Swedish Legal Facts: Why Mutual Legal Assistance wasn’t used in the Assange case

One reason the Assange case looks complicated is that Julian Assange and his legal team lie and misrepresent facts. For instance, they deny the fact that he’s been charged, they deny that he left Sweden to avoid interviews and they try to hide the fact that he had conditions for interviews. In two articles I have shown that Jennifer Robinson and Per E Samuelsson are very liberal with the truth, to say the least.

Another reason the case seems complicated is that the Swedish Prosecution Authority hasn’t explained the Swedish Criminal Procedure in terms easily understood. The Prosecutor General Anders Perklev is satisfied the English Judges have ruled correctly. I don’t think that is enough. It is important that justice is done. But is even more important that it can be seen to be done.

Finally, the Prosecutor Marianne Ny is not the best of communicators. She denied Björn Hurtig’s request for interviews in England with the words “For investigative reasons” it is not an option. Not a very good explanation.

For a long time Julian Assange and his lawyers have demanded that Julian Assange should be interviewed in England using Mutual Legal Assistance, MLA. They claim it is common that MLA is used in cases like his. Since the legal team makes this claim it is most likely not the full truth. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important matters.”

In this article I will take a look at Mutual Legal Assistance and try explain what it is for and when it is used. It is not used in cases like Julian Assange’s and I will explain why. Continue reading

Is former Ambassador Craig Murray a media seeking liar or just a pathetic researcher?

(Update March 16, 2013) Since I wrote this article exposing Craig Murray as a serial liar and inventor of stories he has responded in typical Craig Murray fashion. In a comment on his blog he says that he will never ever back up his claims. (Makes sense since it is impossible.) In a silly attempt to save his lying face he is doing what he can to censor me, making it impossible for me to comment on his blog from my IP address. So much for openness and freedom of speech.

pinnoccioPinocchio is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the 1883 children’s novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, by Carlo Collodi, an Italian writer, and has since appeared in many adaptations of that story and others. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet but dreamed of becoming a real boy. He has also been used as a character who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons. Pinocchio is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress, especially while lying. His clothes are made of flowered paper, his shoes are made of wood and his hat is made of bread.

Craig Murray is a former British Ambassador and wanna-be protagonist of the coming novel “The Adventures of Julian Assange”. He calls himself a “Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist” and a defender of free-speech. He prides himself of being a formidable textual analyst who can interpret police reports like nobody else.

In this article I will take a closer look at Craig Murray’s claims and his so called “textual analysis” capability in order to evaluate his claims. What his hat is made of I don’t know. I only know that what’s inside it isn’t functioning very well. Something the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office found out a long time ago.

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If Jemima Khan can, anybody can

jemima-khan-4I don’t know Jemima Khan. But I have an opinion of her based on her support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. And she impresses me.

For Jemima Khan truth is what is important. She feels passionately that democracy needs strong, free media. Elected governments, big corporations, politicians, organizations, lawyers and individuals lie to us all the time. It is very important for us to have true information about what is going on. As Bradley Manning puts it “without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public”.

In a recent very interesting article in New Statesman Jemima Khan reveals “How the Wikileaks founder alienated his allies. An article that I recommend everyone to read. She writes:

The problem is that WikiLeaks – whose mission statement was “to produce . . . a more just society . . . based upon truth” – has been guilty of the same obfuscation and misinformation as those it sought to expose, while its supporters are expected to follow, unquestioningly, in blinkered, cultish devotion.

Jemima Khan is aware that Julian Assange “is no more vulnerable to extradition to the US from Sweden than he is from the UK” contrary to the claims made by WikiLeaks. In fact he is less vulnerable to extradition in Sweden. Not one person has been extradited from Sweden to the US for political or military crimes in the last 50 years. Sweden did not even extradite the CIA defector Edward Lee Howard in 1992 even though the US did its best to get him. Continue reading