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Shock & Horror! Swedes Ridiculed Worldwide!
Yes it's true, Victoria. SvD decided to tell Swedes what they don't want to know or read about.
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Rixstep) — The Swedish people are second best at English in Europe after the Dutch. Their schooling in English starts early as the mandatory second language. And yet Swedes eschew international media even today, preferring to read their sleaze rags (if they read at all).
They can read anything in English they want (within reason). Yet they consciously choose to not read - they prefer their wee but supposedly secure 'duck pond'.
Take as an example the media parasite Lena Sundström who told television viewers they were to not think about the Assange case or what the international media were saying. People listen and obey.
Imagine the shock and horror then when this hits their coffee tables today. The next thing you know, there'll be rumours their governments are collaborating on policy with their friends at the US embassy. Tsk tsk.
Swedish Judicial System Ridiculed on Internet
The allegations of rape against Julian Assange have turned the eyes of the world to Sweden. On the Internet and in the international media a picture is being spread of a country in the claws of feminists and the CIA where people can be convicted of 'sex by surprise'.
Sweden's reputation has been permanently damaged according to media experts.
Since last August when the Swedish judicial system directed allegations of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the investigation has been followed by the world. Today it's time again, when the hearings for the extradition of Assange to Sweden begin. But it's not always easy to recognise Sweden as it's portrayed in the international media and on blogs. Sweden is ridiculed on many websites.
Assange himself has said he believes there's a CIA conspiracy behind the allegations [editor's note: no he has not - sloppy Swedish journalism again] and that he doesn't think he can get a fair trial in Sweden. His British solicitor Mark Stephens has attacked the Swedish judicial system several times, calling it 'chaotic'. He's said Assange isn't actually suspected of rape but of 'sex by surprise'.
And several international celebrities have spoken out about Sweden and the judicial process against Assange. Michael Moore wrote a letter to the Swedish government in December, stating he feared that Sweden's tactic was to use rape allegations to chase 'troublemakers' rather than bothering with 'real rape cases'.
The belief that the process is controlled by political forces is widespread, amongst others with the famous Australian journalist John Pilger. He and Moore are two of several celebrities who last December offered to pay bail for Assange.
'Sweden should be ashamed', Pilger told The Australian.
The blog My FDL writes about how Sweden is known to be a small neutral country but that their undisclosed sources describe an incestuous Swedish elite where the government, the judicial system, and the media are tightly entangled. They cite amongst other things that Claes Borgström is the legal partner of Sweden's former minister of justice Thomas Bodström and that the Bonnier-owned Expressen was the tabloid that scooped the rape allegations, at the same time Bodström's books are published by Bonniers. They also write that the family behind the Bonnier Group are 'neocon jews' and imply that they have an interest in getting at Assange. The blog also claims that prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has strong ties to former US president George Bush's adviser Karl Rove who is the driving force behind the rendition of Assange to the US. [Editor's note: Rove has been an adviser to the Swedish 'Moderat' party for over ten years. Even Wikipedia report this.]
A news article at AOL News even says that Borgström, as well as one of the woman accusing Assange, is a feminist and that Sweden is a country where 'feminism is a powerful force' where courts often judge in favour of the woman in rape cases. The site interviewed Swedish solicitor Per Samuelsson who says Assange will end up in a hostile climate if he returns to Sweden.
'I wonder if he understands how much danger he's in', says Samuelsson.
Claes Borgström 'claims' he's been contacted by international media organisations asking if he's on the CIA's payroll.
'There are so many lies being spread about the Swedish judicial system, about me, and above all about my clients. They're the ones who suffer the most and have to run a race online with their names and pictures published', says Borgström.
He doesn't believe this attention will affect the judicial process in either Sweden or Great Britain.
The criticism of Sweden often focuses on how Sweden helped the CIA with the rendition of two Egyptians to Mubarak's Egypt in 2001 and they use this as an example of how Sweden is controlled by the US, as well as how the case against Assange was first dismissed and closed before being reopened by an new prosecutor. [Editor's note: this is even cuter in Swedish where it becomes 'en Ny åklagare'.]
Media researcher Jan Strid says that a lot of what's being written, even if it's exaggerated, rests on justified criticism of the Swedish judicial system.
'It's become more politicised with populist laws that don't work in practice. The child pornography law is an example which forced the Stockholm Royal Library to file a police complaint against itself', says Strid.
'It's partly because of the Assange case but also because of what people have learned about the two Egyptian rendition victims. The view of Sweden in the future will probably be more critical.'
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
Assange in Sweden: The Police Protocol (Translated)
Finers Stephens Innocent: The Julian Assange Case Papers
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