Karl Rove’s Swedish Connections: The Controversy And The Facts
by Andrew Kreig
Naomi Wolf’s guest-article in Professors Blogg on the case Assange – which mentioned (among other matters) Karl Rove’s potential involvement in the Swedish political crusade against Assange – had a huge impact among Swedish blog-readers. The site Bloggar.se picked her column Feb. 12 to be its top-recommended reading on the Julian Assange theme. Knuff.se also cited the article in its front page that day.
[Wolf’s piece is also on News from Underground: http://markcrispinmiller.com/2011/02/eight-big-problems-with-the-case-against-assange-must-read-by-naomi-wolf/ –MCM]
Yet some in the Swedish media apparatus object the article’s spreading, that Rove might be relevant to the Assange case, or even to the Sweden’s governing Moderate Party. For instance Roland Poirier Martinsson – a Swedish right-wing political columnist (Svenska dagbladet) formerly based in the USA, and who affirms he was the one that invited Rove to Sweden – called bluntly for the following appeal in an email about Noemi Wolf’s publication in Professors blogg:
“it would be nice if we are keeping away from see that it spreads in the Swedish blogosphere” [“det vore trevligt om vi slapp se den spridas i den svenska bloggosfären”].
The linking of the article to the main Swedish neswpapers Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), Aftonbladet and Expressen, was further denied by the linking services. All what confirms the characterization by Assange’s lawyers about disregard by Swedish-media actors for objectivity and fair play in this sensitive case.