Assange and Ecuador

My beloved readers, tonight I want to paint a little picture for you.

Imagine for a moment that Ecuador, to take a completely random example, wanted to extradite someone in Britain who had been accused (not charged) with sex crimes. In a complete coincidence, that person had been releasing material on the web that was extremely damaging to the Ecuadorian government.

Also imagine for a moment that that person was fairly chummy with Barack Obama, to take another completely random example, and that they had sought asylum in the US, and the US government had granted it whilst publicly stressing that this person was a political ally of the US government.

In those circumstances what do you think the response of British foreign secretary William Hague to be? Would he favour Ecuador and ‘legality’ or the US? Who do you think he would choose? Can you imagine him and his government making the statements they have made in the last 24 hours?

If I thought that there was no possibility of Assange being sent on the US from Sweden I wouldn’t be writing this. Serious allegations have been made and they need to be addressed. We all know that rape is a serious issue and is disgracefully neglected all over the world. If Assange is guilty he deserves to be punished, severely. I have no objection to international law being invoked to bring rapists to book and in fact welcome the idea.

I’m also under no illusions about the Ecuadorian government and their motivations for getting involved in this. I’m sure there are wider geo-strategic calculations here and they are not solely motivated by deep-seated belief in Assange’s innocent.

And leaving aside the allegations for a moment, Assange also has many questions to answer politically. He really is no friend of the left.

But the cynic in me is very concerned that there is something else going on here. It is not outlandish to assume that he could be extradited on to the US from Sweden, and it is also not outlandish to imagine him being treated upon arrival in a similar fashion to Bradley Manning. That is to say, unspeakably cruelly. I don’t think it is absurd to suggest that elements of the American security apparatus are out to ‘get’ Assange and Wikileaks.

I won’t say any more than that. Too many people who I respect immensely think he should be extradited to Sweden and I can understand why (and many people I have little time for think the opposite.) Rape is an issue of the utmost seriousness. I’d welcome the views of other people on the issue.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 20:07:19

    Thou should not annoy the great USA or the wrath will be sent. I’ve no doubt this is about get back and justice USA style.

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  2. Aditya
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 20:56:36

    Came across this old, but interesting piece. -> http://www.smh.com.au/national/did-he-or-didnt-he-the-murky-politics-of-sex-and-consent-20101211-18tie.html

    Especially the parts –
    “On August 10 she tweeted excitedly that her Christian activist group had invited Assange to Sweden and ”han kommer!” – he will come. The next week, at that crayfish party, she tweeted, ”I’m with the coolest most exciting people in the world.” That tweet, occurring three days after the alleged rape, would later be deleted from her Twitter feed, though it persisted in the Google cache, and was recirculated.”

    “… Ardin had also annoyed many people by posting on her blog a seven-step guide to revenge on ex-lovers, which advocated ”the big lie”, and getting the law involved. Gender equality officer at Uppsala University is to Sweden what holding the Norm Smith Medal is to Melburnians: it’s not something you traduce. The revenge guide also disappeared from her blog, and was retrieved from the Google cache.”

    “… suspicion that a right-wing Swedish government, desirous of ending its decades-long neutrality policy, was using the case to detain Assange long enough for extradition to be served. The timing of the warrants – matching key moments in the ”cablegate” releases, and the involvement of heavy hitters such as Borgstrom in the mix – suggest to many that the women’s inquiries, which were never made as charges, have been taken over.”

    “… And conspiracy theories flourish on the wilder shores of the Baltic. Did Ardin charge a student with sexual discrimination for ”not looking at me” while she was giving a lecture? Should we pay attention to her background among right-wing Cuban exiles, her stint in Washington, DC, the military side of her family, her cousin Mattias being a very senior liaison officer between NATO and Swedish forces in Afghanistan?”

    Though, also ->
    “… do we have the right to go the other way and ponder the deep strain of masculism that runs through his blog/manifesto IQ.ORG – where he effectively dismisses the possibility of women being capable of performing the sort of maths necessary for WikiLeaks-level hacking?”

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  3. Andrew Coates
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 16:32:43

    Assange is/was a friend (given his record for falling out with people I’m not sure) of Israel Shamir the original sponser of the kind of drivel cited here and Holocaust denier. I would not touch him with a barge-pole.

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  4. Babz Badasbab Rahman
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 07:04:25

    Good post. Assange maybe a twat but the geo-politics being played out here is obvious to anyone with half a brain. The US doesn’t care about the rape allegations per se but would probably like to incarcerate or execute the man if they could. Or at least interrogate him in Sweden. Extraordinary rendition anyone?

    Whatever happens to Assange we should be thankful for Wikileaks. Governments like to keep secrets from the people, about time there is an organisation dedicated to revealing them.

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  5. Babz Badasbab Rahman
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 07:18:03

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