Category Archives: Sweden

Julian Assange asks for asylum in Ecuador

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The following article below was originally published by Fight Back! News, the news wing of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization

June 19, 2012

Julian Assange. Photo republished from http://www.flickr.com/photos/20402566@N0

Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration reported June 19 that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrived at its London Embassy and asked for asylum. Assange stated that with a, “regrettable factual statement of abandonment received by the authorities of my country, Australia, who state that they will not defend even my minimum guarantees before any government and delegate in the constitution of a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and treason, and the guarantees it offers to its nationals, ignoring the obligation to protect its citizens, who is persecuted politically.

“Such statements make it impossible for me to return to my home country and puts me in a state of helplessness by being requested to be interrogated by the Kingdom of Sweden, where its top officials have openly attacked me, and investigated me for political crimes in the United States of America, a country where the death penalty for such offenses is still in force.”

The government of Ecuador states that it is evaluating the request of Julian Assange and any decision on it will take into account respect for the rules and principles of the International Law and the traditional policy of Ecuador to safeguard human rights.

Julian Assange interview

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December 22, 2010

Julian Assange, the co-founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks – which is currently releasing over 250,000 confidential American diplomatic cables – is in the UK fighting extradition to Sweden where he is wanted on charges for sexual assault.

He joins Sir David to talk about a host of issues, from his personal situation to the role of WikiLeaks as a bastion of transparency, championing the right to reveal government secrets, when it is in the publics’ interest.

When he co-founded WikiLeaks he saw that he could encourage, through successful examples, people to step forward to reveal abuses by governments – to produce more justice. Subscribing to the motto that “courage is contagious”, Assange claims not to be an anarchist; rather his modus operandi is to promote responsible governance.

Now his lawyers are concerned that he will end up in an American jail, either directly through extradition from the UK, or through extradition from Sweden.

Assange heavily implies that receiving a fair trial in Sweden is doubtful. Why was the most senior prosecutor in Sweden removed (and replaced) after he said there was “no evidence or even suspicion” of rape? Why do Swedish authorities refuse to provide British officials with any evidence of crimes Assange allegedly commited – including witholding the statements of the victims?

He is hesitant to blame his two accusers for their allegations against him, suggesting they could be innocently caught up in a greater political scheme.

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Sweden accuses US of spying

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Sun Nov 7, 2010

Swedish government officials have accused the US Embassy in Stockholm of conducting unauthorized surveillance activities in the country, shortly after similar charges were made in Norway and Denmark.

The surveillance, performed by people “assigned by the [US] embassy to undertake the measures,” has been in place since 2000 and its extent is still unknown, Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask said on Saturday.

“It seems as though we haven’t been fully informed and that’s not good,” AP quoted her as saying.

Ask called on US officials to cooperate in the investigation into the matter.

She did not disclose the targets of the surveillance but pointed out that the activities “seem to be similar” to those uncovered in Norway earlier this week.

“We welcome that those countries that have a heightened threat risk apply their own measures to reduce the risk for attacks, but of course it has to be done in line of what the Swedish law says and permits,” Ask noted.

Denmark’s TV-2 Denmark disclosed on Saturday that the US Embassy in Copenhagen has also conducted secret surveillance activities in the Danish capital.

The repot says a unit of 14 agents attached to the US Embassy kept tabs on Danish citizens by adding their personal data to a special computer database.

Also on Wednesday, Norway’s TV-2 News channel revealed that the US Embassy in Oslo has hired 15 to 20 people to monitor local residents.

Following the disclosure, Oslo asked US officials to provide an explanation.

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Rape Charges Dropped Against Wikileaks Founder

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As we can all clearly see, after Assange released over 70,000 leaked documents exposing the Afghan war waged by the US for what it really is, the CIA have been conducting smear campaigns against Assange in order to try to demonize & dismantle the whistle-blowing activist organization Wikileaks. After threatening to release 15,000 more leaked documents on the Afghan war, this failed smear campaign is just the beginning. We must be there for Assange, we must be there for Wikileaks against the US empire.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010

Wikileaks founder Assange has been at odds with the US

Swedish prosecutors have cancelled an arrest warrant issued for Julian Assange, the founder of controversial whistleblower website Wikileaks.

The warrant was issued following a sexual assault complaint against him.

But on Saturday, as international media outlets were beginning to pick up the story, Eva Finne, Sweden’s chief prosecutor, announced that Assange was no longer wanted.

“I don’t think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape,” the chief prosecutor said, but declined to go into any more details.

Assange had denied the allegations, saying via Twitter that the charges were “without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing”.

The prosecutor’s office in Stockholm said an arrest warrant was issued for the 39-year-old Australian national late on Friday for suspicion of rape and molestation.

‘Dirty tricks’

After Swedish tabloid Expressen, first published reports that the arrest warrant had been issued for Assange, Wikileaks responded on Twitter saying: “We were warned to expect ‘dirty tricks.’ Now we have the first one.”

“No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting.”

Assange’s organisation has caused much controversy recently with the release of 75,000 classified US military documents containing information surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US government rejected the release of the documents, saying the website had “blood on its hands” for naming people who had helped its military in opposition to groups such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and ordered Wikileaks to return the files.

Wikileaks, meanwhile, has said that it is plans to reveal more of the remaining 15,000 classified documents it holds, possibly this month or next month.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan, in London, said: “The two alleged victims in this are in their twenties.

“One [alleged insident] is supposed to have happened last weekend in Stockholm and another last Tuesday in Sweden but in a separate town.”

Assange was in Sweden last week partly to apply for a publishing certificate to maintain the advantages it receives from the country’s whistle-blowing protection laws. Wikileaks also has many of its servers in Sweden.

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