George Galloway implies Assange is guilty only of "bad sexual etiquette"

George Galloway should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for his disgusting remarks regarding the allegations made against Julian Assange, and his supporters should hold him to account

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George Galloway's reputation gets a little dirtier
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Ghaffar Hussain
On 21 August 2012 08:55

In a week where one has not been able to switch on the news or pick up a paper without being exposed to the smarmy mug of Julian Assange, I was not keen to add to the publicity this Australian half-wit was receiving. But an unexpected and poorly timed intervention from Assad and Saddam’s favourite British politician forced me to re-examine my priorities.

According to George Galloway MP, those pointing to the rape allegations against Mr Assange are stooges of the Pentagon and the allegations against him, even if the accounts of the two Swedish women are to be believed, don’t constitute rape. Thus, according to Galloway, rape is not rape if the woman is already in bed and had already had consensual sex earlier in the encounter.

Launching his diatribe from his podcast, “Good Night with George Galloway”, his full words, unearthed by Alex Hearn over at the Staggers, were:

“Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 per cent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don't constitute rape. At least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it. And somebody has to say this.

Let's take woman A. Woman A met Julian Assange, invited him back to her flat, gave him dinner, went to bed with him, had consensual sex with him. Claims that she woke up to him having sex with her again. This is something which can happen, you know.

I mean not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you're already in the sex game with them.

It might be really bad manners not to have tapped her on the shoulder and said, "do you mind if I do it again?". It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning. . .”

Leaving aside legal definitions, the idea that a woman’s consent to penetrative sex on a single occasion gives a man license to repeat the act without her consent is both absurd and dangerous and no amount of conspiracy theories and grand speeches from hard-left ideologues is going to change that.

Galloway should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for making these disgusting remarks and his supporters, or those he has left, should hold him to account.

Putting aside farcical attempts by Assange’s supporters to re-define rape and undermine the integrity of the victims, as things stand, Assange is in breach of his bail conditions in Britain and wanted for questioning in the free and democratic state of Sweden.

His supporters are claiming that his extradition to Sweden will result in a further extradition to the US, where he will be charged with more serious crimes and given the death penalty. They also claim that he hasn’t been charged with a crime yet and thus Sweden’s requests can’t to be taken too seriously.

The first allegation has very little merit whatsoever because if the US wanted to extradite him they would most likely file an extradition request whilst Assange is in Britain, since we have a  more amenable relationship with the United States which has served them well so far.

As for the second allegation, in Sweden defendants are not charged until very late into the proceedings, just before prosecution. Thus, they cannot charge him until they have him in custody on Swedish soil.

In truth, these rape allegations are just a tad inconvenient for Assange and his ever dwindling support base right now. In the past few months he has lost many friends, is being increasingly attacked by sensible leftist commentators and has had to resort to relying on the good will of the Ecuadorian government. 

It’s all a far cry from the heady days of 2010 when he was developing his messiah like status and really sticking it to “bad guys” in the Pentagon.

He doesn’t do irony either, this is a man who compares himself to Pussy Riot and claims to be a champion of freedom and transparency, all the while working for that bastion of free speech and openness, the state controlled ‘Russia Today’. The fact that the likes of John Pilger and Tariq Ali still support him really speaks volumes about them and their priorities. Blind adherence to ideology really can blind.

Despite the set-backs, Assange and his hard-left support base is in no mood of letting these rape allegations get in the way of their war against 'Western imperialism'. After all, he wants to be remembered as a brave and noble whistle-blower who held Western nations to account, not as a sad and seedy computer hacker who was done for rape. 

Ghaffar Hussain is a counter terrorism expert and Contributing Editor to The Commentator

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