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Julian Assange hates Canberra

By johnboy 3 August 2013 34

The Newcastle Star has Julian Assange holding forth about us:

”The decision to create Canberra … is perhaps one of the worst political decisions that has ever been taken in Australian history,” he says. ”It’s like a horror story from Sartre where you put all the politicians together in the one room, together with all the embassy officials, together with the most obnoxious bureaucrats and you expect good government to come out.

”It doesn’t lead to a good outcome to suck resources in from the country to an out-of-touch group.”


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Postalgeek 11:37 am 05 Aug 13

Interesting BBC article about Sweden’s rape stats, and the need to be aware of pitfalls when comparing data around the world due to different definitions in different countries. Apparently raw data shows Australia and Canada have the highest rates of kidnapping in the world.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19592372

zorro29 11:00 am 05 Aug 13

ah that was a funny read for a monday morning

what’s funnier about it is the hipster nutbags who come out of the woodwork : “i am saying he’s not a rapist therefore i know something you don’t know – you’re all sheep, baa baa – where is my certified origin organic skim decaf soy latte man?”

steveu 10:27 am 05 Aug 13

bigfeet said :

Not a report on the same interview, but one done at roughly the same time gives an insight:

http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/my-strange-interview-with-an-opaque-and-secretive-julian-assange/story-fnho52ip-1226690740295

On a side note, the reporter Chuck Miranda is a Canberra fella from way back. Good to see he got a big interview.

bundah 9:08 am 05 Aug 13

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Oh, and BTW, guess which community that makes up 6% of Sweden’s population is responsible for 77% of its rapes?

It has also been reported that Norway has similar rape statistics so if the claims that Muslims are actually responsible for an extraordinary number of rapes then it’s a very disturbing trend and it is the responsibility of those govts to act swiftly and decisively to tackle this ugly scenario.

Thumper 8:40 am 05 Aug 13

It is difficult for me, as an advocate against rape and other forms of violence against women, to fathom the laziness and willful ignorance that characterize so much of the media coverage of the sexual-assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Actually, it doesn’t seem at that difficult at all, after all, you spring to his defence at every comment that suggest he may have committed rape.

CraigT 7:05 am 05 Aug 13

Oh, and to put all the effort they’ve gone to securing the dodgy High Court decision allowing extradition for Assange into perspective, here is a typical result for a rape conviction in Sweden:
http://www.thelocal.se/48500/20130614/
The attack took place in early March at an apartment in Tensta, where one of the teens dealt out condoms while the other five took turns raping the 15-year-old girl.

Five of the boys have been sentenced to over 100 hours of community service each, and have been ordered to pay 55,000 kronor ($8,500) each in damages to the victim.
Yep, they take rape so seriously in Sweden that a gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl doesn’t even attract custodial sentences.

Oh, and BTW, guess which community that makes up 6% of Sweden’s population is responsible for 77% of its rapes?
http://affes.wordpress.com/invandrarna-och-brotten-5-utrakning/

CraigT 6:55 am 05 Aug 13

Masquara said :

He was in Sweden. They are rape allegations under Swedish law, by Sweden’s definition of sexual misconduct. Assange was subject to Swedish law while in Sweden. .

Yes, and while he was in Sweden, nobody was interested in questioning him about these allegations made long after the fact after the CIA decided to cast around for something to beat him with.

It was always a politically-motivated prosecution initiated after Assange hit the limelight, using a ridiculously flimsy pretext – maybe somebody can give us figures on how many similarly trivial complaints are pursued by the Swedish justice system through extradition treaties?

If the Swedish justice system was interested in rape, maybe they could actually do something about it at home:
http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sweden-s-other-rape-suspects-by-naomi-wolf

It is difficult for me, as an advocate against rape and other forms of violence against women, to fathom the laziness and willful ignorance that characterize so much of the media coverage of the sexual-assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. To report that we are simply witnessing Swedish justice at work, one must be committed to doing no research – not even the bare minimum of picking up a phone. In fact, we are witnessing a bizarre aberration in the context of Sweden’s treatment of sex crime – a case that exposes the grim reality of indifference, or worse, that victims there and elsewhere face.
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CommentsIf I were raped in Uppsala, where Assange is alleged to have committed his crime, I could not expect top prosecutors to lobby governments to arrest my assailant. On the contrary, “ordinary” Swedish rapists and abusers of women should assume that the police might not respond when called. When I tried the rape-crisis hotline at the government-run Crisis Center for Women in Stockholm, no one even picked up – and there was no answering machine.

CommentsAccording to rape-crisis advocates in Sweden, one-third of Swedish women have been sexually assaulted by the time they leave their teens. Indeed, according to a study published in 2003, and other later studies through 2009, Sweden has the highest sexual-assault rate in Europe, and among the lowest conviction rates.

When I reached the Stockholm branch of Terrafem, a support organization for rape survivors, a volunteer told me that in her many years of experience, Sweden’s police, prosecutors, and magistrates had never mobilized in pursuit of any alleged perpetrator in ways remotely similar to their pursuit of Assange. The far more common scenario – in fact, the only reliable scenario – was that even cases accompanied by a significant amount of evidence were seldom prosecuted.

You’re an idiot if you’re swallowing the Murdoch anti-Assange propaganda.

bigfeet 6:39 am 05 Aug 13

Masquara said :

. Soft interview: he wasn’t asked when he last voted, or when he went on the electoral roll. Peter Garrett was roasted over the same issue …

That would be because he and his staff totally controlled the interview. If you don’t want to comply, then you don’t get access to him.

Not a report on the same interview, but one done at roughly the same time gives an insight:

http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/my-strange-interview-with-an-opaque-and-secretive-julian-assange/story-fnho52ip-1226690740295

Mr Evil 10:56 pm 04 Aug 13

Ben_Dover said :

Mr Evil said :

And from his description, how is Canberra any different from any other capital city in the world???

You cannot be serious?

Okay, name a capital city which in your opinion doesn’t fit this description:

”It’s like a horror story from Sartre where you put all the politicians together in the one room, together with all the embassy officials, together with the most obnoxious bureaucrats and you expect good government to come out.”

I reckon that just about covers them all.

plumtree 10:56 pm 04 Aug 13

So the Newcastle Star has “reported” he said it. All they did was throw out some bait and look how many people bite.

Masquara 9:59 pm 04 Aug 13

Has the Wikileaks party disclosed who they will parachute into the Senate when Assange hasn’t taken his seat in the Senate (assuming he wins) by October 2014?

Interestingly, Assange admitted on 60 Minutes this evening that he didn’t bother to vote in the last election. Soft interview: he wasn’t asked when he last voted, or when he went on the electoral roll. Peter Garrett was roasted over the same issue …

[Assange looked pudgy, flushed and ill in the interview. His teeth are the colour of old ivory (though he seems to have a celebrity “melamine” forehead)]

dungfungus 6:15 pm 04 Aug 13

Deref said :

HiddenDragon said :

So would-be Senator Assange’s preferences will be going to the Liberals?

Looks like it.

The bloke’s a loony, but he’s a brilliant loony and he still gets my vote for doing a wonderful thing for the world. That, and to stick it to The Man.

If the “wonderful thing he did for the world” was squibbing facing sexual assault charges in Sweden then you are a sick puppy.

Ben_Dover 5:59 pm 04 Aug 13

Mr Evil said :

And from his description, how is Canberra any different from any other capital city in the world???

You cannot be serious?

Masquara 5:10 pm 04 Aug 13

Masquara said :

There was no rape, alleged or otherwise.

He was in Sweden. They are rape allegations under Swedish law, by Sweden’s definition of sexual misconduct. Assange was subject to Swedish law while in Sweden. nb I think many people in Australia would agree that deliberately breaking a condom during sex with a woman who is scrupulous about AIDS prevention, and surprising a sleeping woman with sex, if that took place, was sexual misconduct of a pretty egregious kind. Those are just two of the allegations. That isn’t just being a root rat and a bit of a weasel. That’s serious misbehaviour. No wonder he doesn’t want to go to Sweden and face those allegations – but, of course, he should.

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