December 8, 2010

The broken leaky condom

James D. Catlin, a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia, says that Sweden’s justice system is destined to become “the laughingstock of the world” for investigating rape charges in two cases where women complained that Assange had had sex with them without using a condom.

Catlin was retained by Assange for a short time in October.  Caitlin says that both of the accusers “boast[ed] of their respective conquests” after the alleged crimes had been committed. “The Swedes are making it up as they go along,” he wrote (see below).

Catlin’s claims add fuel to speculation that Sweden’s investigation of Assange is politically motivated.

The article appeared in Crikey.

Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

Sweden’s Public Prosecutor’s Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was “no evidence”. The damage to Assange’s reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to rape. Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual sex that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the sex was not consensual.

Catlin also said that the two alleged victims — whom he names in the article — boasted of their sexual “conquests” online after the incidents took place.

They sought advice together, having collaborated and irrevocably tainted each other’s evidence beforehand. Their SMS texts to each other show a plan to contact the Swedish newspaper Expressen beforehand in order to maximise the damage to Assange. They belong to the same political group and attended a public lecture given by Assange and organised by them.

According to an August report in the Daily Mail, both of the accusers’ complaints stem from lack of condom use. In the case of “Woman A,” as the Daily Mail identifies her, a condom broke during intercourse. In the case of “Woman B,” Assange reportedly did not use a condom during a second round of intercourse.

Catlin states that neither of the women’s police statements “complain of rape.”…

From a local MSM report (crap, which one?!), this classic quote:

“Mr. Assange has denied any wrongdoing and suggested that the charges were trumped up in retaliation for his WikiLeaks work, though there is no public evidence to suggest a connection [emphasis added].
Err, no, no there isn't.  

Not that any one of us would have a clue what such evidence might look like.  

(Oh, okay:  it might look like a cable from a diplomat.  Sure, that would suffice as "public evidence".)


  1. Solomon9:42 PM

    So they hosted him, housed him, arranged for him to speak, gloated with glee over their conquests like gay groupies, but were secretly wanting to bring him down because of wiki-leaks?

    A scheme so elaborate requires a phrase like "honey trap" to mend with honey-glue the gaping chasms of logic. It makes no sense except in terms of a grand conspiracy.

    Catlin: "That she has published on the internet a guide on how to get revenge on cheating boyfriends ever graver."

    Unless the revenge suggested involves, say, confecting a rape charge (in which case I think we'd have heard of it) then no, this is not of grave concern, and is entirely irrelevant. If it demonstrates anything it is that the claim is NOT politically motivated but personal, coming from a jealous nature. They might be making use of his profile, in order to hurt him, but everything else I've seen in their history suggests they are in sympathy with his political opinions.

    But I prevaricate. The prosecution itself, by the Swedish authorities, might be politically motivated, independent of the claims, credibility and motivations of the women involved.

  2. ...but were secretly wanting to bring him down because of wiki-leaks?

    Of for fuck's sake, now you're just inventing stuff Sol.

    Not a single person has suggested that, until now.

    They are actually supporters of Wikileaks, at least tangentially ... belong to some organisation that supports, at least in spirit, Assange, which is how they met him.

    The red herring of one of them posting about revenge on boyfriends is exactly that. It's just something to use to besmirch that woman, rather than to suggest she was getting "revenge" on a one night stand.

    I think both women would be wishing they'd thought through their non-plan a little more carefully before chatting to police or calculating how much they could get for selling their story.

    I doubt that either of them are feeling too smug, and are probably more than just a little bit afraid themselves ... but not of Assange.

    They're garden variety political flotsam Sol, and that's awful, for them.

    Perhaps they'll still get to make some money out it, when the court cases have run their course. They'll need to be patient before hitting the newspaper editor speed dial.

  3. "The prosecution itself, by the Swedish authorities, might be politically motivated ..."


    Surely not!

    //end sarcasm

  4. Jacob9:52 AM

    Even some of Tim Blair's tribe seem a bit confused about this business, almost with something resembling sympathy for the "little turd" Assange having fallen foul of "women scorned".

    Again by the way, I don't know if the following campaign will help but I guess it can't hurt:

  5. Solomon7:40 PM

    Assange himself said the accusations were a "set-up" by the "enemies of wikileaks."

    The women who made the claims are not the enemies of Wikileaks. They are the friends of Wikileaks.

  6. Solomon - under the circumstances, indeed, probably no matter what the circumstances, nothing Assange "himself" has to say about it carries any weight or credibility.

    I mean, really, if it did, everyone could have shrugged this away a couple of months ago when Assange first expressed his thoughts about the sexual assault allegations and police investigation, and that would have been the end of it, wouldn't it.

  7. Thanks to Sweden Law. Bad story always sells and if you add famous personality in the story then it becomes more hell for the person such as Assange.