WIKILEAKS SPIED ON SWEDISH CENTER-RIGHT JOURNALISTS

Tabloid Expressen, Stockholm, in an article published on February 28, 2012, revealed that Wikileaks has secretly investigated Ulrika Knutson, President of the Swedish Publicists Association, Thomas Mattsson, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper Expressen and several other Swedish journalists who reported critically about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Excerpts from the article below:

Expressen has gained access to parts of Wikileaks intelligence material, with pictures of Thomas Mattssons home and information about his personal finances.

On the 27th anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks announced it had got hold of more than 5 million emails from Stratfor… and would publish them during the coming weeks. Working in collaboration with a number of international media organizations, Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange held a press conference in London and described the emails.

The Guardian, The New York Times and a number of other news organizations that used to cooperate with the Wikileaks no longer do so. Expressen, the Swedish daily with some 1.7 million readers per day, today continues to cover Wikileaks relationship to Sweden.

The organization is convinced that Swedish journalists, politicians and government officials are involved in a …conspiracy.

[The Wikileaks spies have ] included activists from Europe, as well as in Sweden. They have ascertained that at least three reporters who work for two different media houses are involved in the conspiracy”, according to Expressen’s sources inside Wikileaks.

“They have surreptitiously photographed people suspected of being involved in the conspiracy against Assange, they have also accessed information from public records and gained access to secret material from government databases.”

Expressen has gained access to internal Wikileaks material in which Ulrika Knutson, President of the Swedish Publicists Association, is named as one of the Swedish writers whose private life has been investigated.

It may seem odd that Knutson was investigated since under her leadership, the Swedish Publicists Association expressed strong support for Wikileaks and especially criticized the efforts of U.S. politicians and authorities to silence the organization.

In a radio commentary on P1’s “Godmorgon, världen”, she harshly criticized Wikileaks’collaboration with Johannes Wahlström’s father Israel Shamir, who is often described as anti-Semitic:

“For months we have been amazed that Wikileaks collaborated with a rabid Holocaust denier like Israel Shamir.”

When Ulrika Knutson is contacted by Expressen and informed about the fact that she has been secretly investigated by Wikileaks, she responds:

– I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If this is correct, it makes you wonder of the priorities of these activists.

Expressen’s Editor-in-Chief Thomas Mattsson comments:

“Wikileaks has produced some truly interesting insights, notably about U.S. military activities and the so called ‘cables’, but I find its inability to deal with criticism worrying. Ever since we revealed the sex crimes allegations against Julian Assange in, Wikileaks has attacked Expressen.”

“I consider the investigation of me and other Swedish journalists as an attempt to find something that can be used to question relevant news coverage about Wikileaks”.

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