Jan. 6 Radio Show Hosts WikiLeaks Opponent, Rove Ally

By Andrew Kreig / JIP Director's Blog

A prominent Swedish critic of WikiLeaks and proponent of free markets joins my Jan. 6 MTL Washington Update radio show to discuss controversial allegations that political motivations besmirch his nation’s investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Timbro Media Institute Executive Director Roland Poirier Martinsson, Ph.D., at right, is the guest on my show co-hosted with My Technnology Lawyer Radio Network founder Scott Draughon Live! at noon (Eastern time in the United States). The show may be heard worldwide then, and shortly afterward by archive on the radio network. If you have a question call in at 866-685-7469, or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Martinsson has written articles in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere attacking WikiLeaks, with a sample below in the appendix. He will respond to criticism by me and others that Sweden’s investigation of Assange on suspicion of sexual misconduct is politically motivated. More generally, WikiLeaks “is supported by all sorts of hare-brained characters,” Martinsson wrote last month in the prominent Swedish daily SvD.  “It is a humiliating charade.”

I have published several recent columns assembling evidence that probes of Assange on sex charges in Sweden and spy charges in the United States are so extraordinary as to raise suspicions that authorities in both countries are collaborating because WikiLeaks helped publish confidential U.S. diplomatic cables disclosing the candid assessments of world affairs by diplomats. “Rove Suspected of Role In Swedish WikiLeaks Probe,” was the headline of my most recent column Jan. 3 on Connecticut Watchdog about the former Bush advisor. It began, “Karl Rove’s help for Sweden as it and the Obama administration investigate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be the latest example of the adage from the 1800s, ‘Politics makes strange bedfellows.’”

Legal commentator Roger Shuler has written several cutting-edge columns on the topic, most recently, on Legal Schnauzer and Daily Kos, entitled, "The Rove/Assange Story Hits the International Press in Sweden." It described how the Swedish news site News24 has picked up the Rove angle on the story, adding further tothe controversies. Both Shuler and I have been maligned by Republicans and Democrats alike who believe it implausible that a U.S. political consultant could have influence in the justice systems of two nations. Without reiterating here the evidence we've published elsewhere, both Shuler and I have separately maintained we have followed the evidence where it leads and welcomed questions and comments by all, including Rove and his supporters.

Martinsson, who co-authored an article with Rove in 2008, has worked for years on a parallel course to advance many similar goals. A conservative philosopher and author, Martinsson has taught at Swedish and international universities, and teaches occasionally at the Newman Institute in Uppsala, Sweden. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling Archimedes, a sociological biography of the Greek mathematician. Timbro's mission is to promote ideas supporting free markets, free enterprise, individual liberty and a free society. Timbro's main research areas have included wealth accumulation, health and welfare reform, and aid and global development.

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Sample Publications by Roland Poirier Martinsson (Translations via Google)

Newsmill (Sweden), Have Jan Helin and Martin Jönsson given away news reporting to the activist John Wahl? Dec. 6, 2010.  “Huge damage inflicted by WikiLeaks on open society.”
 
Newsmill, Rightist: Bodstrom is right to focus on family and the U.S., Oct. 15, 2010.

Newsmill, After the financial crisis, neoliberalism is the most dangerous enemy, Sept. 8, 2008.

Wall Street Journal, Blood Libel In the Swedish Media, Sept. 2, 2010. The gruesome accusations leveled against Israel last month by leading Scandinavian daily Aftonbladet were anti-Semitic, outrageous, and unfounded.

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