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Anna Ardin: CIA stooge or victim of smear?
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:24:07 AM »


There are two views in the public domain about Julian Assange - either he's guilty of some kind of sexual assault, or he's a victim of a honeytrap organised by the CIA - and debates on the Internet about this have been extensive. Similarly, there has been considerable debate about Anna Ardin, one of the two women who submitted queries to the Swedish police about Assange re. allegations of sexual assault/misconduct.

The discussions about Ardin have also been polarised and cannot be ignored. On one side there are those who characterise Ardin as a CIA stooge, acting partly out of jealousy at being 'jilted' by Assange. On the other side there are those who rightly say (an example is here) that no victim of alleged sexual assault should be made to feel guilty for raising such allegations, though there are others within the feminist movement (e.g. Naomi Wolf) who have a slightly different take on this particular case.

Here, Darker Net sets out what is known about Ardin, so that a more truthful picture about her can be revealed. The results provide two very different, though not necessarily contradictory narratives. 

First, a summary of Ardin's past history (as blogged mostly by her detractors):

• Anna Ardin worked on behalf of a number of Miami-based, U.S. government-paid intelligence agencies and was an associate of the anti-Cuban terrorist, Carlos Aberto Montaner. Source: Cuban news agencies, Granma and Prensa Latina.
• While in Cuba, Ardin worked with the Ladies in White, a feminist anti-Castro group that is partially funded by the US Government and counts among its supporters Luis Posada Carriles, a CIA agent convicted of terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of people. Source: Indymedia.
• After leaving Cuba, Ardin worked on websites financed by USAID and controlled by the CIA.  One of these websites was ‘Miscelánea de Cuba’, run by the Cuban, Alexis Gainza. Source: Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.
• Through Gainza, Ms. Ardin became involved with several Swedish agencies, including Dagens Nyheter and SVT, and then entered the Swedish Social Democrat party. Gainza is connected with the German Internationale Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte (International Human Rights Society), a group linked to German and U.S. intelligence and includes former Nazis (such as Ludwig Martin) and ex-military figures (Dieter von Glahn) in its ranks. The current president of the IGFM, Martin Lessenthin, works closely with the Venezuelan opposition party Primero Justicia, led by anti-Chavez terrorist Alejandro Peña Esclusa. Primero Justicia, in turn, is the main partner of the International Republican Institute, an extreme right-wing group funded by the US Government’s National Endowment for Democracy. Both USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy are funded by the CIA. Sources: various.

On the surface, it all looks pretty damning (and there has been nothing available to refute the above) though none of these claims has been properly substantiated - another example of lazy journalism - and in any case it's all down to interpretatio.For example, a leftist would definitely see Ardin's activities as pro-American, while an anarchist would see them in a different light: that of a human rights activist helping to bring about greater democracy, albeit via a possibly naive route. Moreover, Ardin’s own blog supports this latter view. In the blog Ardin states that she ‘is a political scientist, communicator, entrepreneur and freelance writer. I am also a libertarian feminist and Methodist, animal rights activist and from Gotland…. Politically I am chairman of the Heart Social Democrats in Stockholm and an anti-racist spokesperson for the Social Democrats for Faith and Solidarity (formerly the Brotherhood movement). Sometimes I write leaders in Gotland newspaper and Faith and Politics. Note: Ardin was also the spokesperson for and involved in organising the “Ships to Gaza” incident, which tried to get through Israel's blockade of Gaza, causing a major international incident. Here are the links to her blog and LinkedIn accounts. All in all, a picture emerges of someone who is driven, politically and, possibly, ethically.

Whatever the truth with Ardin's background, or her motivations, what then took place during those fateful days in Sweden with Assange may have more to do with circumstance - the proverbial train crash waiting to happen. Everything was in place: a woman (according to her blogs/tweets) who was excited at having Assange stay at her apartment; Assange, himself, welcoming the opportunity for company and intimacy; two very different expectations about sexual behaviour and what constitutes sexual consent; and all in a country that has been transformed, in comparison to the rest of the world, in matters of gender equality and legislation. Then the complications set in: the leaking of the complaints (see here and here) by the police, the escalation of the case by what some claim to be a politicised prosecution, the unprecedented intrusion of the media, and so on. And, of course, there's the fear that waiting in the wings are the US authorities, ready to jump in at the right moment to get their revenge on Wikileaks.

A tragedy, some might say, of Shakespearean proportions, and one that is likely to continue for a very long time. Meanwhile, the blogosphere commentaries inevitably continue, though smears and half truths, whoever they are targeted at, do not serve any legal case. It is evidence and only evidence that should be strong enough to stand by itself, or, if insufficient, should allow to fall.

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Flavia

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Re: Anna Ardin: CIA stooge or victim of smear?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 12:13:04 PM »
that's a very equitable article Darkernet, and I would agree with you particularly when you wrote:
"Then the complications set in: the leaking of the complaints (see here and here) by the police, the escalation of the case by what some claim to be a politicised prosecution, the unprecedented intrusion of the media, and so on. And, of course, there's the fear that waiting in the wings are the US authorities, ready to jump in at the right moment to get their revenge on Wikileaks."

Why did I write "I would agree" and not "I agree"? because you wrote too:
"what then took place during those fateful days in Sweden with Assange may have more to do with circumstance - the proverbial train crash waiting to happen. Everything was in place: a woman (according to her blogs/tweets) who was excited at having Assange stay at her apartment; Assange, himself, welcoming the opportunity for company and intimacy; two very different expectations about sexual behaviour and what constitutes sexual consent; and all in a country that has been transformed, in comparison to the rest of the world, in matters of gender equality and legislation."

Well...it was a train crash, definitely...but saying that there were "two very different expectations about sexual behaviour and what constitutes sexual consent" is just a supposition, because we have no idea about what their expectations were, may be their expectations were exactly the same, who knows? it's not our business.

What matters is that AA went to the police after talking with SW, and that's a matter of fact that has nothing to do with "gender equality".

btw, welcome Darkernet! :)
« Last Edit: June 14, 2012, 12:15:57 PM by Flavia »