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LONDON (Rixstep) — Alan Rusbridger and his Guardian have gone from scorned lover to the other side - comments to posts that spread important information are being systematically removed.

It seems that the Guardian newspaper may be under some sort of gag order about this [Assange] case. I have been commenting in the Guardian liveblog articles for some weeks now and kept noticing how some of my comments were being removed by the moderators for reasons I couldn't quite fathom. Sometimes, when I've posted a comment asking why, not only has my query been removed but the fact I've even asked it has been obscured by changing my username over the removed post. The posts that have been removed have mentioned one or other of the following:

  • Mentions in the MSM of lack of DNA on a supposedly used torn condom
  • Links to blog articles on Thomas Bodström
  • Link to article by Brad Freidman re US government contract for 'false persona' software revealed by HB Gary hack
  • Links to articles on the Professors Blogg website

Finally, one of the moderators took pity on me and responded to my request they tell me via my private email. Here's what was sent:

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We saw your comment asking why links to Prof Blog get removed by the moderators. All we're able to say is that certain external links potentially pose legal risk for the Guardian, and therefore have to be removed

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Obviously I have no way of alerting other Guardian readers/general public that the Guardian is at 'legal risk' from the free flow of information in the Assange extradition case as my post will be immediately removed. Anyone want to investigate further?

Thanks.

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

See Also
WordPress: Arte de Noli
Wikipedia: Marcello Ferrada-Noli
WordPress: Ferrada-Noli: La Lotta Continua
Professor's Blog: Witness Statement of Professor Marcello Ferrada-Noli

The Technological: Reinfeldt's Brain
Red Hat Diaries: Assange & Sweden: 2 x Svensson
Industry Watch: Shock & Horror! Swedes Ridiculed Worldwide!
Industry Watch: Greeting from New Chairman Brita Sundberg-Weitman
The Technological: Assange to NATO: Sweden a Voluntary Vassal State of US

Assange in Sweden: The Police Protocol (Translated)
Finers Stephens Innocent: The Julian Assange Case Papers
Assange & Sweden: Witness Statement of Professor Ferrada-Noli

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

WikiLeaks: Support WikiLeaks
Rixstep: Assange/WikiLeaks RSS Feed
Radsoft: Assange/WikiLeaks RSS Feed

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