I found she has yet a novel angle in trying hammering one more nail into Assange’s (and Wikileak’s credibility) political coffin. However, it would have been fair and enough if Harvey declared her doing solely on ideological grounds. I mean, she would not need to appeal to untrue historical or cultural facts about Sweden, and thus putting the credibility of her anti “Assange” message at serious risk.
Sweden is still a marvelous nation and the absolutely vast majority of Swedes and most of Swedish institutions are not to be held accountable for the wrong-doings of some fanatic lawyers, a bunch of feminist-fascists, or some few corrupted politicians and journalists. Yet, in the context of the accusations against a devil Assange by a purported innocent, modern, democratic and neutral Sweden – as contended in the Daily Telegraph article – these are instead the facts to bear in mind:
a) Sweden was NOT neutral during World War II as contended in the Daily Telegraph article. Far from that. In actual fact, Sweden had a secret agreement with Nazi Germany which permitted all along the transit of German troops through Sweden in their way to occupied Norway. Prominent members of the Swedish establishment were Nazi or pro-Nazi, and Sweden sold to Germany the iron which held the weaponry manufacture in Nazi Germany ongoing.
The discussion around a Swedish involvement with the Nazis or their ideology is like never ending. One day could be on the solid racist research conducted by that time in Uppsala University, another on the compulsory sterilization (see “tvångssterilisering“) that prevailed in Sweden until recent decades. Today is about Swedish politicians and doctors stand on euthanasia, another on the widespread practice of cultural racism. In these very days the Swedish media has been reporting alleged commercial doings of the current Swedish queen’s father, “Walter Sommerlath, a German Nazi Party member” who “made a fortune from a factory seized from Jewish owners in Nazi Germany”.
The alleged “pro Nazi-tradition” in Sweden has partly explained the continuously existence of important racist and pro Nazi political organizations. One current far right-wing political party (not a Nazi organization but with a clear anti-immigrant agenda) not only enjoys representation in the Swedish Parliament but their MP’s are also in position to ultimately decide whether to grant necessary majority of votes in the legislative process. In sum, Sweden is – unfortunatelly- known in Europe as one of the most cultural-racist countries, and where the integration of immigrants (accepted mainly as political refugees) is rated one of the lowest within the European Union.
One proof of the above is that foreign-born immigrants in Sweden, particularly young men, commit suicide at a dramatic higher significant rate in comparison with Swedes. The overrepresentation of immigrants among the Swedish suicides is not a rumor, it is a fact, a series of epidemiological findings I conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and which I have published among other in the Journal of Traumatic Stress (USA) and Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.
b) The current foreign policy of Sweden is OPENLY declared as actively pro-NATO. Sweden troops participate in the military occupation of Afghanistan under the command of USA military. During the Iraq invasion of USA troops Sweden assisted with material and strategic aid in the bombing of Iraq shelters.
c) Wikileaks recent disclosures with respect to Sweden presented evidence on secret agreements between Swedish government officials and the CIA and FBI regarding the channeling to USA of political and private information of Swedish subjects. Further, and most aggravating, this was done without the legal-necessary clearance of the Swedish Parliament, to keep the public unaware and avoid risking the pro-USA collaboration of the Swedish authorities.
In this and other regards the Swedish governants are disclosed as serving primarely the interests of USA rather than the interests of their own nation, a subject developed also by Henrik Alexandersson. It is necessary to clarify that this servile collaboration with the USA-military and Intelligence establishment, and also with the right wing of USA politicians flourished already under the previous social democrat government of Goran Persson. This is ONE among the strongest political reasons of Sweden’s establishment vendetta against Assange .
d) The judicial and legal system in Sweden is absolutely not deprived of ideological and subjective assessments, as Harvey wishes to believe. She does not mention in her article that a senior prosecutor had disregarded the SAME case against Assange, which was reopened upon the insistence of a social democrat politician Mr. Claes Borgstrom. Neither does Harvey mention that the women did not seek the police seeking charges of rape against Assange. The charges were an after hand elaboration. The women play now along with lawyer Borgstrom, also known in Sweden for extreme feminine-fundamentalist positions.
Neither did she mention that Mr. Claes Börgstrom was one main actor devising the new – and notorious – legislation regarding sexual crimes in Sweden, and also a main promoter of a further radicalization of this legislation.
e) These expected radical modifications of the law – proposed by Borgström or the feminist-fundamentalists he is ideologically associated with – are based on IDEOLOGICAL and POLITICAL positions also promoted by a Swedish political party named “Feminist initiative” and shared by the radical and feminist-fundamentalist network also pejorative known as “Taliban-feminists”. Ensuing the case against Assange made its debut the well organized, well promoted, and well publicized orchestration (so called twittering) of alleged similar cases than that attributed by the Swedish politician-feminist Claes Börgstrom to Julian Assange.
The lobbying exercised by concrete political parties and political-minded feminist journalist, the actual moving-forward of positions in the Swedish political arena – using Assange / Wikileaks notoriety – for a further radicalization in the Parliament of what would be considered sexual harassment, etc. in Sweden is the third clear-cut political motive in Sweden’s case against Assange. Discussing the Assange-case, the chairman of “Feminist Initiative” Gudrun Schyman declared recently in Newsmill (15/12-2010) that the commented law “den kan bli bättre” (“it can be better”)
Yet, the above (Sweden acting “alone”) do not at all negate the detailed reports from the Cuban official newspaper Granma 7/12-2010, transmitted by Prensa Latina on that one of the woman “accusing” now Assange is in fact a Cuban-born émigré to Sweden and which have deployed political activities in conjunction with CIA financed organizations. The above specific and concrete information has not been denied by Mr. Borgstrom, and it cannot possibly be discarded as merely “rumors” or “incredible stories“.
Sweden’s phony prosecution against Assange is POLITICAL and IDEOLOGICAL
For some of us at the liberal left standing up for the truth and transparence in the Assange affair our doings are also a POLITICAL act, as it is the defense of the Wikileaks initiative and the personal integrity of Swedes raped by the secret and anticonstitutional agreements (see Piratpartiet’s stand) between the Swedish state and their CIA counterparts – precisely as recently disclosed by Assange’s Wikileaks! The difference is that we say it as it is and do not hide our political convictions behind manipulated law-paragraphs, revengeful bimbos, instigations of phony trials or flirts with feminist-fascism.
What is really at stake in this affair is a POLITICAL issue. It is about freedom of expression, it is about the fight of persons with integrity defending their rights against the assaults of a fascist Inquisition crusade led by these middle-aged intellectual lackays of and old aged imperialism. It is also about the fight for truly gender equality and therefore a fight against dogmatism, obscurantism, and a false moral which can hardly hide an agenda of feminist gender-supremacists.