Reprinted from Rixstep.
So Julian Assange finally got to submit his statement to the elusive Marianne Ny. Things rolled pretty fast there for a while – it took only 74 months. But now it’s been done.
Sabotaged at the last minute again by the bizarre Gothenburg prosecutor who deigned to reopen an investigation that had already been closed by a far sharper prosecutor, Assange was left, on the cold November day in question, without his legal counsel. The eminent Per E Samuelson, one of Sweden’s leading jurists and on retainer by Assange, was left outside the Ecuador embassy and not allowed entrance, this because – yes – Marianne Ny refused to put him on the attendee list.
Samuelson’s been over many times to London to visit with Assange in that embassy; Marianne Ny couldn’t be bothered. She sent her new assistant Ingrid Isgren instead.
Assange’s statement was devastating. A 19-page summary of his harassment at the hands of Ny, it ended by quoting his only response to all coming questions: that the response was already in the statement itself.
Assange understood the implications (and dangers) of proceeding without Samuelson, but decided to push forward anyway. After all, he’d waited only six years for the opportunity.
This site’s ‘JA/WL‘ resource shows to what extent we’ve covered this case. We have published over 800 articles over the years. Certainly the case got a lot of attention because of the name ‘Assange’, but the more one looked into it, and looked into the country of Sweden itself, the more one picked up that stench that everyone assumes is coming from Denmark.
Sweden is a transformed country, and not transformed in a good way. Once a model society that only had the climate to complain about, it’s become a blithering mess, with one government replacing another, and things only getting worse. One has to wonder if this is by design.
The contradictions in Swedish society are mind-blowing, to say the least, and over these past years, we’ve seen voice after voice be silenced in one way or another for trying to speak out – Pär Ström, Pelle Billing, Oscar Swartz, and others. No one has been allowed to contradict or even question the ruling narrative.
It’s quite clear now that the reason Assange has been so smeared and harassed inside the insidious ‘duckpond’ is that he made the country’s egregiously arrogant (and very sloppy) journalists look bad. Newspapers that cannot go to print without a flood of typos. Articles gleaned from sophisticated counterparts in the global media, but watered down to a few choice vacuous paragraphs of a few hundred words. The overriding idea that thinking in itself can be a dangerous thing.
One remembers, for example, the words of the Bonnier legal reporter who, when asked what she thought about the Assange case, said ‘nothing – and I encourage the Swedish people to do the same’.
The country’s come along way from the rebellious days of Olof Palme, who dared call a spade a spade, and never shrunk from power, always ready to speak truth to it. Today, Sweden is like a Nordic 51st state of the union, closely aligned with US neocon policy through and through. It was Sweden who helped the CIA abduct two of the country’s legal residents to the torture chambers of Egypt, a deftly calculated move, timed for the mid-winter break when most officials and most journalists would be enjoying their six weeks of paid leave. This is the Sweden that is so dangerous today.
Sweden’s former prime minister is author of a book so poorly written that a kindergarten girl could probably do better. He had it removed from print and public libraries prior to his run for office. (This site translated and published the two most important chapters.)
Sweden’s current prime minister is a man who didn’t want to be prime minister. In fact, his job had been to find the party candidate instead. His predecessor in the party was let go because the feminists in the party thought his mustache was too ‘masculine’. When no replacement candidate could be found, the current PM was asked to run for the office, and he initially refused, and it took some doing to get him to change his mind.
A woman who had long been the country’s by far most popular politician was called home from Brussels to add meat to the party ticket, but it didn’t take long before she too was up to her eyeballs in corruption. Yet another former PM candidate was – yet again – caught with her fingers in the cookie jar and forced to resign from her cabinet position.
And so forth. Sweden of today is not the Sweden of old. When we at this site saw Rick Falkvinge announce Assange’s coming trip to our country, we expressed our fears. What we found in the early morning of Saturday 21 August 2010 was terrifying. All autumn long, as the story and the case would not go away, we learned, more and more, about the country we’d called home, a country we thought we had every reason to be proud of.
Sweden passed long ago from the realm of the objectionable, and through the realm of the unreasonable, and right into the domain of the ludicrous. Sweden of today is not only a caricature of itself, it is more – it is a caricature of a caricature of itself, defying reason, and defying excuse or explanation, and unworthy of forgiveness. No country has gone out of its way so much to bring on such ridicule.
Once was a time when it was a matter of pride to travel into the world with a Swedish passport. Today, one would rather that others didn’t know one’s country of origin. The country’s been sold out – politically, socially, financially, and most importantly: judicially. A closer look at the actual mechanics of the Swedish judicial system reveals a Mickey Mouse regime, with sitting Supreme Court justices with extreme issues with alcohol, and at least one case of sexual molestation of minors. One finds a system that still hasn’t discovered trial by jury, but uses political appointees to adjudicate, and these appointees, when given rudimentary tests in Jurisprudence 101 by the University of Stockholm, were found to fail miserably, getting 2/3 of their answers wrong. Then it was also found that many of these appointees have criminal records of their own, that the system has never considered checking criminal records, and that the people in charge of this mess say they don’t feel it’s even necessary. So it wasn’t much of a departure for Assange to say that, what he’d seen, Swedish justice was a mess.
Riots and vandalism are rampant. Assassinations happen anywhere. No one can be safe. Terrorist bombings in downtown shopping centres. Murders in refugee camps. Graft galore in the country’s Refugee Industrial Complex.
Homes for the elderly outsourced to commercial interests headquartered in the Cayman Islands. Pensioners abandoned in the corridors or outside in the freezing cold, left to die.
The country with notoriously high taxes unable to give back to pensioners, ranked now as the second poorest in the EU.
Soup kitchens in downtown Stockholm, capital of the world’s most famous utopia.
A housing shortage that merits an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Over half the population living not in homes of their own but in flats. Access to rental flats being sold on the black market. Black market real estate so common it’s more or less accepted.
Sweden is what Tumblr would look like if it was a country, quipped the famous vlogger ‘Angry Foreigner’, himself a refugee from Bosnia, in a YouTube clip that went viral.
Since 2006, it’s been legal for Swedish media to disguise propaganda as real news, and it’s no longer necessary to give equal time to opposing views. Swedish media concentrate on filtering out anything that threatens the official narratives. Any media outlet that would dare include ‘uncomfortable’ stories is immediately branded ‘racist’ and shunned by the Swedish people as a whole. WikiLeaks once made the mistake of linking to such a site, where the article in question was merely an aggregate of links published elsewhere in the ‘politically correct’ media, and they were roundly told off. The very same article, word for word, was reprinted at an Anglo-Russian site, and there wasn’t a single word of protest. The hold that the country’s MSM have on the citizenry is frightening.
This is an MSM who will search in desperation for teapot tempests at home and ignore the real hurricanes abroad. The Bonnier media, to this day, will still not inform the citizenry on the atrocities taking place in Donbass, and only come with sweeping evasions when people want to know who took care of the million refugees from the area.
And so forth.
And into this witches brew steps one Julian Paul Assange on Wednesday 11 August 2010, completely unaware, as most people were, of what’s happened to the Queendom of Svea. And, as the infamous SMS messages now show, he’s exploited to the max by two egotistical women, behaving like groupies, incapable of or perhaps uninterested in understanding the bigger picture and the horrific ramifications of their irresponsible behaviour. When confronted on Riddargatan on the ‘Monday after’, outside the offices of his attorney Leif Silbersky, by Expressen’s blonde ‘roaming reporter’, and asked if he suspected a conspiracy, Assange said that it was an array of conspiracies rather than merely one, and one had to wonder even back then if he knew how right he was, and why. From the groupies who turn from rivals into co-conspirators, to the hyena journos who are willing to sacrifice anyone for the sake of a big scoop, to the politicians who want to show the US how high they can jump, to the military who had their own troops in Afghanistan and secretly believe in US worldwide hegemony, it’s indeed a stinky witches brew.
There isn’t much Marianne Ny or her superiors can do at this point. There isn’t much of Assange’s interview that needs to be translated, as for two full days, the answer to each and every question asked was the same.
The Assange case is not officially closed, but the evidence, as such, has been submitted. The full police protocols, as submitted by Marianne Ny to the courts in Sweden for the purpose of issuing that Red Notice, are published by this site and were taken as documentation by the British courts. And finally, the world has Julian Assange’s own version of events, this after a six year wait. Finally.
The truth will out, the truth wins out. What happens from this point forward is judged in that light.
The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden’s Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the ‘news organisations’ who’ve printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies’ account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
– The Assange Police Protocol: Translator’s Note