August 20, 2012 (TSR) - I just want to make this clear to our readers that in order for all of us to make an informed and wise decision, it is best that we are…informed! This is something many media outlets do not do a great job at, especially to those of us who wish to catch up.
I am not a Wikileaks ‘pundit’ compared to many, yet I sympathize to what has been going on to this case – on many sides and levels, personal and professional. While there are actions from all sides I do not condone, nevertheless, I know how every party in this case feels. Yes, ALL sides has its own strengths and weaknesses.
I have taught myself ever since I was a child to always know the full context and understand, perhaps ask questions until I give people headache, before making a decision. We simply must step back and see this from all angles and set aside heated emotions because it is what’s clouding everything right now.
Let us be part of the solution here, not the problem. Shall we?
Now, I am sure there are many who have not followed Julian’s saga like myself, so I think we should backtrack a bit, humanize this issue and get a sense of what is going on beyond the media frenzy and propaganda. Let us go through the discussions being pushed under the table. Therefore, I request that you throw out any preconceived notions and judgements whether you are pro or anti-Wikileaks, pro or anti-government, etc.
Let us hold everything off and be much more discerning as I am quite sure the people who are involved in this are in a lot of pressure and cluttered in their minds. They could use some assistance in untangling this issue as the stakes are quite high. Let us think together and we come up with a fair, just and peaceful solution to save everyone’s faces and not do the unthinkable for the sake of the greater good of Humanity. Thus, I ask you to leave your thoughts in this post, and let us figure out solutions, and refrain from throwing coals to the fire. We want peace.
Here we go.
On Aug 2, 2012, while Julian Assange is awaiting Ecuador’s decision on his appeal for political asylum, his mother Christine traveled to the country to discuss her son’s fate with President Rafael Correa. She gave this interview to RT Spanish.
That’s that. You know, whenever Mommy comes to the rescue, it’s very serious, right?
Here are some thoughts to ponder: What exactly was the nature of his relationship with the two women who claim he assaulted them? Were they even really assaulted? And what did they tell police that led the authorities to seek his arrest? Do they have merit? Is Assange charged with anything or is he just to be interrogated? There’s difference. Furthermore, Assange is an Australian, and how has Sweden been handling this case from the beginning?
Both Assange and his supporters believe the attempt by authorities to force his return to Sweden is simply the first step in a plan to see him extradited to the United States.
We need more information, but then, where can we get a balanced presentation of what this Swedish boinking is about and how this is connected to anything?
We are in luck because last month Australia’s mainstream media ABC released a compelling documentary regarding Julian Assange which is worth watching as this connects many dots that is not being said.
ABC’s Four Corners documentary, which was released on July 23rd, examines in detail what happened in those crucial weeks while Julian Assange was in Sweden.
Four Corners reporters Andrew Fowler and Wayne Harley look at claims the United States is working hard to unearth evidence that would lead to a charge of “conspiracy to commit espionage” being made against Assange – which in turn would be used in his extradition from Sweden. The program also documents the harassment experienced by Assange’s supporters across the globe – including his Australian lawyer – and the FBI’s attempts to convince some to give evidence against him.
I have included the extended interviews of key individuals so our TSR readers can get a full context. We are not going to leave any stones unturned!
“I will not tell any media how I am going to represent the women in court.”
- Lawyer for Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilén
“Sweden has frankly always been the United States’ lapdog and it’s not a matter we’re particularly proud of.”
- Assange supporter
“The US has nothing to do with the issue here, it’s simply a matter between the UK and Sweden.”
- Jeffrey L. Bleich, US Ambassador to Australia
This is the extended interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir, MP of Iceland. The Icelandic Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir was an active member of WikiLeaks, and played a central role in the “Collateral Murder” video which propelled the organization to international notoriety.
Here is ANOTHER INTERVIEW ELSEWHERE, from The Agenda:
This is the extended interview with Claes Borgstrom, the attorney for the Swedish girls
Extended interview with Per E Samuelson, Swedish Defense Lawyer for Assange
Here is the extended telephone interview with Julian Assange
Now those who are more astute than others can tell that these my simplified statement has now shaken many peoples of many levels, both within the United Kingdom and internationally.
But what we have seen here is exactly the reason why Ecuador gave the asylum. Put yourself in this person’s shoe: Where else would Assange go under these circumstances? Many have not known real extenuating circumstances the way Assange (I and many others) have gone and are going through. The media also shouldn’t be egging him for being stuck in the embassy for two months. When you are on survival mode and no one you can really trust and count on, you find comfort even from a rock. Being in that embassy is a palace compared to many others who go through harsher situation. You make due and be grateful.
I personally don’t believe they did it because they wanted to annoy anyone purposely. Though it may look like that, but on the human level, Julian Assange came to them for help and they responded. Simple as that.
In fact, after the UNASUR decision was made, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino gave a careful thought and reasoning in an interview with El Ciudadano TV that Ecuador had two important reasons for withholding its decision in the case Assange during the development of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Regarding the outpoured criticism questioning the fact that Ecuador has not communicated its decision earlier, Ricardo Patiño said “we had to show courtesy and sensitivity toward the British government to not announce our decision in the middle of the Olympics, which is a global celebration, in which England was the host. If we did that, it would divert attention. ”
In addition, Patino presented a second argument. “We did not say anything before, too, because we had to study the long documents Julian Assange presented to us, which contained evidences that require a deep analysis of each of the circumstances.”
The Foreign Minister also noted that Assange application contained more than 20 arguments explaining why the Wikileaks founder fears for his life. He reiterated that reason behind seeking asylum is that Assange is being persecuted politically and lack of assurances and safeguards that exist in the extradition to Sweden, which warns the possibility that Assange will be brought to the U.S. to serve a life sentence or a death sentence .
Patino also revealed that Ecuador has 56, 000 refugees they protect and they have been very responsible in making this decision regarding the case of Julian Assange.
We will go through the bigger angle, which is the international implications, in the forthcoming post.
But what do you think of all this after knowing this Swedish side of the story? What should Julian Assange do?
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