August 21, 2010
Update: Swedish prosecutors have canceled the arrest warrant issued for Assange. “Chief prosector Eva Finné has come to the desicion that Julian Assange is not suspected of rape,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority has announced.
Julian Assange, the wandering founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has been charged with rape in Sweden, according to Aftonbladet, a large newspaper in Stockholm.
|Swedish authorites say Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may have raped and molested two women.|
Assange will be charged with “rape and molestation,” Maria Häljebo Kjell Beach, with the City Prosecutor’s House in Stockholm, told the newspaper. Assange has yet to be officially informed by the police of the charges against him.
“According to Expressen, the Australian is facing charges leveled from two women. The media report suggests that Assange has been charged in absentia, based on recent claims leveled against him,” reports OneIndia this morning.
Assange denied the accusation in a Twitter. “The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing,” he wrote.
The internet activist and journalist is in Sweden to plan for possibly moving the WikiLeaks operation to the country. The Swedish Pirate Party has agreed to host several new WikiLeaks servers and provide the site with free bandwidth. The servers will be up and running in a few days and will be at an undisclosed location in Sweden, according to a report posted by Computerworld. Assange also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he will write a column for a leftist Swedish newspaper.
Late last month WikiLeaks released over 92,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan to British newspaper The Guardian, The New York Times, and the German periodical Der Spiegel.
On August 10, Philip Shenon, writing for the Daily Beast, reported that the Obama administration asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Assange for his role in publishing the so-called Afghan War Diary.
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The Justice Department is considering use of the Espionage Act to prevent Assange from posting the remaining 15,000 “secret” war documents he claims to have, as well as force him to remove those he as already uploaded, the Washington Post reported on August 17.
On July 28, Sen. Lindsey Graham called for the criminal prosecution of Wikileaks. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, has called for the execution of Private Bradley Manning, the soldier charged by the military in releasing the documents to Wikileaks.
“Since the posting of the Afghan documents some days ago the Obama White House has given the leaks credibility by claiming further leaks pose a threat to US national security. Yet details of the papers reveals little that is sensitive,” F. William Engdahl wrote on August 12.
The Wikileaks documents claim former ISI head Hamid Gul has ties to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, an allegation Gul has denied. Gul claims Obama leaked the documents as the first step in a plot to extricate the U.S. from Afghanistan without taking the blame for American defeat.
On August 16, Gul went on the Alex Jones Show to refute the allegation.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen believes Wikileaks is linked to U.S. cyber-warfare and computer espionage operations, as well as to Mossad’s cyber-warfare activities. Madsen’s sources report that “Wikileaks is running a disinformation campaign, crying persecution by U.S. intelligence — when it is U.S. intelligence itself. Its [Wikileaks’] activities in Iceland are totally suspect.” Madsen’s sources believe Wikileaks “is part and parcel of a cyber-COINTELPRO campaign, such as that proposed by President Obama’s ‘information czar,’ Dr. Cass Sunstein.”
Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who heads up Obama’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, outlined a plan for the government to infiltrate conspiracy groups in order to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks.
“It is a firmly established fact that the military-industrial complex which also owns the corporate media networks in the United States has numerous programs aimed at infiltrating prominent Internet sites and spreading propaganda to counter the truth about the misdeeds of the government and the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote for Prison Planet.com on January 14, 2010.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.
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