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St Julian Assange Used To Love Sweden, Then

by | 16th, February 2011

JULIAN Assange : Natalie Rothschild looks at how the Wikileaks founder has turned on Sweden, the country he once loved. What happened?

JULIAN Assange and his legal team have decided to play on a kind of Superman/secular Jesus image, presenting the Wikileaks founder as the victim of a global crusade against a bringer of truth and upholder of justice. Two major forces are conspiring to nail him, they suggest: misandrist Sweden and superpower America.

Assange and his lawyers effectively turned the magistrates’ court into a kind of phantasmagoria, projecting images of Sweden as a banana republic where Assange will be tried for ‘sex by surprise’ by man-hating prosecutors before being taken away by CIA agents, ready to force him into an orange jumpsuit and whisk him off to  Guantanamo Bay or even put him on death row.

Before the sex charges, Assange had a very different view of Sweden. He had been promised a column in the tabloid  Aftonbladet and planned to seek Swedish citizenship. He praised Sweden for its

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