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DUCKBURG (Rixstep) — Flashback forum member 'PlanBoksBok' has been working abroad. He seems to have had a good time.
But now he's home in Sweden again. A Sweden where one can't get unadulterated news at the corner kiosk, or on the radio, or on the television, or at Swedish language news sites.
Swedish media are 'curated' today - they're agenda-driven. Recent legislation makes it clear: outright propaganda is legal. (Yes you read that right.)
Swedish media work like this. First, the news is cautiously filtered. So that only stories that can be bent to fit the 'approved narrative' are allowed in. Second, the story is bent (sometimes ridiculously). The original is brutally abridged, as it's otherwise too much work to write and check for 'approved narrative'.
Finally, 'columnists' are assigned to comment on the story, so people know what they're expected to feel.
'PlanBoksBok' knew there was a lot to look forward to when coming home.
But what wasn't expected was the flood of telephone calls...
I'm home again, home after working abroad for four months, in what seemed to be a free and sovereign country, home again to wonderful Sweden in its summer! It'll be autumn in another week. I'd decided to leave Assange in Sweden be for a while.
But today the shit hit the fan. My phone went berserk with friends and acquaintances from all corners of the globe. Of course they wanted to know what has happened with the Swedish mess that's the Assange case. To clarify: there are just as many women as men ringing me.
Most of them want to know if it's a coincidence that everybody involved in the case is a woman and an outspoken feminist. I tell them that of course it's a coincidence, and that there are many men who've been involved. When I tell them that the first plaintiff counsel was a man, but somehow also Minister for Gender Equality and an outspoken radical feminist, and that the chief police investigator was a feminist who held roles in feature films which deal in man's violence towards women, something otherwise laudable, they tell me I'm missing the point.
I try to tell them that when our military chase German submarines with depth charges and mortars but stubbornly insist the submarines are from Russia, we Swedes trust they are telling the truth. We're a fantastic country! And we're always honest! Corruption? Oh please! There's no corruption in Sweden!
They're asking me difficult questions! Questions about who's getting the bribes when we get rescue helicopters from Italy. They're asking me about SAAB selling military equipment through our Swedish universities to embargoed countries. They talk about how we don't respect human rights.
They tell me our governmental oversight agency, the National Audit Office, is corrupt and favours cronies and friends at the highest level. They talk about how our judicial system doesn't respect rule of law. What do I tell them? I feel so ashamed! I tell them it's all a pure coincidence.
A Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has been given free rein to run a non-case for six years. This is nothing less than a great scandal. And she's been helped by an appeals court and a supreme court, inasmuch as they've both given her permission to do absolutely nothing for all these years.
Finally, they ask me if we in our wonderful country of Sweden really don't understand that it's WikiLeaks the bad guys from that superpower are after, that superpower that nice polite sweet Sweden accommodates at all official levels in any way possible. But I tell them it must be a coincidence!
Elisabeth Massi Fritz and Marianne Ny want Julian Assange extradited and put on the first available plane to Sweden, and right into isolation in a Swedish remand prison. Me, I think we should put Elisabeth Massi Fritz and Marianne Ny on a plane of their own (and you know where). And they can take along the trolls.
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