Monday, December 20, 2010

Rove Suspected In Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks

From the Huffington Post courtesy of

Karl Rove's help for Sweden as it assists the Obama administration's prosecution against WikiLeaks could be the latest example of the adage, "Politics makes strange bedfellows."

Rove has advised Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt for the past two years after resigning as Bush White House political advisor in mid-2007.


"This all has Karl's signature," a reliable political source told me a week and a half ago in encouraging our Justice Integrity Project to investigate Rove's Swedish connection. "He must be very happy. He's right back in the middle of it. He's making himself valuable to his new friends, seeing the U.S. government doing just what he'd like ─ and screwing his opponents big-time."

WikiLeaks created a problem for Sweden and its prime minister, at left above, by revealing a 2008 cable disclosing that its executive branch asked American officials to keep intelligence-gathering "informal" to avoid required Parliamentary scrutiny. That secret was among the 251,000 U.S. cables obtained by WikiLeaks and relayed to the New York Times and four other media partners. They have so far reported about 1,300 of the secret cables after trying for months to vet them through U.S. authorities.

Assange, a nomadic 39-year-old Australian, sought political haven in Sweden during this planning. Also, he fell into the arms of two Swedish beauties who offered to put him up at their apartments on his speaking trip to their country last August. Now free on bond, he is likely to be extradited from the United Kingdom to Sweden to answer questions about his one-night stands.

Swedish prosecutors initially dropped their investigation of assault complaints. But the decision was reversed. Far more ominously than the sex probe, Swedes could ship Assange to the United States.


Okay, that was the sound of the other shoe dropping.

worldwide establishment hysteria about the Wikileaks organization immediately made the strange sex allegations in Sweden against its founder Julian Assange dubious, at the very least. That is, we already know that numerous politicians and establishment players want his head; the ill defined sex accusations, which have not yet actually become charges, that surfaced very quickly after the latest dump of classified documents seem to be just too damned convenient. I'm not certain, but I feel pretty sure the "sex by surprise" accusation is nothing more than an attempt to get Assange into Swedish custody so that he can be quickly handed over to US authorities, who, our Democratic President has made achingly clear, no longer have to follow Constitutional restrictions when it comes to dealing with foreigners in American courts.

In other words, the "rape" claims, at first glance, don't pass the smell test. Throwing Karl Rove into the mix, however, sends the stench level into the stratosphere.

Of course, there's no proof on this one way or the other. Indeed, and it is extraordinarily important to keep making this observation, Assange has not yet been charged with anything--I'm betting that he won't ever be least, not in Sweden. No proof there. Likewise, for all we know, Rove is just doing consulting work, nothing more. For a Swedish politician who just happens to have every reason to want Assange in chains. No proof there, either.

But let's look at some of Rove's history, courtesy of
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman:

In 1970, College Republican Rove stole letterhead from the Illinois Democratic campaign of Alan Dixon, and used it to invite hundreds of people to Dixon's new headquarters opening, promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," disrupting the event.

In 1973, Rove ran for chairman of the College Republicans. He challenged the front-runner's delegates, throwing the national convention into disarray, after which both he and his opponent, Robert Edgeworth, claimed victory. The dispute was resolved when Rove was selected through the direct order of the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who at the time was none other than George H.W. Bush.

In 1986, while working for Texas Republican gubernatorial hopeful William Clements, Rove claimed that his personal office had been bugged, most likely by the campaign of incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark White. Nothing was proved, but the negative press, weeks before the election, helped Rove's man win a narrow victory. FBI agent Greg Rampton removed the bug, disrupting any attempt to properly investigate who planted it.

When Rove advised on George W. Bush's 1994 race for governor of Texas against Democratic incumbent Ann Richards, a persistent whisper campaign in conservative East Texas wrongly suggested that Richards was a lesbian. According to Texas journalist Lou Dubose: "No one ever traced the character assassination to Rove. Yet no one doubts that Rove was behind it. It's a process on which he holds a patent. Identify your opponent's strength, and attack it so relentlessly that it becomes a liability. Richards was admired because she promised and delivered a 'government that looked more like the people of the state.' That included the appointment of blacks, Hispanics and gays and lesbians. Rove made that asset a liability."

After John McCain thumped George W. Bush in the 2000 New Hampshire primary, with 48 percent of the vote to Bush's 30 percent, a massive smear campaign was launched in South Carolina, a key battleground. TV attack ads from third groups and anonymous fliers circulated, variously suggesting that McCain's experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam left him mentally scarred with an uncontrollable temper, that his wife, Cindy, abused drugs and that he had an African-American "love child." In fact, the McCains adopted their daughter Bridget from a Bangladesh orphanage run by Mother Teresa.

According to the investigation of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, Rove played a central role in the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak and former Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson's accusation that the Bush administration falsely claimed that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Niger.

Rove has ignored subpoenas to testify before Congress regarding the Justice Department scandal of the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. He skipped a hearing on improper use of RNC e-mail accounts by White House staff, which allowed them to skirt the Presidential Records Act. Rove claims he enjoys executive privilege, which travels with him as he leaves the White House.
None of this is proof that Karl Rove is orchestrating the arrest of Julian Assange in Sweden on bogus rape charges. I mean sure, it would totally be up his alley. And he is working for a Swedish conservative official who fucking hates Assange. But it's not proof. Actually, historically speaking, Rove is pretty good at hiding his tracks. There probably never will be any proof of his involvement, if he is, indeed, involved. Just as there will probably never be any proof that Assange raped two Swedish women. Primarily because it most likely didn't happen and the whole thing is a massive dirty trick to discredit and imprison a guy who is embarrassing the shit out of the global elite.

For me, Rove simply being within a thousand miles of the Scandinavian peninsula is enough. The rape charges against Assange are almost certainly a Machiavellian maneuver directed by the Turd Blossom. But like I keep saying, there's just no proof.