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Assange in Sweden: Witness 'B'

Transcript of the second witness statement in the preliminary police investigation.


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STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Rixstep) — Nine witnesses were interrogated in conjunction with the preliminary police investigation into the allegations made against Julian Assange. Some of these interrogations were conducted by telephone and therefore 'conceptual' in nature; others took place on location and were recorded and thereafter transcribed.

The interrogation was conducted on the telephone by Mats Gehlin on 8 September (19 days after the case was filed).

The protocol submitted by Gehlin states the interrogation began at 04:40 in the morning and concluded at 10:05 the same day. Considering the brevity of the interrogation, it's likely Gehlin is guilty of a typo and not correcting it and the correct start time is instead 09:40.

The witness is referred to in this narrative as 'B'.

B states she's a childhood friend of Sofia. They've known each other since they were 11-12 years old. They lived and still live in Enköping. They meet or speak with each other regularly.

B states that several weeks before the incident, Sofia talked about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Sofia admired his work and the WikiLeaks organisation. Sofia said he seemed good and smart as well as courageous when he's threatened because of his work.

On a later occasion Sofia told B she'd seen Assange was to give a lecture in Sweden and she was going to attend. B doesn't know how Sofia got a ticket to the lecture. She thinks Sofia just went there or reserved a seat in some way.

B got an SMS message after the lecture from Sofia. Sofia was euphoric she'd been allowed to tag along to the lunch afterwards. She sat next to Assange and got to chat with him. B knows that they also hung out after the lunch and can have gone to the museum but B isn't certain. B doesn't know what can have happened at the museum.

B next spoke with Sofia on the morning Assange slept over at Sofia's. She can't remember if it was a phone call or SMS messages. Sofia said things didn't feel good and she wanted him gone. Sofia said Assange changed when he arrived at her place and had become and entirely different person and Sofia regretted letting him sleep over.

Sofia told B she felt worse and worse after the incident. She told her the uncomfortable part was that Assange had unprotected sex with her when she was asleep. Sofia also said Assange had nagged and tried to have unprotected sex with Sofia during the night but Sofia got him to wear a condom. Sofia had spoken to Assange several times about condoms.

Sofia also told B that Assange talked strangely, as if he wanted Sofia to get pregnant. He said things as if he wanted to make women pregnant. He supposedly said he preferred virgins because then he'd be the first one to make them pregnant.

B asked Sofia why she didn't push Assange away when she understood he didn't have a condom. Sofia replied that she was so shocked and paralysed and couldn't really understand what was happening. She'd tried talking to him.

B is certain Sofia wouldn't let things happen just because she admired him and he was a celebrity. But it can have meant something that he was older. B doesn't know if Sofia was afraid of Assange.

B says she'd seen in the newspaper that Sofia knew the other woman and she asked Sofia about this. Sofia told her 'yes now I do - but not before the lecture'.

B says Sofia wanted Assange to take an STD test. Sofia took a test but it takes a lot longer to get the results. Things would go faster if Assange took a test.

B doesn't know how it happened that Sofia went to the police.

Read back and approved.

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

See Also
Industry Watch: Assange in Sweden: Sofia
Industry Watch: Assange in Sweden: Witness 'A'
Industry Watch: Assange in Sweden: Witness 'E'
Industry Watch: Assange in Sweden: His Own Words

Industry Watch: Assange & Davies Again
Red Hat Diaries: Assange in Sweden: The Catalyst

Industry Watch: Assange: The Hornets Nest
Hall of Monkeys: Three Women II: The Sex War
Sunday Times: Accuser snapped me in the nude
Red Hat Diaries: How to Rape Julian Assange Twice

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