August 17, 2012

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It feels like an act of betrayal to bring it up, but for all you know, Julian Assange might be a rapist. No one knows, because he hasn't faced trial. That's the point of having a trial. Here's what his own lawyer said:

“[The complainant] was lying on her back and Assange was on top of her … [she] felt that Assange wanted to insert his penis into her vagina directly, which she did not want since he was not wearing a condom … she therefore tried to turn her hips and squeeze her legs together in order to avoid a penetration … [she] tried several times to reach for a condom, which Assange had stopped her from doing by holding her arms and bending her legs open and trying to penetrate her with his penis without using a condom. [She] says that she felt about to cry since she was held down and could not reach a condom and felt this could end badly.”

Obviously I'm not the first, or the most eloquent, person to point this out, but it's so depressing and sickening to see a popular leftist movement rallying around someone who might be a violent criminal, that you feel like it bears repeating.

Of course Assange has done good things. You might even say he's a hero. He helped make Wikileaks and uncovered a lot of US war crimes. That is good. But Wikileaks is still going even though he's been bunking in the Ecuadorean embassy for two months, and is now presumably waiting while they stitch together a mail bag big enough for him to be carried out in while the British police aren't looking. You might say he's betraying Wikileaks' own principles by taking shelter with a government that likes to deny its own people freedom of speech, but doesn't mind defending freedom of speech when it comes to internationally wanted rape suspects, but that's understandable. He's a desperate man who doesn't want to go to prison. Any port in a storm and all that.

But now for the Occupy movement to lend him its support just really takes the cake. It makes me feel extremely exasperated. One of the great things about Occupy – and the point of the Guy Fawkes mask thing – is that it has no leaders. It's been a hero-less movement, a real movement. Its "We are the 99 percent" slogan is as inclusive as it possibly can be – it's saying that we are all, even people with enough money for nice coffee and a modest DVD collection, being fucked every day of our lives by idiots who own 50 yachts and a polo club and despise us – and Occupy is all the stronger for it. For it now to start idolizing a very smug man who admits to forcing his penis into a woman who was asleep, well, really suggests the 99 percent have pretty low self-esteem. It's like Occupy has given up on humanity. Is Julian Assange really the best we've got? Really? Is he our hero? It's humiliating and desperate and sad.

To paraphrase Brecht's Life of Galileo:

"Pity the movement that has no heroes!"

"No. Pity the movement that needs heroes (who might be rapists)."

Occupy should be a LOT choosier.


August 17, 2012

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Thank u

Thanks for being brave enough to write this

madkate more than 1 years ago

Good Brecht joke

I thought the Brecht joke was very good.

Andrew Smith more than 1 years ago

Konrad Werner

Konrad Werner might be a rapist. There, I said it.

Maurice Frank more than 1 years ago


Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the feedback. All that I was saying is that there's a chance, even if it's just a one percent chance, that Assange is a rapist. I think his lawyers' statements make it look pretty bad, and I think there is at least some room for doubt one way or another.

The other quote from Assange's OWN lawyer was this:
"He described Assange as penetrating one woman while she slept without a condom, in defiance of her previously expressed wishes, before arguing that because she subsequently “consented to … continuation” of the act of intercourse, the incident as a whole must be taken as consensual."

I don't know if that constitutes rape or not. Some people say that's basically a confession. Having sex with someone while they're asleep is a crime in most countries, I believe. I think that account of events sounds really bad, and I think there should be a trial in Sweden.

Given that, I went on to say that all the protesters should maybe pick their heroes a bit better, and in the case of Occupy, I think picking heroes at all weakens the movement. I think that was quite a mild point and not very controversial. For people to start going on about "disgusting content" just for bringing up the possibility that Assange is a rapist seems a bit over the top. But I did get upset on Thursday when I saw all those Occupy people shouting their support for Assange, so I felt I had to make the point again. I mean what if it turns out he did rape those women? What if there's proof? Won't they feel a bit sheepish? A bit? I just think the possibility should give us pause.

Also, I've never really got why the US doesn't just try and extradite Assange. Why bother setting up a fake trial in Sweden? The UK is usually more than happy to do whatever the US wants. Isn't the UK even now extraditing that poor guy from Sheffield for creating a file-sharing network?

On Ecuador: you're right, I've never been there or know really what's going on there. I was basing what I said about freedom of speech on the Human Rights Watch report, which I linked to in the article, which I think is a good source, and which I believe also benefitted from Wikileaks revelations.

And you're all right – I could have written a blog about Obama's drone wars, or the UK granting asylum to questionable Russian oligarchs, or the mistrial of Daniel Ellsberg, all of which I think are really bad. I've written articles about drone killings elsewhere. But I wrote this one about Julian Assange. If my auntie had a dick she'd be my uncle.

If Assange is thrown into a dungeon with Bradley Manning that'd be a scandal. Manning's treatment already is one. But Julian Assange still might be a rapist.

Benjamin Knight more than 1 years ago

Rape or not is not the point

Yeah right, let´s fry the motherfucker for fucking a girl without condom. Any thoughts on Obama, the drone war and killing hundreds of civilists? Oh sorry, I forgot: he´s the good guy. right. Any thoughts on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, then? Look, rape is a bad thing. And yes: the guy deserves a fair trial. But: chances are where this guy is at right now, he´s not gonna get a fair trail. Why not? Point 1: Because the laws on sexual misconduct in Sweden are a fucking joke - if your on trial for that shit in Sweden you might just as well just cut of your dick and burry urself. Point two: the Yanks are way to f... hot to lay their hands on that mf. (+ Their have been some clues that suggest this whole rapist thing was staged by hmm u name it). Yeah right, sorry again: I´m just a weirdo with aluminum foil on my head that breeds conspiracy theories all day long. Right. What it it boils down to is this: Assange pissed of god´s own nation and they want him dead for that - or at least rotting in a cell for the rest of his life. See Mannings. I mean: don´t you get it? The guy goes to trial in Sweden for rape and as soon as he enters the country he is handed over to the CIA for what? the president´s daughter? Rape? No, for Wikileaks. If there was any intention other than that, they could put him on trial for rape in wherever, hell even ecuador, couldn´t they?

Struwwwelpeter more than 1 years ago


Why the sudden negative expose on Julian Assange? Could you post something negative about Daniel Ellsberg too? Ellsberg is still a terrorist and deserves to be given unfair trial in my opinion. Maybe he's a racist too. Can you look up some evidence about Daniel Ellsberg possibly being a racist too? We would like to see that expose I think.

But seriously, I used to like reading Exberliner. Disgusting content like this is what keeps readers away from your service.

Mitt Romney more than 1 years ago



Null Substanz, viel Meinung.

Keine Sau interessiert es, ob Sie Assange mögen oder nicht und ob Sie ihn für eingebildet halten. Schreiben Sie was zur Sache oder verschonen Sie die Welt mit ihren kindischen "Julian-ist-ein-Angeber"-Gewäsch.

Alex more than 1 years ago

Proper legal process is what's missing!

Assange should go to trial for rape in Sweden. The problem is that he is likely to be then sent to the US to face treason charges and potentially the death penalty. He should be protected from this.

It is a shame that the two crimes for which he has been accused are not seen in isolation (by his supporters or his condemners).

James more than 1 years ago

about a government that likes to deny its own people freedom of speech

Ich wurde gerne darüber was sagen und zwar: Ich bin ekuadorianerin und weiss was in meinem Land abgeht. Es ist so, dass ein größen Teil der ekuadorianischen Medien (ganze Sender und Zeitungen) in den Händen von Leuten aus der konservativen rechten katholischen Schicht waren und noch sind. Diesen Leuten haben immer die selben Kandidaten unterstützt und stammen aus derselbne Schicht und sind einfach skrupellos sowie die Leute, die sie unterstützen. Ich weiss nicht ob du eine Ahnung hast, was da abgeht ich schätze mal nicht. Präsident Correa ist nach Roldos (im Jahr 1978 gewählt worden) der erste Machthaber aus der mittlere Schicht und das ist gut so. Bis jetzt hat er vieles gutes für das Land gemacht und finde super, daß Ecuador Assange Asyl gibt und auf jeden Fall gerecht. Wenn Pinochet und die russische Oligarchen ohne Probleme und Skandal in England Asyl bekamen, sollte auch Assange diese Unterstützung bekommen.

ecuatoriana more than 1 years ago

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