STOCKHOLM (Radsoft) — The internal affairs division of the Swedish
police found that the entire dossier on the Assange case was leaked to
the media. The Chancellor of Justice along with the 'IAD' are now going
to pursue the matter in an attempt to find out who broke the law.
The Chancellor's office says the police were contacted 28 August by
Aftonbladet editor in chief Jan Helin who told them he had access to the
complete dossier of the Assange case - something Helin today denies.
'I've never spoken to the police in such a matter. This is totally
erroneous. It's infuriating that the Chancellor's office releases such
information', insists Helin.
Helin claims one of his reporters made a request for the dossier through
the proper channels and the request was granted after the authorities
checked to make sure they wouldn't be violating Sweden's secrecy laws.
'We received the documents through the normal channels. We made an
application with the police and they decided the documents could be
released', insists Helin.
Anna Skarhed of the Chancellor's office doesn't agree. She's ruled that the IA unit should immediately investigate.
'How does a police dossier end up on an editor's desk?' asks Skarhed. 'We need to find that out.'
Skarhed's office is not yet targeting anyone or any agency in
particular. 'The suspicion is someone at the police or the prosecutor's
office leaked the information', she says.
Most leaks in Sweden are a matter of relatively few details getting out.
But in this case Aftonbladet were given access to a complete dossier.
'This points to something very unfortunate', says Skarhed. 'The reason
we have secrecy laws is so we can investigate crimes in a secure
The Aftonbladet leak becomes the third leak in the Assange case.
Maria Kjellstrand of the prosecutor's office was responsible for the
first when she - without legal backing - verified all details in the
case with the tabloid Expressen.
The second leak occurred shortly
after Assange's one and only interview with the police where he
specifically demanded (and received) guarantees from the authorities
that there would be no further leaks - and especially not to Expressen.
'The only victim here is me', Assange told the AFP in a telephone
interview today. 'These accusations are baseless, and the process by
which they've come out is disturbing.'
'This entire rape investigation has been conducted without my input. No
one has asked me any questions regarding the rape case. The police
refuse to say if there is a warrant out for me or not.'
'It's been two weeks now.'
'There is ... a clear set up by the people involved, the complainants
and possibly the Expressen tabloid. There is at different stages in the
case personal vendettas, there is ideology, there is carreerism ... from
the head prosecutor (Marianne Ny) of the most disgusting kind.'
'And there's also circumstantial evidence that there is political involvement but not clear evidence.'
US Putting Pressure on Sweden
But Assange doesn't stop there - he says his website now has 'two
reliable intelligence sources that state that Swedish intelligence was
approached last month by the United States and told that Sweden must not
be a safe haven for WikiLeaks'.
'The Swedish case has caused delays, significant delays in all of our
projects. It's been an enormous disruption. We have upcoming releases
relating to financial fraud, the banking industry, and war crimes.'
'An allegation has been reported all around the world', Assange says of
the continuing Swedish legal circus. 'It's at present on six million
websites. In fact one in twenty websites mentioning the word rape also
mentioned my name.'
Assange is to meet on Thursday with his new lawyer Björn Hurtig who's
expressed concern about the legal circus. 'There's something wrong
about this', he says.
'Resuming a case yet again and not even being called for questioning is
rather remarkable. Particularly when you consider the degree of
suspicion [Assange] has hanging over him.'
'Normally this type of suspicion leads to incarceration. But there's
something strange about this entire case and we're going to see if I can
do anything about it.'
'I usually let the prosecutors work a bit on their own. But there's
something here that doesn't feel right. That's something I believe
everyone feels who reads about this and has a basic grasp of law.'
'I want them to dismiss the entire case as soon as possible and leave Julian Assange alone.'
DN.se: Assangeförhör på vift utreds
SvD: JK utreder Assangeförhör på vift
Expressen: Assange: Jag är enda offret
Expressen: Björn Hurtig: Någonting är fel i det här