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Assange/Sweden: Case Børked from Get-Go
Scandalous details surfacing at last. Børk børk.
LONDON (Radsoft/Rixstep) — The British are finally learning now flimsy the Swedish case against Julian Assange is. When details of the charges were finally read out last week, journalists and others in the courtroom in Westminster were shocked and stunned.
When it was further heard that Anna Ardin filed a complaint that after she'd had sex with Julian Assange and they'd fallen asleep in her bed and his 'erect penis' had nudged her back - which according to Ardin 'violated my sexual integrity' - the assembly covered their ears.
Today Julian Assange was granted bail - and then the Swedes decided to appeal at the very last minute.
But what happened today may be nothing compared to what happens in the next few days as more and more details of the Swedish case leak out.
Børked from the Get-Go
The Assange case files are available to those who know how to get them. Göran Rudling is one. Rudling earlier exposed Anna Ardin for trying to wipe her tracks of proof that she's concocted the entire story from the get-go.
But now Rudling's gone through the actual 37-page interrogation protocol and sundry documents and what he's found can't be described as anything short of a clownish mess.
Rudling doesn't want to lay all the blame on the policemen involved: he says there's quite a lot of blame to be laid on their superiors as well.
'It's important when investigating serious crimes to get everything right from the get-go. The start of an investigation is the most important part. If you miss evidence, if you contaminate the scene of the crime, if you dally with interrogating those involved, if you don't conduct proper interrogations, if you don't check your facts, then it's unbelievably more difficult to figure out what actually took place. It's enormously difficult to make up for what's lost at that initial stage.'
'As it looks now when I review the details of the first police interrogations, I'm seriously surprised at how many mistakes were made in such a short time - mistakes that set the investigation out in the wrong direction from the very first hours. I know it's very difficult to investigate sex crimes and that the police devote a lot of time to investigating them. But the question is if the police have adequate equipment and if they get sufficient support from their superiors.'
Sad to Write
'It's sad to have to write this', continues Rudling. 'Mostly because I know the police have a difficult job and they work hard to help us. And most often they don't get any appreciation - just a continual whinging. But I have to write this so we can effect a change here so the police get better tools and methods to investigate crimes. No case should be handled as this case has been handled - and I'm still not privy to it all.'
The First Interrogations
'We know in the Assange case that two women came into the Klara police station in central Stockholm at 14:00 local time on Friday 20 August 2010. They said they 'wanted to talk and get advice about two events and they were unsure how they should proceed. Preliminarily they cited the crime of rape and claimed they were both victims.'
'After the police talked with both women, each in turn, the police made a few calls. To the unit for family violence, to the head of the station. Everyone they talked with seemed in agreement these were cases of rape. They then contacted the prosecutor on duty who decided to arrest Julian Assange in absentia on suspicion of rape and molestation. In other words, the decision was made before any formal interrogation of the plaintiffs had taken place.'
'And now to the interrogations themselves. Woman #2 (Sofia Wilén) was interrogated immediately after the complaint was filed. The interrogation began at 16:21 and was concluded at 18:40. When the interrogation was concluded, Julian Assange had already been arrested in absentia for one hour forty minutes.'
This first interrogation was a so-called 'conceptual interrogation' ('konceptförhör'). This means that the interrogator writes down what's interpreted and thought to be pertinent to the case.
'When I read this interrogation I'm struck by the fact that there's no mention of why this woman waited over three days to file a complaint, why she was accompanied by Anna Ardin, what relationship she had with Anna Ardin, what she's talked about with Anna Ardin before coming to the police, why she chose to have sex with Julian Assange, or how she reacted when she learned that Anna Ardin had also had sex with Julian Assange.'
The key issue in the case seems to be that [Wilén] states that she was awakened by Julian having sex with her. Sex with a sleeping victim. That's the key issue. And then it was unprotected sex as well.
'The interrogation of Anna Ardin takes place the following day between 11:31 and 12:20. The interrogation is conducted by telephone and it too is a 'conceptual interrogation'. The interrogator jots down what she remembers and feels is of importance. The suspected crime is either rape or sexual molestation. This interrogation doesn't either touch on what contact Anna's had with Wilén, if they've talked together through their stories about the alleged crimes, when Anna Ardin found out Assange had also had sex with Wilén - or why Anna Ardin waited almost exactly one week before filing charges.'
All Still Sweet Two Days After
'They haven't either investigated Anna Ardin's actions with Julian after the alleged rape. There's nothing about the crayfish party, the Twitter tweets, or the fact that Anna Ardin chose to be the press secretary for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks two days after the alleged crime.'
'Neither is there mention of the fact that the Swedish Pirate Party sent out a press release on 17 August where Anna Ardin is listed as the press secretary in Sweden for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. There is not a single witness who can in any way corroborate Anna Ardin's story or tell how she behaved after the alleged crime. Quite simply it looks like the circumstances surrounding the events in question have been poorly investigated.'
The interrogator classifies the crime 'molestation'.
'I want to point out that I've read only parts of the complete protocol', says Rudling. 'But I'm able to draw certain conclusions based on what I've read.'
'There are several things wrong with these interrogations. To start with, they're only conceptual interrogations. Nothing of what the women actually said is recorded or registered. This makes it impossible after the fact to ascertain what's actually been said. And no other interrogator can judge the claims of the women, their believability, or exactly what should be further investigated.'
'They also had two separate interrogators. This means there's no opportunity for the interrogator to ask control questions to Anna Ardin about what Wilén is claiming. This makes it more difficult - not to say impossible - to find out if the women colluded in their testimony - something that should be investigated when two women arrive at a police station at the same time and claim they've been raped by the same man.'
'Neither can the police now figure out if the information is the result of the plaintiffs responding to questions or whether it's part of their original stories. And we gain no idea of how they reacted to questions - if they hesitated when replying, if something in their breathing or their voices changed, or if they hesitated in some way when the tough questions were asked.'
'And we don't even know what questions the interrogators asked. And we can't know what the interrogators found to be of importance.'
And Where Are Sweden's 'Journalists'?
But Göran Rudling is not the only one with access to the case files. Sweden's tabloid media also have access to them.
'I've read what many journalists have written and said about these first police interrogations - but I've not heard a one of them say or write anything even implying they might be shoddy.'
'But now I've said it. Perhaps the reason is I'm not a journalist.'
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