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Saturday, August 21, 2010

As soon as I saw the headline alleging the Wikileaks founder is being sought on rape charges, I thought, "why didn't I see THAT coming?" [UPDATE]

actually, i thought julian assange would probably be found dead under "mysterious circumstances," but, on reflection, that would be too obvious, wouldn't it...? this makes a lot more sense... of COURSE, no country purporting to abide by the rule of law is going to shelter someone accused of rape... you've got to admit, it's a brilliant way to lay hands on the guy and keep him off the scene while the black bag types hamstring his network... nice work, guys...
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suspected of rape in Sweden, where authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest, officials said Saturday.

The 39-year-old Australian denied the allegations on WikiLeaks' Twitter page, saying they "are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."

Assange, who has sought Swedish legal protection for the whistle-blower website, is suspected of molestation and rape in two separate cases, said Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

"He should get in contact with police so that he can be confronted with the suspicions," Rosander told The Associated Press.

She said a prosecutor in Stockholm issued the arrest warrant on Friday. The move means police are ordered to seek his arrest as part of an investigation but doesn't necessarily mean that criminal charges will be filed.

"The next step is that we interrogate him," Rosander said. "Then we'll see what happens."

WikiLeaks has angered the Obama administration by publishing thousands of leaked documents about U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange said Wednesday that WikiLeaks plans to release a new batch of 15,000 documents from the Afghan war within weeks.

He was in Sweden last week partly to apply for a publishing certificate to make sure the website, which has servers in Sweden, can take full advantage of Swedish laws protecting whistle-blowers.

He also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he would write bimonthly columns for a left-wing Swedish newspaper.

WikiLeaks commented on the rape allegations on its Twitter page. Apart from the comment from Assange, the page had a link to an article in Swedish tabloid Expressen, which first reported the allegations.

"We were warned to expect 'dirty tricks.' Now we have the first one," one Tweet said.

isn't it a truly AMAZING coincidence that something like this befalls mr. assange right when he's in the middle of pulling the curtains back on just how duplicitous our leaders are...? really...! i'm shocked, SHOCKED, i tell you...!


warrant canceled...


Sweden has cancelled an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority website said the chief prosecutor had come to the decision that Mr Assange was not suspected of rape but did not give any further explanation.

The warrant was issued late on Friday.

Wikileaks, which has been criticised for leaking Afghan war documents, had quoted Mr Assange as saying the charges were "without basis".

vedddy interestin', no...?

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Friday, August 20, 2010

A YouTube current affairs sampler

sam seder does some "man on the street" interviews on the never-ending effort to give social security to wall street, one of the most patently disgusting efforts imaginable but totally in keeping with our greedy, super-rich elites...

riz khan at al jazeera explores the situation of women in afghanistan...

and, so as not to get all caught up in nothing but serious shit (after all this is the last few weeks of the summer vacation season, right?), here's elon james riffing on "nigger times 11"...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Keith says all I care to say about the ground zero mosque debate

keith olbermann...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Brief update

my last post was on sunday from prishtina, kosovo, where i was waiting for the baggage that had been delayed due to a very short connection between my reno-san francisco flight and the san francisco-frankfurt flight... i finally got both bags on monday morning, after which i took the bus to skopje and then yesterday drove with friends here to siviri on the halkidiki peninsula south of thessaloniki, greece...

siviri is on the beach and is full of greeks and residents of the balkans enjoying the last weeks of summer... it's hot and crowded but most pleasant nonetheless... last evening, i watched the sunset from a little restaurant/bar while eating aubergine croquets, nibbling greek olives, sipping ouzo and puffing on a good stogie... life is good...



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