Is Karl Rove
helping to export American-style political prosecutions to Scandinavia?
Is "Bush’s brain" trying to fashion a bogus criminal case
in Sweden against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, much
like the one he helped build against former Alabama Governor Don
to both questions appears to be yes, based on a
recent report by Andrew Kreig at Huffington Post. On
top of that, we have information from Rove’s own Web site that confirms
his close ties to Sweden, the
subject of an earlier Legal Schnauzer post. And we have
unearthed a video from Rove’s 2008 visit to Timbro,
a "free market" think tank in Sweden.
evidence continues to build that Rove is behind, at least in part,
the Assange case. If so, why? We will address that question in a
of the D.C.-based Justice
Integrity Project, says the Assange arrest in Sweden has many
of the hallmarks of the Siegelman case. And he notes that Rove has
strong ties to Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who has
been called "the Ronald Reagan of Europe."
Here is what
might be most disturbing about the Assange story: Rove appears to
be working with the Obama administration to help muzzle WikiLeaks
and its founder. Reports Kreig:
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."
advised Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt for the past
two years after resigning as Bush White House political advisor
in mid-2007. Rove’s resignation followed the scandalous Bush mid-term
political purge of nine of the nation’s 93 powerful U.S. attorneys.
Sweden and the United States are apparently undertaking a political
prosecution as audacious and important as those by the notorious
"loyal Bushies" earlier this decade against U.S. Democrats.
case could have major repercussions for journalism in America and
abroad. A source tells Kreig that the Assange arrest has some familiar
footprints on it:
prosecution of WikiLeaks, if successful, could criminalize many
kinds of investigative news reporting about government affairs,
not just the WikiLeaks disclosures that are embarrassing Sweden
as well as the Bush and Obama administrations. Authorities in
both countries are setting the stage with pre-indictment sex and
spy smears against WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, plus an Interpol
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