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From the dodgy English translation, it looks like prosecutor investigation into suspicion of 'sexual harassment' has been dropped, but the possible charge of 'harassment' is still being investigated:

Chefsåklagaren har givit utredare i uppdrag att förhöra Assange med anledning av misstanken om ofredande.

- Det får utredaren och Leif Silbersky komma överens om när det ska ske, säger Finné till Aftonbladet.

Den första misstanken, som till en början rubricerades som våldtäkt, avskrevs redan i lördags. Finné har nu även avskrivit misstanken om sexuellt ofredande i det fallet. Finné förklarar att det inte innebär att hon misstror kvinnan.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article7673691.ab

Bing translator (emphasis added):

The Chief Prosecutor has given investigators to interrogate Assange by reason of the suspicion of harassment.

- It is the investigator and Leif Silbersky agree on when it will happen, "says Finné to Aftonbladet.

The first suspicion, as initially as rape, was removed from the register rubricerades already on Saturday. Finné has now also written off suspicion of sexual harassment in the case. Finné declares that it does not mean that she distrusts the woman.

 

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:22:56 PM EST
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No "sexual harassment", but the "strong evidence" (by hearsay) was that Assange forced two women to accept penetration without a condom.

What's left of this clumsy smear job?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 03:28:18 PM EST
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What's left is an investigation into suspicion of 'harassment' whatever that means in Swedish law (it is apparently a very broad statute).

Whatever becomes of the allegation, "Eyewitness testimony by two witnesses, apparently independent witnesses, saying roughly the same thing about Assange's actions is strong evidence."

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 03:59:27 PM EST
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Under what law is it strong evidence?

How many African-Americans have ended up on Death Row thanks to that kind of justice?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:13:42 PM EST
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And what exactly is that "eyewitness testimony"? Do you have the faintest idea?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:17:07 PM EST
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Do you? Okay, so we're even and neither of us should jump to conclusions. Is it possible two women had some sort of unpleasant encounter with Assange, and reported those experiences to the police? Yes. Is it possible nothing 'wrong' took place and the two women were enacting a 'smear job' against Assange by bringing false charges to the police? Yes. Do we have any idea which of the preceding is most likely? No.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:29:34 PM EST
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Of course it's possible, and of course women who go to the police to complain of abuse should be taken seriously and listened to. But allegations are not in themselves evidence.

And, in this case, the immediately-offered media stories have changed so often and so quickly (despite being apparently circumstantiated by details such as the condom which are no longer being spoken of), that the notion of a put-up job is an extremely possible one too.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:38:14 PM EST
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This is a storm in a tekopp. There is a simpler explanation: jealous revenge.

One of the two women, an expert on the law on sexual offences through her work, sought out contact with Assange (who she did not know) before he arrived in Sweden. This is evidenced in cached tweets that she sent at the time, now removed - presumably by herself. For instance she heard that Assange would be attending a private crayfish party and sought to get an invitation to it.

To actively seek out contact with someone, and then to engineer an accusation against them says only one thing to me. I say engineer, because there was never a direct accusation made by the woman, but it was reported to the police in such a way that they would have to act.

The cause of the desire for 'revenge' is murkier. But there are several scenarios that do not involve the CIA, the Pentagon or any other sinister organizations.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:12:56 AM EST
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One of the two women, an expert on the law on sexual offences through her work, sought out contact with Assange (who she did not know) before he arrived in Sweden.

The more the evidence rolls in the more it looks like a classic "Honey Trap."

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

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 11:41:47 AM EST
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It may well prove to be such, but for the moment there are more obvious, more parochial explanations.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 12:58:07 PM EST
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One's conclusions depends on one's paranoia index?  Mine is set fairly high; I try to keep it under control.

O/T, BTW:

Hope you're anchoring the shelving properly.  Remember they will have to hold 10,000 books when the ET Refuges move in.  

:-)


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

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 02:12:51 PM EST
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Oh I am. I even bought an electronic stud detector (no jokes there please). But there's a lot of BTUs in books, and we have a standard Finnish tiled stove upstairs - one of the most efficient burners in the business. Heat or knowledge - it may be the choice one day ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 02:48:53 PM EST
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One's conclusions depends on one's paranoia index?

And how allergic one is to tinfoil.

Me, I'm perfectly willing to ascribe mendaciousness to the police and the press - but I find coordination with the Americans hard to believe. For one thing, it's not necessary. Every back-scratching little wannabe-Quisling on the continent knows that Assange is a high-profile pain in the US' ass. For another thing, you can't keep that sort of operation a secret in Sweden... as the MPAA learned to their misfortune when they went after TPB.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 07:21:15 PM EST
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(where's me hat?  OH!  Here it is!!!)

This kind of thing needs a couple of people talking to a couple of people in the right place(s).  

We're not going to know who, what, when,and why for a couple of months ... if ever.  

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

by ATinNM on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 12:05:30 PM EST
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Scandinavian societies are far more transparent than the Anglo. We'll know what happened this end quite soon.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 12:17:24 PM EST
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Outright fabrications require political initiative in high places, because low-level bureaucrats are allergic to sticking their necks out like that (or they will soon cease to be bureaucrats). But exaggeration only requires that everybody knows what the boss would like to hear. So far, I'm betting that this is a case of exaggeration by the police and press based on their being suffused by the Conventional Wisdom of the Serious People.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 12:35:24 PM EST
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Is there a source for your suspicions/allegations?

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:26:50 PM EST
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The two women alleged they were eyewitnesses to Assange's behavior. "I say I saw this" is the strongest evidence you have in these sorts of intimate, one-to-one contexts. If courts didn't consider it 'strong evidence' then we'd pretty much never get any convictions for crimes that happen in intimate, one-on-one contexts.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 03:44:15 PM EST
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We pretty much never do get convictions for crimes that happen in intimate, one-on-one contexts.

It also depends on the credibility of the witnesses in question. But the credibility of the witnesses is a matter for the courts of law to decide, not for the courts of public opinion.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Aug 26th, 2010 at 07:30:37 PM EST
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In the states many are convicted of 'sex-or-abuse-related' crimes on such intimate testimony. It's one of those 'who do you believe' deals for either a judge or a jury. This has long been considered a difficult and 'feminist' issue, because if you don't credit such testimony to some extent then certain sorts of 'non-violent' incidences of sexual abuse and rape become very difficult to 'prove' beyond a reasonable doubt.

Anyway, 2 witnesses against 1 would not have been helpful to Assange, but now things may get down, according to shaky press reports, to one woman's word against his.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Fri Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:16:21 PM EST
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Emphasis added:

WikiLeaks founder cleared of sex allegations
By MALIN RISING
STOCKHOLM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange no longer faces sex abuse charges in Sweden after a prosecutor decided Wednesday to investigate only one of two complaints against him, and not as a sexual offense.

Assange -- who has denied both accusations -- is still suspected of molesting a woman on Aug. 13, but molestation is not a sex crime under Swedish law, said Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

It covers a wide range of offenses, including reckless conduct or inappropriate physical contact with another adult, and can result in fines or up to one year in prison. . . .

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HQLNSO0.htm

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:03:50 PM EST
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