Critics Attack Swedish PM

Below is a selection of significant blogs and news articles on legal reform and related political, security and media factors. The articles contain a sample of news. Click the links to see full articles.

Professor’s Blog, Swedish PM Reinfeldt lies in London on Assange extradition, Marcello Vittorio Ferrada de Noli (Italy) Jan. 21, 2011. According to a breaking AP news 21/01 2001, Swedish PM Reinfeldt told reporters Thursday (in London) that "Sweden's policy is not to extradite people to nations with the death penalty. But he said Sweden's courts, not its government, would decide that." This is utterly untrue. Everybody in Sweden with some insight in domestic political affairs, knows that the Swedish government has collaborated in the rendition of political prisoners labeled in the USA as terrorists to countries in which the death penalty is in use. Decisions of this kind taken in recent years by the Swedish government had absolutely nothing to do with the Swedish courts, which have been in the best case overruled or simply -- like in the most notorious cases -- not even engaged.

OpEd News, Justice Department Leakers of Classified Info. Get a Pass, Jesselyn Radack, Jan. 20, 2011. It is indisputable that the Obama, via the Holder Justice Department, has brought more "leak" prosecutions than any presidential Administration, ever. To add hypocrisy to the injury of selective and malicious prosecutions of Shamai Liebowitz, Thomas Drake, Stephen Kim, and Jeffrey Sterling -- the Justice Department's own attorneys are immune from the "war on leaks." U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney ruled last week that the Justice Department does not have to disclose the identities of two lawyers who were found by the Office of Professional Responsibility to have intentionally disclosed classified information to the media in 1996.

, Lawyer for WikiLeaks Army Figure Alleges Mistreatment, Ellen Nakashima, Jan. 23, 2011.


The lawyer for alleged government secrets leaker Bradley Manning is accusing military authorities of using punitive measures against Manning at the Marine Corps jail in Quantico, Va. Manning, a 23-year-old Army private suspected of passing thousands of classified documents to the online site WikiLeaks, was placed on suicide watch for two days this week -- against the recommendation of the jail's forensic psychiatrist, attorney David E. Coombs said. During this time, Manning was forced to stay in his cell around the clock, stripped to his underwear, the lawyer said. His prescription eyeglasses were taken from him, except for the hour of television he is allowed to watch or when he was reading, Coombs added.

Guardian (United Kingdom), Paranoia over legal status of WikiLeaks breeds new generation of scams: Americans targeted by fake phone message claiming reading leaked cables could lead to imprisonment or a hefty fine. Charles Arthur, Jan. 21, 2011. The call, when it comes, is both unexpected and worrying to its American recipients. "Your computer and IP address have been noted as visiting the WikiLeaks site," says the recorded message. The penalty for doing this: a $250,000 or $25,000 fine, and the possibility of
imprisonment. But it does leave a number to call where the fine can be paid ? with a reduction for prompt settlement and without the unpleasantness of a court case.
For Americans, whose airwaves have been filled with people proclaiming that the WikiLeaks site is somehow breaking the law and a threat to the US, with federal workers being warned not to visit the site while using work computers, and the US government issuing subpoenas for the records of some of the 700,000 people who follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account, the message may sound plausible enough to act on.

But that would be a mistake. For the call is just the latest manifestation of fraudsters' well-known ability to pick up on concerns and milk them. The Spokane arm of the US's Better Business Bureau, an independent organization which accredits businesses, has warned people to beware of the scam.

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