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Assange in Sweden: Witness 'H'
Transcript of the eighth 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 'H' was conducted on the telephone by Mats Gehlin on 22 October 2010 (63 days after the case was filed) starting at 14:15 concluding at 14:35 - twenty minutes.
As will be seen, witness 'H' is Sofia Wilén's former boyfriend from the US.
The name of witness 'H' is fairly widespread on the Internet but there's no reason to reproduce it - not yet at any rate.
Witness 'H' was registered as living in the same flat as Sofia up to and including the time of Sofia's approach to Julian Assange even though it's believed that by then he'd moved to Karlskrona south of Stockholm where he was enrolled at the rather exclusive (and expensive) Hyper Island media/PR institute.
Witness 'H' is still registered as living at that address. But shortly after the 'intermezzo' Sofia Wilén somehow got a new flat in the same area and formally moved to the new address. As of December 2010, there are no official records at all of Sofia Wilén's whereabouts. But witness 'H' is, despite working in Karlskrona, still registered at Sofia Wilén's old Enköping address.
H said he had a relationship with Sofia for two and one half years. They lived together for the last year of this relationship. H said that for Sofia it was very important they always used condoms. Partly for the risk of infection and partly to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
H said the question of infection was a central one for Sofia and before they had sex the first time, they'd tested themselves and then read each other's test results. During the subsequent two and one half years they never had sex without a condom. This was completely unthinkable for Sofia. H said 'that was the agreement'. He said that what he knew, Sofia had never had sex with anyone without a condom.
H said he found out what happened when Sofia sent him an SMS message and asked if she could ring him. He was a little confused as they'd not had contact for several months. When Sofia rang she asked straight away what H thought of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. He told her the WikiLeaks website seemed good.
Then Sofia said she'd been raped by Julian Assange by virtue of his initiating sex with her whilst she was asleep and not using a condom. Sofia told him she asked Assange if he was wearing anything. Assange was to have then answered 'yes - you'.
The chief interrogator asked H how Sofia reacted to this.
H said Sofia told him she'd been Shocked [sic] and not known what to do. H said that considering Sofia's determined opinion about condoms when having sex, he can imagine she was very shocked and very afraid. He knows how important it is for Sofia that condoms always be used when she's having sex.
Sofia told H that she couldn't understand how a representative of WikiLeaks who does so much good could have so little respect for another human being.
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
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