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Assange sex allegations force British submission to Washington, women’s groups and EAW

Julian Assange - hated by the US government

Julian Assange – hated by the US and UK governments

Whilst the tabloids concern themselves with making money from the alleged sexual exploits of Julian Assange, the British government continues to endure acute embarrassment following his failed extradition. Britain’s subservience to the United States and the government’s insistence on supporting the increasingly discredited European Arrest Warrant (EAW), especially when targeted at alleged sex offenders, have caused questions to be asked as to whether Britain, like the US has something more serious to hide.

TheOpinionSite.org is not remotely surprised that the United States has tried to argue that the whole matter is for the UK and Sweden to decide but at the same time, the US has refused to state that it does not intend to eventually pull Assange out of Sweden, legally or otherwise.

Sweden, like Britain a close ally of the US, has form for acting with the CIA over the illegal “rendition” of individuals to countries where the US – and the UK – have used torture to extract information from people, contrary to the proclaimed policy of all the countries concerned.

Ever since Wikileaks released thousands of embarrassing official emails and cables into the public domain, many in Washington have wanted to extradite Assange and put him on trial for espionage, an offence which carries huge jail sentences in the US and in some cases, the death penalty.

Many have argued that the British are now so complicit in the shady affairs of the US that it was easy for a deal to be struck whereby the Swedish would force Assange’s extradition to Sweden under a EAW and would then allow the Americans to “ghost” him to the US to stand trial; thus circumventing Britain’s legal obligation not to extradite someone to a country where they may be subject to the death penalty.

Now that Ecuador has granted Assange diplomatic asylum – a concept to which the US has refused to subscribe – the whole plan has been thrown into disarray, leaving the Americans furious and the British acutely embarrassed.

To add to the misery heaped upon Prime Minister David Cameron and his Foreign Secretary (and self-declared lover of the United States) William Hague, women’s groups together with rape charities and anti-sex offender organisations in the UK have all started to pile on the pressure.

Meanwhile, those who believe that the whole extradition affair is a poorly executed lie and generated purely for the political reasons outlined above, continue to question whether or not the British government (and the British courts) would have taken the stand they have had the allegations against Assange been anything other than sexual in nature.

Indeed, one must ask whether they would ever have supported Assange’s extradition in the first place.

After all, the dictator Augusto Pinochet – whose horrendous crimes were very real and affected hundreds of thousands – was not extradited to the US but remained under British protection, despite repeated threats from the Americans.

Mrs Thatcher is on record as being a supporter of Pinochet after he supposedly “brought democracy” to Chile (really?) and also for allegedly “helping” Britain to maintain control over the Falklands.

To TheOpinionSite.org, the hypocrisy is staggering. The British government stood up for an acknowledged dictator who persecuted the innocent but is now prepared to collude with the United States over the likely and illegal extraction from Sweden of a man who many believe should be praised for unmasking the criminal activities of the rich and powerful in both the US and Britain.

Why such support for the European Arrest Warrant?

There are three main reasons why we should believe that there is something very wrong with Britain’s sudden determination to enforce a European Arrest Warrant despite huge opposition to the law from MPs, lawyers, the public and just about everyone except the police and the rather pathetic UK Border Force:

  • The Americans still refuse to confirm that it is not their intention to extradite Assange to the USA once he is in Sweden
  • The Swedish authorities have consistently refused to confirm that they will not hand Assange over to the Americans and have refused numerous offers to interview Assange in London
  • Having made such political capital out of sex offences over the last 20 years, the British government feels obliged to enforce all EAWs connected with any sexual offence whether there is evidence to support the allegations or not. It dare not be seen to do otherwise.

Until the above anomalies are answered, the suspicions that the UK and Sweden are colluding with the United States will continue and it is simply unreasonable to expect any sane person with an interest in what is really going on in the world to think otherwise.

If more evidence were needed, just read the heavily-biased US-UK Extradition Treaty which is all drafted in favour of the United States.

Unfortunately – and TheOpinionSite.org knows that it will be criticised for saying this – for the vast majority of the British public, the whole matter of Assange v Britain and the US is an incomprehensible irrelevance and will take second place to the new football season.

Not so surprising when according to research by some polling companies, 35% of adults still don’t know who the current prime minister is and most have never heard of Julian Assange.

Sadly, as the government is only too well aware, most British people are relatively poorly educated, rarely step off the island upon which they live, have no interest in politics whatsoever, assume (perhaps correctly) that most politicians are crooks anyway and, in the true nature of “Tabloid Britain”, believe that anyone who is accused of anything to do with sexual crime – even before anything has been proved – should be put up against a wall and shot.

Therefore, many of the ‘great British public’ will at best believe that Julian Assange, a man who has arguably done more to expose the dishonesty of governments around the world than anyone else, should also be thrown on the sexual offender scrap heap – even if he may be innocent.

Unfortunately, always anxious to please the tabloids, our weak British government seems to feel the same.

The reliance of Britain’s police on the EAW when tracking down registered sex offenders is almost obsessive given that when they do finally get them back, the offender usually get a fine or 6 weeks inside. Then again, it is an easy and popular arrest to make. However, when the offence is not sexual in nature or a little work and effort are needed, the police do not bother with even trying to get an EAW.

Now suddenly, according to the Foreign Secretary William Hague (whose middle name is ‘Jefferson’ after the former US president) with the case of Julian Assange, the EAW is absolute and must be obeyed.

The only other country that believes that about EAWs is Poland. A plane leaves Stansted Airport every Thursday morning loaded with people convicted of horrendous crimes such as breaking furniture and failing to have road tax or car insurance.

Whilst the underlying importance of this affair will be lost on many people, it is hoped that for readers of TheOpinionSite.org at least, they will not.

A bad mixture of unquestioning obedience to the United States, the completely flawed European Arrest Warrant so loved by the British police, the fear of being seen to support the rights of someone already condemned as a sex offender and the embarrassment caused by stupidly threatening to smash down the doors of a sovereign embassy have all made the British government look unbelievably stupid, weak, vindictive and too wrapped up in a puritan, empirical past.

No doubt at some point, Assange will eventually get to Ecuador, whether Washington likes it or not. After all, the US now has a whole raft of other American countries lining up against it – not to mention half of Europe’s citizens who hate the United States with a passion.

Sweden too now looks weak and subservient in the face of US pressure, something the world is not used to seeing, even though it has been the case for some time now.

And what of the women who are allegedly the “victims” in this case and who conveniently came forward when the US started to make noises about extraditing Assange? What about the fact that the charges were dropped, only to be resurrected when it was convenient to do so? What about the fact that it all took so long even though the whole business was allegedly caught on video?

Readers must draw their own conclusions.

Meanwhile, as the row goes on, we must not lose sight of the fact that all this is the result of a man who wanted to expose the lies of politicians and their paymasters and in doing so, put himself in the firing line of Britain and the United States of America; both historically proven as being two of the most vindictive nations in the world.

Love him or hate him, Julian Assange is now in the history books. TheOpinionSite.org hopes that for a long time to come yet, he goes on not just being part of history but is actually responsible for making history itself.

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8 Responses to Assange sex allegations force British submission to Washington, women’s groups and EAW

  1. Neal
    August 22, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I urge everyone to read (genuine feminist) Naomi Wolff’s excellent investigation into not only Sweden’s ghastly record for investigating rape, but also how the Assange case is like none other.
    Anyone involved in the Wimmin;s Movement who supports Sweden;s attempt to extradite is not a true friend of women.

    http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/02/eight-big-problems-with-the-case-against-assange-must-read-by-naomi-wolf/

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      August 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Interesting. Wonder why the mainstream media hasn’t mentioned any of it! – Editor

  2. verity
    August 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    There is a basic moral and legal principle at stake here which will have international repercussions and ramifications for the UK for a long time to come.

    Our independent sovereignty and standing in the eyes of the international community is in jeopardy.
    The actions of the government in this matter will determine the world’s perception of us as either a democracy, as is alleged, or as a totalitarian puppet police state under the thumb of the USA.

    We stand to lose many friends and allies which will render us vulnerable in so many ways and for which the USA will offer no protection.

    Regardless of personal, critical or derogatory views expressed by certain individuals in regard to his appearance, demeanour or website, which are irrelevant and when expressed destroys any argument those exponents think they may have had, the truth of the matter is; Assange is being witch hunted by the USA to fulfil their agenda.
    And we are being used to accomplish their mission.”

    The alleged evidence against Assange is at its highest, tenuous at best.
    The facts more than suggest to a criminal standard that there is in fact and actuality no case to answer.
    The allegations are being used in order to bury the true motives and the core reasons behind this debacle.

    However the weight of evidence as to this government’s and the USA’s true intention in regard to the future of Assange, is mounting by the day.

    The alleged sexual assault allegations are being used as a convenient cover by those in power in order to
    garner support from the public in what will be proven in due time, to be a duplicitous and craven hoodwinking of the public in order for the aforesaid agencies to get their hands on Assange.

    Why?
    Because Assange has let you and me know what our government’s don’t want us to know.

  3. bobjob
    August 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    This is a difficult one. Those who break the law should be prosecuted but if pne looks at this on “the balance of probabilities”, which is what the police do when they apply for a EAW, one cannot help but think there is something wrong. Anyway, from what one knows, originally the women concerned didn’t say it was rape or anything else. Someone somewhere persuaded them to up the ante. The Americans will do anything to get to Assange and I point the finger at them.

  4. Stephen
    August 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    For as long as we have a society where governmental policy is written first by newspapers, where politicians are only able to function if newspapers pander to their ego, where all details other than a victim’s name of any case, particularly one of a sexual nature, are allowed to be made public from the inititial complaint to the police, then what else can we expect here?

    It is still very recent in memory when a particular Frenchman had to withdraw from elections in France because he had been accused of sexual offences against a maid. Those same allegations were withdrawn as soon as the man’s reputation had been destroyed and stepped out of the political limelight to “clear” his name.

    On a different point, it is still recent in memory when an American soldier deliberately murdered a number of innocent people (in a police station, if I remember correctly, but that fact is minimal compared to the crime). Within hours, the American government had returned him home, refusing to allow him to be questioned by local police nor charged nor stand trial. The American government have stated repeatedly that they will not countenance any American citizen being removed from their soil for any reason.

    Now Julian Assange (who might only be the tip of the iceberg of what is going on that has never been made public). Mr Assange is accused of publishing information that America states is secret. If the information was that classified, it should never have been allowed to be handled by persons who could not be trusted. If the information published was not true, a simple period of silence indicating they were ignoring the information, would have allowed the matter to sink unnoticed. But for some reason, American did not wish to remain silent, they were up in arms over the publication of the information – which has to suggest the facts put into the public domain were true, which then suggests that America is the real criminal here, not Mr Assange.

    As for the actual publication of the material. We have been told since the 1990’s that the world wide web, a part of the Internet, is free. If one is unable to publish a document, then it is not free. If one is unable to publish the truth, then it is not free. If one is unable to publish one’s own opinions, then it is not free. And no matter what country we might reside in, if we are unable to either publish our own opinions or if we are unable to publish the truth, then that country cannot be considered either free or democratic. If it is not democratic, if citizens are forced to speak only the party line, it is closer to a dictatorship – and that word alone was implied towards the British government only last week by Ecuador, and quite rightly so.

    We have in this country many American citizens, living in, contributing to our society, enjoying life in Britain rather than live in the US, for whatever reasons they have. One such person is more generally known as Madonna, an internationally acclaimed recording artist. Yet Madonna is to have an arrest warrant served on her by Russia, alleging that she broke what Russia now considers a very important law – Madonna spoke about homosexuality and gay rights during a public concert attended by some persons who are under 18 years of age. That has recently been made illegal in Russia, it carries a prison sentence. It might not be a sex offence but, to Russia, it is a very important law that must be complied with by all (and why am I so much reminded of Margaret Thatcher’s administration in the 1980’s and clause 28?). How quickly will the British government run to send Madonna to Russia to stand trial since, according to Russia, she has damaged the minds of minors? How quickly will we see America stand up and state one of their citizens cannot be extradited anywhere? How quickly will we see Madonna placed safely on a plane and returned permanently to America? In all likelihood, none of this will take place. Madonna will be free to come and go as she pleases (as long as it is not to Russia), it will not make headlines, and only the Russians will be annoyed because no one is taking any notice of them. And none of this will take place because Madonna has not been accused of a sexual offence – unless the Russian courts can manipulate the wording of the charge to state what Madonna “preached” was sexually motivated and deliberately aimed at inciting minors to engage in same-sex sexual activity. Damn, I am good, I wonder if Russia has considered this? They will.

    Sex offences make good press, they sell lots of newspapers, the accused can rarely make any real statement – unless they have plenty of money or social standing. It is an easy offence to get a conviction for because juries instantly believe a person must be guilty otherwise such a complaint would never be made in the first place. As other articles on this site will show, Britain is years behind even other European countries, we have far too many sex offence laws, we run a register of offenders that is totally useless and costs a fortune to maintain, we have no proof being on any kind of register prevents re-offending of a sexual nature, and we refuse to follow the good example of other European countries in stopping compensation for victims (also “victims”), streamlining the sex offences laws and getting rid of a useless register that wastes police time.

    And, throughout all of this reporting on Mr Assange, that word “sex” is repeated over and over and over again because sex is the one thing that causes so many Britains and Americans to flee into a dark room and wash out their ears and eyes with soap. The second word that causes the same response is nudity. What is wrong with us? How have we come to this point where sex and nudity are now considered dirty and repulsive? Have people come to feel so guilty about a natural “pleasure” that they cannot bear the thought others might consider they do “it”? In Finland, the sauna is considered a sacred place. It is always nude, it is not designed for sexual activity, saunas are in most homes and places of business, including schools, and the Finns use the sauna actively. There is no distinction between the sexes as a rule and there is no distinction between ages. From the age of a few months old, a child is introduced to the suana and no one “covers up” or gets embarrassed, no one points and giggles. Nudity is a part of life, it is accepted, there is not even a consideration that children are naked in the same place as adults. What would happen if a Finnish family moved to Britain, installed a sauna, and enjoyed the experience with their family and friends? It would hit the headlines, child abuse allegations would be bandied around, Social Services and the police would be ordered to move in and take the children away. What has hapened to us? Why are we so afraid?

    Why is it so easy for any person to make a statement to the police, with absolutely no evidence or dna required to support it, and that statement is then, in law, regarded as “evidence” sufficient to question a man (or woman), charge him, have him appear in court, allow his details to be printed over all newspapers? Why? Simple, it is a story that sells, it is a story that inflames public opinion, it is a story that gets politicians re-elected. But it is not freedom.

    We, like Americans, have been brainwashed into thinking that we are free, that we live in a free society, that we live under the flag of democracy, but woe betide anyone who speaks publicly against government decisions. We are not free, we do not live in a free society, we do not live in a democracy.

    Mr Assange may be guilty of the sex offence charges, he may be innocent. Indeed, from the evidence that has been given to us, he is, in all likelihood, innocent of the charges. This is not to detract from the very real victims of sex crimes, but in this instance it does seem unlikely any such real sex crime existed. Mr Assange may be guilty of publishing American secrets on his website – ok, that is true because so many people in the world have seen them. But since it is clear those secrets are actually true, then it is not Mr Assange who should be standing trial but the American government because, yet again, they are committing crimes against humanity. And, finally, is Mr Assange actually guilty of publishing secrets? How would he know he was putting something into the public domain that should remain hidden unless he would first have been told by a senior American politician? Without that knowledge, he has only placed into the public domain information that was passed to him that, had America only kept its mouth shut for once, would in all probability have fallen into the realms of alien abductions. But these papers were not fanciful, they were clearly true, and Mr Assange has therefore acted in the public interest which, after all, is a prime consideration the Public Prosecutions department in the UK used to decide whether to charge a person – is it in the public interest? Clearly, it was in the public interest for Mr Assange to place certain documents in the public domain. Did he publish that information? If so, is he the owner of the means of that publication? Here I would suggest that Mr Assange is totally innocent of the charges because although he put information in the public domain he cannot actually be the ultimate publisher, for that to happen he would need to solely own the website, all servers throughout the world where that information is stored, all pc’s throughout the world that currently hold copies of that same information, he would also need to own the means of publication at the time of appearance and for each successive appearance which means he would have to own and have total authority over all internet server providers because they are equally liable for “allowing” that content, and finally he would have to own the world wide web and then the Internet. Indeed, here in the UK we have a precedent for ISPs being held responsible for content it allows its subscribers to have access to by means of laws covering pornography and, the very latest, action covering so-called illegal downloading and file sharing.

    By these definitions alone, Mr Assange is not guilty. Who is guilty? America, clearly, for acting against the public interest and for seeming to be involved in crimes. Britain and Sweden for forgetting that America is not the dominating power nor should it ever be allowed to have any kind of control over Europe (after all, look at the damage it did deliberately to European banks to try and bring down the EU because it was becoming too powerful). Let’s all get real here – Britain is scared of America, and is scared of being part of Europe, and is under the control of a government that still believes we own half the world. Sweden is showing itself to be a puerile and obsequious pawn on a world stage that it has previously not bothered to take part in – and it has on numerous occasions in the past sent representatives to interview people in the UK, so there is a precedent. But, more than anything else, the label “sex offender” can once more be bandied about in the tabloids to the delight of the British government and, especially, allows this case to take all the publicity and hide the unlawful introduction of even more Draconian additions to the Sex Offenders Register requirements by the Home Secretary. We are allowing new laws to be introduced that have nothing to do with terrorism and are by-passing parliament. We are allowing new laws to be introduced that are retrospective. And this is all being brushed under the carpet in favour of Britain wanting to be seen to wag its tail and knit cardigans for American politicians.

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      August 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you for such an interesting and well considered comment. – Editor

  5. Jenny
    August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I know that as a woman and given the alleged sex offences, I should feel bad things towards this man but, in truth, I think he is doing what we all want to do and expose the corrupt politicians for what they are and they are trying to stitch him up.

    As for the allegations, I don’t believe them. The timing is just too convenient.

  6. Harry
    August 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    The European Arrest Warrant is, like any accusation of sexual misbehaviour,the perfect blunt weapon for anyone with an axe to grind. Police can use it without any evidence, courts always grant them without question, no prima facie case needs to be made and they are impossible to overturn until after the event.

    The British government must have thought it was Christmas when it came in.

    As for Assange, he should be given a medal, not labelled as a criminal. If the woman concerned has any real case, they should have come forward straight away. Delaying things is just an excuse and is not covered by the phoney “it took a long time to summon up the courage” argument.

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