Is Karl Rove trying to “pull a Siegelman” on Julian Assange?‏

Rove Might Be Trying To “Pull A Siegelman” With Julian Assange
Fredrik Reinfeldt and George W. Bush

Is Karl Rove helping to export American-style political prosecutions to Scandinavia? Is “Bush’s brain” trying to fashion a bogus criminal case in Sweden against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, much like the one he helped build against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman?

The answer to both questions appears to be yes, based on arecent report by Andrew Kreig at Huffington Post. On top of that, we have information from Rove’s own Web site that confirms his close ties to Sweden, the subject of an earlier Legal Schnauzer post. And we have unearthed a video from Rove’s 2008 visit to Timbro, a “free market” think tank in Sweden.

Circumstantial evidence continues to build that Rove is behind, at least in part, the Assange case. If so, why? We will address that question in a moment.

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  1. A little probing of Swedish media and political circles puts a finer edge on the Rove-Timbro-Assange-Wikileaks connection, and points in particular at Roland Poirier Martinsson, a columnist and philosopher described as the head of the Timbro Media Institute (and in other press accounts as the person who arranged Rove’s Timbro-sponsored visit to Sweden in July 2008). As documented below, Poirier Martinsson, has become the leading anti-Assange voice in Sweden. Here is Poirier Martinsson’s bio: http://www.timbro.se/medarbetare/?medarbetare=8&omr=180&hide_footer=true

    While Rove was in Sweden in 2008, he and Poirier Martinsson shared a byline on a newspaper political column. Never mind the contents: These two individuals are closely enough aligned and connected to have co-authored a newspaper piece together. It can be found here:

    http://www.expressen.se/debatt/1.1225473/svenskar-sa-har-kampanjar-man
    (the somewhat clumsy English translation is here: http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.expressen.se%2Fdebatt%2F1.1225473%2Fsvenskar-sa-har-kampanjar-man )

    In recent days, Poirier Martinsson, has emerged as a frequent, persistent critic (one of the few in Sweden’s commentariat) of Assange and Wikileaks, decrying the leaks as dangerous and ill-advised.

    For example, see http://www.newsmill.se/artikel/2010/12/06/har-jan-helin-och-martin-j-nsson-gett-bort-nyhetsv-rderingen-till-aktivisten-joha

    which can be found translated (again, roughly) at

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsmill.se%2Fartikel%2F2010%2F12%2F06%2Fhar-jan-helin-och-martin-j-nsson-gett-bort-nyhetsv-rderingen-till-aktivisten-joha

    and this: http://www.svd.se/opinion/ledarsidan/moraliskt-moras-under-wikileaks_5804255.svd
    translated here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.svd.se%2Fopinion%2Fledarsidan%2Fmoraliskt-moras-under-wikileaks_5804255.svd

    and in this televised debate http://svtplay.se/v/2262698/debatt_om_wikileaks_publiceringar. No translation is available, but suffice it to say that Poirier Martinsson, the one on the left starting at about 24 seconds in, carries the anti-Assange, anti-Wikileaks banner.

    Coincidence? I think not….

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