The Daily Mail2010-12-21
Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S diplomatic cables. A survey of 600 Muslim and 800 non-Muslim students at 30 universities throughout the UK conducted by the Centre for Social Cohesion found that 32 percent of Muslims on UK campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified. A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted the same poll as saying 54 per cent wanted a Muslim party to represent their world view in Parliament and 40 per cent want Muslims in the UK to be under Sharia law. Radicalised: A cable released by

Common Ground2010-12-21
London - The last decade has been nothing less than challenging for Muslims in Britain. In the aftermath of the horrific attacks of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London, followers of the second largest faith group in the world were sharply thrust under the media spotlight. The situation seemed bleak, yet a glimmer of hope survived the storm. The focus for Muslim communities in the UK was on healing, building and engaging, more than ever before, as local community and grassroots projects sprung up

Wikileaks cables: US worry over UK homegrown extremism

BBC News2010-12-21
Continue reading the main story Wikileaks Revelations Q&A: Arrest of Wikileaks' founder Cables at a glance Wikileaks' struggle to stay online US hurdles to prosecuting Assange US concerns that the UK was struggling to cope with homegrown extremism have been revealed in new Wikileaks cables. One cable said the British government made "little progress" in engaging with the UK's Muslim community after the 7 July 2005 terror attacks in London.

WikiLeaks cables: Drive to tackle Islamists made 'little progress'
The Guardian2010-12-21
Critical verdict on efforts to engage with Muslim communities published as police investigate UK links of Stockholm bomber The release of the US embassy cables comes as police investigate Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly's connections with the UK. Photograph: Guardian Britain made "little progress" in reaching out to Muslim communities despite investing "considerable time and resources" after the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, US diplomats concluded in cables passed to the whistleblowing website

Mail's Wikileaks 'revelation' about Muslim students is their own 2008 story
The Guardian2010-12-21
The Daily Mail's latest Wikileaks 'revelation' about British Muslims is actually a story they published in 2008, and it's as dodgy now as it was then. Spot the difference: Today's Daily Mail carries the headline "The latest WikiLeaks revelation: 1 in 3 British Muslim students back killing for Islam and 40% want Sharia law." If that sounds awfully familiar, it should: back in 2008 the paper revealed that "one third of British Muslim students say it's acceptable to kill for Islam," and that "40

Latest WikiLeaks revelation: 1 in 3 British Muslim students back killing for Islam
"Around a third of young

1 in 3 kids to Kill for Islam: WikiLeaks revelation
The Siasat Daily2010-12-21
Washington, December 23: Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. diplomatic cables. A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified. A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted a poll by the Centre for

The Daily Mail2010-12-21
Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S diplomatic cables. A survey of 600 Muslim and 800 non-Muslim students at 30 universities throughout the UK conducted by the Centre for Social Cohesion found that 32 percent of Muslims on UK campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified. A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted the same poll as saying 54 per cent wanted a Muslim

British Muslims look to public relations to engage
Common Ground2010-12-21
London - The last decade has been nothing less than challenging for Muslims in Britain. In the aftermath of the horrific attacks of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London, followers of the second largest faith group in the world were sharply thrust under the media spotlight. The situation seemed bleak, yet a glimmer of hope survived the storm. The focus for Muslim communities in the UK was on healing, building and engaging, more than ever before, as local community and grassroots projects sprung up

Wikileaks cables: US worry over UK homegrown extremism
BBC News2010-12-21
Continue reading the main story Wikileaks Revelations Q&A: Arrest of Wikileaks' founder Cables at a glance Wikileaks' struggle to stay online US hurdles to prosecuting Assange US concerns that the UK was struggling to cope with homegrown extremism have been revealed in new Wikileaks cables. One cable said the British government made "little progress" in engaging with the UK's Muslim community after the 7 July 2005 terror attacks in London.

WikiLeaks cables: Drive to tackle Islamists made 'little progress'
The Guardian2010-12-21
Critical verdict on efforts to engage with Muslim communities published as police investigate UK links of Stockholm bomber The release of the US embassy cables comes as police investigate Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly's connections with the UK. Photograph: Guardian Britain made "little progress" in reaching out to Muslim communities despite investing "considerable time and resources" after the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, US diplomats concluded in cables passed to the whistleblowing website

1 in 3 Brit Muslims students back 'killing for Islam', 40 percent want Sharia law: Wikileaks
Newstrack India2010-12-21
London, Dec 22 (ANI): The whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' has revealed the outcome of a 2009 poll in the secret US diplomatic cables, saying that 32 percent of Muslim students in 30 universities across the UK

Pentagon ready to discuss Afghan files: WikiLeaks [

STOCKHOLM: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the Pentagon has expressed willingness to discuss the online whistleblower’s request for help in reviewing classified documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could harm civilians.

‘‘This week we received contact through our lawyers that the General Counsel’’ of the Pentagon ‘‘says now that they want to discuss the issue,’’ Assange told The Associated Press by telephone.

The Pentagon denied it was willing to collaborate with the group, but acknowledged that it had arranged for a phone call last Sunday between its general counsel and a person claiming to be a lawyer for WikiLeaks.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the lawyer, Timothy Matusheski, was a ‘‘no show’’ for the call.

The Pentagon followed up with a letter to Matusheski on Monday demanding that WikiLeaks return the war files.

‘‘The Defense Department will not negotiate some ‘minimized’ or ‘sanitized’ version of the release by WikiLeaks of additional US government classified documents,’’ wrote Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s top lawyer.

Whitman had initially told reporters there had been no ‘‘direct’’ contact between the Defense Department and WikiLeaks. He said he still stands by that assessment, because the phone call between Johnson and Matusheski never took place.

In an interview Wednesday, Matusheski told The Associated Press that he never had a scheduled phone call with Pentagon officials on Sunday. Instead, he said he has had several recent phone conversations with an agent from the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, which is investigating the document leak.

The agent, he said, also called him twice on Sunday morning, but never reached him.

Matusheski added that the agent has asked about setting up a meeting between Assange and Defense Department officials, but did not seek to set up a conversation between Matusheski and the Pentagon.

Matusheski said he provides free legal work for Assange as a way of supporting the whistleblower website.

Assange said Wednesday that ‘‘contact has been established’’ but added it was not clear whether and how the US military would assist WikiLeaks.

‘‘It is always positive for parties to talk to each other,’’ Assange said. ‘‘We welcome their engagement.’’

He reiterated that WikiLeaks plans to release its second batch of secret Afghan war documents within ‘‘two weeks to a month.’’

The first files in its ‘‘Afghan War Diary’’ laid bare classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The release angered US officials, energized critics of the Nato-led campaign, and drew the attention of the Taliban, which has promised to use the material to track down people it considers traitors.

Non-governmental organizations, including the Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, have criticized WikiLeaks as being irresponsible.

WikiLeaks describes itself as a public service organization for whistleblowers, journalists and activists.

‘‘We encourage other media and human rights groups who have a genuine concern about reviewing the material to assist us with the difficult and very expensive task of getting a large historical archive into the public’s record,’’ Assange said.

The Australian was in Sweden in part to prepare an application for a publishing certificate that would allow WikiLeaks to take full advantage of the Scandinavian nation’s press freedom laws.

That also means WikiLeaks would have to appoint a publisher that could be held legally responsible for the material. Assange said that person would be ‘‘either me or one of our Swedish people.’’

WikiLeaks routes its material through Sweden and Belgium because of the whistleblower protection offered by laws in those countries. But it also has backup servers in other countries to make sure the site is not shut down, Assange said. —AP

Pak military and political set up shaken by WikiLeaks
Islamabad: Pakistan`s political and military elite have been shaken by damaging disclosures about the country`s foreign policy and internal politics in hundreds of secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, with the media screaming "WikiWreaks havoc" and "WikiLeaks bombs rock Islamabad".

The media described the revelations as a cause for worry and introspection. Virtually all key political personalities, including President Asif Ali Zardari and his arch-rival PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, and all important institutions, including the powerful military, have been touched by the disclosures, which contain detailed readouts of meetings and conversations between US diplomats and Pakistani leaders.

Leaked cables are dominating all bulletins and talk shows on TV news channels, with viewers tuning in to lap up all the classified information about the tenuous relations between the government and the military as well as the divisions among the politicians.

"WikiWreaks havoc" was the headline in The Express Tribune while the headline on the front page of the Dawn read: "WikiLeaks bombs rock Islamabad".

The blunt headline in The News said: "WikiLeaks throws tons of dirt, shame on Pak players".

Most of the leading newspapers devoted several pages to extracts from the cables which provide an insight into the negotiations and meetings that have shaped Pakistan`s policies on key issues, including the war on terrorism and relations with India.

"Ever since WikiLeaks started releasing US diplomatic cables on Sunday, we continue to discover one thing or another every day. Some new revelations about the power equation in Pakistan are not just interesting but quite revealing," the Daily Times newspaper said in an editorial titled `Mirror, mirror on the wall..."

Referring to one cable that quoted Western leaders as saying that Zardari had expressed fears about a threat to his life, the editorial said: "These may be the personal views of President Zardari and cannot be substantiated without proof if plans to assassinate him are indeed afoot but when the President of a country fears for his life, it is time to get worried." Calling for introspection on the revelations made about the Pakistani military`s perceived double role in the war on terror and the fragile democracy in Pakistan, the editorial said army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is the "most powerful man in the country and has positioned himself as the sole person to negotiate with as far as our foreign interlocutors are concerned.

"But it is time that democracy is allowed to take root in the country so that the civil-military relations are put in a proper perspective”. Since WikiLeaks began releasing the cables over the week, information has come to light about hitherto unpublicised fears among the US and Western powers about materials from Pakistan’s nuclear programme falling into the hands of extremists.

Some cables show key leaders like Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in an unflattering light.

Gilani, who condemns US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt almost daily, is quoted in one cable as saying that he has no problems with the attacks by unmanned spy planes "as long as they get the right people".

The debate on the WikiLeaks` disclosures extended to the internet, where Pakistani bloggers and users of social networking websites like Twitter shared information and views on the leaked cables.

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, a close aide of President Zardari, was among those who joined the debate. "One thing is clear from Wikileaks that elected persons with people`s mandate don`t run Pakistan. Makes elections pointless," Taseer said in a message on Twitter.

In another message, he noted that the three traditional A`s of political success in Pakistan were "Allah, Army, America", while the "new 3 A`s of political success in the correct order of priority (are) 1.America 2. Arabs 3.Army".


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Sweden reflects on Anna Lindh's death

Published: 11 Sep 08 10:52 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of foreign minister Anna Lindh, Sweden is reflecting more on the legacy of her work in politics than the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.

Lindh’s name lives on in a number of foundations, research programmes, and awards.

“She’s very much alive in the party; at the same time there’s been a very long period of mourning,” Social Democratic Party Secretary Marita Ulvskog told the TT news agency.

“But we’re beginning to reach a point where what she said and did is being utilized.”

On the Social Democrats’ website it is possible to order the 'Palme-package', created in memory of assassinated Prime Minister Olof Palme. For the last year a Lindh-package has also been available.

The Lindh-package offers membership in the party, a book, a picture of Anna Lindh, a report from the annual Anna Lindh seminars, a newsletter, and the party’s international programme.

It’s meant to provide a portrait of the person and her career, tracking her development from the Social Democratic youth organization (SSU) in Enköping to the position of Deputy Mayor of Stockholm and high level ministerial posts. She was also regarded as an insprirational figure for younger politicians.

Neither Ulvskog nor the party's press secretary could say however whether there had been much demand for the package named after the woman who had been tipped to take over as party leader after Göran Persson.

Her memory is also carried on by the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund, which awards annual prizes for remarkable contributions to human rights. The Fund has also helped compile an archive of speeches and articles penned by the former foreign minister.

To coincide with the anniversary of her death, the Fund has organized a seminar focusing on the 2001 Macedonia crisis, where Lindh is considered to have played an important role in hindering the outbreak of a new Balkan War.

The politician's legacy is also evident in Alexandria in Egypt, where the Anna Lindh Foundation is based.

The foundation was set up after her death and has little to do with Lindh other than in name, according to retired ambassador Lars Bjarme.

"But the foundation works with something in which she was very interested: a dialogue between Europe and countries in the Middle East," he said.

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Anna Lindh's care to be reviewed: agency

Published: 20 Oct 10 13:48 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
Updated: 20 Oct 10 17:30 CET

Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) will review the care former foreign minister Anna Lindh received after she was stabbed in central Stockholm in September 2003.

"The National Board of Health and Welfare will probe the care of former foreign minister Anna Lindh," the board said in a statement.

It pointed out that it did not normally re-examine cases older than two years, but that it would make an exception due to the huge public interest in the case.

"The case is of great public interest and has to do with how care worked in a situation where the foreign minister was the victim of an attack," board general director Lars-Erik Holm said in the statement.

"I have turned to the other general directors of corresponding authorities in the Nordic countries to get their help in appointing experts," he added.

Stockholm's Karolinska University Hospital last month requested that the board analyse Lindh's treatment, saying it wanted an independent review after commercial broadcast TV4 charged in a news programme that she may have been saved with better care.

Hospital spokesman Klas Österman insisted at the time, "We have not seen any signs, then or now, to indicate that we made any mistakes."

Lindh was stabbed repeatedly in the arms, chest and abdomen by a man with a history of psychiatric problems as she shopped at the upmarket NK department store in Stockholm without a bodyguard on September 10th, 2003. She died of massive internal bleeding some 13 hours later in the early hours of September 11th.

The board's decision comes three days after the broadcast of TV4's "Cold Facts" (Kalla Fakta) programme on Lindh's treatment.

The half-hour show featured a detailed presentation of the treatment she received from the moment she arrived at the hospital, through an eight-hour operation during which she received up to 50 litres of blood, until she was pronounced dead at 5.29am on September 11th.

An unnamed Swedish expert, whose face was blurred onscreen, said the hospital could have used better methods to stop the minister's bleeding from the abdomen, notably by using the so-called "damage control" operation method.

The programme also interviewed Dr. Donald Trunkey, an expert trauma surgeon at Oregon's Health and Science University, who described the rush to operate Lindh without first slowing the bleeding "futile."

"In the United States, if somebody did that in my hospital, I would call [such an eight-hour operation] foolhardy. I mean, you are not going to win," he said, adding the lengthy operation may have worsend her condition.

"I would have classified her as a preventable death," he said.

Eva Franchell, who was shopping with Lindh when she was attacked, said she was pleased an investigation would be launched.

"It opens up old wounds, of course, but I feel the rumours that have been spread around have been very unpleasant. That is why I think it is good that this can all be ended," she told the TT news agency.

Lindh's killer Mijailo Mijailovic, now 32, is serving a life sentence for the murder.

The killing of the 46-year-old mother of two young boys sent a shock wave around Sweden, bringing back painful memories of the still-unsolved 1986 assassination of prime minister Olof Palme.

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Hospital demands probe of Anna Lindh's care

Published: 29 Sep 10 12:39 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

Karolinska University Hospital has requested an inquiry into the care it gave former foreign minister Anna Lindh after her fatal stabbing in September 2003.

The hospital wants Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to review the treatment Lindh received at the hospital after she was stabbed in a Stockholm department store.

Lindh died on the operating table at Karolinska's facilities in Solna, north of Stockolm.

The hospital has reviewed charts detailing Lindh's treatment and doesn't believe that any mistakes were made, but nevertheless has requested that the health board conduct an independent investigation.

The reason behind the request is a forthcoming television broadcast produced by Sweden's TV4 which, according to Karolinska, asserts that Lindh didn't receive proper care at the hospital.

"Because the episode has such great national and historic significance, it's important to prevent the spread of rumours surrounding this matter. We believe it's appropriate that the National Board of Health and Welfare carry out an investigation into the care of Anna Lindh," wrote Karolinska University Hospital in its petition, which arrived on Wednesday at the agency's regional oversight division in Stockholm.

Lindh was attacked and stabbed while shopping in the upscale NK department store in central Stockholm around 4pm local time on September 10th, 2003.

She remained conscious following the attack, with initial reports indicating she had been cut in the arm and that she wasn't seriously injured.

She was taken to Karolinska, where she was placed on an operating table so doctors could attend to her wounds.

Lindh died at 5.29am the following morning following massive blood loss caused by internal bleeding.

The knife had sliced through a number of important blood vessels in her mid-section, including the portal vein and the aorta. Lindh's liver had also been damaged.

Two weeks later, on September 24th, 24-year-old Mijailo Mijailovic was arrested for the stabbing. The Supreme Court sentenced him to life in prison for Lindh's murder on December 2nd, 2004.

Among the evidence cited during the trial were images from surveillance cameras in NK, as well as his DNA.

Karolinska Chief Medical Officer Stefan Engqvist said that the information, which the hospital attributes to the TV4 investigative news programme Kalla Fakta, is hard to address publicly, in part because he doesn't really know what the criticism is based on and in part because the hospital doesn't release information from Lindh's file.

"Our position becomes a bit awkward in this situation. We have tough regulations about confidentiality and laws on secrecy that we can't break," he told the TT news agency.

He said that Sweden's emergency trauma care has evolved since 2003, but that according to procedures commonly used at the time, the hospital reacted in the best possible way in the operating room and that everyone involved did everything they could to save the foreign minister's life.

"We've gone through all the documentation ourselves and haven't found anything wrong and nothing that would warrant a report according to Lex Maria," said Engqvist, referencing Sweden's Lex Maria laws, the informal name used to refer to regulations governing the reporting of injuries or incidents in the Swedish health care system.

"But we would also gladly have an independent investigation and for that we turn to the National Board of health and Welfare. We want to avoid the spreading of rumours."

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Security beefed up for Sahlin due to threats

Published: 16 Aug 10 15:53 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

security" class="nodec">Security for Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin has been tightened due to serious threats against her just over a month before elections, Swedish media reported on Monday.

According to the tabloid Expressen, security for the prime ministerial candidate has gradually increased after a "barrage of threatening emails and letters to Mona Sahlin's office in parliament."

"The threat level has changed," an unnamed police source told the paper.

When contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Swedish security police, which handles security for high-profile politicians, refused to comment on the

On Sunday, when Sahlin held a large campaign rally in Stockholm ahead of the upcoming September 19th election, four bodyguards wearing bulletproof vests were at her side the entire time, according to Expressen.

The 53-year-old career politician has received numerous threats in the past, the paper added. After a scandal dubbed the Toblerone Affair over her use of a party credit card to buy chocolate and other items in 1995, Sahlin was for a time forced to work in a bulletproof room.

In 2004, during a visit to the central Swedish town of Norrköping, a man walked up to her and asked if she was Mona Sahlin before punching her.

Sweden has been traumatised by two political assassinations in recent
decades. Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot on a Stockholm street in 1986, while foreign minister Anna Lindh was stabbed to death in an upscale department store in the heart of the capital in 2003.

Like Sahlin, both Palme and Lindh were Social Democrats. Neither of them had bodyguards with them at the time they were killed.

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US 'pressured' Sweden on Afghanistan

US 'pressured' Sweden on Afghanistan

Published: 21 Dec 10 10:53 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

Sweden was pressured by the United States to increase its commitment in Afghanistan, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

The documents were sent from the US embassy in Stockholm, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

The information was dated July 2009 and details that September was considered to be the best month to exercise pressure as the Swedish foreign and defence ministries would then be busy with bills to be submitted to parliament.

The documents detail the opinion that once the parliamentary bills were submitted it would be more difficult to influence the Swedish force in Afghanistan.

A further plan was for the Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors to be flattered and thanked for Sweden's growing commitment in Afghanistan during a meeting in Washington on July 20th 2009.

Furthermore the documents show that a senior official at the Sweden defence ministry has forwarded advice on how the United States could influence Sweden's power-brokers to deploy more resources to Afghanistan.

The official told DN that he discussed the matter at the US embassy in Stockholm.

In the months following the attempts to influence Sweden's Afghanistan commitment, the country has dramatically increased its expenditure.

The Swedish share of the cost for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) will amount to more than 1.5 billion kronor ($220 million) in 2010, an increase of almost 50 percent on 2009.

Sweden first deployed troops in Afghanistan in the beginning of 2002 and now has around 500 troops based near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

In December the parliament passed a government bill to extend the military mission in the war-torn country until the end of 2011, allowing for the deployment of up to 855 people.

The bill required a compromise between the governing minority centre-right Alliance and the opposition Social Democrats and Greens, and came barely a week after a suicide bomber cited Sweden's troop presence in Afghanistan in a message sent shortly before he blew himself up near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm.

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Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

Published: 20 Dec 10 16:23 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

A new poll has revealed that if an election were held now, the ruling Alliance would gain a majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, while support for Sweden's Social Democratic Party continues to slide.

The latest opinion survey conducted by United Minds and Cints in collaboration with newspaper Aftonbladet shows that both the ruling Moderates and Liberal Party have increased their levels of support.

Separately, support for the Centre and Christian Democratic Parties has fallen below the levels they registered for the general election on September 19th. However, the Christian Democrats, the smallest party in the Riksdag, would clear the 4 percent threshhold to remain in parliament.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats continue to lose support from voters.

"If it were close to an election, it would be more problematic, but I think people understand that there is not an election now and that much can happen," United Minds' opinion director Carl Melin told Aftonbladet.

While support for the Social Democrats and Left Party continue to fall, the Green Party continues to gain more support. Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats also outpaces the party's election result in the fall.

The Moderates currently have 31.7 percent support, up 0.7 percentage points from November. The Liberal Party stands at 7.5 percent, 0.5 percentage points ahead of last month.

However, the Centre Party and Christian Democrats are at 5.5 percent and 4.8 respectively, down 0.8 and 0.1 percentage points respectively.

Together, the Alliance has 49.5 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from November, compared with 42.2 percent for the Red-Green parties, whose support fell 1.2 percentage points.

Among then, support for the Social Democrats slipped 1.5 percentage points to 27.6 percent and 0.6 percentage points to 5.2 percent for the Left Party.

However, backing for the Green Party grew 0.9 percentage points in December to 9.4 percent from the previous month. Support for the Sweden Democrats also rose 0.9 percentage points to 6.9 percent this month.

Support for other parties increased 0.1 percentage points to 1.4 percent.

United Minds interviewed 1,148 respondents over the age of 18 from November 23rd to Sunday, asking them, "How would you vote if there were a Riksdag election today?"

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Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on a Kabul street

Sweden votes to extend Afghanistan mission

Published: 16 Dec 10 08:27 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation

Swedish lawmakers in the country's parliament, the Riksdag, voted on Wednesday to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2011.

"Sweden will make an armed force of up to 855 people available to the international security force in Afghanistan until the end of 2011," they said in a statement, adding that the troop level would likely remain at the present level of 500 soldiers.

The vote came a month after Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose centre-right coalition came up two seats short of a house majority in general elections in September, secured a deal with the opposition Social Democrats and the Greens.

The Social Democrats and Greens, in a since-dissolved coalition with the formerly communist Left Party, had campaigned ahead of the elections on demanding a withdrawal of Swedish troops from Afghanistan.

However, the two left-wing parties shifted their position after the far-right Sweden Democrats were voted into parliament for the first time and handed the role of kingmaker.

The two parties agreed to a broad proposal, aiming to pull all Swedish combat troops out of Afghanistan between 2012 and 2014, while maintaining a largely civilian support presence after that.

The far-right Sweden Democrats and the Left Party, which have both want Swedish forces brought home sooner, opposed the motion to extend the mandate next year, but it passed easily nonetheless, with 290 votes in favour, 20 opposed and 19 abstaining.

Sweden is officially neutral and not a member of NATO and the question of how long its troops should take part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is a sensitive one.

In October, the Scandinavian country lost its fifth soldier since it first deployed troops in Afghanistan near the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, at the beginning of 2002.

The parliament vote also came less than a week after a suicide bomber railed against Sweden's troop presence in Afghanistan in a message sent shortly before he blew himself up near a crowded pedestrian street in central Stockholm, narrowly missing wreaking carnage among Christmas shoppers.

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Lindh murder suspect sues newspaper for defamation

National: 3 Feb 10
A libel case involving Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan and the initial suspect in the murder of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2002 opened in a Malmö court on Wednesday. READ »

Swine flu named year's top Swedish news story

National: 30 Dec 09
Swine flu beat out both the June death of Michael Jackson and the Stockholm helicopter heist in September as the top Swedish news story of 2009, according to a new study. READ »

Almedalen — Swedish openness galore

Analysis & Opinion: 7 Jul 09
Anyone who doubts that Sweden is a country characterised by openness and informality should visit Visby during the first week of July, writes Olle Wästberg, Director-General of the Swedish Institute. READ »

Call for probe into Sweden-CIA terror links

Politics: 8 May 09
Two prominent Left Party politicians are calling for Sweden to set up an independent truth commission to look into how Sweden cooperated with the United States during the war on terror. READ »

Bodström reported over CIA terror deportations

National: 19 Jan 09
Former justice minister Thomas Bodström and former prime minister Göran Persson have been reported to the Riksdag's constitutional committee after new details emerged over the expulsion of two terror suspects from Sweden to Egypt in 2001. READ »

Sweden pressured in 2001 terror case: report

National: 19 Jan 09
Fresh details have surfaced about the deportation of two terror suspects from Sweden to Egypt in December 2001, including allegations of US pressure and the role of former foreign minister Anna Lindh, following the release a new book on Monday. READ »

Ex-policeman: Lindh murder investigation 'full of mistakes'

National: 10 Nov 08
The investigation into the assassination of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003 was just as poorly handled in the first 24 hours as the Olof Palme investigation in 1986, according to a former police chief. READ »

'Meat mountain' ex-minister slams Swedish security service

Politics: 22 Oct 08
Sweden's former Finance Minister Pär Nuder has criticized the country's security service over its failure to protect assassinated Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. READ »

Sweden reflects on Anna Lindh's death

Politics: 11 Sep 08
On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of foreign minister Anna Lindh, Sweden is reflecting more on the legacy of her work in politics than the tragic circumstances surrounding her death. READ »

Getting away with murder? Papers debate Rödeby verdict

Analysis & Opinion: 9 May 08
James Savage looks how Sweden's papers reacted to a controversial acquittal in the case of a man who shot a teenage boy dead in southern Sweden last year. READ »

China, Reinfeldt, and the Olympics: a real mouthful

Analysis & Opinion: 15 Apr 08
Social democratic newspaper editor Eric Sundström hopes Fredrik Reinfeldt at least says something about human rights and the Olympics during the Prime Minister’s visit to China. READ »

Karolinska Hospital slammed for lax patient secrecy

Society: 18 Nov 07
Poor security procedures at one of Sweden's top teaching hospitals have led to insufficient control over who accesses patients' medical records. READ »

Persson reflects on election defeat in new book

Politics: 23 Oct 07
Göran Persson has written a book about his ten years as Sweden's prime minister. In it, he explains how he could have won the election if he had only ignored the advice of his finance minister. READ »

Knife man entered employment ministry

National: 29 Sep 07
A man carrying a large hunting knife succeeded in entering the Ministry for Employment before being arrested later in central Stockholm, it has been revealed. READ »

Expressen fights former Lindh murder suspect over libel claim

National: 27 Jul 07
Swedish tabloid Expressen is to continue fighting a lawsuit brought against them by the man first suspected of murdering foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003. "What they did must be a world record for slander," says the man's lawyer. READ »

Mijailovic wants to stay in Sweden

National: 14 May 07
Mijailo Mijailovic, the man who murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, has decided to give up on the idea of a transfer to a Serbian prison. "He's in a catch 22 situation," says his lawyer. READ »

Mijailovic must stay in Swedish jail

National: 6 Feb 07
Mijailo Mijailovic, the man who murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, has had his application to serve his sentence in his parents' homeland of Serbia refused by authorities in Stockholm. READ »

Borg in plane controversy

Politics: 2 Feb 07
Anders Borg has come in for criticism for requesting the government plane to land at the airport nearest his home. "Common practice," says his press secretary. READ »

Lindh killer faces uncertain future

National: 20 Jan 07
Mijailo Mijailovic wants to serve his sentence for the murder of Anna Lindh in Serbia. But Swedish authorities will not permit a transfer until Serbia decides on the length of his sentence. READ »

Freivalds makes millions from apartment

Politics: 13 Jan 07
It was the apartment that caused her resignation as justice minister, after she bought it in contravention of government policy. But Laila Freivalds can comfort herself with a profit of 5 million kronor. READ »

'Sahlin will lead Social Democrats'

Analysis & Opinion: 4 Jan 07
Sweden's Social Democrats are looking for a new leader and Mona Sahlin seems to be the front runner. The Local asked political expert Stig-Björn Ljunggren to help us size up the contenders. READ »

Freivalds cashes in on controversial flat

National: 3 Jan 07
Laila Freivalds was forced to step down as justice minister in 2000 when her property dealings ran counter to government policy. Now its payback time. READ »

Tougher rules for criminal psychiatric patients

Society: 3 Jan 07
People convicted of crimes and sentenced to psychiatric care could face tougher restrictions when released, says Sweden's justice minister Beatrice Ask, who wants to make sure patients are followed up. READ »

Mijailovic accused of beating fellow prisoner

National: 1 Nov 06
Anna Lindh's killer Mijailo Mijailovic has admitted beating a sleeping fellow prisoner over the head with a metal object ripped from a radiator. But, he claims, he did so because he feared for his life. READ »

Lindh killer 'should not go to Serbia'

Politics: 29 Sep 06
A senior Liberal has called for Mijailo Mijailovic, who killed Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, to be denied his wish to serve out his sentence in Serbia. READ »

Israeli officials "dance a jig" over Alliance win

National: 22 Sep 06
Sweden's change of government is reported to have caused delight in the Israeli government, which saw the Social Democrats as extra-critical of the Jewish state. But a Green MP says things won't change much. READ »

Ministers pay tribute to murdered Lindh

Politics: 11 Sep 06
Three years after Sweden's foreign minister Anna Lindh was murdered in a Stockholm department store, ministers pay their tributes at her grave. READ »

Harvard launches Anna Lindh professor

Politics: 30 Aug 06
Harvard University has created a new professorship in memory of Anna Lindh, Sweden's murdered foreign minister. The post will be dedicated to global leadership and public policy, the university says. READ »

Lindh killer could serve sentence in Serbia

National: 22 Aug 06
Serbia has indicated that the man who murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003 could serve his prison sentence in a Serbian jail. Now it's up to the Swedish governement. READ »

Lindh killer charged with assault

National: 3 Aug 06
The man who murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003 has been charged with assaulting a patient at a psychiatric asylum. READ »

Shots fired in NK

National: 29 Jun 06
Two men have been arrested after shots were fired during the attempted robbery of a jewellery department at the NK store in Stockholm on Thursday. Police say that no injuries have been reported. READ »

King reaches 60 secure on his throne

Lifestyle: 27 Apr 06
This weekend will see King Carl XVI Gustaf feted by foreign royalty, parliamentarians and thousands of his people. As he celebrates his 60th birthday, Sweden's king can satisfy himself with approval ratings that would make a politician green with envy. READ »

Analysis: Why Freivalds had to go

Analysis & Opinion: 21 Mar 06
After a year of unrelenting criticism over her handling of the tsunami disaster and latterly of the Muhammad cartoons, Persson had little choice but to accept Laila Freivalds' resignation. READ »

Olof Palme: the controversy lives on

Lifestyle: 27 Feb 06
It is twenty years since Sweden was shaken by the murder of one of its most controversial politicians. But what impact does the radical, campaigning prime minister Olof Palme have on modern Sweden? READ »

Schyman receives death threats

Politics: 14 Feb 06
A note on the door of a cinema where leading feminist Gudrun Schyman was giving a lecture raises fears for her safety. "I see it as a death threat," says Schyman. READ »

"Brawl" leads to SD youth chief arrest

Politics: 29 Jan 06
The head of the Social Democrats' youth movement, Anna Sjödin, is accused of assualting a doorman in a bar in Stockholm. She was held overnight by police before being released. READ »

Bodström gets bodyguards after threat

National: 28 Jan 06
Thomas Bodström and his family have been given round-the-clock security after "informants in the underworld" told police there was a threat against Sweden's justice minister, it has been reported. READ »

Patient secrecy to be ignored for security police

Society: 19 Oct 05
Details about psychiatric patients are even kept from the prying eyes of Sweden's security police, Säpo. But not for long, perhaps - Säpo needs more power to combat the threat to ministers and royalty, says the government. READ »

Back to prison for Lindh killer

National: 8 Oct 05
Mijailo Mijailovic, who last year was found guilty of murdering Sweden's former foreign minister Anna Lindh, is to be transferred out of psychiatric care and back into Stockholm's maximum security prison, Kumla. READ »

Lindh killer attacks fellow patient

National: 21 Sep 05
Mijailo Mijailovic, who murdered Sweden's former foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003, has brutally attacked another inmate at the secure psychiatric clinic in Sundsvall where he is being treated. READ »

Mijailovic transferred to asylum

National: 11 Sep 05
Mijailo Mijailovic, who killed Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh exactly 2 years ago, has been moved to a psychiatric unit. A doctor decided he was unwell and needed help, the asylum says. READ »

Six people were arrested for Lindh murder

Smörgåsbord: 9 Sep 05
The man in charge of the investigation into Anna Lindh's killing says that six men were arrested over the murder. Until now, only two arrests had been revealed to the public. READ »

Stockholm Syndrome: Rush hour madness

Analysis & Opinion: 8 Sep 05
Our Stockholm Syndrome correspondent has a close call on one of the city's blue buses and finds out that Swedes on public transport have a more immediate fear than terrorism. READ »

Foreign prisoners reject Swedish hospitality

Society: 12 Aug 05
Swedish prisons may be considered plush by many, but an increasing number of prisoners with foreign backgrounds are trying to get moved abroad. Going back to the Netherlands is popular among people convicted of drugs offences. READ »

La Suède: le meilleur pays au monde?

Business & Money: 29 May 05
Un nouveau sondage international effectué auprès de personnes originaires de 10 pays montre que si elles avaient le choix, c’est en Suède qu’elles préféreraient vivre et travailler! Pourtant la Suède n’est pas épargnée par les troubles de toutes natures et comme partout s’ensuit une recherche des personnes responsables... READ »

Comment: Swedish Television cheapens the feminism debate

Lifestyle: 27 May 05
SVT's controversial TV programme on 'extreme feminism' has provoked a week of fierce media debate, with the chairwoman of ROKS, the national women's refuge organisation, portrayed as a man-hating loon. But how much of that was down to selective editing? READ »

Egypt deportations: Säpo blames Lindh

National: 24 May 05
A government committee set up to investigate the controversial deportation of two Egyptians accused of terrorist offences is told by Säpo, Sweden's security police, that Anna Lindh gave them the go-ahead to use American help. READ »

Knifeman stabs three on Stockholm underground

National: 24 May 05
Three people are injured as a man, thought to be suffering from psychological problems, runs amok on a rush hour underground train. READ »

Nuder accused of SSU membership fraud

Politics: 20 Apr 05
Now it's Pär Nuder's turn in the firing line, as a paper reveals that the finance minister cooked the books to boost public subsidies to the young Social Democrats in the 1980s. Nuder, reported to be Göran Persson's favoured successor, boosted his career by inflating member figures, it is alleged. READ »

Life sentence for 1989 double murderer

National: 6 Apr 05
Against the media's expectations and the experts' recommendations, Ulf Olsson is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of 10 year old Helén Nilsson and 26 year old Jannica Ekblad in 1989. READ »

Security police demand new stalker law

National: 15 Mar 05
The threat to famous people in Sweden posed by stalkers is worse than previously thought. That is the conclusion of a survey carried out by Säpo, the security police, and now they have proposed tougher laws to deal with the problem. READ »

Psychiatric care: Milton slams government

Science & Technology: 14 Mar 05
In the last two years the number of people murdered by mental health patients has become an embarrassment to Sweden. Now, the man appointed by the government to overhaul the system tells The Local that the main obstacle to progress is the politicians themselves. READ »

Reinfeldt most popular party leader

Politics: 20 Feb 05
Of all the main party leaders, the Swedish public has the greatest confidence in the Moderates' Fredrik Reinfeldt. But prime minister Göran Persson is less popular now than at any time since September 2000. READ »

Increased security for Swedish foreign minister

Politics: 27 Jan 05
Laila Freivalds gets round-the-clock protection from the security police as, following the government's handling of the tsunami catastrophe, she remains the focus of public fury - and a Magnus Uggla song. READ »

Persson: Lindh didn?t know about CIA

Politics: 23 Dec 04
Anna Lindh had no idea about plans for American authorities to deport two Egyptians from Sweden, says the prime minister. READ »

Lindh "authorised Egyptians' deportation"

Politics: 14 Dec 04
A police officer tells a hearing that former foreign minister Anna Lindh approved an operation for the CIA to deport two Egyptians back to their homeland. The pair are alleged to have been tortured on their return. READ »

Swedish Supreme Court jails Mijailovic for life

National: 2 Dec 04
It's the end of the legal line for the man who killed foreign minister Anna Lindh in September 2003, as Sweden's top court reverses the Appeal Court's decision and puts Mijailo Mijailovic in prison for life. READ »

Anna Lindh murder: the definitive guide

National: 12 Nov 04
This page has moved. The collection of articles about the aftermath of the murder of Anna Lindh is now here. READ »

Swedish army to ditch 1,000 officers

National: 11 Nov 04
As the army announces that 1,000 officers are to lose their jobs, the security police begin to recruit 50 new bodyguards. A military background and officer training might look pretty good on an applicant’s CV. READ »

Mijailovic "could walk free"

National: 11 Nov 04
"Mijailo Mijailovic was psychologically ill when he killed Anna Lindh, therefore he can't be sentenced to prison. But now he's better, so he can't be given secure psychiatric treatment either." Hmmm. READ »

Open up mental health system to avert crisis

Science & Technology: 11 Nov 04
In the week that the Supreme Court reviews the sentence on Anna Lindh's killer, Lysanne Sizoo points out where the Swedish mental health system is breaking down - and offers a creative solution. READ »

Police hunt Linköping double killer

National: 20 Oct 04
Linköping is shocked - and afraid - as police hunt the man who killed an eight year old boy and a 56 year old woman on a street in the centre of town on Tuesday morning. READ »

Knifeman gatecrashes Moderate party

Politics: 19 Oct 04
Keen to pick up supporters wherever they can, it seems the Moderates will let anyone into their party - even if he's armed with a huge hunting knife. Security? What security? READ »

Mijailovic changes lawyer for appeal

National: 14 Oct 04
A bad week for Sweden's 'celebrity lawyer' Peter Althin - ditched by Anna Lindh's murderer for not visiting enough and upbraided by the Lawyers Association for a conflict of interest in representing three of the Hall Prison escapees. READ »

"Suicidal" Mijailovic gives up Swedish passport

National: 21 Sep 04
Anna Lindh's murderer is no longer a Swedish citizen, it emerges after he is taken to hospital suffering from psychiatric problems. And now a move to Serbia could be on the cards, just as another notorious killer considers coming to Sweden. READ »

Supreme Court reopens Lindh murder case

National: 15 Sep 04
First he was sentenced to life imprisonment, then to psychiatric care. Now Mijailo Mijailovic could be facing life again for killing Anna Lindh in Stockholm last year. READ »

All's fair in love and Swedish politics

Politics: 6 Aug 04
A new pair of scandals for the government this week. One black sheep returns to the ministerial fold after her business fails and Bosse Ringholm forgets to collect some taxes - from the football club where he is the chairman. READ »

Guantanamo Swede seeks damages

National: 23 Jul 04
Mehdi Ghezali speaks out against his American captors and the Swedish government, defends his actions in 2001 - and wants some cash. READ »

Treason under the sun?

National: 23 Jul 04
The royal family's holiday on Öland was disturbed by intruders, said Expressen. No it wasn't, said the palace spokeswoman. Either way, the family has upped the security this year. READ »

Lindh killer escapes jail

National: 9 Jul 04
Mijail Mijailovic is judged by the appeal court to be "seriously disturbed" and will be held in a secure psychiatric hospital instead of prison. READ »

Lindh killer mentally disturbed

National: 2 Jul 04
Doctors agree that Mijail Mijailovic is mentally disturbed - but the appeal court must decide if that means a secure hospital instead of prison. READ »

Knutby - from tragedy to comedy

National: 24 Jun 04
The trial is taking a four week break but you can't keep a good story down. The mystery buyer of the pastor's house is revealed and his mistress strikes gold while the congregation finally starts singing from the same hymn sheet. READ »

Police caught in child porn bust

National: 28 May 04
Paedophilia, corruption, weapons and drugs smuggling - you just can't trust the police these days. READ »

Knutby goes public

National: 14 May 04
After weeks of leaks surely everything that could be said about Knutby has been said? You ain't seen nothin' yet. READ »

Feminists crash May Day parties

Politics: 7 May 04
Police floored rioters, but will proposals for an all-female political party hit the established parties where it hurts? READ »

Minister assaulted

Politics: 23 Apr 04
A female politician, no security, an unknown assailant - we've been here before. READ »

Mijailovic appeals against life sentence

National: 16 Apr 04
Anna Lindh's murderer wants the verdict reduced to manslaughter while her family is seeking increased compensation. READ »

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange's lawyer says he has seen police documents that prove the whistleblower is innocent of rape claims.

Bjrn Hurtig, who is representing Assange in Sweden, said the documents, which form part of the official Swedish investigation, revealed two women had lied about being coerced into having sex with Mr Assange, 39. Assange is being held in Wandsworth prison, London, while fighting extradition to Sweden.

Assange met both women at a seminar in Stockholm last August. After having intercourse with each, at different times, he faced sex charges, which he strenuously denies, that were withdrawn and then reinstated.


In an interview from his Stockholm office, Mr Hurtig said: "From what I have read, it is clear that the women are lying and that they had an agenda when they went to the police, which had nothing to do with a crime having taken place.


"It was, I believe, more about jealousy and disappointment on their part ...

"If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade," he said. MAIL ON SUNDAY

WikiLeaks cable shed light on Singaporeans' view of Anwar

 2010-12-12 16:19

KUALA LUMPUR, Sunday 12 December 2010 (Bernama) -- Singapore's intelligence services as well as its senior minister Lee Kuan Yew believe that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim "did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted."

This was revealed by WikiLeaks through a release of a US State Department cable issued in November 2008.

The cable was exclusively released to the Australian tabloid, The Sun-Herald, and was widely reported by other Australian newspapers today.

WikiLeaks is a website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, organisational, or religious documents, while attempting to preserve the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors.

The US State Department cable that dealt with Anwar's sodomy case, dated November 2008, and was released exclusively to The Sun-Herald by WikiLeaks, had stated:''The Australians said that Singapore's intelligence services and [Singaporean elder statesman] Lee Kuan Yew have told ONA in their exchanges that Opposition leader Anwar 'did indeed commit the acts for which he is currently indicted'.''

In the newspaper report, it said the document stated that the Singaporeans told ONA that they made this assessment on the basis of ''technical intelligence'', which was likely to relate to intercepted communications.

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange's lawyer says he has seen police documents that prove the whistleblower is innocent of rape claims.

MySinchew 2010.12.12

Martijn Gonlag

Second Dutch teenager arrested for WikiLeaks-related DDoS attacks

by Graham Cluley on December 12, 2010 | Comments (4)

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Police in the Netherlands have arrested a second teenager in relation to the pro-WikiLeaks distributed denial-of-service attacks seen earlier this week.

The arrest of the 19-year-old man follows Friday's attacks on websites belonging to Dutch Police and national prosecutor's office, which were themselves widely seen as retaliation against the apprehension the day before of a 16-year-old Dutch boy alleged to have participated in "Anonymous" pro-WikiLeaks attacks against a number of websites, including MasterCard and PayPal.

Prosecutors claim that the 19-year-old, from Hoogezand-Sappemeer, in the north east of the Netherlands, flooded the prosecutor's website with internet traffic:

"From behind his computer, the man used hacker software to flood the website of the prosecutor’s office with as much digital traffic as possible. Investigations by the National Police Services Agency showed that the man, who was active under the internet nickname Awinee, urged other internet users to participate in the attack."

However, it is reported that the DDoS attack software being used did not hide the IP address of the computer involved, making it easy for high-tech crime cops to identify where the attack was coming from.

That's a pretty silly mistake to make if you're going to attack the website of your country's national prosecutor.

Who is "Awinee"? Well, a quick search on Google found a gaming website of a guy who lives in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, is 19 years old, and uses the online nickname "Awinee", going by the real name of Martijn Gonlag:

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Protests expected outside court for WikiLeaks Julian Assange

Protests expected outside court  for WikiLeaks Julian Assange

Tuesday 14 December 2010
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will ask to be granted bail when he appears before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court for a second time today.
The former computer hacker was remanded in custody last week, despite the offer of surety from a number of high-profile backers, including journalist John Pilger, director Ken Loach, and charity fundraiser Jemima Khan.

If Julian Assange is denied bail, he is expected to appeal at the High Court.

The Australian, 39, turned himself into police after an international warrant was issued accusing him of sex offences in Sweden. Charges are thought to include rape and molestation in one case, and molestation and unlawful coercion in a second. Assange has denied the allegations, which he has claimed stem from a dispute over "consensual but unprotected sex." He has vowed to fight extradition to Sweden.

According to Australian media reports, supporters of Assange and WikiLeaks are expected to protest outside the court.

Yesterday, around 15 supporters of the 'Justice for Assange' campaign gathered outside the Swedish Embassy in central London. They held banners saying "political prisoner" and "gagging the truth" and wore masks of Assange's face.
His court appearance comes as another cable released through the WikiLeaks site reveals the United States was concerned that the UK was struggling to cope with home-grown extremists in the year after the 7th July bombings in London.

In the cable, a diplomat noted that Tony Blair's embarked on a drive to isolate radicals from the mainstream Muslim community after the 2005 attacks.

The message from the US Embassy states: "Since 7/7, HMG [Her Majesty's Government] has invested considerable time and resources in engaging the British Muslim community. The current tensions demonstrate just how little progress has been made."

Another cable suggests British police helped 'develop' evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents as they were investigated by Portuguese authorities investigating the disappearance of their daughter.

Julian Assange
Enemy of the State Hero of the People
By Lucy Carne LONDON
SEEDS OF CHANGE: Julian Assange the boy and the thorn in the side of governments, and a rally by his Brisbane supporters this week
In front of an adoring crowd at the Frontline journalist’s club in London last month, Australia Julian Assange explained why he’s risking the wrath of the world’s most powerful governments.
In his face could still be seen traces of the sweet natured, sensitive little boy his Sunshine Coast-based mother has described and, smiling, the Queensland born 39 year old leaned into the microphone.
“They say I enjoy crushing bastards and. Yes, that’s part of my motivation,” Assange said.
“For some reason, the White House finds that offensive.”
Today, the founder if whistle blowing website WikiLeaks and the man on whom the world’s spotlight is focused, sits is a grey tracksuit in one of western Europe’s biggest prsions.
This week he was remanded in custody of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion stemming from alleged  non-consensual sex without a condom with two women in Sweden.
Assange’s imprisonment, after he handed himself in, was met with relief in the US, where authorities were angered by his website’s release of embarrassing diplomatic cables last week.
The man who kicked the hornets’ nest had been silences they thought.
“I hadn’t heard that but it sounds like good news to me,” US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on being told of Assange’s arrest.
But while Assange grows restless behind bars – he has already complained about the “boring” daytime television and his request to be reunited with his own laptop has been denied – a global groundswell of support has grown.
The strongest act of revenge is coming from a group of ”hacktivists”  known as Anomymous, which temporariiy shut down the websites of US and Swedish corporations this week.
The group also froze the websites of credit-card companies Visa and Mastercard,n which had cancelled financial donations to WikiLeaks.
Post Finance – the Swiss bank that froze Assange’s private account – was disabled too, as was the Swedish prosecution office and the Swedish lawyers representing the two  women who claim  to have been sexually assaulted by Assange.
The Anonymous group’s spokesman, known only as Coldblood, told reports they had not met Assange and were not connected to his organization but felt the need to defend him.
“If we let WikiLeaks fall without a fight then government will think they can just take down any sites they wish or disagree with,” Coldblood said.
In Brisbane on Thursday, some 300 protestors took to the streets in anger at Assange’s imprisonment.
Protests in London were due to be held today.
More than 35,000 people have joined a Facebook group to support Assange, with calls for all members to donate to his legal fund, while around 28,000 Australians have signed a letter to US President BARACK Obama supporting him.
In an open letter published yesterday, prominent supports, including Australia documentary film maker John Pilger, Minty Python member Terry Jones, English actress Miriam Margolyes and author Iain Banks, call for his immediate release from jail
Assange’s unusually harsh imprisonment for allegedly ignoring two women’s  requests to use contraception has caused this sudden swell of skepticism and fury.
Many believe it is a flimsy excuse to keep Assange, who was placed on Interpol’s most wanted list, within reach of the US Justice Department so it can prosecute him under the Espionage Act.
Even while he is hailed by the public as a champion of transparency, to the governments of Australia and the US he remains a menace. To them he is not an innocent messenger but an anti-government terrorist who wants to harm the US and governments across the world.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard labeled WikiLeaks’s activities illegal but, despite calls for her to do so, has failed to outline any Australian law that Assange has broken.
Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland also has stood by his condemnation of Assange, while arch-conservative US politician Sarah Palin called him an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.”
How did the tousled-haired boy in overalls grow up to become an Andy Warhol-esque hero of the people.
“Hr can seem – with his spectral white hair, pa8iled skin, cool eyes, and expansive forehead – like a rail thin being who has rocketed to Earth to deliver humanity some hidden truth,” The New Yorker wrote in June.
Born in Townsville in 1971, Assange has described his childhood as “pretty Tom Sawyer”’ filled with horseriding, building rafts and fishing.
I was, however, far from Idyllic. By the age od 14, his family had moved 37 times, living everywhere from Magnetic Island to Byron Bay. It set the scene for his future nomadic life.
The young boy was home schooled, sporadically educated by university professors and even taught himself in hours spent alone in council libraries.
But his life changed when his mother’s abusive boyfriend tried to gain custody of Assange’s half brother in order to submit him to religious sect The Family.
His mother and her young family “disappeared”, constantly moving, never leaving a trail.
But at the age of 16, in 1987, Assange got a computer and modem and his life was suddenly transformed.
He embraced the random problem-solving and solace if life as a computer hacker.
“We were bright sensitive kinds who didn’t fit the dominant subculture and fiercely castigated those who did as irredeemable boneheads,” he wrote of himself and a teenage friend.
He was arrested in the early 1990’sw for hacking into the computer system of a major Canadian telecommunications company, but avoided a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
A brief spell in hospital for depression soon followed, as well as time spent living rough in the Dandenong Ranges National Park in Victoria and a stint motorcycling across Vietnam.
While working towards a physics degree at the University of Melbourne in 2006, He founded WikiLeaks.
It was a site for anyone wishing to “reveal illegal or immoral behavior in their own governments and corporations” he wrote at the time of the site’s launch.
“ I am the one who9 takes that risk,” he said prophetically, explaining his role at WikiLeaks while addressing the Frontline club last monthly. “As a consequence, I also get a lot of undue credit. I also get all the criticism.”
His original WikiLeaks mandate was to9 “make the news, not be the news”.
But that seems to have backfired, with Assange now a household name around the world.
“Is is weird?” an audience member asked him of his new celebrity status.
“No,” Assange shrugged.” Actually, I find it quite boring.”
Lucy Marne is The Courier-Mail’s European correspondent

Dear Friend,

Sarah Palin wants Julian Assange hunted as a terrorist.1 She's among a swelling chorus of American politicians calling for the arrest - and even the death - of the Australian citizen who runs WikiLeaks. It's a shame that real terrorists, the kind we should be focusing our attention on, don't show up at British Police stations with their lawyers, as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did yesterday.

Here in Australia, Prime Minister Gillard pre-emptively judged Mr. Assange "illegal," even as the Attorney General confirmed that no Australian nor international crime by WikiLeaks has been identified.2

The death penalty? Judgment before trial? This isn't the kind of justice system we have in Australia. If our Government won't stand up for the rights of Australian citizens, let's do it ourselves.

We're printing ads in The Washington Times and The New York Times with the statement our Government should have made, signed by as many Australians as possible. Will you add your name to the signatories, and invite your friends to join too?

The statement:Dear President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder:

We, as Australians, condemn calls for violence, including assassination, against Australian citizen and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, or for him to be labeled a terrorist, enemy combatant or be treated outside the ordinary course of justice in any way.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "information is the currency of democracy."3 Publishing leaked information in collaboration with major news outlets, as Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have done, is not a terrorist act.

Australia and the United States are the strongest of allies. Our soldiers serve side by side and we've experienced, and condemned, the consequences of terrorism together. To label WikiLeaks a terrorist organisation is an insult to those Australians and Americans who have lost their lives to acts of terrorism and to terrorist forces.

If WikiLeaks or their staff have broken international or national laws, let that case be heard in a just and fair court of law. At the moment, no such charges have been brought.

We are writing as Australians to say what our Government should have said: that all Australian citizens deserve to be free from persecution, threats of violence and detention without charge, especially from our friend and ally, the United States.

We call upon you to stand up for our shared democratic principles of the presumption of innocence and freedom of information.We're printing this statement in The Washington Times and The New York Times early next week - and the more Australians sign, the more powerful the message will be. Please add your name by clicking below, and forward this message to friends and family:

What has started with WikiLeaks being branded as terrorists won't end there.

In fact, just yesterday U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chair of the Senate's Homeland Security Committee, said thatThe New York Times should also be investigated under the U.S. Espionage Act for publishing a number of the diplomatic cables leaked to WikiLeaks.4 We can help stop such plans in their tracks, by showing how they are affecting the image of the US in the eyes of their staunchest friends and allies.

Click here to sign the statement before it's published in The New York Times and Washington Times.

Thanks for being part of this,
The GetUp team


1 Beckford, M., 'Sarah Palin: hunt WikiLeaks founder like al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders', The Telegraph, 30 November 2010.

2 Oakes, L., 'Oakes: Gillard gushes over US leaks', Perth Now, 4 December 2010.

3 The quote is widely attributed to Jefferson, but some now dispute whether he actually said it. We know, at least, that he said "knowledge is power," even if Francis Bacon did say it first.

4 Savage, C., 'U.S. prosecuters study WikiLeaks prosecution', The New York Times, 7 December 2010.

Julian Assange from Jail to Masion

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks. Photo: Jacky Ghossein


Assange gets bail but still locked up (01:12)
British judge grants bail to WikiLeaks founder under strict monitoring conditions, but he remains in jail as Sweden appeals the ruling.

Assange will never receive a fair trial: Hicks
Cameron Atfield
December 15, 2010

Hicks answers the tough questions
Former terrorism suspect David Hicks has come out in support of jailed freedom-of-speech campaigner Julian Assange, saying he feared for Mr Assange's safety should he end up in American hands.
Mr Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has been returned to London's notorious Wandsworth prison despite winning bail from a British Court.
He will be held there for another 48 hours while Swedish prosecutors, who want to extradite him to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, mount a High Court appeal against the decision.
Supporters of Mr Assange, including his lawyer, have claimed the charges are politically motivated after the release of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, causing embarrassment for several governments.
Yesterday, Mr Hicks told Fairfax Radio he was concerned about what might happen to Mr Assange if he was extradited to the United States.
"He will never receive a fair trial," he said.
"We have already established that it's a political decision rather than a legal one. It's important that our governments are held to account for any war crimes they may be involved in and that is why the work of WikiLeaks is so important."
Mr Hicks spent six years at Guantanamo Bay, the US-run prison camp in Cuba, before he returned home to Australia to serve nine months at Adelaide's Yatala jail.
He was convicted by a US military commission of "providing material support for terrorism".
Mr Hicks said he believed future WikiLeaks releases could contain information about his incarceration.
"I will watch with interest in more leaks released because I have heard that they might contain information about my treatment in Guantanamo and the political interference in my case," he said.
"I just hope the Australian government doesn't abandon him like they did to me."
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange sex assault court case branded a 'show trial'
The Swedish authorities are turning the sexual assault case against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, into a "show trial", his lawyers claimed.

Mark Stephens attacked the decision by the Swedish authorities to appeal against a judge's ruling to grant the 39 year-old Australian bail.
He said their decision was now a "'persecution" rather than a prosecution and was politically motivated.
He accused the authorities of stopping at nothing to have the Wikileaks founder behind bars, a claim they denied.


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15 Dec 2010
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15 Dec 2010
Julian Assange: 'don't shoot the messenger'
15 Dec 2010

Julian Assange: 'don't shoot the messenger'
Governments around the world must not "shoot the messenger" by attacking disclosures by WikiLeaks, Julian Assange said on Tuesday.
Julian Assange says his whistle-blowing website deserves protection and has not cost a single life despite the claims of critics

The former computer hacker said his whistle-blowing website deserves protection and has not cost a single life despite the claims of critics.
Writing for The Australian newspaper, Mr Assange quoted its founder, Rupert Murdoch, as once saying the truth will inevitably win over secrecy.
He said: "Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public."
Mr Assange said WikiLeaks has coined "scientific journalism" that allows readers to study the original evidence for themselves.
He added: "Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest.
"WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption."
The campaigner denied he is anti-war, but said Governments must tell the truth about their reasons for fighting.
He claimed the United States, supported by its "acolytes", has attacked WikiLeaks instead of other media groups because it is "young and small".
Branding the website "underdogs", he accused Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard of "disgraceful pandering" to the Americans.
He said: "The Gillard government is trying to shoot the messenger because it doesn't want the truth revealed, including information about its own diplomatic and political dealings."
Mr Assange highlighted some of the most high-profile revelations made by his website over the last week.
He added: "The swirling storm around WikiLeaks today reinforces the need to defend the right of all media to reveal the truth."

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WikiLeaks 'will continue releasing documents'
15 Dec 2010

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is driven into Westminster Magistrates Court in London Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA
WikiLeaks 'will continue releasing documents'
WikiLeaks has pledged to continue releasing confidential documents after Julian Assange, the website's founder and chief, arrived at court for an extradition hearing.
Wednesday 15 December 2010

Richard Edwards and Nick Collins 2:53PM GMT 07 Dec 2010
Mr Assange handed himself over to police in central London on Tuesday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest on rape charges.
But ahead of his first court appearance a spokesman for the website insisted the arrest would not prevent the planned release of further cables on Tuesday evening.
The spokesman wrote on Twitter: "Today's actions against our editor-in-chief Julian Assange won't affect our operations: we will release more cables tonight as normal."

The 39-year-old Australian was due to appear before a district judge at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday afternoon, where his lawyers were expected to fight extradition proceedings.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Officers from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape.
"Assange is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today."
Supporters of Assange were told to protest against censorship outside the Horseferry Road court house on several websites.
His arrest came after an Australian newspaper published an editorial written by Assange, in which he urged governments around the world not to "shoot the messenger".
He wrote: "Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest."
He accused the Australian government and prime minister Julia Gillard of "disgraceful pandering" to the Americans, adding: "The Gillard government is trying to shoot the messenger because it doesn't want the truth revealed, including information about its own diplomatic and political dealings."
Mr Assange has not been seen publicly for 31 days, since an appearance in Geneva, and was believed to have been in hiding in the south-east of England as the latest tranche of WikiLeaks material was released.
A European Arrest Warrant was issued by the Swedish last month but could not be acted upon because it did not contain sufficient information for the British authorities. A spokesman for Marianne Ny, the Swedish prosecutor, said the extra details were sent last week.
Police processed the warrant yesterday and arrangements were made with Mark Stephens, Mr Assange’s British lawyer, for the Wikileaks founder to attend a central London police station.
Mr Stephens said his client was keen to discover what allegations he was facing so he could clear his name.
"It's about time we got to the end of the day and we got some truth, justice and rule of law," he said.
"Julian Assange has been the one in hot pursuit to vindicate himself to clear his good name.
"He has been trying to meet with her (the Swedish prosecutor) to find out what the allegations are he has to face and also the evidence against him, which he still hasn't seen."
The 39-year-old Australian has been under intense pressure since the release of thousands of secret documents in recent weeks.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks, said Mr Assange had been forced to keep a low profile after several threats on his life.
Sweden’s Supreme Court upheld a court order to detain Mr Assange for questioning on suspicion of “rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion” after he appealed against two lower court rulings. He denies the allegations.
His details were also added to Interpol’s most wanted website, alerting police forces around the world.
Mr Stephens said he would fight any bid to extradite his client. He added that Mr Assange “has been trying to meet with the Swedish prosecutor since August this year”.
Mr Assange’s troubles deepened when his Swiss bank account was shut down after it was found he had given a false address. Postfinance, the financial arm of Swiss Post, said: “The Australian citizen provided false information regarding his place of residence during the account opening process.”
Mr Assange had allegedly told Postfinance he lived in Geneva but could offer no proof that he was a Swiss resident.
News of his potential arrest came as WikiLeaks was criticised for publishing details of hundreds of sites around the world that could be targeted in terrorist attacks.
Among the British sites listed are a transatlantic undersea cable landing in Cornwall; naval and motoring engineering firm MacTaggart Scott, based in the small Scottish town of Loanhead; and BAE Systems sites, including one in Preston, Lancashire.
The revelations prompted Sir Peter Ricketts, David Cameron’s national security adviser, to order a review of computer security across all government departments.
Julian Assange: Jemima Khan comes to aid of Wikileaks founder in Swedish extradition fight
Jemima Khan appeared in court to lend her support to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as he was put behind bars over sexual allegations originating from Sweden.
By Andrew Hough, and Caroline Gammell  07 Dec 2010

Khan, the socialite and charity worker, offered to provide a £20,000 surety to prevent the 39-year-old Australian from being remanded in custody in Britain over the claims.
Swedish officials want him extradited to answer questions over the alleged rape of one woman and molestation of another while he was in Stockholm this summer.
Mr Assange, who was also supported in court by film director Ken Loach and four others, has repeatedly denied the claims.

The 36-year-old former wife of Imran Khan said she would pay “whatever sum was required” to ensure he was granted bail.
However, a district judge at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court decided he was too much of risk as it emerged that there was no record him ever arriving in Britain.
During Tuesday's hearing he was accompanied by officials from the Australian High Commission after asking for consular assistance.
Outside court, Khan said: “I am not here to make any kind of judgement on the Julian Assange as an individual as I do not know him and I have never met him.
“I am here because I believe in the principle of the human right to freedom of information and our right to be told the truth.”
Mr Assange’s supporters believe his arrest is a political stunt to detract from the revelations being made on a daily basis on the Wikileaks website.
Geoffrey Robertson QC, a prominent Australian human rights barrister who was a defending lawyer at the Brighton Bombing trial in the mid 1980s, has reportedly agreed to act for Mr Assange in future hearings.
The former computer hacker claims he had received several death threats since the secret documents were published and that someone had called for the kidnap of his 20-year-old son in Australia.

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Julian Assange: is 'Wikileaker' on a crusade or an ego trip?
Julian Assange, the man who published the Afghan war files on his Wikileaks website, is unlikely to be chastened by Admiral Mike Mullen’s claims that he might now have “blood on his hands”.
Julian Assange outside court in Melbourne in 1995, where he was later convicted of hacking offences.

Julian Assange, pictured in London this week, relies on donations and the hospitality of wellwishers as he travels the globe.

WikiLeaks: summary of the latest disclosures
The latest round of WikiLeaks releases disclose more detail about the US's relationships with allies and foes across the globe. Here is a round-up of today’s headlines.

Prince Andrew criticised a variety of governments, including those of Britain and America, as corrupt, stupid and backward in a conversation with a US diplomat.
In his wave of “almost neuralgic patriotism”, the Duke also made the bizarre claim that British geography teachers are the best in the world.

Families of British servicemen killed in Sangin, Afghanistan have reacted furiously after it was claimed WikiLeaks would disclose dismissive remarks by US commanders on British efforts to secure the town.
The Welsh family of Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of handing the classified documents to WikiLeaks, have flown to America but been prevented from visiting him in prison.
The internet has been rife with speculation about which former Labour minister was labelled “a bit of a hound dog” with women by an American official.
David Cameron was seen as “lightweight” by Barack Obama after the first meeting between the two leaders, leaked files will show.
Prince Charles does not command the same respect as the Queen, according to a senior Commonwealth official.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, dismissed claims that Arab countries had asked the US to attack his country as a deliberate attempt by the US to destabilise the Middle East.
Released Guantánamo Bay prisoners should have electronic tagging devices implanted so that they can be followed by security officials, the King of Saudi Arabia suggested to a White House official.
Silvio Berlusconi responded to leaked claims by American diplomats that he has a penchant for “wild parties” by claiming he only throws parties in a “proper, dignified and elegant way”.
One of the more unlikely stories to surface from the leaked documents was that of a 77-year-old American dentist who fled Iran on horseback after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
American officials suspect that North Korea has been secretly aiding Iran in its attempts to build nuclear weapons under the auspices of the Chinese government.
Colonel Gaddafi was believed to be very close to a “voluptuous” Ukrainian nurse who followed him everywhere he went, a US cable claimed.
An exile from Iran was living in London when he was targeted in an assassination plot by an Iranian agent, who was later arrested in America.
Hillary Clinton asked US diplomats in Argentina about the mental health of President Cristina Kirchner and questioned whether she was using medication to help her “calm down”.
The White House has told federal agencies to tighten security around the US military computer network following the leaking of classified information.
China would support a unified Korea controlled from Seoul because it believes the North is behaving like a “spoiled child”, documents show.
Sarah Palin has accused Barack Obama of taking insufficient action to prevent the release of the latest batch of WikiLeaks files.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, could die within months from terminal cancer, an Iranian informant told American officials.
Angela Merkel is the only leader “man” enough to lead the European Union, according to American cables.
The United Nations has angrily hit back at American “interference” after learning that Hillary Clinton ordered what amounted to an espionage campaign on its senior officials.
Julian Assange
The WikiLeaks founder is in hiding after an international warrant was issued for his arrest on rape allegations.
Assange’s next target will be the banking sector, with one American bank in particular to suffer from his next revelations, which he compared to the Enron scandal.
Assange has accused Barack Obama of attempting to smother the freedom of the press.
A criminal investigation is underway into how the latest batch of documents was made public, and Barack Obama could take legal action against Mr Assange.

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Julian Assange's alleged dating profile surfaces

December 14, 2010

Julian Assange allegedly used dating website OkCupid, his supposed profile now becoming fodder for media scrutiny around the world.

Intrepid internet users tracked down the disused profile that existed around 2006, revealing insightful information into Assange's personality, if it is to be believed that the information was written by Assange himself.

The WikiLeaks founder reportedly describes himself on the website: "Passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual seeks siren for love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy,"

Prefacing his profile with a "warning", Assange explains: "Want a regular down to earth guy? Keep moving. I am not the droid you are looking for. Save us both while you still can"

When asserting what he likes in a woman, Assange's alleged profile states a woman should be "spirited, erotic, non-conformist. Non-conformity is not the adoption of some pre-existing alternative subculture. I seek innate perceptiveness and spunk"

"I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil. Western culture seems to forge women who are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!" he continues.

When describing what he is doing with his life, the profile states "Directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project", not without giving reference to his background in mathematics, neuroscience and philosophy.

According to the profile, Assange would have last used it on New Year's Eve December 2006. It states that he has never used drugs and only drinks socially, and that he spends a lot of time thinking about "Changing the world through passion, inspiration and trickery."

Ellingham Hall near Bungay, Suffolk

Pheasant dinners, port and brisk walks may be just days away for Julian Assange, whose bail address is to be Ellingham Hall. Photograph: Alban Donohoe

Julian Assange offered bail haven at former soldier's Suffolk manor, Tuesday 14 December 2010

Maverick libertarian Vaughan Smith rescued WikiLeaks founder from jail - but then came appeal

His supporters include teenage hackers, freedom of speech activists and a motley group of celebrities. But it was the maverick British establishment that rode to the rescue of Julian Assange, offering to whisk him from dull confinement in Wandsworth jail to a large and comfy manor house in Suffolk.

For once, Assange was not the star at the afternoon bail hearing at Westminster magistrates' court. Dressed in a white shirt and blue suit, he watched the proceedings impassively. Instead the hero was Vaughan Smith, a former army officer, journalist adventurer and rightwing libertarian. For much of the past five months, until his arrest last week, Assange has been living at Smith's Frontline Club in Paddington, west London.

Standing to address district judge Howard Riddle, Geoffrey Robertson QC announced that "Captain Smith" was now ready to put Assange up at his rambling country home, Ellingham Hall, near Bungay in Suffolk – that is, should he be granted bail. The WikiLeaks saga has so far been short of jokes. But Robertson had one ready-made.

It would not be so much "house arrest as manor arrest", he quipped. Not only that, but it was inconceivable Assange would attempt to escape "since darkness descends rather early in that part of Britain". Additionally, Assange was willing to give up his Australian passport and wear an electronic tag. Finally, he wasn't likely to get very far given that "media exposure" had made him "well-known around the world", Robertson said with understatement.

Last week Assange was refused bail after he unwisely gave an Australian postal address as his place of residence. This time his legal team would allow no such mistake.

Robertson, Assange's new barrister, asked Smith to give his own assessment of WikiLeaks' controversial founder, in the light of Sweden's attempts to have him extradited on sex allegations.

"He is a very honourable person, hugely clever, self-deprecatory and warm. Not the kind of things you read about," Smith said loyally. But the clincher came when Robertson asked Smith to explain what precisely Assange's new rustic home would look like. After establishing that Smith was a former Guards officer and one-time captain of the British army's shooting team, the QC asked for details of Smith's family home and organic farm. "It has 10 bedrooms and 600 acres," Smith replied. Better still, there was even a police station. "It's a short distance on a bicycle. I can cycle it in about 15 minutes," Smith explained. "It's about a mile. Perhaps a little bit more." Smith added helpfully: "It's an environment where he would be surrounded. We have members of staff. My parents live in proximity as well. My father was a Queen's Messenger and a colonel in the Grenadier Guards."

On the second floor of the court several celebrity supporters had gathered outside next to the coffee machine and green metal benches – John Pilger, Jemima Khan, Ken Loach, Bianca Jagger, and others. But it turned out they weren't really needed – though their money was. Outside on the pavement, a polyglot scrum of journalists waited impatiently for news.

Judging from his appearance, Assange appeared to be surviving his ordeal in Wandsworth prison pretty well. From inside a glass box for the defendant, he confirmed his identity and address. He also gave a cheery thumbs-up to his team.

Robertson, however, made clear that Assange was having a miserable time of it. His conditions inside Wandsworth were nothing short of living hell, he suggested. "He can't read any newspapers other than the Daily Express. This is the kind of Victorian situation he finds himself in," Robertson lamented. He went on: "Time magazine sent him a magazine with his picture on the cover but all the person would allow him to have was the envelope!"

To no one's great surprise, the judge announced that "bail was going to be granted under certain conditions". These turned out to be not overly onerous: an electronic tag, an afternoon and night curfew and a requirement to report to Bungay police station between 6-8pm every evening. Oh, and £200,000 in cash.

Assange's lawyers asked if it might be possible to hand cheques into the court instead? The magistrate was unimpressed, insisting in these financially troubled times it had to be money up front.

Outside, the tweeted news of Assange's bail brought a loud cheer from the 150 or so people who had gathered opposite the court to cheer on their hero and share their banners and placards with the world.

One read: "Sex crimes! My arse!" Another, "That's just what we need – another innocent man in jail", and a third: "Sweden: muppets of the US." Despite the indignant slogans, the judge's verdict plainly delighted the protesters. Three young activists were so thrilled, in fact, that they broke into an impromptu chorus of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Soon afterwards, however, there was confusion as news filtered through that the Swedish prosecutor was to appeal against the bail decision, meaning that Assange has to remain for the time being in jail. But his lawyers appear confident he will be out in time for Christmas.

Pheasant dinners, port and brisk walks around the estate may be only a matter of days away.

If he wins his next bail hearing in the high court, Julian Assange's new home will be a historic rural estate on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk. For more than three centuries Ellingham Hall, a sprawling and elegant Georgian manor house near the village of Bungay, has belonged to the Smith family.

Its owner today is Vaughan Smith, a friend of Assange, and a strong supporter. Smith has previously given the WikiLeaks founder a home at his Frontline club in Paddington, west London, which includes several flats.

Surrounded by 600 acres of woods and fields, the estate is the perfect retreat. It has 10 bedrooms, a large dining room with a convivial circular table, and portraits of Smith's ancestors hanging on the walls. There is a housekeeper who cooks meals. There is also a well-stocked cellar with wine and port – the decent Quinta Do Infantado.

The estate is usually home to Smith's wife and their two children.

Speaking to the Guardian before today's bail hearing, Smith made clear that Assange and his team will be expected to pay for food and accommodation. Other paying guests have included games sports enthusiasts – the hall boasts a pheasant shoot, with pheasants wandering freely over the grounds. The local Norfolk hunt sometimes clatters through the gardens.

"It's a Georgian house from the 18th century. It's been in my family as Smith for the past 225 years, but before that it belonged to the Johnsons, whom the Smiths married into.

"Some of the buildings are even older. On the walls are paintings of the people who bred me," Smith said. "My grandfather liked shooting and I'm partial to it myself."

The estate is exceptionally isolated. The nearest train station is Diss. From there it is a £27 ride in a taxi. It takes half an hour by car from the hall into Norwich, the nearest city.

The remoteness of the location is likely to afford Assange some privacy, since it is impossible to reach the manor house without trespassing on Smith's land.

According to friends, Assange shows little interest in food, and is invariably late for meals. But Ellingham Hall is also home to a large ecologically conscious organic farm. Smith looks after it himself together with two employees; the organic produce is served at his restaurant at the Frontline Club.

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Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables


On Sunday 28th Novembre 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government's foreign activities.

All released leaks archived


Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we've decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we're releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that's almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

War Diary: Iraq War Logs


The 391,832 reports ('The Iraq War Logs'), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a 'SIGACT' or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.

War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs


From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open a popup that links to other documents that contain those phrases, making it possible to see important search terms and connections that you might not otherwise notice.

Video: Collateral Murder


WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

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We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it. We do not know who else is hosted with Heihachi Ltd and it is none of our business. They provide reliable hosting to us. That's it.

While we are in favour of "Blacklists", be it for mail servers or web sites, they have to be compiled with care. Just listing whole IP blocks as "bad" may be quick and easy for the blacklist editors, but will harm hosters and web site users.

Wikileaks has been pulled from big hosters like Amazon. That's why we are using a "bulletproof" hoster that does not just kick a site when it gets a letter from government or a big company. Our hoster is giving home to many political sites like and should not be blocked just because they might have hosted some malware sites.

Fortunately, more responsible blacklists, like (which protects the Firefox browser, for example), don't list us. We do hope that Spamhaus hasn't issued this statement due to political pressure. will always be safe and clean. Promised:

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The Team is a website which provides an easy way to search through the Iraq and Afghan War Logs, which were made public by Wikileaks on 22nd October 2010. The documents are a set of over 391,000 reports which

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From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties. From any document page, clicking on the green underlined text will open

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  • CACHE FOUND/CLEARED Other 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    AFG: Cache Found/Cleared, RC EAST, 0 casualties

    KAF-1BDE -S3 REPORTS: GERONIMO 11 SALUTE AS FOLLOWS: S - 1 CAVE, A CACHE, L - 42 SWB758 778, U UNK, T 0641, E - 1X UXO, 2000RDS 7.62MM....

  • IZ RUNS TCP BY /%%% IN ZONE %%%: NO INJURIES 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    iraq: Accident, MND-BAGHDAD, 0 casualties


  • CACHE FOUND/CLEARED Other 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    AFG: Cache Found/Cleared, RC EAST, 0 casualties


  • PROPAGANDA Other 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    AFG: Propaganda, RC SOUTH, 0 casualties


  • DIRECT FIRE Other 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    AFG: Direct Fire, RC EAST, 3 casualties


  • DIRECT FIRE Other 2003-12-31 18:00:00
    AFG: Direct Fire, RC EAST, 8 casualties


  • ACM''S WERE KIA....

  • A /%%% and local car have been involved in a RTA. No any CAS were reported. 2003-12-31 18:10:00
    iraq: Accident, MND-SE, 0 casualties

    A /%%% and local car have been involved in a RTA. No any CAS were reported. Imported MND-SE Report Event ID:%%% Number of Rounds: Number of Blinds: Number inside the Wire: : : %%%: ...

  • /%%% INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT: NO INJURIES 2003-12-31 18:10:00
    iraq: Accident, MND-SE, 0 casualties


  • SAF ATTACK ON CAMP %%% GUARD TOWER IN BAGHDAD (ZONE %%%) - NO BDA 2003-12-31 18:20:00
    iraq: Direct Fire, MND-BAGHDAD, 0 casualties


  • %%% CONDUCTS RAID VIC BALAD: %%% DETAINED 2003-12-31 20:00:00
    iraq: Raid, MND-N, 0 casualties



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