Sweden withdraws warrant for WikiLeaks founder

Aug 21, 2010 By KARL RITTER , Associated Press Writer
In this Aug. 14, 2010 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. A spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutors office says Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape and he should contact police for questioning. Spokeswoman Karin Rosander tells The Associated Press that a prosecutor in Stockholm issued an arrest warrant for Assange late Friday Aug. 20, 2010 and authorities have not yet heard from him. (AP Photo/SCANPIX, Bertil Ericson, File) SWEDEN OUT

(AP) -- Swedish prosecutors withdrew an arrest warrant for the founder of WikiLeaks on Saturday, saying less than a day after the document was issued that it was based on an unfounded accusation of rape.

They said that for the moment Julian Assange remains suspected of the lesser crime of molestation in a separate case.

The accusations have been labeled a dirty trick by Julian Assange and his group, who are preparing to release a fresh batch of classified U.S. documents from the Afghan war.

Swedish prosecutors had urged Assange - a nomadic 39-year-old Australian whose whereabouts were unclear - to turn himself in to police to face questioning in the case involving suspicions of rape and the other based on an accusation of molestation.

"I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape," chief prosecutor Eva Finne said, in announcing the withdrawal of the warrant.

Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said Assange remains suspected of molestation.

"The prosecutor hasn't made a decision" on that count, Rosander said. "The investigation continues."

Assange had dismissed the allegations in a statement on WikiLeaks' Twitter page, saying "the charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."

He was in Sweden last week seeking legal protection for the whistle-blower website, which angered the Obama administration for publishing thousands of leaked documents about U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The first files in Wikileaks' "Afghan War Diary" revealed classified military documents covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. Assange said Wednesday that WikiLeaks plans to release a new batch of 15,000 documents from the Afghan war within weeks.

The Pentagon says the information could risk the lives of U.S. troops and their Afghan helpers and have demanded WikiLeaks return all leaked documents and remove them from the Internet.

Assange has no permanent address and travels frequently - jumping from one friend's place to the next. He disappears from public view for months at a time, only to reappear in the full glare of the cameras at packed news conferences to discuss his site's latest disclosure.

Assange declined to talk about his background at a news conference in Stockholm a week ago. Equally secretive is the small team behind WikiLeaks, reportedly just a half-dozen people and casual volunteers who offer their services as needed.

A WikiLeaks spokesman, who says he goes by the name Daniel Schmitt in order to protect his identity, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Iceland that the "extremely serious allegations" came as a complete surprise.

Apart from the comment from Assange, WikiLeaks' Twitter page had a link to an article in Swedish tabloid Expressen, which first reported the allegations.

"We were warned to expect 'dirty tricks.' Now we have the first one," it said.

Assange was in Sweden partly to apply for a publishing certificate to make sure the website, which has servers in Sweden, can take full advantage of Swedish laws protecting whistle-blowers.

He also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he would write bimonthly columns for a left-wing Swedish newspaper.

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gmurphy
5 / 5 (4) Aug 21, 2010
Dirty tricks indeed, if this is what the shadowy powers of our world will resort to in order to discourage others from learning their secrets, it should be our duty to expose them as the despicable bottom-feeders they are.
zielwolf
4 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
Last place I expected it to come from though would have been Sweden. Come home to Melbourne Julian! We miss you :)
croghan27
5 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
The head of prosecutions for Sweden has said that they are no longer looking for Assange.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
I think that we may reasonably expect to see a continuous, low-level campaign to be carried against Assange, with ever-forthcoming bogus attacks and allegations against Assange personally and Wikileaks generally. Also without doubt, and at the same time, there will massive, covert legal maneuvering to collar him and organization members for "extraordinary rendition", and to change International statutes regarding the unauthorized dissemination of classified materials- on some sort of sliding scale basis, at the very least.

The only option our leaders, and the agencies they control have, is to attempt discrediting the Wikipeople and they will blithely spend billions to do so, if that's what it takes.

This is, of course, assuming that "the Insurance File" is absolutely packed with the very worst type of compromising information, capable of absolutely ruining numbers of very influential lobbyists/legislators/agency bosses/mil-intel bosses.

Elsewise, it'll be hardball time.
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 21, 2010
Rereading the comment I just made, I notice it's not very clearly expressed.
What I meant to say is that, if the insurance file is potent enough, Assange and Co will likely remain free. If it lacks the requisite teeth, however, then we can expect them to be taken down relatively swiftly. In a nutshell.

It's a sad day for Democracy when the truth is considered a bad example, although I do think that anyone of average intelligence is aware -at least on some level- that we have been lied to at every turn regarding the justification for the inception and ongoing prosecution of this engagement.

Afterall, it won't be the first time we've been sold on the idea, and using just the same time-honored traditions of misrepresentation and drum-beating.
croghan27
5 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
As per Caliban: "I think that we may reasonably expect to see a continuous, low-level campaign to be carried against Assange, with ever-forthcoming bogus attacks and allegations against Assange personally and Wikileaks generally."

They picked a good one here .... I am a big supporter of Assange and Wikileaks .... but it also rankles when accusations of rape are ignored.

As a working hypothesis - governments lie (you should see the nose growth in the federal cabinet in Canada), but charges of rape all too often turn out to be valid.

Let us hope there is a investigation by a valid authority into this.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
@croghan27,
It appears -although a poor job of updating was done here- that the rape/molestation allegations were found to be hastily-concocted, and ultimately baseless allegations, made with the intent of doing damage to whatever public standing Assange & Co may enjoy, and also to ram through enough legal obstruction to possibly get him trapped, and/or incarcerated long enough to make the take down...which may seem needlessly "conspiracy theorist", but if the shoe fits....Still, this can be interpreted in any number of ways, only one model will explain all the facts, but given the nature of the insult(as in injury) done to the Coalition, retaliation doesn't seem that far-fetched now, does it?
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 21, 2010
The best I can see is that the rape charge has been dropped ... but the molestation accusation, a lesser offense, is still alive.

The most damning factor concerning the charges is how convenient they are for the establishment - not only is Assange (they pretend) putting 'our boyz in the field' in danger, but he is morally deficient as well.

Didn't the Soviet Union work the same way .... anyone the government did not like was charged with the catch-all 'corruption'?

No, I do not believe the charges (either one for that matter) .. but the history of rape charges being ignored is far too detailed and far too long for me to countenance one being discarded just because the one charged is doing something I approve.

Was it not (the despicable) Reagan that said: "Trust, but verify."
croghan27
5 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
This from a similar discussion in another venue:

However they do it, there is no doubt this false rape charge was a *warning*, that they can and will smear or do whatever it takes. That insurance file, it's obviously the rub for the PentCorp. They can't open it.

http://www.breadn...seen#new
Caliban
1 / 5 (2) Aug 21, 2010
@croghan27,

you may be interested to check into this:

http://www.worldreports.org/

Another source of thorn-in-the-side truth for many powerful people and agencies. You will note fate of said outlet. Check the "Archive" for background on the run up to this end. I thought it was over the top at first, but did a considerable amount of fact-checking, which lead to the conviction that this publication was telling the truth, once I found out about it a couple and a half years ago. Maybe hard to believe, but, as they say -"truth is stranger than fiction."
croghan27
5 / 5 (1) Aug 21, 2010
Bit too much overload for me ....

Given that the budget of (just) the CIA is well into the billions of $$$, I do not think they are spending it all on spooks and "Meet me tonight behind the old barn, I have the codes" things.

But for purposes of this thread, I would rather stick to Assange/Wikileaks and developments with that.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
I still cannot forget about the American volunteers in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban a couple of weeks ago after the Pentagon files were released by WikiLeaks.
Rape, bloody hands. What else? Oh, my hero!
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2010
I still cannot forget about the American volunteers in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban a couple of weeks ago after the Pentagon files were released by WikiLeaks.
Rape, bloody hands. What else? Oh, my hero!


@Tab,

Would you care to provide a citation or two(ie, context) regarding the event you just referred to?
TabulaMentis
2 / 5 (1) Aug 22, 2010
Caliban:

The link you requested: http://articles.l...20100808
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
I still cannot forget about the American volunteers in Afghanistan killed by the Taliban a couple of weeks ago after the Pentagon files were released by WikiLeaks.
Rape, bloody hands. What else? Oh, my hero!


That had nothing whatsoever to do with Assange or Wikileaks - it probably has a lot to do with the NATO announcement that all NGOs shall act as "the “soft power” component to military strategy."
http://www.doctor...-release

That being said, no one pretends that the Taliban are 'nice', humanitarian or flexible. We cannot control what they do (as NATO is finding out). We can control what we do and then only if we know what we are doing - Assange is allowing us to do this.
croghan27
Aug 22, 2010
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frajo
4 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
you may be interested to check into this:
http://www.worldreports.org/
Another source of thorn-in-the-side truth for many powerful people and agencies.
That site offers "insights" like this:
The year 1776, inscribed upon the bottom of the incomplete geomasonic pyramid on the Great Seal, which is replicated on the familiar $1.0 note, is the date not of the foundation of the United States, but of the publication by the lapsed Catholic priest-promoter of the Illuminati, Professor Weishaupt of Ingolstadt University, of a dark treatise on the ‘New World Order’.
Excuse my poor English, but I think the most suitable description of that site is "stirred BS".
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
@ croghan27:

Wikileaks is not the proper place to release classified information.
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
@ croghan27:

Wikileaks is not the proper place to release classified information.


I certainly agree with that. Yet when a government 'classifies' information, not for any
security' reasons, but to avoid embarrassment, something like Wikileaks is destined.

The Washington Post points out that there are something over 800,000 people with security clearances - who is this information being kept from??? The American voter - and for no good reason save to save the ass of some generals and politicians.

The Pentagon should not look to Wikileaks for its problems, but to itself.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
Croghan27:
It seems to me we only add to the problem when people die because someone leaks information into the wrong forum.
Using the proper forum is what I am concerned about.
Do you have any ideas?
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
Julian Assange should be arrested without bail and put before a U.S. court system or military court.
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
Here is another view of what happened in Sweden ....

http://rixstep.co...00.shtml

I am not familiar with anyone dying from the actions of Wikileaks - you were given the opportunity to link to some evidence of some injuries, Tabula and fumbled that entirely - giving evidence only of NATO incompetence.
TabulaMentis
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2010
I provided a source.
You say it is NATO's fault. Can you prove that?
The timeline is suspect. It could be aliens from outer space that killed them.
TabulaMentis
3 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
@ Croqhan27:

This is what the LA Times link I provided stated:

"The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the ambush in a rugged, isolated valley, which also killed two Afghan men, a German woman and a British woman working with the International Assistance Mission. The Taliban accused the Christian group's volunteers of proselytizing and spying for Western military forces, which the charity vehemently denied."
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2010
Caliban:

The link you requested: http://articles.l...20100808


@Tab,

"The Western military condemned the attack as part of a pattern of insurgent behavior that exacerbated the suffering of Afghan civilians."

So, no mention anywhere of this being linked to the documeents made public by Wikileaks. It is telling that you made the explicit connection, however.

I would say that it appears to be that their luck
-simply put- ran out. In case you weren't aware of it, Afghanistan is a very dangerous place, especially for anyone who is readily identifiable as a Westerner. I've a couple of freinds over there right now, doing contract work, and they have been confined to their operations compound since May due to increased insurgency activity -well before Wiki.

Hell -even Afghanis aren't safe. And this isn't the first episode of this type of killing or abduction, either - so your supposition stands as unfounded.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 22, 2010
@frajo,

I tried to use the quote function to caption part of your response as to the quality of the WorldReports publication, in order to simplify the process, but it appears to be inoperable now.

While I will agree with you that at least part of Mr. Story's reporting could be classified under the rubric of "conspiracy theory", much of his reportage is, indeed, verifiable. His recent efforts have been devoted to following the shenanigans attendant upon implementation of the "Dollar Refunding Program" and also securities fraud(CMKM Diamonds). He was also the first -to my knowledge- to make reference to the Mexican Drug Cartels' money laundering partnerships with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, et al- to the tune of hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars. Therefore, I believe he may be forgiven a few "eccentricities".

And now, suddenly, he is dead. Guess he won't be stirring any more BS, eh?
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2010
@ Croqhan27:

This is what the LA Times link I provided stated:

"The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the ambush in a rugged, isolated valley, which also killed two Afghan men, a German woman and a British woman working with the International Assistance Mission. The Taliban accused the Christian group's volunteers of proselytizing and spying for Western military forces, which the charity vehemently denied."


You still have not provided any connection to either Wikileaks or Assange personally ... throwing in the DaVinci Code does not count.

Caliban: I too am having some problem posting ... often my messages will not show up unless I click on refresh - then when the screen comes back there are in place.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 22, 2010
Caliban: I too am having some problem posting ... often my messages will not show up unless I click on refresh - then when the screen comes back there are in place.


Seems to also include slow-loading of the pages- got a message yesterday that "a script was running that slowing down pageview, and , if left running could cause problems the computer..."???
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (1) Aug 22, 2010
Caliban:
If Julian Assange is ever arrested, then the court will do all of the research for me.
It is common sense.
Plus the Taliban has been quoted for saying they are going to get the informants.
The Taliban accused the dead Americans as being spies like it says in the Los Angeles Times article.
You need to stop making Assange look like an angel. A person can tell just by looking at the guy that there is something wrong with him!
Caliban
2.3 / 5 (3) Aug 23, 2010
Caliban:
If Julian Assange is ever arrested, then the court will do all of the research for me.
It is common sense.
Plus the Taliban has been quoted for saying they are going to get the informants.
The Taliban accused the dead Americans as being spies like it says in the Los Angeles Times article.
You need to stop making Assange look like an angel. A person can tell just by looking at the guy that there is something wrong with him!


Tab,
Just like I said earlier, rats put themselves in harm's way, and either profit or lose as a result.
Your rush to judgement regarding Assange seems facile, at best, and in no way detracts from the service rendered to the cause of Awareness, just as Ellsberg's did for the Vietnam War.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2010
Caliban:
Julian Assange is going about it the wrong way. WikiLeaks is not the correct forum for these kinds of issues.
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2010
Caliban:
Julian Assange is going about it the wrong way. WikiLeaks is not the correct forum for these kinds of issues.


Indeed .... Assange is only doing what journalists should be doing if they were not too busy being cosy inside the beltway.

Read up on the Omar Khadr kangaroo court ... 4 reporters mentioned the name of a witness that months previous had admitted he was a witness in several national newspapers ... they were banned for releasing 'confidential' information!

I would think that marjo would feel warm and fuzzy about Wikileaks .. they are doing the job that government should be doing.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Aug 23, 2010
It seems to me we only add to the problem when people die because someone leaks information into the wrong forum.
What "forum" are you talking of? The information was made public, that's what counts.

Why doesn't it seem to you that we only add to the problem when people die because nobody cares to stop the killing of innocent civilians by telling the truth?
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2010
Caliban:
Julian Assange is going about it the wrong way. WikiLeaks is not the correct forum for these kinds of issues.


You have yet to supply any evidence that anyone had been injured from any information released by Wikileaks ....

Is this the way to have a discussion? To make bald unsubstantiated claims of an inflammatory nature?

Good article by Pincus in the Washington Post today, using info taken from the leaked documents ... only less than 100 al Qui'da in the entire country - even as entire families, children, grandparents and all are 'taken out' on the chance rumors that someone there know ObL.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2010
There is no way to prove for sure why the Taliban killed the volunteers. The Taliban accused the volunteers of being spies. How did the Taliban get the idea the volunteers were spies? Was it from the WikiLeaks files? The Taliban said they were going to get the informants mentioned by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is not the appropriate medium to release classified information when people lives are at risk, period.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Aug 23, 2010
WikiLeaks is not the appropriate medium to release classified information when people lives are at risk,
Classifying embarrassing information is not the appropriate method when the life of innocent civilians is at risk.
croghan27
5 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2010
"There is no way to prove for sure why the Taliban killed the volunteers."

Asking them is one way to find out ... they even have their own websites ..... they were killed because they were proselytizing and were spies. (I have already supplied the link.)

"The Taliban accused the volunteers of being spies. How did the Taliban get the idea the volunteers were spies?"

Ask NATO. They are the ones that claimed NGOs should be expressions of their 'soft power'.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2010
Julian Assange should be arrested.
Attorneys will be able to show him innocent because the defense attorneys will never be able to prove him guilty without a doubt.
But if Julian Assange sits in prison or jail for several years without bail while the media debates his alleged crime, then maybe everyone will see that WikiLeaks is the incorrect format for sensitive information to be released for all to see.
At least now Julian Assange is trying to remove names and locations that could get people killed.
I fill it is too late for some.
Caliban
3 / 5 (4) Aug 24, 2010
Tab,
Far fewer will ultimately die if this exposure of MilitaryIndustrialComplexHex creates enough pressure to get us out of Afganistan. In the meantime, we can notch one for the Informed Citizenry.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2010
No, I disagree.
One death is one death too many.
Informed by illegally obtained information.
WikiLeaks is the wrong forum.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2010
Tab,
Far fewer will ultimately die if this exposure of MilitaryIndustrialComplexHex creates enough pressure to get us out of Afganistan. In the meantime, we can notch one for the Informed Citizenry.

You are protesting a war. You must not be from America or you have some perverted reason for praising WikiLeaks.
Caliban
1 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2010

You are protesting a war. You must not be from America or you have some perverted reason for praising WikiLeaks.


That's pretty funny. What are you, twelve?
I'll clue you in, my friend -the world we live in isn't a black-and-white place, and while I can admire your conviction, I urge you to check it, because it may very well not be in the right place.

TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (2) Aug 24, 2010
@Caliban

So you want people to start taking the law into their own hands. That is why we have a legal system.
Another person totally agrees with me. I have asked them to read the reference material you keep on referring to. I have not read it carefully, but when they finish I will get back with you.

P.S: Why is Julian Assange hiding if he is such a wonderful person?
TabulaMentis
not rated yet Aug 24, 2010
Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks should get married because they deserve each other.
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 24, 2010
@Caliban
So you want people to start taking the law into their own hands. (...)P.S: Why is Julian Assange hiding if he is such a wonderful person?


Tab,
This should answer your questions. I'm sure that you will want to question the presence of slant in the author's perspective, and the veracity of the sources cited, et c., but I'll just let the article do the talking:

http://www.altern...im_world

If you make the decision not to read, then you will be therwise demonstratedmaking a conscious decision to remain ignorant of the ground truth regarding this 'war".

In either case, this will be the end of any further debate with you on this thread, but henceforth, unless otherwise demonstrated by you first, I'll assume your status as either ideologue or newly-hatched troll in any further discussions.

Feel free to have the last word.
croghan27
5 / 5 (1) Aug 24, 2010
Caliban - if you read AlterNet you probably have heard of Glenn Greenwald .... he has a good column on this situation.
http://www.salon....dex.html

He must have read our good friend, TabulaMentis, the essay is titled: "Fact-Free Accusations About Wikileaks."
Caliban
1 / 5 (1) Aug 24, 2010
Caliban - if you read AlterNet you probably have heard of Glenn Greenwald .... he has a good column on this situation.
http://www.salon....dex.html

He must have read our good friend, TabulaMentis, the essay is titled: "Fact-Free Accusations About Wikileaks."


@croghan,
A very well-written article, clearly reasoned, that puts paid to the "criminal" accusations.
Somehow, though, I feel sure that our young friend Tab won't bother to read it. As you can see from the post above, Tab apparently prefers to let others decide what opinions Tab should have.

I tried to post, earlier, what amounted to a question regarding the age of Tab, and therefore the appropriateness of Tab's participating in this forum, but it failed to load at the time, and I didn't feel like recomposing the thing a second time.

I've profound misgivings about the situation of a youngster being here -with or without "parental consent".

croghan27
not rated yet Aug 24, 2010
Caliban - somehow I feel the possibilities of this thread have been exhausted. There is little purpose in continuing this conversation.

It could be that in his/her dunderheadedness Tab brought in a POV that is worth confronting and confounding (Facts are such a bitch.) But that is over.

Nice speaking to you ... maybe see you in other times and other places ...
TabulaMentis
not rated yet Aug 26, 2010
I plan to closely investigate the reference materials supplied in the blogs.

It is going to take a while.

Recently General Petraeus said there was no evidence that anyone has died because of information leaked by WikiLeaks.

O.J. Simpson was also not guilty of murdering his ex-wife and her friend either in the first trial.

General Petraeus stated classified information released by WikiLeaks was irreprehensible.

I viewed a video in a link provided above and at least two people agreed WikiLeaks is not the best medium/forum in which to disclose classified (confidential) information.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Aug 26, 2010
I viewed a video in a link provided above and at least two people agreed WikiLeaks is not the best medium/forum in which to disclose classified (confidential) information.
It is remarkable that you talk a lot about this subject and even tend to repeat the same phrases but _never_ mention the fate of the killed innocent Afghan civilians and their families.
TabulaMentis
1 / 5 (1) Aug 26, 2010
I viewed a video in a link provided above and at least two people agreed WikiLeaks is not the best medium/forum in which to disclose classified (confidential) information.
It is remarkable that you talk a lot about this subject and even tend to repeat the same phrases but _never_ mention the fate of the killed innocent Afghan civilians and their families.

That is why I need to investigate the WikiLeak scandal more closely. I really do not know anything about the "killed innocent Afgan civilians and their families."
A couple of weeks ago I said numerous times that WikiLeaks is not the correct medium/forum to release classified information. That was my main point. All of the other statements others and myself have made is beside that main point.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Aug 26, 2010
I really do not know anything about the "killed innocent Afgan civilians and their families."
Here's for beginners: http://www.truth-...37362460
Husky
5 / 5 (1) Aug 29, 2010
It makes perfect sense for Taliban to target western care organisations, after all winning the hearts of the common people is perceived much more dangerous to the cause of the taliban than the millitary wich occaisonaly makes a misstake and bombs civilians that might drive them into the arms of the Taliban