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August 19 2012

surveyork
22:09
STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) — Amidst growing scepticism and hostility towards Swedish media, the Swedish judicial system, and in particular Marianne Ny, journalists Helene Bergman and Anders Carlgren have today filed charges against Marianne Ny for her handling of the Assange case.
Assange in Sweden: Charges Filed Against Marianne Ny | Rixstep Industry Watch
surveyork
21:38
Charges Filed Against Marianne Ny 2012-08-02
Helene Bergman and Anders Carlgren file with the ombudsman for justice.
JA/WL | Rixstep
surveyork
21:11
Donald Bostrom, 56, a veteran foreign correspondent for newspapers like Sweden's Aftonbladet, told AOL News this week that Anna Ardin, one of Assange's accusers, told him two very different versions of her relationship with Assange and then told police a third version.

He said Ardin admitted "lying" to him.
Julian Assange Witness Donald Bostrom Raises Questions About Alleged Sex Victim
surveyork
17:57
Based on my 23 years of reporting on global rape law, and my five years of supporting women at rape crisis centers and battered women’s shelters, I can say with certainty that this case is not being treated as a normal rape or sexual assault case. New details from the Swedish police make this quite clear. Their transcript of the complaints against Assange is strikingly unlike the dozens of such transcripts that I have read throughout the years as an advocate for victims of sex crimes.
Eight BIG PROBLEMS with the “case” against Assange (MUST-READ by Naomi Wolf) :: News From Underground

August 17 2012

surveyork
20:14

SYDNEY — Australian diplomats believe Washington is targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for possible prosecution, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.

The Australian embassy in Washington is taking seriously the possibility that Assange will eventually be extradited to the United States on charges including espionage and conspiracy relating to a huge leak of classified information on the WikiLeaks website, according to The Age newspaper.

A raft of diplomatic cables, released under freedom of information laws and obtained by the newspaper, show Australia has been keeping tabs on Washington's interest in Assange and has no objection to the potential extradition, the newspaper said.

Despite Foreign Minister Bob Carr's insistence that the US is not pushing for Assange to be pursued over the leaks, the documents show he and Prime Minister Julia Gillard have been briefed on the issue, The Age reported.

surveyork
17:48

AUSTRALIAN diplomats have no doubt the United States is still gunning for Julian Assange, according to Foreign Affairs Department documents obtained by The Saturday Age.

The Australian embassy in Washington has been tracking a US espionage investigation targeting the WikiLeaks publisher for more than 18 months.

The declassified diplomatic cables, released under freedom of information laws, show Australia's diplomatic service takes seriously the likelihood that Assange will eventually be extradited to the US on charges arising from WikiLeaks obtaining leaked US military and diplomatic documents.

This view is at odds with Foreign Minister Bob Carr's repeated dismissal of such a prospect.

surveyork
14:10
The points raised by Weisbrot include the fact that Assange still hasn't actually been charged in Sweden. He notes that Swedish officials have been offered, multiple times, the opportunity to come to the UK to question him, and they've refused each time, including a recent offer from the Ecuadorian embassy to question him there:

We can infer that the Swedes have no legitimate reason for the extradition, since they were repeatedly offered the opportunity to question him in the UK, but rejected it, and have also refused to even put forth a reason for this refusal. A few weeks ago the Ecuadorian government offered to allow Assange to be questioned in its London embassy, where Assange has been residing since 19 June, but the Swedish government refused – again without offering a reason. This was an act of bad faith in the negotiating process that has taken place between governments to resolve the situation.

Former Stockholm chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem also made it clear that the Swedish government had no legitimate reason to seek Assange's extradition when he testified that the decision of the Swedish government to extradite Assange is "unreasonable and unprofessional, as well as unfair and disproportionate", because he could be easily questioned in the UK.

US, UK Betray Basic Values To Get Assange At Any Cost | Techdirt

August 16 2012

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14:04
The United States would paint itself as a promoter of human rights, but any right to make that claim is long gone
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13:24
I returned to the UK today to be astonished by private confirmation from within the FCO that the UK government has indeed decided – after immense pressure from the Obama administration – to enter the Ecuadorean Embassy and seize Julian Assange.
Craig Murray » Blog Archive » America’s Vassal Acts Decisively and Illegally

July 29 2012

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17:20
It’s imperative that the Australians people keep up the pressure on our politicians to defend Julian Assange. This letter is intended to provide an example of the sort of content you may wish to include in a letter to your MP or members of the government. Please feel free to use the letter in its entirety, or select the points you feel most strongly about and which are most relevant to the recipient.

July 09 2012

surveyork
10:36
A WOMAN whose son was sexually assaulted by a Catholic teacher in the 1970s has disputed a Christian Brothers version of its handling of the matter and backed calls for a Royal Commission into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Mother of abuse victim calls for inquiry into church

July 08 2012

surveyork
18:47
THE Vatican's most senior representative in Australia failed to co-operate with a government inquiry into child sexual abuse in Ireland and once invoked diplomatic immunity in a civil suit in which a victim was suing the church.
Archbishop used immunity in civil suit

June 04 2012

surveyork
08:58
A CATHOLIC priest shook his head and his family wept yesterday as a jury found him guilty of 23 lurid child sex offences.

A Sydney District Court jury took nearly two days to find the priest guilty of all 23 counts of indecent or sexual assault against boys as young as eight years old in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Priest guilty of 23 child sex charges - Local News - News - Crime and Law - Newcastle Herald

June 01 2012

surveyork
17:30

ELEVEN Victorians abused by a jailed paedophile Christian Brother have lodged joint claims in the Victorian County Court in the first of several looming and large legal actions aimed at forcing the Catholic Church to compensate victims.

The move is the largest legal action of its type in Victoria and, if it succeeds, will put intense pressure on the Christian Brothers to pay victims compensation that could total millions of dollars.

surveyork
16:52

CONFIDENTIAL police reports have detailed the suicides of at least 40 people sexually abused by Catholic clergy in Victoria, and have urged a new inquiry into these and many other deaths suspected to be linked to abuse in the church.

In a damning assessment of the church’s handling of abuse issues, the reports say it appears the church has known about a shockingly high rate of suicides and premature deaths but has "chosen to remain silent."

May 09 2012

surveyork
20:30
This Group has been set up for the benefit of VICTIMS of Pedophillia and Sexual Abuse by the EVIL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ...in Australia. Members can share notes, tell their stories and make contact with other Victims.

Approaches to ALL Archdioceses have resulted in Denials, Threats, in some cases offers of miserly amounts of compensation with No Disclosure clauses. Any cases that have gone to court have been as a result of victims reporting abuse to the Police and the alleged offenders being defended by the Church. The Gerald Ridsdale affair is the most infamous with George "Go To Hell" Pell personally accompaning him to court, but not giving evidence in court.

We must fight this EVIL CESSPOOL of sexual abuse and bring it to it's knees.

May 06 2012

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09:32

May 04 2012

surveyork
15:10

Mr Stephens says David Nicholls' comparison of religious belief to believing in fairies is "outright stupid".

He says religion is bound in the history of philosophy and the history of "ideas themselves".

"What we're talking about here - whether it be Christianity, Judaism or Islam - are ancient traditions that have been in relentless rigorous dialogue with every philosophical tradition, every moral movement, every literary tradition. These are traditions that exercise rigorous forms of self-criticism, of development," he said.

March 30 2012

surveyork
16:19
THE Australian government has renewed its attacks on WikiLeaks, condemning the group for "reckless'' disclosures of secret information.

March 22 2012

surveyork
11:27
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