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An anonymous reader writes "AFP reports that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is free to leave Sweden, after prosecutors said there was no arrest warrant against him for an alleged case of rape. Assange said the charges against him were part of 'a clear set-up,' and that he had '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 news comes just one day before the Swedish national election."
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 19, 2010 @12:22PM (#33627986)

    nah sharia law will stone the girl not the guy, ok sure then they will also look the other way when the girls family (brother father etc) kills the rapist but by then the girl is already dead :S unless the rapist was a prince or other high member of the community that is.

  • Re:What? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @12:29PM (#33628030) Homepage Journal
    Weren't no dead kids, and no one laughed. They properly blamed the INJURED children on the people who had dragged the kids along to rescue their compatriots. As for refuting video evidence - few people seem to understand the evidence presented in the video. Or how to use supporting efidence to figure out what was going on. Reuters had reporters EMBEDDED with opposition units. Those armed men in the video had fired on American troops, only minutes earlier. The Apache was called in to deal with people firing on American troops. The biggest "mistake" made during the video, was when the Apache crew thought the camera was a weapon. But, the basic facts remain - the Apache took out a unit that had fired on American troops. BTW - both kids were taken to hospital and treated. I never did hear how badly they were hurt, or how well they are doing now - funny that the media doesn't cover stuff like that, huh? Stories about rescued children recovering in a US military hospital aren't very sensational.
  • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Scrameustache (459504) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @12:46PM (#33628172) Homepage Journal

    I very much disagree with his use of "murder" regarding that dead reporter and associates.

    What do you call it when people are unlawfully slaughtered, and then there's a cover up to hide the circumstances of those killings to make it appear that they were justified?

    The American military said in a statement late Thursday that 11 people had been killed: nine insurgents and two civilians. According to the statement, American troops were conducting a raid when they were hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The American troops called in reinforcements and attack helicopters. In the ensuing fight, the statement said, the two Reuters employees and nine insurgents were killed.

    ''There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force,'' [nytimes.com] said Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad.

    There were no insurgents, no American troops were hit by small arms fire, there was no hostile force engaging that helicopter. It's lies through and through, with a pile of dead and mangled bodies underneath, and the guilty walking free.

  • Re:What? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Runaway1956 (1322357) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @12:57PM (#33628276) Homepage Journal
    Insurgents. Yes, insurgents. You may ignore the colonel, you may call him a liar, you may brand the military a bunch of diabolical murderers - but that doesn't make you right. Try googling "reuters" "insurgent" and "embedded" - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=reuters+embedded+insurgent [lmgtfy.com] I especially like this one, http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/201878.php [mypetjawa.mu.nu] But, like religion, people won't believe anything that they haven't already decided on.
  • by wampus (1932) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @01:12PM (#33628380)

    That's been tried. Turned out to be a great place to get kiddypr0n by all accounts.

  • Re:What? (Score:3, Informative)

    by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @01:30PM (#33628510)

    That doesn't mean the things he says to the press are true or complete.

    I agree. But lucky for us Wikileaks organization makes it policy to release the FULL source material:

    "What makes WikiLeaks different than mainstream media outlets is that they always release the source materials. They also provide up-front disclosure of any slant or intention if they edit. Assange made it clear that is was not enough to release the raw documents. He described how source material needs at least a summary for journalists to pick it up. Otherwise it falls into the gutter and is buried. He stated the need for some journalistic work by WikiLeaks:

    When the material is more complexespecially military material which has lots of acronymsit’s not even enough to do a summary . Unlike other organizations, we always release the full source material at the same time. The summary, some sort of introduction or articles we do are based on the source material. So, everything we do is like science. It is checkable, independently checkable because the information which has informed our conclusions is there, just like scientific papers which are based on experimental data and must make that experimental data available to other scientists and the public if they want their papers to be published. (Assange, April 18, 2010)" From Wikileaks the global 4th estate [wordpress.com].

    If only the vast majority of US Media could be so honest and accountable to the general public, instead of hiding behind half truth's, hidden agendas, omissions of facts, spin and rhetoric.

  • Re:What? (Score:5, Informative)

    by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @01:42PM (#33628590)

    In other news today: 1 out of 7 Americans living below the poverty line [google.com] (43.6 million Americans whose families). Big news making the rounds on the world scene - converting the US into the laughing stock of the "first world". Someone should have stopped that from leaking out of the US Census Bureau too, damn it

    And note well that this is the same government that routinely pleads poverty when the suggestion of national health care comes up.

    Tax payer funds (direct and the much larger indirect money supply inflation [chrismartenson.com] is not destined for mating US society better, silly. It goes to things like bailing out banks when the fail business 101, building tanks and stuff.

  • Re:What? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 19, 2010 @02:07PM (#33628778)

    The major parties are totally corrupt, and libertarians are delusional semi-anarchists/corporatists. How's that for a start?

  • by voss (52565) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @02:28PM (#33628914)

    Two words for you Shirley Sherrod.

    Video evidence can be edited to presenting misleading versions of the facts, quotes out of context, essential details left out,etc,etc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resignation_of_Shirley_Sherrod [wikipedia.org]

    Then there also people like Commodore_64_love, make up crap to embellish the story

    btw: Im watching the actual unedited video.

    Also the "brat" quote was FAKE go actually listen to the actual video.
    When the gunner found out the
    the actual quote "Well its their fault for bringing kids to a battle" no laughing when they said that.

      Plus the kid WASNT DEAD! Another FAKE claim, the kid was wounded in the belly and the gunner said "damn" and called for
      a medical evac of the child at minute 18 of the unedited video.

    runaway was telling the truth and got smeared as a flamebait.

    Go look at the video yourself instead of making up phony quotes.
    http://collateralmurder.com/ [collateralmurder.com] even the website doesnt claim the kid was killed

  • The original poster said 1 in 4 kids was on food stamps. Some lazy retard asked for proof. I provided it. However, let's take up what you now claim/

    What is this "we are coming out of recession" crap?

    The "indicators" that they use are garbage. "Interest rates are down". So what - that means there's no demand to borrow. People are either too broke or too insecure to borrow any more.

    Credit card debt down? It's because (and the credit card companies admit this) it's been written off. These people no longer are part of that sector of the economy. Job losses continue. People who do find jobs are taking home less money - often a LOT less. Long-term unemployment is UP, not down.

    House repossessions are going to more than double - the average wait time between stopping payments and getting foreclosed on is a year and a half.

    Look at this joke of a "the recession is almost over" from april [cnn.com]

    "I think people are coming to the conclusion the worst is pretty close to over in the housing market," said Zandi.

    Since then, the housing market tanked.

    Or:

    And auto sales are also improving, with almost all automakers posting double-digit percentage gains in March.

    Now look what happened last month: [huffingtonpost.com]

    DETROIT -- Americans nervous about the drumbeat of bad economic news stayed away from auto showrooms. Automakers nervous about their bottom lines didn't offer deals to lure them in.

    As a result, it was the worst August for U.S. auto sales since 1983, when the country was at the end of a double-dip recession. General Motors, Toyota, Honda and Ford all reported declines from the month before and from a year earlier.

    The recession is a recession in name only. It's a depression, and we're nowhere near the bottom.

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