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Assange Case: Flashback Surpasses 50,000 Posts
The forum thread on the Julian Assange case reaches a milestone.
NEW YORK CITY/STOCKHOLM — The world-famous Flashback forum discussion thread on the Assange legal case in Sweden has now reached 50,000 posts and shows no signs of slowing down.
The thread has now over 50,000 posts on over 4,000 pages and has to date over 4,600,000 views. This primarily in a language spoken fluently by only some 8,000,000 residents.
Flashback is today run from New York City to protect freedom of speech. The forum has over 700,000 registered members.
There are anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 or more members online at any one time day or night. The forum now has nearly 40,000,000 posts all told.
But the Assange thread - the main one of many - has by far the most views and posts of any Flashback thread ever. Anything that's happened or in the future will happen in the Assange case can be found at Flashback. Many of the major milestones in the case were first published and discovered at Flashback.
The thread has been built up by members of the Swedish judiciary, Sweden's political parties, forensic examiners, and is used regularly by the international mainstream media, and is the single greatest source of information in the ongoing controversy.
The story begins in the wee hours of Saturday morning 21 August 2010. A Swedish tabloid published the first headline about Assange at 06:00 and twenty five minutes later the Flashback thread began.
The first post by Darkwand on the Assange case 25 minutes after the first headline hit the web. 'WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought by the police suspected on probable cause of rape in Stockholm, now it remains to be seen if he's a cad or if it's the CIA behind it.'
There were suspicions right from post #1 that things weren't as they appeared to be.
Post #50,000 came in the early evening of 5 November 2012 - over two years and two months later.
Post #50,000 by BaalZeBub over two years and two months later.
As collated by trenterx.
Here's a quick summary of 50,000 posts.
The affair is beginning to take the form of a Greek tragedy with the following dramatis personae:
- Assange and WikiLeaks planned to make Sweden their base of operations, with Swedish servers, Swedish residence permit, publisher's permit for a Swedish Internet news site which permitted publication of leaks protected by Swedish legislation for freedom of the press where it's illegal to even try to trace sources. Assange's visit to Sweden was the first step in this plan.
- The US government exerted considerable pressure on Sweden at the same time to stop WikiLeaks from establishing their base here, and began shortly thereafter with their secret grand jury which ultimately led to their sealed indictment against Assange.
- The two women AA and SW both 'hit on' Assange for personal and/or political reasons. The HIV phobia of SW was exploited to first pressure Assange, then as an excuse to visit the police. But once they'd arrived, they immediately began describing two similar rapes. The about-face of AA from an admirer of Assange to a conniving revenger takes place on Thursday 19 August for reasons which are not clear (perhaps pressure was brought to bear on her).
- Police, prosecutor, and a plaintiff attorney exploit the situation to the full and inflate the stories of the two women to one case of rape and five further cases of sex crimes (reduced to four by the high court). By use of the European Arrest Warrant and Interpol, the Swedish justice system has, on very flimsy grounds, gone far beyond normal legal praxis, and through stubborn behaviour for the past two years has succeeded in derailing the entire process which finally ends in a stalemate.
- Sweden's government may have been pulled into the affair reluctantly, but their foreign office [headed by Carl Bildt] approved the European Arrest Warrant and the prime minister has put himself in an untenable position by insisting the country's judicial system cannot have made a mistake and by not letting the government take any initiative to break the deadlock. By all indications, Sweden's government have had continual informal contacts with both the UK and the US in the matters of Assange and WikiLeaks, but next to nothing is known in detail about these communications. The four Swedish security agencies wiretapped and shadowed Assange in Sweden from Day One both digitally and perhaps even on foot.
- Swedish media have conducted a 'trial by media' campaign. The coterie surrounding Anna Ardin have succeeded in associating Assange with diverse forms of sexual assault through their 'talk about it' campaign, and the Timbro Institute through Roland Poirier Martinsson has simultaneously conducted an outright political campaign against WikiLeaks and Assange. The media climate in Sweden is now extremely negative.
All dramatis personae are on stage from Day One. The storyline is complex, with each new act building on what has gone before. The legal process derailed already on the first day. The Swedish actors seem crippled today. But the current deadlock is perhaps a turning point in this tragedy. All eyes are now on Sweden - the Swedish prosecutor and Sweden's government. What will you do?
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