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Assange Talks

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

That is the standard US “Miranda warning” that anyone who has been in law enforcement for any length of time can recite in their sleep. Someone should explain the concept to Julian Assange so he will understand why his attorneys should be attempting to shut him up. The guy is a gold mine for prosecutors, and he needs to understand that this stuff is available for use in all of the legal proceedings he is facing.

Kryten left this link in comments from the Melbourne Herald Sun: WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange turns on everyone. It is coverage of an interview Assange gave to The Times in which he complains about the Guardian leaking the police reports from Sweden.

The ABC carried the Agence France Presse report of a BBC interview: Women in a ‘tizzy’ over STD, says Assange

“I don’t need to go back to Sweden. The law says I… have certain rights, and these rights mean that I do not need to speak to random prosecutors around the world who simply want to have a chat, and won’t do it in any other standard way.”

I hate to break to Mr. Assange, but prosecutors rarely make house calls, and getting hauled into their office is the “standard way” this is done.

Here’s the BBC Assange interview transcript with Today “programme presenter” John Humphrys.

Mr. Assange is talking his way into a conviction, as well as really ticking off women.


1 Kryten42 { 12.21.10 at 11:17 pm }

Yeah!! Really! Sheesh… Talk about being one’s own worst enemy!

QOTD: “When asked if he was promiscuous, he replied: “I’m not promiscuous. I just really like women.””

A—mazing! (no, not really.)

*QOTD = “Quote Of The Day”

2 Bryan { 12.22.10 at 12:27 am }

That could well be the QOTT “Quote of the Trial”. Together with the “tizzy” remark he is backing the testimony of the complainants against him.

It might be acceptable to say those things in a locker room or over beers with “the guys”, but they don’t make you look like an upright citizen, and they are totally out of place in the world with HIV and herpes.

Now, if I could just convince the US government to STFU and let this guy destroy himself, they might just score a win. Someone at the Swedish foreign office needs to have a “friendly chat”, or perhaps even a “frank discussion” with the US ambassador and explain how the US involvement is hindering prosecution. All of the US saber rattling has already slowed up the process.

Assange was lucky he faced Humphrys, they might have sent Paxman.

3 Badtux { 12.22.10 at 1:23 am }

Hmm, I’m recalling another supposedly smart guy who got into trouble because he couldn’t keep his sword sheathed. Last name began with “C”. Heh. If Clinton had just said to the court, “Sure I had sex with that woman, and it was *good*!”, the tighty righties would have had the vapors but everybody else would have been laughing because everybody knew he was a horndog to begin with (his bimbo eruptions while governor of Arkansas were pretty infamous down in Louisiana), and there wouldn’t have been any grounds to impeach him. But some guys who are smart about other things just turn bog stump stupid when it comes to sex….

4 Bryan { 12.22.10 at 7:41 pm }

Some guys don’t know how to make decisions based on what’s above their necktie instead of what’s below their belt. He should have confined his diddling to bits and bytes, where he allegedly has some competence.

5 Kryten42 { 12.23.10 at 5:53 am }

So true! Happens all the time. 🙂

Have you seen this particular WikiLeak? If anyone needed any more *proof* that Obama is a Rethug…

From Mother Jones:
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

Ahhhh yes! True bipartisanship… when it helps the Gang Of Perverts! Nice…

6 Bryan { 12.23.10 at 11:26 am }

The torture cover-up has been obvious from the beginning, part of the “bi-partisan” crap – no investigations into what the Hedgemony did, and cosmetic cover for as much of it as possible. Conservatives don’t investigate conservatives or corporations.

7 Kryten42 { 12.23.10 at 10:05 pm }

Time for a laugh, methinks! 😀

Maybe Steve will appreciate the WikiLeaks version of ’12 Days of Christmas’ 😆

Via Mother Jones:
WATCH: The 12 Days of WikiLeaks (Cartoon) by Zina Saunders

(Well, I thought it was funny!) 😛 😉

8 Kryten42 { 12.23.10 at 10:07 pm }

Oh! Here’s another! 😉

WATCH: The Season for Giving (In) [Cartoon]

😆 (This could become my fave Xmas site)! 😀

9 Bryan { 12.24.10 at 12:15 am }

I think one might say that Zina Saunders is shrill and hostile … funny, but in a shrill and hostile way. She certainly won’t be invited to any parties in the Village 😈

10 Kryten42 { 12.24.10 at 3:07 am }

Oh… I dunno! I think they deserve it! 😈 And I don’t think Saunders is shrill… not a half-bad voice actually (better than some of the hopeful wannabe’s that would turn up at the recording studio I worked at many years ago!) 😉

If you think they were nasty… try these! (And I still think that she’s hitting the nail squarely) 😉 😀

WATCH: Senator Kyl’s START Gamble [Cartoon]

WATCH: Republicans Take Their Toll on Obama [Cartoon]

Watch: The Same Bush League All Over Again [Cartoon]

And honestly, she’s not saying anything via parody, irony & satire that we haven’t said here! 😛 😉

11 Bryan { 12.24.10 at 12:13 pm }

Shrill is a complement among US liberal bloggers, Kryten. You don’t get heard at all if you aren’t shrill, like Krugman. Of course you have read the same thing here. I’m very satisfied with my record as a shrill and hostile person.

I notice by the clock on the Internet that you are already a day ahead, so Happy Christmas, and don’t get sunburned as you enjoy eating outside in mid-Summer.

12 Kryten42 { 12.24.10 at 5:44 pm }

LOL Yes, I suppose it is (a complement) 😉

Yup! Just finished getting everything ready for lunch (and dinner). Roast is in the oven, and we have some nice big baking potato’s. Just having a coffee & mince tart break, then I’ll make the filling for the spuds (I split the potatoes into 4 quarters (not all the way, about 4/5ths) then a layer of bacon, red onion, mushroom all chopped & fried in olive oil, a layer of coleslaw & topped with sour cream & chives) most of which I am not supposed to have, but I don’t care today! Xmas day is all about excess after all! 😆

I got a nice prezzie from my housemate, a nice big bath sheet with my name nicely embroidered on it (she does embroidery herself). And I got her a new bone china tea cup that I had made with her fave photo of her dog face on it (It’s a Jack Russell) And little paw prints around the inner rim. 😉 It’s a *girl* thing! LOL She loved it, so I managed to do something right! 😀 😉

Supposed to be a nice 28C today, but they said that yesterday and it was 30C. It’s a bit humid, but we’ll cope! 😀

Thanks for a great year here! You do a great job, and you attract some pretty decent folk here! It’s a nice place to get away from the daily garbage. 🙂 I hope your day goes well, and just give yourself a break m8! Enjoy! 😀

Cheers all! Peace and love! 😀

13 Bryan { 12.24.10 at 7:51 pm }

Well, other than breaking a light fixture at the place I’m currently working on, it has gone pretty well. There will be an exchange of e-mails with my brothers concerning certain gifts that require me to put them together and configure, but that will wait.

Those potatoes sound like a meal in their own right without anything else. Decent baking potatoes are another thing that you don’t seen to be able to get any more. Most of them are too small, and you might as well peal them and roast them, which is annoying because I like the skins more than the potato.

My niece scored a major win with a coffee mug that had pictures of her two ankle-biters on it. Great grandmothers like that sort of thing, so it is probably something that hits on the “mother instinct”. Good move, m8! Jack Russells are said to be good ratters, so they aren’t as useless as miniature [and smaller] poodles.

Well, I’m looking at the possibility of 28° or 30° on Christmas, but it will be F not C. Just got a Christmas card from an old friend who lives down on the Atlantic coast at Palm Beach. He has pulled out his ski clothes to cope with the weather.

I may even take tomorrow off … mostly.