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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Assange and the Cuba connection

Now I am not one to believe in conspiracies except in cases where a conspiracy is reasonably the only explanation for something extraordinary. So I am not going to dwell on the facts of the Julian Assange case. However, I think there are very many in the UK who should watch this documentary made by Australian television that convinces me that he has good reason to believe that he is the victim of a set up:

The documentary raises credible and serious reasons to doubt the Swedish justice system and his female accusers but does not go into their backgrounds. What is very interesting about the chief accuser, Ana Ardin, is that she does not appear to have been the sort of person who in the past would have had anything to do with an organisation like Wikileaks. In fact, she has a record of anti-Cuban agitation. Here for example is what she had to say about Cuba in an article posted on this Swedish website:

"Unemployment is very much higher than the official figures say (20-25 percent rather than two per cent) since the employment is not counted in the statistics. Streets, squares and parks are filled with people who do not work. Cuba must import most goods and they do not even cover their own food needs...the U.S. imposed trade embargo against Cuba and Cuban goods in 1962 will not destroy the Castro regime - on the contrary! Partly becasue Cuba does not have anything to sell, and partly because this is one of Castro's main defenses against criticism that Communism did not make Cuba a paradise."

This is clearly not the work of a sympathiser with the Cuban government. According to the US website Counterpunch Ardin  has ties to the US-financed anti-Castro and anti-communist groups. The website in which she published her Cuba articles is the product of a well-financed anti-Castro organization in Sweden. This group is connected with Union Liberal Cubana led by Carlos Alberto Montaner whose CIA ties are exposed here. Ardin was apparently deported from Cuba for subversive activities. In Cuba she interacted with the womens' anti-Castro group Las damas de blanco (the Ladies in White). This group receives US government funds and the convicted anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is a friend and supporter

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