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Assange/Sweden: Bonnier Continue Attack on Harald Ullman

But the attack's pretty lame and Harald doesn't seem particularly worried.

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DUCKPOND (Rixstep) — Common wisdom says you never fight a drunk. Common wisdom also says Bonnier media outlets will never give up. They might not win but they'll keep on muttering anyway.

Bonnier TV flagship TV4 have been leading off their news updates every half hour all morning since before 06:00 AM with the 'item' that Harald Ullman's work for Julian Assange has met 'concerted criticism'.

The 'concerted criticism' is however the same as yesterday - a single voice, one Pontus Nyström who didn't like it yesterday and won't like it tomorrow. But this one person is portrayed every half hour as 'concerted criticism'.

No Worries

But Harald Ullman isn't worried. He's interviewed briefly and he summarily dismisses the ideas put forth.

There'll be at least nine news updates before the morning is over. The rhetoric gets spiced up a bit more each time.

Julian Assange hired Ullman PR last summer to take care of the considerable media onslaught by Claes Borgström, Anna Ardin, and others who have poisoned the political climate in Sweden and turned the controversy into a one-sided show trial.

Ullman reports that reaction to the news is largely positive.

Ullman has also gone out and stated Julian Assange is innocent. And he follows this up with two justifications.

  1. Claes Borgström's been using the media incessantly for the past year to smear Assange and declare him guilty.
  2. Unlike most people in the Swedish mafia media elite, Harald Ullman actually took the time to read the police documents for the preliminary investigation protocols.

Bonnier's other attack dog Thomas Mattsson at Expressen hasn't been called into action yet. One reason might be Mattsson is too busy planning the purchase of a million dollar house on Stora Essingen.

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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