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A Long Road to Eden
Stefania Maurizi breaks the Assange scandal wide open.
LONDON (Rixstep) — So it actually was as so many had always suspected: the prolonged siege of Julian Assange at the Ecuador embassy was at the behest of a vengeful and vindictive US deep state, and had nothing to do with any police investigation.
Thanks to Italian reporter Stefania Maurizi, this is now known.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled in Assange's favour over two years ago, yet the Swedish legal system refused to budge. Most people assumed this was due to prosecutor Marianne Ny.
Not so. At least not in the way many assumed.
As early as 2013 - nearly five years ago - Marianne Ny told the UK's Crown Prosecution Service that even she couldn't find an excuse to justify keeping the ridiculous investigation open any longer.
Don't you dare get cold feet!!
Herewith the latest correspondence between Ny and the CPS. It's possible that much of this was with Paul Close, who is now retired. Close's retirement was used an excuse by the UK to shred a lot of docs at their end.
Sent: 2012-08-31 12:07
To: Marianne Ny
Subject: FW: Assange on PA
Don't you dare get cold feet!!
From: [Marianne Ny]
Sent: 2012-08-31 12:33
Subject: SV: Assange on PA
It is not very likely we would get cold feet, as the weather is still rather warm and all Swedes have warm winter boots!
I guess you still get quite a lot of questions from the media. We do, anyway. Otherwise, everything is well. I don't know whether you have noticed the latest statement on our web page: http://www.aklagare.se/In-English/Media/News-in-English1/Why-is-the-prosecutor-not-able-to-question-Mr-Assange-in-the-UK-/ It is perhaps not as satisfying/revealing as the journalists would want, but that is what we can provide at the moment.
From: Marianne Ny [mailto:Marianne.Ny@aklagare.se]
Sent: 2013-10-18 12:01
Subject: SV: Question
I was so glad to hear from you. Unfortunately I was out yesterday. As mentioned, I met with [XXXXXXXXXXXX] in Stockholm last Wednesday. Lately we have been discussing what options the present situation leaves us. In May we met with the two Swedish lawyers now representing Julian Assange here, [Per E Samuelson and Thomas Olsson]. From that meeting and other facts it seems that Julian Assange is absolutely determined not to go to Sweden, whatsoever. In spite of all efforts by you and the Metropolitan Police and the excellent work performed by you and your team, the chance of the judgment to extradite Assange being enforced within a reasonable time seems to be small. The unique action by Julian Assange to hide in an embassy and ask for and be granted asylum could no one of us anticipate and seems to leave us with few options, none of them particularly attractive.
There is a demand in Swedish law for coercive measures to be proportionate. The time passing, the costs and how severe the crime is to be taken into account together with the intrusion or detriment to the suspect. Against this background we have found us to be obliged to consider to lift the detention order [court order] and to withdraw the European arrest warrant. If so this should be done in a couple of weeks. This would affect not only us but you too in a significant way.
I am sorry that this came as a (bad) surprise. It is certainly OK for you to take your time to think this over. Since middle of September I and [Ingrid Icegreen? Fredrik Reinfeldt? Carl Bildt?] have been discussing the situation and I wasn't sure of it being possible to share our thoughts without you being obliged to notify the defence. I hope I didn't ruin your weekend.
One wonders of course how much legs this story will get. In terms of overall global significance, it's easily the biggest of the year, no matter where you happen to live. But so far it's a lonely piece at the Grauniad and coverage by RT and Sputnik.
The people in the US are embroiled/obsessed with their love/hate relationship with the POTUS, the evil menace of Vladimir Putin and all things Russian, and the price of a double cheeseburger, whilst the poor people of Sweden are down on their knees, totally betrayed by one of the most corrupt governments in their history.
In this day and age of social media, where the 'MTV attention span' of three minutes seems like an eternity, it's perhaps good to cast one's memory back to how it all started, and what's really at stake.
The lingering shock of the Collateral Murder video from 5 Aprll 2010 was not the slaughter of random civilians (including children) on the streets of occupied Baghdad, but the stark realisation that the 'powers that be' - the governments and their compliant media friends - were lying to us.
Responding to inquiries, the US said time and again that no such incident had taken place, at least not as insinuated. It was also discovered that a reporter for the Washington Post had a copy of the video, yet refused to publish it.
And then WikiLeaks hit the scene.
Julian Assange was an overnight rock star. When in Sweden in August 2010, he gave online realtime chat sessions for three of the country's four nationwide news outlets.
The 'double rape' story hit like a blockbuster, the biggest scoop in the history of tabloid Expressen. Three of their reporters - Niklas Svensson, Diamant Salihu, and Emanuel Karlsten - spent hours online, trying to give their scoop legs. By early afternoon, Google turned up over 5 million hits for 'Assange+rape'.
Sweden went into Damage Control Mode, tasking Prosecutor-General Anders Perklev with cleaning up the mess. Perklev in turn called on his sharpest prosecutor in Stockholm, Eva Finné, to help out. A few minutes before 17:00 hours on Saturday 21 August, Finné rescinded the warrant against Assange, stating that, although she believed the given testimony to be true, nothing therein constituted a crime.
And so it would have ended - and should have ended - were it not for Sweden's only bona-fide corrupt lawyer. Who contacted his old friend Marianne Ny.
Marianne's track record hadn't been exactly stellar. At least one case involved reopening a previously closed and discarded investigation, getting the suspect remanded once again, having him sit in prison for a year and a half, only to change her mind and close the investigation once again.
Marianne works on cases of domestic violence, and may have been a bit battle-scarred. But the scheming she was guilty of over the years can't exactly be excused either.
And yet we know today, thanks to Stefania Maurizi, with legal assistance from Jennifer Robinson, that Marianne Ny was in fact being directed by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service, who in turn were undoubtedly acting at the behest of the United States.
It wasn't about a condom after all.
Kudos & References
√ The domain owners for Assange in Sweden - a site built on publication of the Swedish police documents in the Assange preliminary investigation - would seem to have 'hit the road', but the Wayback Machine has the entire site archived, including the all-important lab results which proved someone was lying.
√ Stefania Maurizi, together with legal eagles Estelle Dehon and Jennifer Robinson, are responsible for doggedly digging at this scandal.
√ Their latest FOI documents (which the sleepy Swedish media can't be bothered to find) are here.
√ The translated Swedish police protocols sent to the Belmarsh court are to be found here:
√ The RSS feed for the 800+ articles on the Assange scandal published at this site are here:
√ It seems that Eurovision will cover proceedings in London tomorrow:
A Long Road?
John Pilger says he doesn't dare speculate how things will go tomorrow, as far as the court ruling is concerned. But given these new revelations, and given all else that's happened over the years, it's likely that a 'bad' verdict will not go down well.
But whether that means that Ecuadorean citizen Julian Assange can walk freely to the airport is another matter. Given adequate protection, it should be possible. A lot of people are hoping it's possible.