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The Flashback 2600
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NEW YORK (Rixstep) — The Flashback forum thread on Julian Assange's legal battle in Sweden reached 2600 pages of comments at 14:14 local time in Sweden today. Forum member 'trenterx' contributed the historic post.
There are now 31,189 posts with nearly 3 million (2,843,349) thread views since 05:25 on 21 August 2010 when the thread began.
05:25 on 21 August 2010 is a mere 25 minutes after the Swedish tabloid Expressen blasted their 'scoop' about Assange being 'hunted' in the streets of Stockholm.
Size Does Matter But...
The Flashback thread is historic not only because of its Guinness Record Book size but because of its investigative journalism. Almost everything of note in the nine month scandal has been reported there and many of the scoops used by the international 'Old Media' began there.
Flashback is also where the police files in the case were first leaked online. Rixstep immediately began a five day marathon session to have the scanned PDF file translated into English.
'2600' is of course a magic number in the world of whistleblowing. The frequency 2600 Hz was used by Bell Telephone in the US to kick the system into 'operator mode' which amongst other things led to free trunk calls. The most famous 'pranksters' as Wikipedia calls them were of course Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
John Draper is regarded as the original 'whistleblower' in this regard: the toy whistle given away in boxes of Cap'n Crunch cereal blew at the desired frequency; this was brought to his attention. The magazine '2600' appeared in 1984.
Things of note happening at Flashback of late:
√ A report on a conference held in Stockholm 2 May with the theme 'More Modern Trials - Greater Demands on Magistrates - Reduced Rule of Law' hosted by prosecutor Elin Blank who notoriously won the 'Knutby' case despite the forensic evidence to the contrary. Blank was to have felled the following during the discussion.
'The popular demand for evidence and forensic evidence [sic] [in court cases] is irrelevant and exaggerated.'
- Swedish prosecutor Ms Elin Blank
'Elin Blank sounded like the worst kind of politician. Everything politicians decide and agencies do is totally OK with her. The new idea with only video interrogations in the appellate courts is a good idea, the system with uneducated political appointees as court magistrates is good, everything according to Elin Blank is just peachy in the Swedish duck pond judicial system. She snapped at the popular demand for evidence and forensic evidence in the courtroom, calling it 'irrelevant and exaggerated'. She said further she was aware there are many verdicts based on no evidence whatsoever and that's the way it should be.'
'It seems impossible for active prosecutors to point out flaws and shortcomings in the Swedish system. Are they protective of their careers? They're spineless!'
'And how ironic it would have been to point out she won the notorious Knutby case despite forensic evidence to the contrary!'
I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
- Anna Ardin
Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
- Scott Adams
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
- James Catlin
Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
- 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010
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