torsdag, mars 10, 2011

Julian Assange and the Swedish (in)justice?

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What can one say about the affair with Julian Assange and the Swedish judicial system?

First of all the media reported that the police interrogator leading the investigation concerning the accusations against Julian Assange for sexual assault, is a friend of one of the two women in the case.
According to an article in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, the contacts between this investigator and the women accusing Assange for sexual assault, dates back to April 2009, sixteen months before Assange was reported to the police for, amongst other things, sexual assault or rape.

On the Facebook-page of the very same female interrogator, she described Assange as an "overrated bubble ready to burst", when at the same time praising the lawyer of the two women.
What one can say about this is that the aim of objectivity that is a prerequisite for every person working as a police officer or interrogator, has not been prioritized in this case.
What she might think of Assange as a person is one thing and she is of course free to regard him as the 'scum of the Earth' if she wants to but in that case she should not lead the investigation but resign and let someone else take over.

Even worse is of course that she publicly expresses her opinion on Facebook, one of the most influential social medias in the world! This should clearly discredit her as an interrogator.

This incident - among others - lead Assange to proclaim Sweden as the "Saudi Arabia of feminism", within an overall political framework. This not least since the police interrogator and the women in question know each other through the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

It's also obvious that there are close connections between the police interrogator, the woman and their fellow party member and lawyer (former Minister of Justice in Sweden), Thomas Bodström, the latter with a great interest in the Assange case through his law firm - and Bodström is not siding with Assange!

To make this story short there are other evidence in this case exposing the fact that the women have had many and profound contacts long before they accused Assange for sexual assault, that the police interrogator was the first police to perform interrogations with the women when they reported the alleged sexual assaults, and this in spite of the fact that she was a friend of theirs.

The police interrogator has refused to comment on all these accusations and instead she directed the questions posed by the newspapers to a police officer in charge of information.
The latter didn't want to comment on "rumours" and said that he didn't know that the police interrogator and the women where friends. He did not say that he was going to look into the case either.

This question has been discussed for a long time and many commentators reflect upon the fact that the accusations of sexual assault appears in connection with the ongoing processes against Assange concerning the Wikileaks-case.

What is true and what is not?
As always this is hard to say as a bystander but if Assange has committed the alleged assaults, he should of course be held responsible for this.

The police interrogator and her friends, on the other hand, are however convinced that it's always men who define whether or not - in a case like this - it's a question of sexual assault and Assange on the other hand claims the opposite (note the commentary above).
For the bystanders this is, of course, impossible to comment on.

The only thing one with certainty can say is that the police interrogator - with her bonds to the women and Thomas Bodström - should resign from the case.

Concerning Wikileaks, I think on the one hand that the work done within this informational site is very important for different reasons, not least in order to make important information more transparent to people all over the world.

On the other hand the information being 'leaked' could of course cause problems for individuals and countries, problems that does not help those people it should or could help.
That is if one of the ambitions with the work done by Wikileak is to make clear the strategies of different countries in relation to the civilian population in order to help the latter liberate themselves from corrupt regimes or being given the tools to look through the line of policy in a certain country, democratic or not.

As I haven't read many documents being published through Wikileaks, I can't say much about it and neither can anyone else.
The amount of documents are to great for any individual to grasp but in principal I support the work being done by Wikileaks.

I'm however not naive, thinking that Assange is an idealistic protagonist for the 'Truth', as such people doesn't exist, but the principle, in making the political strategies of different countries - not least concerning weapons-sales and other destructive ingredients in a certain society - publically known, is something I'm in favour of.

The documents being released must however include every country in the world and not least dictatorships if it should serve any meaningful purpose.

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