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Assange prosecutor cited for secrecy breach

The prosecutor who issued the warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange  has been reported for violating rules on the confidentiality of preliminary investigations, newspaper Dagens Juridik (DJ) reported on Tuesday.

Due process organisation Rättssäkerhetsorganisationen (RO), which had previously notified the prosecutor through the Ombudsmen of Justice (Justitieombudsmännen, JO) for her conduct in connection with the decision to issue the warrant, has now supplemented its notification, the report said.

According to the organisation, the prosecutor violated the confidentiality of preliminary investigations by giving the media information about this case, DJ reported.

There is this that is being confirmed by several sources:

It appears that the tabloid Expressen got the information about the arrest order directly from the person who is accusing Assange for molestation. She has worked for Expressen and if this is the sinister revenge action many believe the goal for all this is to smear Assange.

Also NordisK Tribun | Anna Ardin bekreftet å stå bak anmeldelse av Assange  [Anna Ardin confirmed to stand behind the review of Assange]

[Google Translation of story]

Anna Ardin met with a younger woman on the police station in Stockholm City on Friday. She reported when Assange of abuse. The other woman who will be 20-years came ostensibly to consult with the police and claimed that Assange had raped her. She did not go to the review, but in serious cases such as suspected rape, it is standard procedure that the police themselves are creating a review.

This was indeed done and prosecuting authorities by Maria Häljebo Kjell Beach Friday night went out with the arrest warrant for Julian Assange. When Eva Finn took over the case Saturday morning, the rape charge dropped, but according to prosecuting authorities, he is still under investigation.

It was not long before the Express had a large bulletin board on the matter. Anna Ardin has previously been known newspaper writer and reporter Niklas Svensson who originally disclosed the matter in Expressen.

It was not long before the participants of the Swedish Internet Forum was able to identify Anna Ardin, the eldest of the two women.

Suspicion was further strengthened when Ardin soon after began to remove various Twitter messages referred Assange, and password protected his blogs. Blogs are still available through Google's archives, and many of her speech illustrated her problematic relationship with men and male roles.

And this

Anna Ardin, the woman who accused Assange for sexual molestation is cousin to Mattias Ardin, lieutenant of the Swedish Army in Mazar-el-Sharif on November 25,  2005 when two Swedish soldiers, Jesper Lindblom and Tomas Bergqvist were killed and several injured in Afghanistan.

This case is beginning smell like a Limburger cheese left in a heating duct.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 03:02:58 AM EST
It appears that the tabloid Expressen got the information about the arrest order directly from the person who is accusing Assange for molestation. She has worked for Expressen

For those not fluent in Swedish newspapers, Expressen translates roughly to New York Post, The Sun or Bild Zeitung. It is also, incidentally, where the Swedish police prefer to go when they have collected some innocent brown people on a paper-thin excuse and need a forum where they can bullshit to their hearts' content without committing perjury.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:39:38 AM EST
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What does "Nordisk Tribun" translate as?

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:16:24 PM EST
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No idea. I'm not fluent in Norwegian newspapers.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:18:33 PM EST
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by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:36:11 PM EST
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Nordic Tribune

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:51:14 PM EST
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(jesus, trying to do too many things at the same time.)

Nordic Tribune is a Norwegian newspaper.  

That's all the info I can find in the time I have available.  I'll look, later today, and report back.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 01:00:21 PM EST
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Bounced.

Seems to be a on-line only news source.  The wikipedia entry for Norwegian newspapers was recently updated, it says here, and doesn't have it.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 10:06:07 PM EST
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I'm not sure if people still remember me from back in the days.

But anyway, Nordisk Tribun, or Nordic Tribune, is a Norwegian/Scandinavian internet newspaper we're building.

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.

by Alexander G Rubio (alexander.rubio@gmail.com) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:22:44 PM EST
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Tell us more. Provide a link....

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:53:28 PM EST
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The direct link to the Nordisk Tribun frontpage is: http://nortrib.com/ .

We're still in a low gear mode, as we've had to spend years building our own content managements system, as we hit a technical wall with our old one on Bits of News, our English language site (still linked on the European Tribune front page, I see. Thank you, Jerome. :D ).

Hopefully we'll have NT up to full speed, Bits back up and running and a few other related projects off the ground in the weeks ahead.

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.

by Alexander G Rubio (alexander.rubio@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:30:50 AM EST
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congratulations on your venture.  I wish you every success.

we've had to spend years building our own content managements system

eek!

Building a CMS from the ground-up is a royal PITA.  

Building a CMS from the ground-up while simultaneously getting the newspaper out must be a nightmare.  Have you gotten any sleep in the past couple of years?  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 11:56:21 AM EST
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Indeed. You have no idea how many times I've grumbled to myself, "We should have just stayed with bloody Joomla..." We'd had a couple of years where we could have focused on.. well... writing...

But in the end none of the other CMS's had the features we wanted combined with the flexibility (our Leviathan CMS also had to work as the framework for two Digg/Reddit style aggregators we're working on).

Of course we may have gone a bit overboard doing parts in a C/ASM hybrid we call Linnormr...

And yes, there have been some sleepless nights, not least from worrying if we'd EVER haul this whale to shore. :D

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.

by Alexander G Rubio (alexander.rubio@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 12:41:47 PM EST
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If you happen to need another technical consultant who won't return your emails ... I'm your guy!!!

Take care & keep a sense of humor about It All.  I've been there, tho' not quite there-there, and from experience I can tell you in ten years, or so, you'll look back and realize ...

this was the Fun Part!!!

(LOL)


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 01:55:15 PM EST
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How true. The Act of Creativity is our greatest achievement, its completion a relief, and appreciation by an audience is the reward that reinforces us.

I have always thought myself very fortunate for stumbling into a broad industry where one's efforts become concrete. But I've had many conversations with people doing other work who are similarly moved by the fact that their work has a discrete result. An accountant told me how pleased she was when the books balanced (this was before ubiquitous computers). But recently a building labourer I was giving a lift to took pride in pointing out buildings he had worked on.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 02:09:55 PM EST
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Again, indeed. :D

Some people are just compulsive builders, the ones who play Civilization or Age of Empires and look at combat as a nuisance diverting focus from building the ultimate megalopolis. ;)

Bitsofnews.com Giving you the latest bits.

by Alexander G Rubio (alexander.rubio@gmail.com) on Sat Aug 28th, 2010 at 09:29:08 AM EST
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An old client in the Finnish MMORPG industry burnt through 500K € before going belly-up recently. Too much building of the megalopolis, and not enough on profiling and communicating with potential users ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Aug 30th, 2010 at 11:33:50 AM EST
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Yes I do remember you and regretted you vanished into the woodwork.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 11:49:15 AM EST
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See also:

How to smear a hero « Nicholas John Mead

Anna Ardin worked as a trainee (praktikant) under the foreign office at several locations in Sweden and abroad, two of them of particular interest.

In 2004 at the defense unit at the swedish embassy in Washington DC organizing conferences and having a partial assignment to the Swedish military intelligence MUST.

In 2005 AA worked with civil crisis management at the foreign office unit for European security policy in Stockholm.

http://resources.statsvet.uu.se/repository/1/polmag/PraktikutvVT05_del2.PDF

She has agitated against Castro, and is involved in an extremist Christian organisation.

Not quite the typical hippy leftist.

She also arranged Assange's visit. And just happened to have links to Expressen, having written for it in the past.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 07:21:37 AM EST
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Careful!

How to smear a hero « Nicholas John Mead

I made a mistake. It is not Anna Ardin that worked at the two assignments in Washington DC and Stockholm.

To repeat: It was not Anna Ardin that worked at the two assignments in Washington DC and Stockholm.



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 08:12:28 AM EST
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Good catch.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 08:22:28 AM EST
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Based on the inaccuracies, "How to Smear Anna Ardin" might've been a better headline. Anyway, this jumping to conclusions (How does Mead know, now, that the allegations are a smear?) is entirely unecessary and may backfire to the detriment of the left and the Wikileaks organization.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:27:39 PM EST
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I'm sure the Left, Assange and Wikileaks will be taking your sincere concern for their welfare under advisement.

But that blog does at least have some facts posted on it, which is more than this thread had originally.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:38:08 PM EST
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Inaccurate allegations were there too, mixed with the stuff you feel are facts. Credibility matters. This diary was and is about the 'non-factness' of the situation involving Assange. So why jump to conclusions? Especially, why write a diary calling the whole thing a smear? You're confident of that, now? How does that help 'the left' or Wikileaks (which is not the same thing as Assange: it's important to remind people of that, which is a fact)?

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:48:01 PM EST
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I'm confident you're trying - in an entertainingly ham-fisted and downright transparent way - to smear Assange and blow clouds of fud around the issue.

I'm confident of that because anyone here who can read - which most of us can, it seems - can see that you've been taking prosecution and media comments at face value and giving them the benefit of the doubt at every point, while not offering the same courtesy to Assange himself.

Who is surely guilty of rape - no, sexual molestation, no, er, molestation, no, make that non-specific but definitely non-sexual harrassment.

According to the prosecutor's office. And the very reputable newspaper that ran the story, when a former employee mentioned it to them in passing.

You're right about one thing - if it's a smear job, it's a fiasco.

Perhaps someone should start a lol-spooks site? I can haz tradecraft n meeja skillz?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 01:21:30 PM EST
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Your comment is wrong, and just makes me sad. Are you sure being caught out on two lies about Anna Adlin shouldn't have shaken your confidence in that "I'm sure it's a smear" article you quote from? No, you're more confident than ever. Sad.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 03:55:43 PM EST
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What would have shaken my confidence would have been a pattern of substantive investigation or sourced evidence on your part.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 09:50:40 PM EST
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I'm confident you're trying - in an entertainingly ham-fisted and downright transparent way - to smear Assange and blow clouds of fud around the issue.

ET contributors enjoy the presumption of good faith, until they've demonstrated the contrary. And while I disagree with some of the particulars, fairleft's line of reasoning in this thread is not absurd. Stubborn, perhaps, but stubbornness in pursuing a line of argument does not show bad faith as long as the data remains open to interpretation. Which it does as long as we're relying on press clippings.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 07:05:09 PM EST
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I don't consider unambiguous presumption of guilt based on tabloid tittle-tattle, innuendo, run-arounds, gratuitous repetition, misdirection, and deliberate attempts to play down and ignore real evidence to be good faith. Not when the charge is this serious.

Good faith would be 'Well - this is dramatic, but let's wait and see how it plays out.'

And now it's clear that there is no rape case, there was no rape case, and that any case that remains is so ambiguous and poorly defined that not even the prosecutor is sure what exactly Assange is supposed to have done.

Admittedly, this may change. But with what's known today, it's a fair guess that it's not looking likely.

But still - I'm curious why Fairleft followed through this diary through with such persistence.

What was the point? Why keep repeating 'They say there's no smoke without fire...' over and over?

I don't think it persuaded anyone that Assange is a rapist or pervert, or that Wikileaks is a bad thing, or that the war in Afghanistan is a good thing.

I don't even think it convinced anyone that Assange might be a rapist, given the chance.

I'm more perplexed by the energy expended on a diary with no clear point to it - beyond a nonsensical one - than about the details.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 09:37:09 PM EST
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I'm not sure where you get this presumption of guilt in fairleft's writings here. I don't get that vibe at all - I get a vibe of presumption of good faith on part of the witnesses. Which, perhaps due to an excess of zeal, occasionally seems to slide over into a presumption of good faith on part of the people who report what the witnesses say.

There's a fine line in dealing with this sort of cases: On the one hand, the accused and the witnesses enjoy the presumption of innocence and good faith (resp.). On the other hand, the police and the press do not. How far one should go in digging into witnesses' background in pursuit of deconstructing the official police and press line is at least partly a matter of personal taste.

Now, in my personal opinion, the fact that one of the witnesses went to the press herself (and to Expressen of all places) makes her a perfectly valid target for enquiry. But reasonable people can disagree on that point, particularly given the hearsay/fact ratio of the information we have on everyone involved at this point.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 07:07:28 AM EST
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My evil side is hugely enjoying the whole spectacle: it seems contrived expressly to drive the anarchistic left insane. On one hand, accusation of sexual impropriety, which have to be taken very seriously, of course, on the other it's all awfully convenient for a lot of very powerful people. <heads explode>
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 07:13:31 AM EST
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Yes, this fairleft, highly suspicious writing a diary that says we should withhold judgment on all involved in this mess, and shy away from conspiracy generation unless there's real evidence for that.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:24:08 PM EST
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ThatBritGuy:

She has agitated against Castro, and is involved in an extremist Christian organisation.

Not quite the typical hippy leftist.

No, but a fairly typical soc-dem. Agitating against Castro is standard to demonstrate that you are not a commie. And I suppose that the extremist christian organisation would be Broderskapsrörelsen? It is in effect the organisation of Christian soc-dems, and fairly harmless.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Mon Aug 30th, 2010 at 10:39:13 AM EST
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So it was Niklas Svensson was it?

Famous for actually being fired from Expressen (though apparently back now) after being implicated in a scandal in 2006 when the liberal party hacked the soc-dems election planning.

Also famous for making shit up.

d y s l e s b i s k .: Niklas Svensson Facts
Niklas Svensson Facts
  • Niklas Svensson bryter aldrig mot god publicistisk sed.
    Han utvecklar den genom att addera gott publicistiskt godtycke och god publicistisk fantasi.
  • När Niklas Svensson uppfann Gonzo-journalistiken gav han äran till Hunter S Thompson för att han själv skulle kunna "kartlägga" dess uppkomst.
  • När Niklas Svensson känner sig kränkt eller orättvist behandlad vänder han sig inte till Allmänhetens Pressombudsman.
    Han vänder sig till sig själv.
  • Niklas Svenssons tre viktigaste källor är Niklas Svensson, Niklas Svenssons skvaller och bloggar om Nicklas Svenssons skvaller.
  • Niklas Svensson använder inte kalendern för att planera framtiden. Han använder den för att justera det förflutna.
  • Niklas Svensson gör inte research. Han lyssnar till sin inre röst.
  • När Niklas Svensson hörde att Finland vann melodifestivalen började han hoppas på att Dan Brown ska få Nobelpriset i litteratur, Leila K Polarpriset och han själv en Pulitzer eller två.
  • När Niklas Svensson halkar på en isfläck, är det folkpartiets fel att det blivit vinter.
  • Albert Einstein skapade relativitetsteorin efter att ha lyssnat till Niklas Svenssons föreläsning "Kronologi, källkritik och vikten av sanning".
  • Niklas Svensson är inte anställd på Expressen. Han är Expressen.
Niklas Svensson Facts
* Niklas Svensson never breaks with good journalistic practice.
He improves it by adding good journalistic discretion and good journalistic imagination.
* When Niklas Svensson invented Gonzo journalism, he gave credit to Hunter S Thompson so he himself could "identify" its emergence.
* When Niklas Svensson feels offended or unfairly treated he turns not to the Press Ombudsman.
He turns to himself.
* Niklas Svensson's three main sources are Niklas Svensson Niklas Svensson, gossip and blogs Nicklas Svensson gossip.
* Niklas Svensson does not use the calendar to plan the future. He uses it to adjust the past.
* Niklas Svensson, do not do research. He listens to his inner voice.
* When Niklas Svensson heard that Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, he began to hope that Dan Brown should get the Nobel Prize in Literature, Leila K Polar Music Prize, and he himself a Pulitzer or two.
* When Niklas Svensson slipps on a patch of ice, it is the fault of the Liberal Party that it has becom winter.
* Albert Einstein created the theory of relativity after listening to the lecture Niklas Svensson's "Chronology, source criticism and the importance of truth."
* Niklas Svensson is not an employee of Expressen. He is Expressen.

From 2006 but still true.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Mon Aug 30th, 2010 at 10:31:28 AM EST
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