rath wrote:STRATFOR EMAILS: STRATFOR SYDNEY BASED WATCH OFFICER CHRIS FARNHAM CONNECTION TO SWEDISH WOMAN IN ASSANGE CASE
Tuesday 28th February 2012 23:00 GMT
On February 27, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the private intelligence organization Stratfor, a US company based in Texas. Confidential emails obtained from the US private intelligence firm, Stratfor, reveal that the firm’s Sydney based watch officer, says he has connections with a friend of one of the Swedish women in the Assange case.
In a late 2010 email exchange with George Friedman, Stratfor CEO and founder, Farnham writes, "BTW, close family friend in Sweden who knows the girl that is pressing charges tells me that there is absolutely nothing behind it other than prosecutors that are looking to make a name for themselves. My friend speaks rather disparagingly about the girl who is claiming molestation. I also think the whole rape thing is incorrect for if I remember correctly rape was never the charge." (1657727)
Farnham elaborates in another email: "If it really matters I can look into it, but from what I am hearing that is not the case. That’s not to say that my friend is foolproof either. She knows nothing of law or politics, she just knows the girl in question and follows the news." (1681746)
Assange has not been indicted in the Swedish case, but recently released emails have revealed that the United States Government has had a secret inditement against the WikiLeaks founder for more than twelve months: "Not for Pub — We have a sealed indictment on Assange. Pls protect." (375123)
A few weeks earlier, following Julian Assange’s release from a London jail, where he had been remanded as a result of a Swedish prosecutor’s arrest warrant, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice-President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security, and a former Deputy Chief of the Department of State’s (DoS) counterterrorism division for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), told SkyNews: "extradition [to the US is] more and more likely". (373862).
Moreover, the bilateral agreement between the United States and Sweden allows Julian Assange to be extradited to the US as soon as he arrives in Sweden.
Sweden has not opposed an extradition to the US since 2000.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest for 448 days with no charge, since he was released from solitary confinement at Wandsworth prison in the UK on 7 December 2010. He awaits a ruling on his extradition appeal v. the Swedish Judicial Authority which was heard before the UK Supreme Court’s on February 1 and 2, 2012.
Assange’s appeal questioned whether the Swedish prosecutor, who issued the European Arrest Warrant, can claim to be called a ’judicial authority.’ As Geoffrey Robertson QC, Australian born human rights lawyer, has argued: "The notion that a prosecutor is a ’judicial authority’ is a contradiction in terms."
The decision to issue a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and an INTERPOL Red Notice for the purpose of questioning a person, fully cooperating with authorities is highly suspect, as is the refusal of the Swedish prosecutor to interview Assange in London, as has been offered, and since doing so would be in accordance with the rules set forth under the terms of Mutual Legal Assistance.
At a February 7 and 8, 2011 hearing on the extradition case, Assange’s lawyers also argued that the UK should not extradite him to Sweden because Assange would not face a fair trial.
If extradited to Sweden, Assange will not be judged by an ’independent and impartial tribunal’, a fundamental requirement under the European Convention of Human Rights (article 61.) Three out of the four judges are lay judges, appointed by political parties with no formal, legal training.
On December 08, 2010 The Independent, a UK newspaper, reported that Sweden and the United States were already holding informal negotiations about Assange’s onward extradition. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u..
On February 20, 2011, Louis Susman, US Ambassador to the UK said in a BBC interview with Andrew Marr, "[A]t this point in time, we have brought no action against Mr. Assange and we will have to see how it plays out in the British court."