I’m the daughter of a bonafide conspiracy theorist. That’s not her profession, but she sure makes it her business to theorize. Usually, I laugh at my Mom’s claims as ridiculous (although she is sometimes right).
As most of the free world is aware, Julian Assange has become somewhat of an “enemy of the state” in recent weeks. He’s been accused of sexual assault in Sweden while simultaneously being accused of putting the U.S. in danger by declassifying thousands of government documents on his WikiLeaks website. Basically, the dude’s in trouble. Clearly, rape is no laughing matter and I’m happy that he’s been caught and will be forced to face these charges. I am, however, slightly disturbed at how he’s been treated. I’ll let Naomi Wolf take it from here:
In other words: Never in twenty-three years of reporting on and supporting victims of sexual assault around the world have I ever heard of a case of a man sought by two nations, and held in solitary confinement without bail in advance of being questioned -- for any alleged rape, even the most brutal or easily proven. In terms of a case involving the kinds of ambiguities and complexities of the alleged victims' complaints -- sex that began consensually that allegedly became non-consensual when dispute arose around a condom -- please find me, anywhere in the world, another man in prison today without bail on charges of anything comparable.
Of course 'No means No', even after consent has been given, whether you are male or female; and of course condoms should always be used if agreed upon. As my fifteen-year-old would say: Duh.
But for all the tens of thousands of women who have been kidnapped and raped, raped at gunpoint, gang-raped, raped with sharp objects, beaten and raped, raped as children, raped by acquaintances -- who are still awaiting the least whisper of justice -- the highly unusual reaction of Sweden and Britain to this situation is a slap in the face. It seems to send the message to women in the UK and Sweden that if you ever want anyone to take sex crime against you seriously, you had better be sure the man you accuse of wrongdoing has also happened to embarrass the most powerful government on earth.
Something smells fishy. Right, Mom?
Check out Naomi Wolf’s Huffington Post article on the politics behind his arrest. I must say, I’m officially intrigued.