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Assange: On the CounterPunch
Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett level off on the lot.
OREGON CITY (Rixstep) — Patience has run thin for some: Israel Shamir and Paul Bennett level off against every last idiot in the ongoing legal circus surrounding Julian Assange.
'The farcical rape charges have once again been leveled against the Pentagon's Public Enemy Number One', they write in Counterpunch.
'Julian Assange now stands accused of: (1) not calling a young woman the day after he had enjoyed a night with her, (2) asking her to pay for his bus ticket, (3) having unsafe sex, and (4) participating in two brief affairs in the course of one week. These four minor charges, worthy of Leopold Bloom's mock trial in the Nightown chapter in Ulysses, have been shaken and fermented until they were able to cook up a half-baked rape case! Step down Iran; Sweden takes the cake!'
'While Iran is notorious for unyielding conservative sentences against adulterers, Sweden shows us what the liberal side of the coin looks like as she invents criminal charges for failing to telephone and for careless use of preservatives in consensual acts of affection. Worse, they are purposely conflating consensual sex with rape for political purposes.'
'In this, Sweden makes a mockery of the very real crime of violent rape.'
Sweden No Longer Neutral
Gone are the days, say Shamir and Bennett, when Sweden tread a careful path of political neutrality. Today both political blocks are more eager than Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilén to jump into bed with anyone.
'The moment Julian sought the protection of Swedish media law, the CIA immediately threatened to discontinue intelligence sharing with SÄPO, the Swedish secret service. That got the present right wing government out of its chair.'
'The suspicion of whether the rape farce is an orchestrated campaign might be illuminated by these facts: (1) Sweden sent troops to Afghanistan, (2) Assange's WikiLeaks published the Afghan War Diary which exposed this cruel and needless neo-colonial campaign. Furthermore, the expected release of new secret materials by WikiLeaks might just influence the general elections on September 19.'
Making a Smear Stick
There are important steps in making a good smear stick, write Shamir and Bennett.
- Get fake 'insiders' to sow dissension and the appearance of it. An anonymous group has hounded Cryptome and other sites for some time (and laughed at by John Young). No they're not real 'insiders' but Rupert Fox is ready to pick it up.
- Get people like Birgitta Jónsdóttir to unravel and lose their cool.
- Call in a favour from 'pseudo-progresssive' Reporters Sans Frontières (actually a front for US-funded anti-Cuba organisations aligned with the Bacardi clan - except nobody else seems to know this because they're too lazy to do research).
- Cultivate the complainants themselves.
And of the complainants, the CounterPunch authors have quite a lot to say and even more to document.
'Anna Ardin (an official complainant) is often described by the media as a 'leftist'. She has ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups. She published her anti-Castro diatribes (see here and here) in the Swedish language publication Revista de Asignaturas Cubanas put out by Misceláneas de Cuba.'
'From Oslo, Professor Michael Seltzer points out that this periodical is the product of a well-financed anti-Castro organisation in Sweden. He further notes that the group is connected with Union Liberal Cubana led by Carlos Alberto Montaner whose CIA ties were exposed here.'
'Note that Ardin was deported from Cuba for subversive activities.'
'In Cuba she interacted with the feminist anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). This group receives US government funds and the convicted anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is a friend and supporter.
'Wikipedia quotes Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Argentine Madres de Plaza de Mayo, as saying that the so-called Ladies in White defend the terrorism of the United States.'
The Lovely Sport of Male Bashing
Shamir and Bennett really do the research. But still they're not through with their 'queer feminism' researcher.
'In addition to her anti-Castro, pro-CIA streak, Anna Ardin apparently indulges in her favourite sport of male-bashing. A Swedish forum reports that she is an expert on sexual harassment and the male 'master suppression techniques'. Once, as she was lecturing, a male student in the audience looked at his notes instead of staring at her. Anna Ardin reported him for sexual harassment because he discriminated against her for being a woman and because she claimed he made use of male 'master suppression techniques' in trying to make her feel invisible.'
'As soon as the student learned about her complaint, he contacted her to apologise and explain himself.'
'Anna Ardin's response was to once again report him for sexual harassment, again because he was using 'master suppression techniques', this time to belittle her feelings.'
Shamir and Bennett go on to explain in even gorier detail how Swedish society has been undermined of late by strange forces of which Ardin is an ardent contributor, and then it's time to level off against coquette Sofia Wilén.
'Those present at the conference marveled at [Sofia Wilén's] groupie-like behaviour. Though rock stars are used to girls dying to have sex with them, it is much less common in the harsh field of political journalism.'
'Sofia worked hard to bed Assange, according to her own confession; she was also the first to complain to the police. She is little known and her motives are vague.' Why might a young woman (who shares her life with American artist Seth Benson) pursue such a sordid political adventure?'
Yes, why indeed?
'They're Not Lawyers'
For the purpose of rigging a honey trap of course, say Shamir and Bennett who go on to conclude in magnificent fashion - and therewith win the support of real rape victims the world over.
'Rape is a horrible crime and it should not be stretched to encompass minor misdemeanours and moral failings (like the failure to give an encouraging phone call the next day).'
'Tellingly, when the complainant's advocate was asked why the young women were unsure whether they were raped, he replied: 'they are not lawyers'.'
'Rape (like murder) is a crime that one needs no lawyers to understand. Rape is a capital crime: if the rape charges are proved false, then certainly the complainant should be charged with criminal defamation.'
But not in Sweden - which is what they're getting at. And as for Julian Assange?
Hey Jules Don't Make It Bad
'We need our captain Neo', write Shamir and Bennett, 'to uncover the secret doings of our governments behind the Matrix. For our own sakes, we must all do our part to protect him from castrating feminists and secret services alike.'
Bravo - hear hear.
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