Monday, March 14, 2011

The Assange Case: Police Official and Accuser Are Friends

The police interrogator and one of the accusers in the Julian Assange case are friends, according to a new report out of Sweden. The interrogator and one of the two accusers had known each other for at least 16 months when rape allegations were raised against Assange, according to the newspaper Expressen.

Neither the interrogator nor the accuser is named in the Expressen report. But the Web site identifies the Stockholm interrogator as Irmeli Krans. Krans took the testimony of Sofia Wilen, but the interrogator is friends with Anna Ardin, the other Assange accuser. Krans and Ardin reportedly have both political and personal ties; the Expressen article describes them as "party friends."

Meanwhile, the hacker group Anonymous has launched a civil-disobedience campaign against the U.S. Federal Reserve and major financial institutions, which it says have damaged the global economy and mocked the rule of law.

Expressen says the interrogator played a pivotal role in prompting prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand to order the arrest of Assange:

The female police officer had just started her shift at the Klara police station in central Stockholm when the two women showed up. It was on the afternoon of August 20. Just sixteen hours later Expressen's scoop of the arrest order against Julian Assange became worldwide news.

The female police soon realised that her friend and party colleague was one of the plaintiffs--yet she was still the first to interrogate one of the women in the case. At 16.21 she started the questioning of the other plaintiff, without reporting a conflict of interest that made her participation in the case challengeable.

Was Assange essentially railroaded by a police officer who was friends with one of the accusers? That certainly appears possible:

This questioning session initially came to play a decisive role when on duty prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand decided to order the arrest of Julian Assange.

Häljebo Kjellstrand decided that the facts reported to the police interrogation were so credible that the level of suspicion was probable cause.

How did the interrogator and the accuser--identified by as Krans and Ardin--come to know one another?

The police interrogator and the woman got to know each other through the Swedish social democratic party, with which both are involved.

The police interrogator has amongst other things been on the board of the HBT (homo-, bi- and transsexual) social democrats. On her homepage she has published pictures of herself together with the retired leader of the party Mona Sahlin, and the former minister Thomas Bodström. The same Bodström who together with the social democrat Claes Borgström runs the law firm that has been hired by the plaintiffs in the Assange-investigation.

At the same time the police interrogator has--despite participating in the criminal investigation against Assange--commented negatively about the Wikileaks founder on her facebook page.

Social networks, in fact, show a clear relationship between the two women:

When the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet recently let it’s readers chat with Assange the interrogator commented:

“What the heck is this??? Judgement zero!!!

The day before she wrote in a status update on her Facebook-page:

“Way to go, Claes Borgström!!!”

In another status update from late February the police interrogator wrote about “The overrated Assange bubble ready to burst”.

In their blogs, the police interrogator and the woman who reported Julian Assange have been open about their friendship. As recently as February 10 this year the woman commented a status update that the interrogator had on her Facebook page. The woman still links from her homepage to the private blog of the police interrogator. The interrogator in turn links to her party friend and lawyer Thomas Bodström, who has a vested interest in the Assange case through his law firm.

When contacted by Expressen, the police interrogator was not anxious to discuss her role in the Assange case:

Expressen has on several occasions recently had contact with the female police inspector via e-mail. Initially she said she was prepared to answer all questions. But on Wednesday she said:

"It has been decided that questions about the police handling of this matter will be answered by Ulf Göranzon (the police press officer) and questions about the ongoing investigation will be answered by the prosecutor. I cannot comment on the matter as a police officer."

Police superintendent Ulf Göranzon tells Expressen that he is not aware of the fact that the police interrogator is a friend of one of the plaintiffs.

And we thought law-enforcement officials in the U.S. were clueless.

As for Anonymous, it is demanding that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke step down. Below is a video about Anonymous' latest initiative, called Operation Empire State Rebellion. Anonymous states that it "seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class."

We hope, in time, Anonymous will target the U.S. court system and the Department of Justice, which have done so much to tarnish the rule of law on American soil.



Anonymous said...

Hunter Sims- of the law firm- Kaufman & Canoles-was one of the attorneys representing the Hollands in the Farmers Bank fiasco/heist. One of the founding members of the law firm was at one time director and chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Leroy T. Canoles Jr. (Law ’52 L/M) of Norfolk, Va., died March 17, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. Mr. Canoles was a founder and senior member of the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles. A fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Bar Foundation, he was a frequent lecturer at many legal education forums. He was also a certified public accountant and practiced that profession early in his life. Mr. Canoles was director and chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He also served as the chairman of the board of Sentara Alternative Delivery Systems Inc.
So one can't help but view with suspicion this:

Most of us remember where we were and what we were doing at 8:36 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday September 11, 2001, when the first of four airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center.

The country watched in horror as the second plane hit, at 9:03 a.m., as the third plane flew into the Pentagon and the fourth flight crashed near Shanksville, Penn.

Former U.S. Attorney General and then White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales was in Norfolk Va., speaking to government employees about ethics.

The now Texas Tech visiting professor said Wednesday he doesn’t yet know whether he’ll attend any of the local events honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks.

“I spent most of the morning trying to get back to Washington D.C.,” said Gonzales, who eventually

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