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Foreign Policy Condoms

By Sofi Oksanen. First published in Helsingin Sanomat 22 December 2010.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be the only person accused of sexual crimes whose name and the word rape combined produce more than 25 million Google search results. The accusations have served their purpose with no need for a trial.

Governments knocked about by WikiLeaks got lucky when Julian Assange sexed it up with two Swedish women who after the fact decided what had happened was rape and sexual abuse. As a result, Assange has been hunted by Interpol and half the world. The matter also involves a broken contraceptive, as it turns out.

Naomi Wolf considers the treatment of Assange theatrical. In the Huffington Post she relates her sound work experience amongst victims of sexual crimes: the justice systems usually do nothing.

Rapists known by name from the rape concentration camps of the Balkan war era are still free. No one's interested. Trafficking is hard to control because governments don't feel it necessary to work together to solve the issue.

But working together was easy in the case of Julian Assange. They can apprehend their target very quickly if they want to. Normally they simply don't care enough.

Sex crime victims don't normally boast on Twitter afterwards about what a wonderful guy they had sex with. They don't tell their friends it was really bad sex either. And they absolutely don't tell their friends to try the 'rapist' out for sex themselves.

Because rape isn't bad sex - rape isn't sex period.

The Assange case shows Sweden can use existing legislation to further foreign policy objectives in a way that mocks real victims around the world. And it shows how easy it is to bring charges against innocents - something that's completely incomprehensible to many rape victims.

This isn't about Sweden's draconian laws. Sweden can't demand Interpol chase after people who don't use condoms with trafficked women.

Brothels were established in the Balkans for staff of the United Nations; how many have been brought to justice? By comparison, the matter of a broken condom is trivial. And what has Sweden's involvement been?

The forces in Sweden bent on hunting Assange seem uninterested in pursuing international cooperation in the truly important matters.

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

See Also
WikiLeaks: Support WikiLeaks
The Police Protocol (Translated)
Rixstep: Assange/WikiLeaks RSS Feed
Radsoft: Assange/WikiLeaks RSS Feed

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