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The Pentagon/CIA’s office of Dirty Tricks fires the first round, “neutral” Sweden decides it doesn’t want to be portrayed as their right wing accomplice this early. Last night they began circulating a fake story that the founder of wikileaks was being charged with rape in Sweden and was wanted for arrest.
Assange had visited Sweden recently and some of wikileak’s servers are located there.
Today Sweden decided to walk it back and dropped the arrest warrant.
I ran the Swedish version of their Dept of Justice (“Aklagare.se “) webpage through an online translator and it comes up with this:
Chief District Prosecutor Eva Finné has revoked anhållningsbeslutet of Julian Assange. She does not consider that there be reasons in order to he will be continued detained.
– I do not consider that there be reason to suspect that he has carried out an act rape, Eva says Finné.
Eva Finné submits none additional comments during the Saturday.
The original is here http://www.aklagare.se/In-Engl…
Assange no longer wanted
Chief prosector Eva Finné has come to the desicion that Julian Assange is not suspected of rape. Considering that, Assange is no longer arrested in his absence.
Eva Finné will make no other comments during Saturday night.
I can just see the Pentagon on one hand using the wikileaks documents being published online by 3 major publications- NYT, Guardian UK, der Spiegel – as a justification for an expanded war in the mideast, while at the same time they must be following around the suspected wikileakers with various people of all types of persuasion, trying to coax them into some sort of sexual relationships to exploit. Then they turn the twitterworld “social media” into a nice big smearbox machine.
Perhaps, if they wanted to really change the way certain desperate peoples in Pakistan felt about the United States and the Great Infidels, they could stop blocking Pakistani airports from being used to deliver international aid to the 20 million Pakistanis who are being made refugees by climate change driven, severe monsoon flooding.
This is from a Pakistan online publication, Dawn.com, Thurs Aug 19 2010
Airbase near Jacobadad under U.S. Control, Senate Panel Told
ISLAMABAD: Health relief operations in Jacobabad are not possible because the airbase in the area is controlled by the US.
The stunning statement was made by Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari during an appearance at the Senate Standing Committee on Health on Wednesday.
“Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States,” Mr Lashari said while answering a question asked by Senator Semeen Yusuf Siddiqui of PML-Q.
Dr Jahanzeb Aurakzai, coordinator of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Centre, said: “Foreign health teams could not start relief operations in remote areas because there are no airstrips close to several areas, including Jacobabad.”
The town has been evacuated and 500,000 to 700,000 people have been affected. People displaced from Jacobabad, Thul, Kandhkot, Kashmore, Ghouspur and Karumpur are camping in Dera Allahyar.
“It is very unfortunate that Americans can launch a drone attack from Shahbaz airbase but the government is helpless even in using the country’s base for relief operations,” Senator Semeen said while talking to this correspondent.
The Pakistan Air Force claimed that Shabaz airbase was “under its operational control” the next day.
He said that a few Americans were present at the airbase only to provide technical assistance to the air force which had recently acquired the upgraded F-16 fighter jets from Washington.
The AVM made it clear that the statement of the heath official was out of context.
He said: “I don’t know why a senior federal health ministry official commented over the airbase… I think he is not aware.”
The ripples created by reports about health official’s statements was also evident from the fact that the health ministry issued a clarification which said that “the domain of the Ministry of Health is restricted to a health response,” as it expressed gratitude to the PAF for designating an airbase for Jacobabad’s flood victims. The team was also taken to the Sibbi Airbase, which has been made operational after about 10 years.
Flooding continues to force more refugees to higher ground as the river Indus continues to cover more villages. The rains have also destroyed the harvest season in the farmlands along the river.
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/co… Sat Aug 21, 2010 Flooding submerges more towns in Sindh
Officials expect the floodwaters will recede nationwide in the next few days as the last river torrents empty into the Arabian Sea. Survivors may find little left when they return home, however: The waters have washed away houses, roads, bridges and crops vital to livelihoods.
Already, 600,000 people are in relief camps set up in Sindh province during the flooding over the past month.
As the latest surge approached, ”we evacuated more than 150,000 people from interior parts of Sindh in the past 24 hours,” said Jamil Soomro, a spokesman for the provincial government.
The floods submerged new areas in Thatta district.
“The United States has promised $150 million.” for aid to flood victims.
Versus they just blew $59 BILLION on another war supplemental, which the President signed off on in late July before the August vacation, fundraising,and campaign recess.
CNN just ran an opinion/fact piece called “Killing the Wrong People in Afghanistan- how Task Force 373 Became a Metaphor for an Aimless Afghan Policy” by Pratap Chatterjee, author of “Iraq, Inc” and “Halliburton’s Army”
It is a very, very good link, please read it.
Whatever terminology you choose, the details of dozens of their specific operations — and how they regularly went badly wrong — have been revealed for the first time in the mass of secret U.S. military and intelligence documents published by the website Wikileaks in July to a storm of news coverage and official protest. Representing a form of U.S. covert warfare now on the rise, these teams regularly make more enemies than friends and undermine any goodwill created by U.S. reconstruction projects.
Fast forward to 2007, the first time Task Force 373 is mentioned in the Wikileaks documents.
Sources familiar with the program say that the task force has its own helicopters and aircraft, notably AC-130 Spectre gunships, dedicated only to its use.
Its commander appears to have been Brigadier General Raymond Palumbo, based out of the Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Palumbo, however, left Fort Bragg in mid-July, shortly after General Stanley McChrystal was relieved as Afghan war commander by President Obama. The name of the new commander of the task force is not known.
In more than 100 incident reports in the Wikileaks files, Task Force 373 is described as leading numerous “capture/kill” efforts, notably in Khost, Paktika, and Nangarhar provinces, all bordering the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of northern Pakistan. Some reportedly resulted in successful captures, while others led to the death of local police officers or even small children, causing angry villagers to protest and attack U.S.-led military forces.
We could instead become known worldwide for our humanitarian efforts in Pakistan instead, right now, if we weren’t busy letting the government’s twitter experts lead us around by the nose to let these assassination teams keep on randomly assigning death.
Too bad the Commander in Chief is on vacation.