Sunday, February 27, 2011

Assange VS Pinochet

Duplicate of a column published in Newsmill 28/2 2011 in its original format. Updated 3/3 2011 with link to an article by Jonas Sjöstedt published in Svenska dagbladet (Brännpunkt) "Sverige borde kriminalisera totyr" ["Sweden should make torture a criminal offense"]. 



Professor: Assangefallet visar att Karl Marx hade rätt

Predictably, the London courts ruled no-extradition in favour of mass murderer Augusto Pinochet while assisted by his lawyer Clare Montgomery. The USA friendly dictator could return to Chile where he remained free and unpunished. Predictably again, the same courts rules the opposite - yes to extradition - in the case of libertarian publisher and USA enemy Number One Julian Assange, after the request from Sweden which is represented by the very same Pinochet's attorney, Clare Montgomery.


Publishes in Sweden Professors blogg, which has extensively treated the case Assange, including guest-contributions by Noemi Wolf and Andrew Kreig. Marcello Ferrada-Noli is PhD in Psychiatry (Karolinska Institutet) and Professor Emeritus in Public Health Sciences. Formerly Research Fellow in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At present Senior Advisor at the Department of Immunology, Stockholm University.
The German philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883), originally an erudite on Epicurean Greek philosophy, left also to posterity a prolific amount of political-philosophical writings and theses. Some among of those have history neglected as unfeasible and were sentenced to collect dust in the Utopia-shelve of our libraries. Yet, some of those analyses have remained amazingly prevalent regardless epochs or latitudes. One among these is the description of social superstructure, i.e. juridical institutions, laws, moral, religion, and all what form the cultural sphere of societies, that, according to the philosopher, will always follow the direction given by the economic and thus political interests governing theinfrastructure of those societies (The German Ideology, 1846).

No one has ever been able to refute the Supersestructure Theory. Instead, we daily receive a confirmation of its postulates. With regard to the juridical sphere, a conclusion derived from such theory is that there is no such a thing as "objective" law, in the sense of objective, non-biased distribution of justice.

As expected, when I filed in 1998 an extradition case against mass murderer Augusto Pinochet   - being the former dictator at that time in London (see my article in Bränpunkt, SvD, 6 November 1998) -  the London courts with the intervention of the British government ruled no-extradition in favour of the request put forward by the dictator's lawyer Clare Montgomery. The once CIA-appointed dictator could then return to Chile where he remained free and unpunished. My request to get Pinochet extradited to Sweden or Norway was filed in support of a similar process lead by Spanish magistrate Baltazar Garzón.  Pinochet had been accused among other of being the responsible for ordering the killing under torture (so called disappearance-cases) of my personal friends Dr. Bautista Van Schowen and Edgardo Enríquez.

Unsurprisingly again, when Sweden requested upon the London courts the extradition of USA's enemy number one, the libertarian Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks - and for the task they asked Pinochet's lawyer Clare Montgomery -  the London Court ruled the opposite: Yes to extradition.

Claire Montgomery, the lawyer representing Sweden, had received a world reputation of her own when she declared publicly that "Torture is not international crime" (AP).  Her statement echoes still strong in circles of political refugees and torture survivors of the Pinochet regime. I am personally quite sensitive to such stands, and, as a Swedish citizen by political adoption, I deeply regret such choice made by Swedish authorities in selecting the attorney that would defend Sweden's case.

 Torture IS indeed a crime. At least a ten percent of the Swedish population is foreign-born, a group allocating considerable cohorts of political refugees. They would experience a deep concern on that high officials of the social democratic government still do not face trial for their alleged implication in the CIA rendition flights (political refugees under Swedish custody, that were transported from Swedish soil to brutal torture elsewhere).

In that respect, it is just odd that Judge Howard Riddle ruled out any possibility that Julian Assange could be subjected to rendition (imprisonment and or eventually torture elsewhere outside Sweden), referring that the "only live evidence on the point came from the defence witness Mr Alhem". The only "evidence" put forward by former prosecutor Alhem, to the best of my recall, was his opinion on that if so the case it would cause a "media storm" in Sweden!

What "media storm" have we ever witnessed in Sweden every time it has been known that Swedish authorities have collaborated in the CIA rendition flights, which ended in the torture of a number of political prisoners taken illegally from Sweden?

What "media storm" ensued the revelations 2004 in the resarch-journalism program Kalla Fakta (TV4) containing an interview with the former head of the Swedish Security Police (SÄPO), Jan Danielsson, who affirmed he unequivocally remembers SÄPO took contact with the Ministry of Justice on the "sensitive issue" of the approved extraordinary renditions of political prisoners to the USA?

I would not say, however, that former prosecutor Alhem's statement would have "mislead" Judge Riddle to a wrong conclusion, to the naive notion that every foreign-born political activist signaled by the USA of being a terrorist - like in the case of Julian Assange - is at good safe in Sweden. In my opinion, the verdict to extradite Assange to phase-Sweden it was already written in the superestructure's Bible.

The Swedish Minister of Justice at the time of the CIA-renditions referred above was Thomas Bodström, who was reported on those grounds to the Swedish Constitutional Committee. His connection in the case Assange is something I have trace to statements documented by Thomas Bodström himself. As I have previously mentioned here in Newsmill, he stated  in his blog "Bodströmsamhället" the 3 December 2010 that "it isour law firm that represent the plaintiff (the nominally accuser-women in the Assange case) through Claes Borgström" ["Det är vår advokatbyrå genom Claes Borgström som är målsägandebiträde"].

All these facts, I repeat facts, such as Bodström being an influent member in a social democratic group, in which one of the accusers of Assange was at the time of the complaint a paid employee of such organization. Or the fact revealed by Claes Bogström in his Guardian interview that the case against Assange was reopened on the cause of his initiative (read Bodström & Borgström law-firm, according to Tomas Bodström) and not by initiative of the young women appearing nominally as the complainers, etc. All this chain of facts is far from being non-sourced "speculations" or "rumours".

Certainly there are many journalists and articles from Sweden which are serious and objective-report abiding.  They are however, as I have said previously, few against the mainstream.

Instead, the standard design in most of the Swedish press - apart of what I described in the  Swedish Trial by the Media of Julian Assange - seems to be very simple: a) ignoring to publish or comment relevant facts, b) as an alternative focus, to indulge in publishing and ridicule the numerous rumours and conspiracy-thesis  circulating  around the Assange case - and that nothing have to do with what Julian Assange himself have really said, as he has recently clearly explained and c) just lye bluntly when reporting on news that absolutely it would not  be possible to leave unreported. This is for instance the case of the verdict of Judge Howard Riddle on the Assange extradition-request defended by Clare Montgomery on Sweden's behalf.

Dagens Nyheter, in the article by Dan Lucas "Assange utlämnas till Svensk domstol" (25 February 2011, page 13. Not on-line, why?) states:
"Articles in the Swedish press would have attacked Assange so hard, as he cannot expect a fair trial (in Sweden) according to (Assange's) defence". . ."But those arguments were dismissed away by Riddle " (in "those" included the DN-article Assange's lawyers critical stand on PM Reinfeldt's declarations on the case).

That is utterly untrue.

I have monitored particularly this issue since it was me who authored the witness-statement in that regard (the Swedish media hostile treatment of Assange) presented by the lawyers upon the London Court.

One thing is that such witness statement was “not referred to in open court”, because the judge did not consider the additional material submitted by the lawyers 22 February on the formal ground it was such close date to the verdict. But a completely another thing is to expressly manifest, as the referred DN article does, that Riddle disregarded this and/or other reports giving a panorama on the unfair media hostility against Assange. Otherwise is not comprehensible that Judge Riddle referred particularly to this issue in his "Summary of the facts found" (see below).
In fact, the Swedish main newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, in an article authored by journalist Karin Thurfjell 24 February 2011 reports that Judge Riddle concluded on the verdict issued today that "there is a significant negative publicity about Assange in Sweden".

In the chapter "Summary of the facts found" of the Court verdict, Judge Howard Riddle concludes unequivocally in item 19 (page 10), among other: "There has been considerable adverse publicity in Sweden for Mr Assange, in the popular press,"

In my witness statement I had written concretely that my analysis pointed "to a significant over-representation of negative assessments" about Assange in Swedish media articles.

The establishment's popular media has indeed its impact in Sweden's morning paper-readers. Their on-line editions have however to compete with new, more advanced debate and news-media. This would explain why certain articles, such as the mentioned above from Dagens Nyheter, cannot afford a scrutiny of its uncertain content.

Swedish authorities and rulers in diverse spheres take for granted that what it is said in their media are what the Swedes as a whole would digest. Let me remind the following to these authorities and rulers, while still they might ponder to decide the extradition of Assange to the USA.

Sweden has one of the highest computer-use per capita, world-wide. Just one of these on-line forums devoting numerous threads on the Assange case is for instance Flashback. Flashback have on Julian Assange alone two and a half million views visiting over 25 000 posts. That forum alone have a membership of over half million users, in a country with a total population of only nine million.

A further analysis demonstrating the ostensibly lack of objectivity in Judge Riddle verdict, particularly on his unfair and inexact comment on witnesses Brita Sundberg-Weiman and Björn Hurtig, can be found in this recent post at Professors blog .

A main point of the Superstructure theory referred above, in regard to the judges and politicians' privileges in the administration of a law, in a juridical system constructed by themselves, to protect themselves, can be summarized in the Assange case with help of a telegraphic-wise reflection I seized from the twittering ensuing Riddle's verdict:

"Spain could not extradite Pinochet on war crimes, #wikileaks #assange extradited on broken condom? UK legal system a joke! ".

Marx was right in this one. He was buried in London.

Other articles on the Assange case in Professors blogg

  1. 13 May 2012. WikiLeaks Cables Reveal How Sweden Constructed Solution to "Iraqi Refugee Problem" -- Sweden mass-deporting refugees arguing ''honour-killlings'' and "opinion"
  2. 11 May 2012. Expressen's Press Awards - Second Part. By Traci Birge
  3. 3 May 2012. "Timing the procesess" - Protracting Swedish process for timing with process in the U.S.
  4. 30 April 2012. On Göran Rudling's article about something else - not me or my research
  5. 28 April 2012. 'Journalistic Jealousy' Or Politics, Or Both? “A media conspiracy at both sides of the Atlantic”
  6. 23 April 2012. Julian Assange, The Professors, and The Taxi Driver
  7. 21 April 2012. News update from Washington. By Andrew Kreig
  8. 5 April 2012. Sweden's political decision on the extradition of Assange to the U.S.
  9. 4 April 2012. On Trolls' Behaviour and The Statistical Underrepresentation of Honour-killings in Sweden
  10. 4 April 2012. Debating a Taboo: Gender, Honour Killings and Fear of “the Other” By Traci Birge
  11. 31 March 2012. Disclosing The Fifth Column. Clarifying on some fabricated accusations against WikiLeaks leaders and supporters
  12. 28 March 2012. "A Huge Favour To Democracy" RT Interview in Stockholm on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Democracy
  13. 22 March 2012. On Prof Ferrada de Noli's Honour-Killings Theses. By Traci Birge
  14. 20 March 2012. “Throw them all”. Swedish State Feminism hijacking scientific research for cultural-racist aims
  15. 16 March 2012. Letter to the Australian Ambassador by German Friends of Wikileaks / Berlin
  16. 12 March 2012. A Most Wanted List of Missing Items in the Julian Assange Case. By Dave Phillips
  17. 8 March 2012. Swedish State Radio Misrepresenting Positions of Professors Blogg on Sweden's Case Against Assange and WikiLeakss
  18. 8 March 2012. Sweden-Saudi arms factory scandal: "Arms Export Control" Authority participated in the secret meetings. Called by Defence Minister
  19. 7 March 2012. Expressen’s “Press Awards”. By Traci Birge
  20. 6 March 2012. WikiLeaks releases statement on recent fabricated stories in the Swedish Press
  21. 6 March 2012. Sweden's FOI publicly slandering WikiLeaks while in secret building arms factory for Saudi Arabia dictatorship
  22. 6 March 2012. Indicting Julian Assange represents a dramatic assault on Free Speech, journalists, and the public right to know. By Jennifer Robinson
  23. 2 March 2012. Plan Z: the latest national chauvinist campaign anti-WIkiLeaks in the Swedish media
  24. 1 March 2012. WikiLeaks Claims Secret U.S. Charges Against Assange. By Andrew Kreig
  25. 29 February. Professors blogg in debate with Expressen on Radio1. New attacks in Swedish media against Julian Assange
  26. 28 February 2012. Important Statement by the US Centre for Constitutional Rights regarding reported sealed Assange indictment
  27. 28 February 2012. Shall Sweden grant to US the extradition of Julian Assange?
  28. 26 February 2012. What Julian Assange does with WikiLeaks is not only right. It is morally right, it is ethically right and it is legally right. By Jennifer Robinson
  29. 23 February. Anatomy of an untruthful scoop. Explaining Sweden’s psychological warfare against WikiLeaks and the political case VS Julian Assange. Part One
  30. 21 February 2012. Sweden: POLITICALLY appointed lay judges to JUDGE Assange
  31. 17 February 2012 (2). Om de upprepade anklagelserna mot Assange av svenska journalister
  32. 17 February 2012 (1). Journalister till tjänst i krigföringen mot Assange, och mot hederlig journalistik
  33. 13 February. Sweden and Pinochet. On Torture crimes, Extradition lawyers, and Politically designed judges. Part I
  34. 3 February 2012. Naomi Wolf: "What the Occupy movement must learn from Sundance"
  35. 2 February 2012. The further political exploitation of the "Case Assange". Even if the Swedish legal system would not be politically minded, the Swedish case VS. Assange is still political, and so are the government interferences in the legal case
  36. 2 February 2012. U.S. Attorney General E. Holder does not prosecute U.S. torturers; he prosecutes those who speak out about U.S. torture. Will Julian Assange be next? By Jennifer Robinson
  37. 1 February 2012. The extradition process initiated in Sweden against the WikiLeaks founder is to the uppermost extent POLITICAL
  38. 29 January 2012. Summary of recent analyses covering Human-Rights issues in the J Assange and B Manning cases. By Andrew Kreig
  39. 27 January 2012. Swedish government using media to interfere in the legal process against Julian Assange
  40. 7 January 2012. Professors blogg is now closed
  41. 5 January 2012. Naomi Wolf: "The streets of 2012"
  42. 31 December 2011. Human Rights concerns regarding the case against Julian Assange. By Jennifer Robinson
  43. 26 December 2011. Historical meaning of WikiLeaks, and Swedish myths on Julian Assange
  44. 25 December 2011. Manning Hearing Began With Challenge on Fairness. By Andrew Kreig
  45. 24 December 2011. Professors blogg to silence by unintentional cause
  46. 22 December 2011. New Swedish deceptive information about Assange and the prospective of extradition to US
  47. 18 December 2011. Distinguished Intellectuals, Professors, Officers and Politicians in Letter to Australian Foreign Minister: Highly Concerned Over Prospective Sweden's Rendition of Assange to US
  48. 1 December 2011. The “Duck Pond” Theses. Explaining Swedish journalism and the anti-Assange smear campaign
  49. 1 December 2011. Wikileaks buried Swedish official myth on Neutrality
  50. 29 November 2011. Further devious reports on Julian Assange in the Swedish National Television. Update
  51. 27 November 2011. EC to stop Facebook's harvesting of personal information. But Swedish connection could be worse than ad-targeting operations
  52. 25 November 2011. Naomi Wolf: "The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy"
  53. 17 November 2011. Wikileaks Flag
  54. 15 November 2011. Blind Trust, Blind Justice. Article by Bella Magnani
  55. 7 November 2011. NATO medals to Sweden. Can Sweden US-aligned stand guarantee fair extradition process?
  56. 4 November 2011. Sweden will grant extradition of Assange to the US. If not stopped by international political pressure
  57. 3 November 2011. Sweden, Nato and Assange
  58. 2 November 2011. Questo è il motivo per la vendetta svedese contro Julian Assange e Wikileaks
  59. 1 November 2011. A fair trial for Assange?
  60. 1 November 2011. This is why
  61. 1 November 2011. "Bild and Clinton in conference before decision on Assange extradition" in Second-Opinion
  62. 31 October 2011. Extradition trial in Halloween day
  63. 29 October 2011. London “Cyberspace” Conference. USA, Sweden and UK foreign ministers meet on Assanges' extradition verdict day
  64. 25 October 2011. Swedish psychological warfare against Wikileaks and Assange
  65. 19 October 2011. Naomi Wolf: "How I was arrested at the 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstration"
  66. 19 October 2011. Barricade philosophers. The Assange road
  67. 12 October 2011. Sweden's credibility in trouble. Why blame Wikileaks or Julian Assange?
  68. 11 October 2011. Official Sweden further endorses the unscientific theses of radical-feminism
  69. 5 October 2011. From demon exorcism to State-feminism. Further background on the Swedish case against Assange
  70. 5 October 2011. Radical "feminism". What is scientific research and what it is not. End of story
  71. 3 October 2011. The Satanism-theses of Eva Lundgren and the psychiatric origins of Swedish State-Feminism. Part I
  72. 3 October 2011. Beaten lady (Slagen dam) in Stockholm’s Subway
  73. 30 September. Julian Assange as "symbolic issue" for the radical-feminists in Sweden
  74. 14 September 2011. Läkarkåren utpressar domstolen
  75. 14 September 2011. The Swedish case against Assange in Professors blogg. Updated links
  76. 8 September 2011 (22.14). Wikileaks cable on procedures at UN Women would help explain Sweden’s feminists campaign against Assange
  77. 8 September 2011 (08.21). A forensic scenario in the Swedish case against Assange
  78. 23 August 2011. The Case Assange and the Misuse of the PTSD Diagnosis in Swedish Rape Trials
  79. 9 August 2011. A London journalist does interview on negative Swedish-media reporting of Assange case
  80. 8 August. "Man har sålt en lögn till allmänheten"
  81. 3 August 2011. More on Feminism and State-Feminism. Strawman argumentation against critic to the state-feminism factor in the Assange case
  82. 29 July 2011. Pseudo-Science in Swedish Rape Trials. With an Introduction on the Origins of State-Feminism in Sweden
  83. 29 July 2011. Bloggers vs. Old Media: Who Wins and Why. By Andrew Kreig
  84. 6 July 2011. Name issues with their names. The Assange case and Swedish statsfeminism
  85. 5 July 2011. Naomi Wolf: "Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named"
  86. 3 July 2011. Swedish updates on the Assange case
  87. 18 April 2011. The affair Irmeli Krans in the case of Sweden against Assange
  88. 17 April 2011. Swedish authorities face yet another irregularity in their sex probe of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. By Andrew Kreig
  89. 15 April 2011. Sweden's Serial Negligence in Prosecuting Rape Further Highlights the Politics Behind Julian Assange's Arrest. By Naomi Wolf
  90. 15 April 2011. Rigged documentary on Julian Assange in the Swedish National Television. Part 3: "Men are animals"
  91. 15 April 2011. Rigged documentary on Julian Assange in the Swedish National Television. Part 2: “Men that hate women”
  92. 15 April 2011. Rigged documentary on Julian Assange in the Swedish National Television. PART 1: The Political Agenda and Dirty Tricks
  93. 14 April 2011. Rigged documentary on Julian Assange in the Swedish National Television. CONTENTS
  94. 10 April 2011. Om Sverigedemokraternas utrikes politik är ”osvensk” vad är då Socialdemokraternas? Kampen för Assange och Mannings frihet fortsätter.
  95. 7 April 2011. The worsening of Sweden's credibility is the responsibility of Swedes themselves
  96. 22 March 2011. NATO, Gaddafi and Assange
  97. 19 March 2011. Censorship of Assange-articles in the Guardian & Swedish press
  98. 12 March 2011. Opinions on Assange case and censorship in Swedish media
  99. 11 March 2011. Case Assange: Rights Activist Challenges Ethics of Swedish Courts, Media. By Andrew Kreig
  100. 10 March 2011. Naomi Wolf: "WikiLeaks aftermath. The Middle East Feminist Revolution"
  101. 6 March 2011. Have Swedish Pirates Betrayed Assange?
  102. 3 March 2011. Naomi Wolf: "WikiLeaks, Revolution, and the Lost Cojones of American Journalism"
  103. 28 Feb 2011. Mark Stephens: "Demand open justice for Julian Assange"
  104. 27 Feb 2011. Assange VS Pinochet
  105. 27 Feb 2011. Comments on Judge Riddle's verdict & and lawyer Jennifer Robinson’s interview
  106. 26 Feb 2011. The Pirate Party should stand for their values. They should struggle for Assange and Wikileaks
  107. 24 Feb 2011, Assange's case. Witness Statement of Professor Marcello Ferrada-Noli
  108. 22 Feb 2011, Swedish media's censorship on Assange case
  109. 20 Feb 2011, Does Sweden Inflict Trial by Media against Assange?
  110. 18 Feb 2011. Anonymous Stop U.S. Business Plot Against, Bloggers, Unions, Rights Activists. Guest column by Andrew Kreig
  111. 13 Feb 2011. Karl Rove’s Swedish Connections: The Controversy And The Facts. Guest-article by Andrew Kreig
  112. 11 Feb 2011. Matching critic on Reindfelt's involvement in the Assange case
  113. 11 Feb 2011. Partner At Firm Counseling Assange’s Accusers Helped In CIA Torture Rendition. Guest-article by Andrew Kreig
  114. 10 Feb 2011. Karl Rove, Sweden, and the Eight Major Aberrations in the Police Sex Crime Reporting Process in the Assange Case. Guest-article by Naomi Wolf
  115. 9 Feb 2011. Analysis: Assange’s lawyer’s error shouldn’t determine the case
  116. 9 Feb 2011. Strongest appeal to Swedish prosecutor - "Hamlet without princess"
  117. 9 Feb 2011. Hamlet utan prinsessan. Åklagaren Marianne Ny starkt utmanat av Asange's advokat
  118. 8 Feb 2011. Objection to Sundberg-Weitman's testimony irrelevant
  119. 6 Feb 2011. Q & A: The Assange case and Swedish extradition
  120. 4 Feb 2011. Key-witnesses severely contradict state-feminist Borgström & women-accusers in Sweden’s phony case against Assange
  121. 22 Jan 2011. Swedish PM Reindfelt lies in London on Assange extradition
  122. 13 Jan 2011. Bordström & Borgström VS. Wikileaks
  123. 11 Jan 2011. New analysis: Swedish political crusade against Assange and Wikileaks
  124. 29 Dec 2010. Assange's message to Swedish journalists
  125. 29 Dec 2010. Asssange, criminal without a crime
  126. 26 Dec 2010. Sweden’s phony prosecution against Assange is POLITICAL and IDEOLOGICAL
  127. 13 Dec 2010. Afghanistan, Vilks, bomb, Sweden
  128. 11 Dec 2010. Sveriges Assange-anklagelser i kriget mot Wikileaks OCH yttrandefrihet
  129. 9 Dec 2010. Is there a CIA connection in the Swedish Assange-plot?
  130. 7 Dec 2010. Analysis: Why Sweden revenge against Assange

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