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Assange in Sweden: Witness 'C'
Transcript of the third witness statement in the preliminary police investigation.
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 of 'Witness C' was conducted on the telephone by Ewa Olofsson on 8 September (19 days after the case was filed). The interrogation began at 09:30 and concluded at 10:15.
Ewa Olofsson also acted as chief interrogator and police interrogation witness in some of the recorded interrogations.
The witness is referred to in this narrative as 'C'. She is also coincidentally a business associate of Anna Ardin.
C says she and Anna are good friends and C met Anna Tuesday 10 August. Anna told her they were going to try to get Julian Assange to Sweden and C said she'd also like to meet him even though she couldn't attend the lecture. They agreed to try to meet on Saturday and hopefully with Julian.
C later heard Julian was coming and on Saturday 14 August C and Anna spoke and decided they'd have a crayfish party and Julian would be there. Anna didn't tell her anything about her relationship with Julian.
C came to the party with her friend Alexandra at 19:00 on Saturday evening. C had amongst other things asked Anna if she was going to sleep with Julian, this because Anna is single and Anna and C have talked a lot about sex previously. Anna told her she already had done it but Anna said it was the worst screw she'd ever had. Anna also told C that C could move in and take Julian if she wanted.
Julian was terribly flirty at the party and even hit on C. C said that she nevertheless sensed an affinity between Anna and Julian at the same time Julian was flirting with C and probably other girls too. A girl even rang him on one or more occasions. C left the party at 03:00 in the morning. Julian wanted to accompany her but he didn't get to.
At some point, most likely during the party, Anna told her Julian had held her hands when they had sex, had held her hands up by her ears, and that had been uncomfortable. Anna not only thought that was the world's worst fuck but also that it had been violent. Anna showed her with her arms how she was lying when Julian held her. C had thought it was uncomfortable and not too cool but nothing more.
C and Anna spoke sometime during the following week and C asked Anna about Julian. C had wondered why Julian lived with her because C thought he was leaving the country. Anna didn't answer the question directly but admitted Julian was still there.
C and Anna were at a party together on Friday 20 August but this was after the police complaints and everything had already happened. Anna said she received an SMS message from the other girl who wanted to get in touch with Julian. Anna had understood what had happened and then they talked with each other. Anna said she and the other girl decided to go to the police because the other girl wanted to file a complaint of rape and Anna would follow along for support.
Then it was found out the police had even filed a complaint regarding Anna and the police had interpreted things to mean Anna was also a rape victim. That was also when Anna told her she thought Julian at first didn't want a condom and that they'd fought over that and then Anna rolled over. Then Julian put on a condom that Anna believed he'd broken later on during sex because she heard a snapping sound. Anna heard the sound after he'd pulled out during the act. Anna checked and ascertained the condom was still there.
Anna had been sad and reflective for she wondered how she would explain in a courtroom that she let him go on living with her despite what had happened. Anna also said she found it uncomfortable having him live there and she'd amongst other things vomited on a few occasions because she thought it was so uncomfortable.
C said the feeling she got was that Anna thought the situation was uncomfortable but not creepy or threatening. That was the feeling C got before Friday 20 August when she got to know everything.
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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.
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