Sweden has what seem to be well thought out and enlightened views on what constitutes rape and on the duties of authorities to bring rapists to justice. See Jender’s post here for a good examination of how the law in Sweden applies in this case.
Hence, it seems right to say that the desire to decide the truth in the Assange case, where he has been accused of rape “in the third degree,” is admirable. And the Swedish authorities said that they were not doing it for the Americans or anything like that. They are pursuing their own agenda.
So far so good, though honestly it was a bit surprising that they got interpol involved and had an international manhunt. That in fact may seem to many of us women as entirely fitting, but it is quite rare to go this far with accusations.
But, apparently, Sweden now says it will defer to USA interests if they get hold of him. At least that’s what Assange’s lawyer says they told him. So one wonders just how much of a charade is going on. Suppose the Swedes are really using the rape accusation to hide their collusion with the USA. That does not make me feel very good. What do you think?
A final observation: next time someone gets justly accused of rape, it’s rather nice to think that they’ll be worried that the CIA or Interpol will put them on their wish list.