Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Curious Double Standard

I have no idea about the rights and wrongs of Julian Assange's case, but as far as I am aware, he does face serious charges in Sweden, allegations of serious sexual assault. I was interested to see him flanked by Geoffrey Robertson QC. Mr Assange is free to hire whichever brief he likes, and as I understand the brief's job is to represent his client to the best of his ability and without prejudice.

It does seem a bit queer, albeit with a perverse symmetry that a man who made up a whole host of baseless charges about a conscientious and dutiful man with an impeccable personal reputation, Pope Benedict, hoping that some mud from the sexual crimes of others would stick, should be so doughty a defender of a man who faces some very real charges of serious sexual misconduct.

I would be fascinated to know his motivations. As for Mr Assange, whatever he may have done otherwise, I hope he gets a fair hearing but the waters look awful muddy.


Blogger Ttony said...

Oh! I thought the double standards might refer to the noticeable lack of the moolah promised by wikileaks to the defence team of the US soldier accused of leaking all of this information.

Or to Baroness Kennedy, also of his defence team, who thinks that in this case a woman's claim that she was raped is not quite as consequential as it might otherwise have been.

But what do we know?

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Richard Collins said...

He's a lawyer - that says it all. They would sell their grannies for a sum of folding money!

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's more than just money. He really hates moral order, and the Catholic Church in particular.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


Indeed, on so many levels.


Well, as I was reminded after an intemperate comment, St Thomas More was a lawyer, so they can't ALL be bad...


Agreed. And he's not alone.

1:45 AM  

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