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Julian Assange Sex Case Grows Ever More Strange

Swedish lawyer Claes Borgstrom says that in Sweden you need a law degree to know whether you have been raped.
James Catlin, the Melbourne barrister who represented Julian Assange in London, has stated in a recent article in crikey.com that Assange is essentially being charged for having sex without a condom.

At first the two women, Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen, tweeted and texted, boasting about their relationship with Assange. At some point they appear to have been pressured to inform Swedish prosecutors that Assange did not use a condom, or that the condom malfunctioned. Apparently failure to use a condom in Sweden is considered statuary rape, as, presumably, consent is predicated on the use of a condom. One wonders whether this law also affects married couples the same way. Apparently Anna Ardin sought to delete the tweets wherein she bragged about being with Assange.

The Swedish prosecutors and, by extension, the Swedish government is showing itself to be incredibly lame, hypocritical, and, indeed, a laughing stock to the rest of the world. Perhaps it is time to organize an international boycott of all things Swedish. Oh, and yes, perhaps it is also time to keep a list of all the US politicians screaming for Assange's head, so that at election time we can say, "now didn't you say this about Julian Assange." Assange is probably correct in saying that the Swedish government wants to extradite him so as to immediately hand him over to US authorities. In other words, Stockholm licks the boot heal of Washington.

homepage: homepage: http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/12/02/when-it-comes-to-assange-r-pe-case-the-swedes-are-making-it-up-as-they-go-along/


I boycotted IKEA long ago 05.Dec.2010 22:11

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what else is there?

What I recommend is boycotting PayPal and Amazon, and telling them why.

Face the facts 06.Dec.2010 18:23

invisible me

Fact: men rape 480 women a day in the United States alone.
Fact: all kinds of men rape - nice ones, mean ones, even lefty men who say they are freedom fighters.

If Assange raped, and given the statistics and that most rapists are normal men, he must be convicted of rape.
I appreciate his whistle blowing work, but too many men rape women every single day, to just write him off.
The women who report the rapes are shamed, humiliated, and called liars. Exactly what you are doing to the alleged victims right now.

None of us are free until all of us are free.

to all: How do you define rape 07.Dec.2010 05:33

from one

These charges are BS.

How do you define rape?

Assange's lawyer said that Julian Assange had consensual sex with two women, but that he was not wearing a condom, which apparently constitutes rape under Swedish law.

From barrister James Catlin: "The women here are near to and over 30 and have international experience, some of it working in Swedish government embassies. There is no suggestion of drugs nor identity concealment. Far from it. Both women boasted of their celebrity connection to Assange after the events that they would now see him destroyed for... You need a law degree to know whether you have been raped or not in Sweden. In the context of such double think, the question of how the Swedish authorities propose to deal with victims who neither saw themselves as such nor acted as such is easily answered: You're not a Swedish lawyer so you wouldn't understand anyway. The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors."

In all my time reading indymedia, researching feminism, looking into sexual politics and sex crimes never once have I read or heard someone agree that consensual sex with out a condom is rape. However, I do know that one of the easiest ways to discredit someone int he activist community is to throw the rape card. I have seen it happen before. And no, I am not talking about a situation where someone cried "rape" and it was true and the rapist merely denied the charges. I am talking about someone crying "rape" it being completely false and later proven to be completely false.

This charge against Assange is total crap.
Think people, who gains from this?

more lies from government cowards 07.Dec.2010 11:17

the colonial whisperer

The so-called rape charges against Julian Assange are the result of government desperation,
primarily the U.S., Canada, U.K., among others. The snobility, of course, should remember their old world history.

503 McBee 08.Dec.2010 08:23

not mutually exclusive

It is possible that both circumstances are true. It may be true that he violated the laws of that country, and mistreated two women. It is also true that the State may be using this as a pretext to attack wikkilinks. They are not mutually exclusive.

I don't see what the big deal about Assange as a person is. The fact is that the technology is in place that makes such truth telling possible, and the US State is starting to look more like China when it comes to freedom of speech.