Sweden withholding documentation on Assange probe: lawyer
One of the two Swedish women who have filed sex complaints against the founder of WikiLeaks has reportedly left Sweden and may no longer be cooperating with the criminal investigation.
According to a report at Australian news site Crikey.com, Anna Ardin has moved to the Palestinian territories to volunteer with a Christian group working to reconcile Arabs and Israelis.
One source from Ardin’s old university of Uppsala reported rumors that she had stopped co-operating with the prosecution service several weeks ago, and that this was part of the reason for the long delay in proceeding with charges — and what still appears to be an absence of charges.
Ardin’s blog shows that she has recently posted from the Palestinian territories. Her most recent blog posts make no mention of WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange.
Some of Ardin’s most recent Tweets suggest sympathy for WikiLeaks.
“MasterCard, Visa and PayPal — belt them now!” Ardin urged in a Tweet Wednesday, evidently referring to the cyber-attacks launched on those institutions after they severed their relationships with WikiLeaks.
In a more recent Tweet, she complained of the media reports digging into her background.
“CIA agent, rabid feminist / Muslim lover, a Christian fundamentalist, flat & fatally in love with a man, can you even be all [these things all] the time?” she Tweeted in Swedish.
Some news reports have linked Ardin to the CIA, based on her contact with anti-Castro groups in Cuba. Ardin wrote her master’s thesis on these groups, while located in Havana and Miami. But others have questioned the validity of the connection.
Crikey.com notes that Ardin, an avowed feminist, has taken criticism from many prominent feminists, who, perhaps surprisingly, appear to have sided against the female accuser and with the male accused.
“Rape is being used in the Assange prosecution in the same way that women’s freedom was used to invade Afghanistan. Wake up!” Tweeted Naomi Klein.
Feminist activist Naomi Wolf penned an article sarcastically congratulating Interpol for its “commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.”
SWEDEN WITHHOLDING DOCUMENTATION ON ASSANGE PROBE
Assange’s lawyer, renowned British advocate Mark Stephens, told CBS News Thursday that prosecutor Marianne Ny is staging a “show trial,” in reference to the politically motivated prosecutions of the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Stephens said not only have formal charges not been filed against Assange, but the prosecution has failed to provide him with any documentation relating to the investigation. As a result, he says it’s impossible for him to begin crafting a defense.
Stephens also said he believed recent news reports that Sweden is holding talks with the United States on whether Assange can be extradited to face charges under US law.
It’s unclear what US laws Assange could have broken with his release of US State Department cables, as he is not a US citizen and therefore not bound by US treason laws, and his activites with WikiLeaks were carried out outside the US.
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