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Forum Post: We are Women Against Rape but we do not want Julian Assange extradited

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 23, 2012, 5:48 p.m. EST by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM
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Excerpts from article in The Guardian UK:

"When Julian Assange was first arrested, we were struck by the unusual zeal with which he was being pursued for rape allegations. It seems even clearer now, that the allegations against him are a smokescreen behind which a number of governments are trying to clamp down on WikiLeaks for having audaciously revealed to the public their secret planning of wars and occupations with their attendant rape, murder and destruction."

"Justice for an accused rapist does not deny justice for his accusers. But in this case justice is being denied both to accusers and accused."

"Once again women's fury and frustration at the prevalence of rape and other violence, is being used by politicians to advance their own purposes. The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will . . ."

"In 1998 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London following an extradition request from Spain. His responsibility for the murder and disappearance of at least 3,000 people, and the torture of 30,000 people, including the rape and sexual abuse of more than 3,000 women often with the use of dogs, was never in doubt. Despite a lengthy legal action and a daily picket outside parliament called by Chilean refugees, including women who had been tortured under Pinochet, the British government reneged on its obligation to Spain's criminal justice system and Pinochet was allowed to return to Chile. Assange has not even been charged; yet the determination to have him extradited is much greater than ever it was with Pinochet."

Full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/23/women-against-rape-julian-assange?INTCMP=SRCH

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[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4464) 1 year ago

Good Post

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (18067) 1 year ago

Thanx for your forum-post & re. 'WikiLeaks' & Julian Assange, some relevant links :

From the last link : "Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to "criminal prosecution". On 18 August, the Sydney Morning Herald disclosed, in a Freedom of Information release of official files, that the Australian government had repeatedly received confirmation that the US was conducting an "unprecedented" pursuit of Assange and had raised no objections. Among Ecuador's reasons for granting asylum is Assange's abandonment "by the state of which he is a citizen". In 2010, an investigation by the Australian Federal Police found that Assange and WikiLeaks had committed no crime. His persecution is an assault on us all and on freedom."

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 1 year ago

That Pilger article is great. This is truly frightening:

"In December 2001, the Swedish government abruptly revoked the political refugee status of two Egyptians, Ahmed Agiza and Mohammedel-Zari, who were handed to a CIA kidnap squad at Stockholm airport and "rendered" to Egypt, where they were tortured."