she said.

That evening, Miss A held a party at her flat. One of her friends, "Monica", later told police that during the party Miss A had told her about the ripped condom and unprotected sex. Another friend told police that during the evening Miss A told her she had had "the worst sex ever" with Assange: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."

Assange's supporters point out that, despite her complaints against him, Miss A held a party for him on that evening and continued to allow him to stay in her flat.

(*crayfish parties are a traditional summer activity in Sweden, less formal than usual, but more formal than, say, a barbecue. You can’t just turn up with extra guests. There being none going, it appears that Ardin arranges an impromptu one at her apartment.)

In the evening, Assange returns to the crayfish party. In attendance are several members of Sweden’s libertarian “Pirate Party”, some journalists and others. From the party Ardin tweets, “i’m with the most important, exciting people in the world”. Assange texts Wilen from the party.

The sexual encounter that will later form the basis of Ardin’s complaint takes place on the night of the 14th August on which she initially stated that Assange had continued sex after a condom had broken, despite the complainant’s wish to discontinue and that she wanted him to take an STI test.

On Sunday 15 August, Monica told police, Miss A told her that she thought Assange had torn the condom on purpose. According to Monica, Miss A said Assange was still staying in her flat but they were not having sex because he had "exceeded the limits of what she felt she could accept" and she did not feel safe.

On Monday August 16, Assange goes on the train with Wilen to her apartment in Enkoping (Ardin is out of Stockholm during the week), and stays the night. It is the events of this night that will form the basis of the complaint to the police in Wilen’s name. Wilen will later tell police that Assange spent most of the train trip ignoring her and checking his computer.

Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when "he agreed unwillingly to use a condom".

Early the next morning 17 August, Miss W told police, she had gone to buy breakfast before getting back into bed and falling asleep beside Assange. She had awoken to find him having sex with her, she said, but when she asked whether he was wearing a condom he said no. "According to her statement, she said: 'You better not have HIV' and he answered: 'Of course not,' " but "she couldn't be bothered to tell him one more time because she had been going on about the condom all night. She had never had unprotected sex before."

On Wednesday August 18, Ardin tells Assange that he is no longer welcome to stay in her apartment. Assange refuses to leave and does not depart until Friday August 20.

On Wednesday 18 August, according to police records, Miss A told Harold and a friend that Assange would not leave her flat and was sleeping in her bed, although she was not having sex with him and he spent most of the night sitting with his computer. Harold told police he had asked Assange why he was refusing to leave the flat and that Assange had said he was very surprised, because Miss A had not asked him to leave. Miss A says she spent Wednesday night on a mattress and then moved to a friend's flat so she did not have to be near him. She told police that Assange had continued to make sexual advances to her every day after they slept together and on Wednesday 18 August had approached her, naked from the waist down, and rubbed himself against her.

The following day, Harold told police, Miss A called him and for the first time gave him a full account of her complaints about Assange. Harold told police he regarded her as "very, very credible" and he confronted Assange, who said he was completely shocked by the claims and denied all of them.

On Wednesday August 18 or the 19th, Ardin and Wilen exchanged texts and arrange to meet. (Unconfirmed: tweets from Wilen are made at this time regarding the events of the previous days. Wilen’s internet presence later disappears so completely that Swedish hacker sites conclude that a professional clean-up job has been performed).

By Friday 20 August, Miss W had texted Miss A looking for help in finding Assange. The two women met and compared stories.

Harold has independently told the Guardian Miss A made a series of calls to him asking him to persuade Assange to take an STD test to reassure Miss W, and that Assange refused. Miss A then warned if Assange did not take a test, Miss W would go to the police. Assange had rejected this as blackmail, Harold told police.

On Friday August 20, Ardin and Wilen go to Klara police station in Stockholm to make inquiries about the possibility of forcing Assange to take an STI test. From the interview, the duty officer concludes that there may be grounds for charges. The on-duty prosecutor (a junior fill-in prosecutor, during the Swedish summer holidays) agrees and issues charges — 
  • one for rape/sexual assault for matters concerning Wilen,
  • the other for “ofredande” (o-freda, unfreedom) a misdemeanour best translated as “annoyance”, applying to sexual and non-sexual crimes, in matters concerning Ardin.
(Note: there is no equivalent to ofredande in English law, in terms of its reach across private and public life in Sweden. The charge applies equally to bothering someone repeatedly in the street, to the sexual conduct cited in this case. The usual translation of “molestation” is quite misleading in terms of the word’s connotations in Swedish).

Late that Friday afternoon, Harold told police, Assange agreed to take a test, but the clinics had closed for the weekend. Miss A phoned Harold to say that she and Miss W had been to the police, who had told them that they couldn't simply tell Assange to take a test, that their statements must be passed to the prosecutor. That night, the story leaked to the Swedish newspaper Expressen.

The details of the charges are immediately leaked to Espressen, the Stockholm tabloid comparable to the Herald-Sun, in style and politics. The leaks come either from the complainants, or the police. Contacted by the paper, the duty prosecutor confirms the charges, an act which is illegal under Swedish law.The duty prosecutor is later quoted as not being aware that it was illegal to do this.

By Saturday morning, 21 August, journalists were asking Assange for a reaction. At 9.15am, he tweeted: "We were warned to expect 'dirty tricks'. Now we have the first one." The following day, he tweeted: "Reminder: US intelligence planned to destroy WikiLeaks as far back as 2008."

The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet asked if he had had sex with his two accusers. He said: "Their identities have been made anonymous so even I have no idea who they are. We have been warned that the Pentagon, for example, is thinking of deploying dirty tricks to ruin us."

Eva Finne, the chief prosecutor for the Stockholm region, hears of the charges in the news, and has the case file couriered to her holiday house. On Saturday August 21, she rescinds the rape charge, but allows the ofredande charge to stand. On the basis of the police interview with Wilen, Finne says that she does not dispute her story, but sees no description of rape within the statements.

On Saturday August 21 (published August 22), Ardin gives an anonymous interview to Aftonbladet (Aftonbladet Article in Swedish, or English translation here Anna Ardin Aftonbladet Interview) the Stockholm broadsheet. In this Ardin remarked that: “The other woman wanted to report a rape. I gave my story as testimony to her story and to support her. / I immediately believed her account because I had an experience similar to hers. /It is quite untrue that we are afraid of Assange and and therefore didn’t want to report him. He is not violent and I do not feel threatened by him./ The charges against Assange are of course not orchestrated by either the Pentagon or anyone else. The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl is with a man with a warped attitude to women and a problem with taking no for an answer.” (Ardin’s remarks appear to be responses to several questions by the reporter, so I’ve separated them with slashes).

One of two women involved told Aftonbladet in an interview published today that she had never intended Assange to be charged with rape. She was quoted as saying: “It is quite wrong that we were afraid of him. He is not violent and I do not feel threatened by him.”
Speaking anonymously, she said each had had voluntary relations with Assange: “The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl lies with a man who had attitude problems with women.”
Sources close to the woman said that issues arose during the relationships about Assange’s willingness to use condoms. [From another source http://www.anorak.co.uk/256861/media/julian-assange-loses-his-cool-to-rape-victim-anna-ardin-wilikleaks-is-scooped.html  ]

August 21st initial arrest warrant has been withdrawn Assange free to leave Sweden at any time but does not.


Aftonbladet interview excerpts:

Have you had sex with them?
Their identities have been made anonymous so even I have no idea who they are.
Have you had sex at all during your stay in Sweden?
This is something I am entitled to keep private and also to preserve the privacy of the women.
But is it not best in this situation to be as transparent as possible?
Yes, but I do not want to drag people’s private lives through the dirt without having the whole situation clear to me.
Why have they turned to the police? What lies behind their actions?
What I can say is that I have never, either in Sweden or in any other country, had sex with someone that they haven’t consented to.

What do you think of the police and the prosecutor’s conduct?
Nobody has asked me about my version of the story.
What is your side of the story?
I want to know more about what I am accused of before I say anything about it.
You are suspected of molestation.
Nothing I have done applies to this allegation.
How would you sum up this Saturday?
Neither the prosecutors or police have been in contact with me. However, I’m glad that the Swedish authorities quickly checked the women’s stories and struck-down allegations of rape. Apparently it is because a prosecutor with a higher rank took over the investigation and changed the decision to arrest me. The first prosecutor should be criticized however as well as the media who have blindly reported on the allegations.

On Monday August 23 or the 24th, lawyer Claes Borgstrom becomes involved in the case. It is unclear whether the complainants approached him or vice versa. Borgstrom is a former minister in the Social Democratic Party, and was a for a time the “gender equality ombudsman”, a civil service post.

On Tuesday August 24, Swedish feminist blog Rebella, which is run by Ardin and others, posts a long article by Sara Gunnerud entitled “even WikiLeaks heroes can do crappy things”, which gives one account of what happened. This alleged that Assange had continued sex after a condom had broken, despite the complainant’s wish to discontinue. It also mentioned the women’s desire that Assange take an STI test. The posting was later removed from the Rebella website, and is also retrieved from the Google cache.

About this time, two tweets are deleted from Ardin’s twitter account — one organising the crayfish party on August 14, and one from the crayfish party announcing that she is with the most exciting people in the world. The tweets are retrieved from the Google cache by a libertarian website.
During this week, there is a great deal of blogosphere attention to an item on Ardin’s blog, a “7-step guide to revenge on ex-lovers”. This item, posted on January 19, 2010, a translation of joke material on a US website, features a detailed list of ways to hurt ex-lovers. On September 1, in the comments string, one commenter chides her for being “obsessed with revenge”. Ardin denies the charge, going on to say: “Even though I right now have kind of a strong feeling of punching you in the face … Sometimes it is difficult to go on without some kind of payback. As a human being you should be able to understand that. In this case I was very upset with a former fiancé who betrayed me for a long time. My revenge at that point consisted in posting this translation.”

On August 30, Borgstrom approached Marianne Ny, who is the head of a special unit in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, 200 kilometres from Stockholm. Ny heads a special “crime development unit” and is a specialist in the development of sex crime law. Sweden’s state system allows for different departments to act “entrepreneurially” — thus, one can apply to multiple agencies (especially in the area of ombudsmen) for similar services.

(Claes Borgstrom, a well-known politician and lawyer from the same political party as Anna Arden and Sofia Wilen, contacted the current case prosecutor Marianne Ny and had her reinstate the case and removed prosecutor Eva Finne. Marianne Ny is the one driving the case against Assange in England. It is interesting to note that her maiden name was Borgstrom.)

On August 31, Assange is interviewed by the prosecutor’s office for 2 hours.

The police record of the interview with Assange in Stockhom deals only with the complaint made by Miss A. However, Assange and his lawyers have repeatedly stressed that he denies any kind of wrongdoing in relation to Miss W. They also say that in a text message to a friend, she never suggested she had been raped and claimed only to have been "half asleep".

Police spoke to Miss W's ex-boyfriend, who told them that in two and a half years they had never had sex without a condom because it was "unthinkable" for her. Miss W told police she went to a chemist to buy a morning-after pill and also went to hospital to be tested for STDs. Police statements record her contacting Assange to ask him to get a test and his refusing on the grounds that he did not have the time.

On August 31 Assange and his lawyer, Leif Silbersky, met with the Swedish police, who questioned Assange for two hours. However, this interview concerns only the “ofredande” accusations. Assange tells Swedish TV that he rejects all the accusations, that he does not engage in non-consensual sex, and declines to answer questions about any relationship to the complainants. Asked to respond to the charges he replies that he “does not criticise women”, but is losing faith in the Swedish justice system.

Also on August 31, Assange applies for a work and residency permit in Sweden. The permit would be essential to his plan to found WikiLeaks as a media company in Sweden, with full protection of media shield laws.

On September 1, Ny re-opened the investigation into rape. There were now three “pre-charges” — 
  • one of rape of Ardin,
  • one of misconduct against Ardin,
  • one of rape against Wilen.
The next day Director of Prosecutions Marianne Ny announced that the case against Assange will be reopened. Assange has not been charged with a crime (even to this day), there was no warrant for his arrest and he was free to leave Sweden at any time after the initial warrant has been withdrawn on August 21st. However, Assange chose to remain in Stockholm. To defend against these accusations?

At some point in September, Ardin deleted from her blog the seven-step guide to revenge, which features on Ardin’s blog. This is a translation of a US joke website item, which details ways in which to get revenge on ex-lovers. This too is retrieved from the Google cache by others. No other items are deleted from Ardin’s blog.

On October 30, Assange’s request for a work and residence permit in Sweden is refused.

In early November, Assange was given permission to leave the country by the courts. He goes to the UK to work on the Cablegate release.

On October 22, WikiLeaks releases the “Iraq War logs” 300,000 documents from the Iraq War, after weeks of pre-publicity, and warnings by the US government not to do so.Accounts now vary concerning events. Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, says that he made repeated attempts to arrange for Assange to answer questions from Ny. Ny’s Gothenburg office claims no approach was made.

On November 20, the Swedish courts issued an arrest warrant for Assange, to appear to answer questions from the prosecutor’s office. No charges had been laid, nor accusations specified by the office.

Assange’s lawyers offered that their client could meet the Swedish investigators at the Swedish embassy in London or at the Scotland Yard, or via a video conference. Considering that Assange was a foreign national and has not been charged with a crime, these were reasonable offers – all rejected by Marianne Ny. Instead, Ny chose to issue an international arrest warrant and to request Assange’s extradition – a highly irregular and, in fact, unique approach to investigating an alleged sex crime where the suspect has not been charged. Assange’s British lawyer Mark Stephens accused Marianne Ny of “abusing her powers”. [From Venik4]

The Guardian understands that the recent Swedish decision to apply for an international arrest warrant followed a decision by Assange to leave Sweden in late September and not return for a scheduled meeting when he was due to be interviewed by the prosecutor. Assange's supporters have denied this, but Assange himself told friends in London that he was supposed to return to Stockholm for a police interview during the week beginning 11 October, and that he had decided to stay away. Prosecution documents seen by the Guardian record that he was due to be interviewed on 14 October. TODO When did he leave Sweden? Before or after these dates. Above says he was still in Sweden.

On November 28, the first of the Cablegate logs were released in major parts of the world’s press, prompting calls in the US for the assassination or arrest of Assange.

On November 30, Interpol issued a “red notice” on the basis of the Swedish warrant, advising that Assange was a person to be detained by police authorities across the world.

"Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, wrote a satirical piece asking Interpol to arrest every jerk boyfriend she'd ever had, and Naomi Klein remarked that rape accusations were being used in the same way as women's rights were used to power the Afghan war, while the Swedish group Women Against Rape questioned why this case was getting such fast-track attention." Says  TheAge

On December 6, a European arrest warrant was issued for Assange.

At the same time as the honey trap, if it was that a technical attack on Wikileaks was also under way.
See Guardian Newspaper - Wikileaks under attack: the definitive timeline They say "Since Wikileaks released the US embassy cables on 28 November it has come under pressure on several fronts, from DDoS attacks to frozen bank accounts. We list the companies, politicians and organisations making life difficult for Wikileaks and Julian Assange."

BBC World News - Profile: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange 7/12/10 This BBC article plays the deranged childhood card quite nicely.

On December 7, as pre-arranged, Assange surrendered himself to UK police, and appeared in court on a bail hearing ahead of a battle over extradition. At this point, the Crown Prosecution Service, acting for the Swedish Prosecutors Office, read out four “charges”:
  • rape charge: that Assange had held Ardin down, forcibly parted her legs, and had sex with her
  • ofredande charge: that Assange had had unsafe sex with her, despite her earlier statement that she was most opposed to the practice, thereby violating her sexual integrity
  • ofredande charge: that Assange had pushed his erect penis into Ardin’s back, thereby violating her sexual integrity
  • sexual assault charge: that Assange had had unsafe sex with Wilen while she was sleeping.
Another source says - Gemma Lindfield, for the Swedish authorities, told the court on 7tth December Assange was wanted in connection with four charges;
  • The first charge alleged Anna Ardin was victim of "unlawful coercion" on the night of 14 August in Stockholm and that Assange used his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner.
  • The second charge alleged Assange "sexually molested" Anna Ardin by having sex with her without a condom when it was her "express wish" one should be used.
  • The third charge claimed Assange "deliberately molested" Anna Ardin on 18 August "in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity".
  • The fourth charge accused Assange of having sex with a second woman, Wilen, on 17 August without a condom while she was asleep at her Stockholm home.
Can't even get a consistent story on the charges which it is argued are simply potential charges. What did the bloody EAW form say I wonder?

7th December The Guardian Julian Assange refused bail over rape allegations Julian Assange turned himself in to Scotland Yard on the morning of 7th December to face a Swedish European arrest warrant. He was asked by the court whether he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden, Assange said: "I understand that and I do not consent." District Judge Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates Court Refused bail saying "This case is not about WikiLeaks."

On the same day Visa said it had suspended all payments to the organisation "pending further investigation", while MasterCard said it was "taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products" and Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, welcomed Assange's arrest. Speaking to reporters on a visit to US troops in Afghanistan, Gates said: "I hadn't heard that, but that sounds like good news to me."

Assange defended the leak of the embassy cables in an article in the Australian today, saying that in its landmark ruling in the Pentagon Papers case, the US Supreme Court said “only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government”. The swirling storm around WikiLeaks today reinforces the need to defend the right of all media to reveal the truth. 

The BBC said PayPal has since admitted that it stopped payments following a request from the US government. " State Department told us these were illegal activities. It was straightforward," Osama Bedier, of the firm, told the Le Web conference in France. See BBC News 9/12/10

Assange was remanded in custody due to his lack of ties to UK community, and permanent residency, with a new hearing set for December 14.

Assange’s arrest has been criticized by the UN’s human rights chief and a number of world leaders, even those initially hostile toward Assange. Who would have expected, for example, Putin and Medvedev to come to Wikileaks’ defense? [From Venik4]

"We've been told we can't get to see our client in Wandsworth Prison until the 13th as they say they don't have the capacity to facilitate a legal visit until then," his solicitor Mark Stephens told Sky News.

Notably Mr Mark Stevens, Assange's lawyer says – a charge is an essential precondition for a valid European arrest warrant.

Under Section 13 of the Extradition Act 2003 a person's extradition is barred if there is evidence to prove that the warrant, though purporting to be issued on account of the alleged sexual offences, is in fact issued for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing Mr Assange on account of his political opinions.

Alternatively, extradition is barred if it can be proved that Mr Assange might be prejudiced at his trial or punished, detained or restricted in his liberty, by reason of his political opinions.

Mr Assange's lawyer Mark Stephens has made it clear that extradition will be challenged on these grounds. He has said that "this appears to be a persecution and prosecution".

He has also claimed that an initial decision to drop the rape investigation was reversed after the intervention of a 'political' figure, Claes Borgstrom, who is now acting for the two women involved.

From Wikipedia - European Arrest Warrant

An EAW can only be issued for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution (not merely an investigation), or enforcing a custodial sentence. An EAW can only be issued for offences carrying a maximum penalty of 12 months or more. Where sentence has already been passed an EAW can only be issued if the prison term to be enforced is at least four months long.

They must also be informed that they have the right to consent to surrender and the right to legal advice and an interpreter. If they do not consent to surrender they will face a hearing, where a judge will decide whether any of the legal bars to extradition exist. These legal bars include;
  1. the arrested person has already been convicted or acquitted of the same offence or an offence relating to the same facts as those described in the EAW;
  2. extraneous considerations (e.g. a risk that the person will be prosecuted or prejudiced at trial due to race, religion or political opinions);
  3. passage of time (extradition would be unjust or oppressive given the time elapsed);
  4. the person’s age is below the legal age of criminal responsibility; or
  5. the physical or mental condition of the person makes it unjust or oppressive to extradite.
If one of these legal bars applies, the Judge must discharge the arrested person. If none of these legal bars apply, the Judge must order the extradition of the arrested person. There must be an opportunity for both parties to appeal the decision. Extradition must take place within 90 days of arrest or within 10 days if the arrested person consents to surrender.

For the The Best Legal Explaination of the European Arrest Warrant EAW click the link;

Lady Ludford MEP, the Liberal Democrat European justice and human rights spokeswoman, claimed the arrest warrant system, which she said she supported, was being used by Sweden to carry out a fishing expedition. Sweden had yet to formally charge Assange with any offence.

In a letter to the Guardian, Ludford wrote that past cases showed that it was “not a legitimate purpose for an EAW to be used to conduct an investigation to see whether that person should be prosecuted”. She added: “Normal cross-border cooperation on collection of evidence or interrogation of suspects called ‘mutual legal assistance’, using for example video-conferencing or a summons for temporary transfer of a suspect, should be used when more appropriate. “I urge the UK courts to refuse to allow the Assange EAW to be a fishing expedition without a pending actual prosecution. EU rules should be properly respected so that the integrity of the European arrest warrant process is protected.”


Guardian Newspaper - The arrest of Julian Assange: as it happened

8th December The Independent This article in the independent also shows a video that gives a clear picture of things, see Assange could face espionage trial in US. Notably District Judge Riddle is requesting evidence before he is prepared to grant any extradition order. AS IS HIS DUTY!

9th December 2010 CBS News

Assange Lawyer: Rape Allegations a "Stitch Up"
(Below is heavily edited summary version)

Assange's British lawyer Mark Stephens says prosecutor Marianne Ny is flouting international law and staging a "show trial" she has not presented any documentation with regard to the allegations or evidence.
Assange previously offered to travel to Sweden for questioning in the case, brought by two women who worked with him during a visit to the country. (When was that I wonder?)

Mark Stephens sais the allegations stem from "consensual" but "unprotected" sexual encounters. On Wednesday, the Reuters news agency reported that the two women involved only decided to proceed with their case because Assange refused to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases after their encounter.

Stephens tells CBS News a senior Swedish prosecutor dismissed the initial allegations due to a lack of evidence. He says the same allegations were renewed after Marianne Ny began working on the case and "took the women off to another city and restarted (the investigation) on the same facts".

He says the renewed interest in the case was "uncannily timed" as pressure from the United States and its allies increased on WikiLeaks over its publication of secret, and often embarrassing, U.S. diplomatic cables.

"It is absolutely vital that if he is going to get justice that he gets it in this country, where I think that the judges have the moral fiber to be able to resist pressure from America," the attorney told CBS News.

12th December 2010

The Swedish news agency TT reports that both them and the Swedish Security Service received a email with an audio-file only ten minutes before the explosions. In the audio-clip a man addresses "Sweden and the Swedish people". He refers to the Swedish silence on artist Lars Vilks paintings of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan, saying that "now shall your children, daughters and sisters die like our brothers and sisters and children are dying." See Stockholm News

Could this be a false flag bombing intended to raise Swedish sympathy for extradition of Julian Assange to the US perhaps or to pave the way for the passing of laws curtailing liberties in Sweden. Indeed I'm almost tempted to say it is so obvious that there must be some other idea behind it but one thing we can be sure of and that is that nobody is blowing people up about a cartoon that appeared how ever many years ago.

17th December 2010
 the Guardian in the article 10 days in Sweden: the full allegations against Julian Assange

The co-ordinator of the WikiLeaks group in Stockholm, who is a close colleague of Assange and who also knows both women, told the Guardian: "This is a normal police investigation. Let the police find out what actually happened. Of course, the enemies of WikiLeaks may try to use this, but it begins with the two women and Julian. It is not the CIA sending a woman in a short skirt."

Assange's lawyers were asked to respond on his behalf to the allegations in the documents seen by the Guardian on Wednesday evening. Tonight they said they were still unable obtain a response from Assange.

Assange's solicitor, Mark Stephens, said: "The allegations of the complainants are not credible and were dismissed by the senior Stockholm prosecutor as not worthy of further investigation." He said Miss A had sent two Twitter messages that appeared to undermine her account in the police statement.

Assange's defence team had so far been provided by prosecutors with only incomplete evidence, he said. "There are many more text and SMS messages from and to the complainants which have been shown by the assistant prosecutor to the Swedish defence lawyer, Bjorn Hurtig, which suggest motivations of malice and money in going to the police and to Espressen and raise the issue of political motivation behind the presentation of these complaints. He [Hurtig] has been precluded from making notes or copying them.

"We understand that both complainants admit to having initiated consensual sexual relations with Mr Assange. They do not complain of any physical injury. The first complainant did not make a complaint for six days (in which she hosted the respondent in her flat [actually her bed] and spoke in the warmest terms about him to her friends) until she discovered he had spent the night with the other complainant.

"The second complainant, too, failed to complain for several days until she found out about the first complainant: she claimed that after several acts of consensual sexual intercourse, she fell half asleep and thinks that he ejaculated without using a condom – a possibility about which she says they joked afterwards.

"Both complainants say they did not report him to the police for prosecution but only to require him to have an STD test. However, his Swedish lawyer has been shown evidence of their text messages which indicate that they were concerned to obtain money by going to a tabloid newspaper and were motivated by other matters including a desire for revenge."





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