The Tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet 2011-04-24
THE EGOIST Julian Assange puts a lot of money to free himself from allegations of rape – but he doesn’t lift a finger when Bradley Manning, Wikileaks claimed source, is tortured in arrest and is risking lifetime in jail, writes Jan Guillou.
Julian Assange - a little creep without principles
It’s embarrassing clear that Julian Assange, the frontman of Wikileaks, is not a male role model. To say it modestly. If he also is guilty to some kind of rape and sexual molestation, I can not comment. But his ardent supporters, who claim to know he is innocent, don’t know either.
The reason we don’t know, depends on Julian Assange himself, who refuses to come to Sweden for an interrogation. If he was so innocent as he and his followers claims, it would be an easy way to get the suspicions out of the way (and come to Sweden, my notation). Most people suspected of sexual crime in Sweden is actually free, depending on rather high standard of proof. (*)
Assange has launched a campaign against the Swedish legal system. He likens Sweden to Saudi Arabia and he means that innocent men are treated as if they were in an assembly line, and get convicted, because of the iron hard feminists who rule in this country. In addition, he speaks of a conspiracy that involves passing through Sweden on false rape allegations to have him extradited to U.S. There of course he would be tried very hard in retaliation for the disclosures Wikileaks has published.
Also for those who like myself for decades has devoted to criticize shortcomings in the Swedish judicial system seems legal reasoning from Assange and his circle, so absurd that they are not even worth taking seriously. Even more embarrassing is that well-known radical social critics such as John Pilger, Michael Moore and Tariq Ali seems to back up this campaign.
It is true that Wikileaks has published some very shocking revelations. Best known is the video footage showing American soldiers, under cheerful conversation, murdering a dozen civilians in Baghdad in 2007. It’s something so unusual as war crimes recorded by the war criminals themselves. You can understand the fact that the U.S. armed forces will find such a publication highly inappropriate. Or even treasonous.
And now we are really approaching a legal scandal far from Julian Assanges self-absorbed idiot campaign. The U.S. authorities have, since a year, alleged source captured, and expose him to harassment that goes over the limit towards torture. Bradley Manning, 23 years, kept naked in solitary confinement, prevented from sleeping and “inspected” (naked at attention) many times a day. He has not yet been tried, not clear why, but prosecutors have announced that they will be pressing for life imprisonment for some form of treason.
Bradley Manning ought to defend himself by saying that he helped to expose U.S. war crimes and that the high principles of democracy, therefore, excuse his leak of information. The U.S. armed forces shall not be able to conceal their crime to the principals, the American people. Something like that, the defense ought to be posted. Large legal principles against each other, and Bradley Manning is in need of the best lawyers to be found.
In the American legal system you are in dire need of money to defend yourself. This support Wikileaks has, despite promises, not given (given money to Mannings defense, my notation) Instead, Julian Assange stays with three english lawyers who is helping him not to come to Sweden for interrogation.
The story of Julian Assange is a legal scandal of large dimensions. Not because Julian Assange is suspected of sex crimes but that his source of those huge revelations risks life imprisonment and also is tortured during an incomprehensible pending for trial.
The story also contains a political martyr at the same level as Daniel Ellsberg, who in the 1970s, leaked information about the Vietnam War, was tried, got money collected to the first classical legal assistance - and was acquitted.
But the political martyr is certainly not Julian Assange, although he seriously puts it so. The victim is Bradley Manning. Julian Assange risk is at most a financial penalty, according to the allegations. His source, Bradley Manning, author of Assanges hero status, risks life imprisonment.
But that doesn’t seem to worry Assange himself or his cheerleading squad. For them, lawyers for Assange is more important than for Bradley Manning. Quite apart from his conviction in the rape story, one can safely say that Julian Assange is a small disgust without principles. Once again, putting it modestly.
* This is in my opinion, a remarkable statement from Guillou. He himself, wrote an article in the same paper (Aftonbladet) just a few months ago ( 2010-10-10) about how innocent men gets judged by the Swedish courts. See “Billy butt utsatt för ett justitiemord”
“Hung in silence are most of the men, who are innocent, and sentenced for sexual crime. And they are many. The Chancellor of Justice pointed out in a report from 2006 (“wrong judgements”) a dozen judgements like that. And that was only about men who, against long odds, successfully managed to appeal the sentence and got acquittal.”
Now read Rixsteps acidic retort: Jan Guillou Comes Out of Retirement to Bark
It was discovered only a year or so ago that Jan Guillou had also been a spy for the Soviet Union. Unbelievably enough. He was simultaneously a spy for the Swedish security police and the social democratic party.
Jan Guillou writes occasionally even today, despite his ripe age. He comes out of retirement to answer questions about his recruitment by the KGB or to make a guest appearance in a smear documentary about Julian Assange where he can laugh at those charges against Assange (and the reaction of Assange and his legal team to them). Or where he can say nasty things about People Who Aren’t As Great As Jan Guillou™ such as John Pilger, Michael Moore, and Tariq Ali.
Here’s an interesting detail in it all: The author of the smear article (Jan Guillou), has a daughter (Ann-Linn Guillou), who is a Facebookfriend to the Police inspector Irmeli Krans, (the police who interrogated Sofia W., one of the two women accusing Assange for rape). The other woman, accusing Assange, Anna A. is also a friend of Irmeli Krans.
Meanwhile, Peter Bratt, the not-as-famous as Guillou reporter who did all the hard work revealing the IB-affair without receiving any of the credit has posted this article on Newsmill.
It’s worth noting that writers do not get paid to write articles for Newsmill, instead they do it for free when a topic is close to their hearts.