An interesting conspiracy theory has arisen over Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s problems with rape allegations in Sweden. It seems that the two women in question were working in a honey trap operation at the behest of Karl Rove.
Andrew Kreig, who is apparently not kidding, relates his conspiracy theory in the Huffington Post:
“The U.S. prosecution of WikiLeaks, if successful, could criminalize many kinds of investigative news reporting about government affairs, not just the WikiLeaks disclosures that are embarrassing Sweden as well as the Bush and Obama administrations. Authorities in both countries are setting the stage with pre-indictment sex and spy smears against WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, plus an Interpol manhunt.
“‘This all has Karl’s signature,’ a reliable political source told me a week and a half ago in encouraging our Justice Integrity Project to investigate Rove’s Swedish connection. ‘He must be very happy. He’s right back in the middle of it. He’s making himself valuable to his new friends, seeing the U.S. government doing just what he’d like ─ and screwing his opponents big-time.'”
Assange is being investigated for violating rape laws in Sweden with two different women, involving in one case sex with a broken condom, and in the other in which he is alleged to have set upon the woman without a condom. Assange has also been accused by the women as being lousy in bed and “violent.”
Of course the meme of Karl Rove as an evil genius behind a great deal of things that have happened that the Left does not like is as old as the 2000 Campaign, if not before. Rove, a bald, dumpy man, makes an odd choice for the real life equivalent of an Ernst Stavero Blofeld. It is not known whether he owns a white cat.
Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds, almost certainly tongue in cheek, posits a different conspiracy theory:
“More disinformation! Assange was Rove-Cheney’s tool. They manipulated the leak, which really hurts their enemies – notice that we’re learning things that mostly embarrass the State Department, Michael Moore, and the Chinese – and they let lefties lionize Assange, and now that the hook is set the other shoe’s dropping.”
Reynolds’ view actually fits the known facts better than Kreig’s. One variant of the theory is that the whole Wikileaks document dump is a disinformation campaign. The idea is that there are just a few verifiable facts in the documents, laced with a whole lot of hooey.
Indeed, no one can prove that Julian Assange is a CIA asset or whether he has ever met Dick Cheney in an undisclosed location. But supposing that he is and that he has is just as reasonable as supposing that Karl Rove could be bothered with running a honey trap operation in Stockholm.
And even if it were not true and Assange really is just a disturbed cyber terrorist who gets off thumbing his nose at the world community, the scenario supposed by Reynolds would make a great spy novel. More bizarre things have happened in the world of intelligence. So, why not an Australian with a French sounding name working for the CIA in order to either embarrass the enemies of the United States, which oddly includes the State Department, or else create the mother of all disinformation campaigns?
Sources: Rove Suspected In Swedish-U.S. Political Prosecution of WikiLeaks, Andrew Kreig, Huffington Post, December 19th, 2010
Post on Krieg Theory, Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, December 20th, 2010