“There has been considerable adverse publicity in Sweden for Mr Assange, in the popular press,”
Rationale of my decision to submit the statement to the Court:
After carefully considering this proposition, I took finally the initiative of contacting Julian Assange’s lawyers in London and, on behalf of his legal defence I signed the Witness Statement attached here below. I provided my statement in order to assist the Court by making available the results of my investigation regarding the media coverage in Sweden reporting the case of Julian Assange. According to what I was informed from London the lawyers had given my statement to the Court the 22 February .
I fully stand for my report. Although it was primarily published as an analysis for information purposes and in view of my readers in general – and thus not originally edited in the form of a scientific report – the proceedings, statistical analysis and results that the statement refers are nevertheless fully methodological consistent. In fact, it has been a unique professional occasion in which I was able to use both my research experience in social psychology and psychiatry, but also epidemiology, when assessing the possible large-scale impact of media campaigns. I was also able to apply in this particular case some ethical parameters related to for instance individual integrity, a theme constantly scrutinized in the sessions of the Swedish Ethical Board for Research, Uppsala Region, which I have had the opportunity to attend since 2007 to present.
I also wish to let my readers know that the intervention from my part has been absolutely not remunerated, and that I have declared by own decision that neither I will accept any payment in the future on this matter. I have also declared I have done this on my own initiative, being the responsibility entirely mine. And I am proud of it, to have been able to help a cause I esteem as noble, and against a process which I regard as unjust, biased, and clearly against the human-rights I advocate.
From my side, as for many other libertarian comrades-in-arms, this is just another day at the work. For what I have done my entirely life is to put all my research work at the service of the cause of exposing the abuse of the oppressor against the humble, of the rich against the poor, of the powerful against the miserable. For, as you also have fully understood, the WikiLeaks project represent a world-wide weapon of intellectual nature, capable to move the mountains from where the power has abused so many, so long, and so dramatically.
The witness-statement can be better visualized here in this link as published by Rixstep
Other articles on the Assange case in Professors blogg