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Julian Assange’s Lawyers Upset About Leaked Police Reports

In a shocking lack of irony-awareness, Julian Assange’s lawyers are all upset that the Guardian published leaked police reports detailing Assange’s past sexual escapades. From The Australian:

Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain. “It is with great concern that I hear about this because it puts Julian and his defence in a bad position,” he told a colleague.

Not that Assange has any experience with putting people/governments in bad positions or anything.

  • Did Assange's lawyers actually say they were upset that the Guardian published them? All I see is that they're upset the documents were able to be leaked from Swedish authorities. I think it's a notable distinction.

  • In the Australian piece I linked to, the lawyers are described as having "expressed anger." Don't know if that's fair or not, but it's their characterization.

  • Anonymous

    It's a bit different when personal intimate details about someone's sex life are leaked opposed to documents detailing the killing of innocent civilians. One the public needs to know, the other the public does not need to know.

  • All I'm saying is that the lawyers seem to be expressing anger against the people who were asked to keep the leaked information safe. The "expressed anger" tag at the start doesn't seem to imply that they're necessarily mad at the publisher, but rather the "alleged smear campaign". If they were angry a publisher was publishing leaks, I think that would be blatant hypocrisy, but I have never seen Assange say he's against people or governments doing due diligence in the process of keeping secrets, especially secrets regarding individuals rather than government actions.