[Marxism] Why defend Assange...
elishastephens at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 20 19:10:16 MDT 2012
Whether this case originated as a legitimate rape investigation or whether
it was a frame-up job from the start (both are possible, although probably
not equally possible), this case has not been about rape for a LONG time.
Assange has repeatedly invited Swedish prosecutors to question him in
Britain, and Ecuador has now repeated that invitation. Assange has also
repeatedly offered to go to Sweden if guaranteed that he wouldn't be
extradited to the U.S. That Sweden has refused both of those requests shows
that their interest in prosecuting a rape case and providing justice to an
alleged rape victim is nil.
Furthermore, we know that the prosecution initially dropped the entire case
because of insufficient evidence, before taking it up again as a result of
political pressure. Now they claim the only thing they need to do is to
question...Assange? The potential DEFENDANT? How exactly is questioning the
potential defendant going to strengthen their already weak case and allow
them to proceed to prosecution? The idea is preposterous.
Further, we now have Britain bearing the expense of stationing 20 cops
outside the Ecuadorian embassy 24/7, indefinitely, and threatening to tear
down centuries of international law by invading an embassy. And we're to
believe they're doing this not to bring a convicted mass murderer to
justice, not for a convicted rapist, not even for someone who has been
CHARGED with rape, but someone who is simply wanted for questioning?
Any assertion that this case is not 100% political simply strains credulity.
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