December 10, 2010
Anna Ardin, described in court documents as “Miss A,” had deleted Twitter messages speaking highly of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the man she would later accuse of rape, according to Göran Rudling, the editor Consensus Now, a website arguing that laws based on sexual activities need to be consensual to not be considered criminal.
Assange was in Stockholm, Sweden, in August to speak at the invitation of Sweden’s Social Democratic Party. The event was organized by Ardin, who was the press secretary of the Brotherhood Movement, which is an adjunct of the Social Democratic Party.
The 31 year old woman is described as a feminist, leftist and animal rights activist who previously worked at the Uppsala University where she handled equality issues for the students’ union.
Earlier this week, the Cuban news agencies Granma and Prensa Latina stated that Ardin is a Cuban CIA collaborator who works with Miami-based, U.S. government paid intelligence agencies. They say Ardin is linked to the anti-Cuban terrorist Carlos Aberto Montaner.
Between Saturday and Sunday, August 14-15, Ardin wrote the following about Assange on her Twitter account:
‘Julian wants to go to a crayfish party, anyone have a couple of available seats tonight or tomorrow? #fb’
‘Sitting outdoors at 02:00 and hardly freezing with the world’s coolest smartest people, it’s amazing! #fb’
“When Anna Ardin files a police complaint against Julian Assange on 20 August these tweets are removed,” Rudling notes. “Why? As far as I can tell, it’s not common for victims of crime to delete blogs, clean up their cellphones, and try to get witnesses to attest to things that aren’t true. Why is it so important to remove these particular tweets?”
Rudling wrote about his discovery on the Radsoft website on September 30.
James Catlin, also writing for Radsoft, reports that Ardin and Swedish associate Sofia Wilén invented the rape scenario in order to entrap Assange. “They went to the police station asking for advice, knowing the police would turn it into an accusation of rape. They’re also the ones who leaked the story to the tabloid Expressen,” writes Catlin.
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Catlin claims Ardin’s SMS history proves she made the story up and plotted with Wilén “to leak the story to notorious Swedish tabloid Expressen.”
It was reported that Ardin moved to the Palestinian West Bank to work with an outreach group called the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel, but this was later debunked. The group’s program coordinator, Pauline Nunu, said Ardin had canceled her trip and did not know where she was.
On Thursday, December 9, Rundle reported that Ardin may have ceased actively co-operating with the Swedish prosecution service and her own lawyer.
“The move comes amid a growing campaign by leading Western feminists to question the investigation, and renewed confusion as to whether Sweden has actually issued charges against Assange. Naomi Klein, Naomi Wolf, and the European group Women Against Rape, have all made statements questioning the nature and purpose of the prosecution,” Rundle wrote for Crikey.
A growing number of observers believe Ardin works for the CIA and was employed to set-up Assange. “After leaving Cuba, Ardin worked with web sites financed by USAID and controlled by the CIA,” writes the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.
One of these sites was ‘Miscelánea de Cuba’, run by the Cuban Alexis Gainza. Through Gainza she became linked to Swedish agencies, including Dagens Nyheter and SVT, and entered the Swedish Social Democrat party.
Gainza is linked to the German Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (International Human Rights Society), a group linked to German and U.S. intelligence and has some former Nazis (such as Ludwig Martin) and ex military figures (Dieter von Glahn) in its ranks.
The current president of the IGFM, Martin Lessenthin, works closely with the Venezuelan opposition party Primero Justicia, led by the anti-Chavez terrorist Alejandro Peña.
Primero Justicia, in turn is the main partner of the International republican Institute, and extreme right wing group funded by the US Government’s National Endowment for Democracy.
Both USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy are linked to the CIA. In 2009, a high ranking CIA official admitted that USAID is a cover for the agency. “A lot of what we [NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” Allen Weinstein, one of the founders of NED, admitted.
Julian Assange, who appears to be a dupe for a concerted government effort to shut down whistleblowers and criminalize the release of government information, may or may not be extradited from Britain to Sweden to face what now appears to be wholly invented rape charges.
A number of politicians and officials want Assange sent to the United States to face espionage charges. Assange’s lawyer, however, said that she did not believe the Espionage Act applied to Assange, who is she added currently in solitary confinement in Wandsworth prison in London, according to The Telegraph.
The 1917 law was used against American citizens such as the socialist Kate Richards O’Hare and Eugene V. Debs, Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1904, 1908, and 1912.
Julian Assange is Australian.