So the British cops have finally got around to arresting international man of mystery Julian Assange. This is the worst result for the enemies of the Wikileaks’ founder. While he waited patiently in seclusion (that’s not the same as hiding), the forces arrayed against him could claim that he was a guilty fugitive, a transnational terrorist, a bestial rapist etc, etc. Now they have to prove their case. How inconvenient!
Now the full silliness of the Swedish rape case will be plain for all to see. The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, will have to subject her witnesses to the harsh light of day. It should be great fun to watch her try to persuade a jury that a broken condom constitutes rape. Or that a refusal to wear one during consensual sex at all is also rape.
I suggest that Assange prepare a multi-billion dollar suit against condom makers Ansell for placing him in such peril. I tip that Ansell’s next line of dingers for Sweden will be made of cast-iron and feature rivets, rather than ribs.
Every condom will come with a reserve chute in case of unexpected breakages. What happened to the carefree sex of Scandinavia that Xaveria Hollander used to bang on about in “The Happy Hooker”? Ok she was Dutch, but you get the point.
Without trivialising the very serious crime of rape, this is a stupid, pointless abuse of process. It will fail for the same reason that the pursuit of randy footballers boinking groupies usually fails here in Australia. Police have to build a case that relies not on sex without consent, but the withdrawal of that consent.
Even if things turn nasty, proving when the fun stopped and the coercion began is nearly impossible when there are just two in the bed.
Marianne Ny claims this is not about Wikileaks but Assange’s personal conduct. It’s just a coincidence that among the 250 000 diplomatic US State Department cables there was one suggesting that Sweden was operating as a covert member of NATO.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard continues to toady to the US maintaining her line that Assange was grossly irresponsible. No-one seems to pinpoint what law he’s broken, beyond revealing the duplicity of international relations. When politicians start saying they have to enact new laws to arrest people it’s time to be very afraid.
He has embarrassed people. That’s it and that’s all. He has highlighted the failure of diplomats and politicians to find lasting peace and stability during the longest economic boom in world history.
He hasn’t even begun on the failure of the international community to stop the Global Financial Crisis by taking action against the cowboy bankers and coke-addled screen jockeys of the finance industry. Apparently that’s next in a document dump from Bank of America. I can hardly wait.
Assange has revealed how self-interest and jingoism have triumphed over the desires of ordinary people to get on with their lives without being blown up or shot at because of arguments they neither understand nor participate in. Wikileaks is a window into that sick, sleazy pragmatic world. I’d say give him the Nobel Peace Prize but look at the mass murderers and thieves who have won it in the past – former US Secretary of State Dr Henry Kissinger for instance, a war criminal in any other era.
And as for The Age’s revelations, via Wikileaks, that former PM Kevin Rudd is an egomaniac and a control freak etc, well that’s hardly news. Those unpleasant traits were the reason why Julia Gillard helped form the lynching party for poor old Kevin.
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