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For Harald Ullman, Dealing with Smears is Old Hat
'Things are looking good.'
STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) — Julian Assange has hired Ullman PR to tend to his public relations on Swedish soil. Bureau founder Harald Ullman's phone has been ringing off the hook. Ullman says Assange is innocent.
'I have the police documents and there's not enough for an accusation of rape', he says.
Ullman commented on the reactions to his PR assignment on his Facebook page.
'When someone such as myself publicly states that Julian Assange is innocent of the rape allegations and that Ullman PR have been given the task of helping him with media contacts and similar matters, one can count on the enemy side hurling mud in my direction. And they've only just begun. But I can handle it. I'm thick skinned. I hope you who read about the bad guy Ullman have steady nerves. I'm not a serial killer and I haven't been convicted of espionage either. Or anything else for that matter. But the world media have been ringing all day long. And things are looking good.'
Ullman says that reactions have however been largely positive.
'I've received a lot of support, but there are a few who are trying to smear me, but I counted on that.'
How can you be sure Assange is innocent?
'Sure? I've got the materials and it's obvious there's not enough there for a charge of rape.'
How are you going to work with Assange starting now?
This sounds like a tough assignment. Comments?
'Yes - but exciting and interesting.'
Why did Assange chose Ullman?
'They did their research and we got the call.'
Harald Ullman was head of PR for the Social Democratic Party 1985-1994, today runs his own PR bureau, lectures in public relations at the Open University in Stockholm, and is vice-chairman of the board of directors for the police department of the greater Stockholm area.
Mattias Santesson, Malin Otterström, Harald Ullman of Ullman PR.
Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
- Scott Adams
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
- James Catlin
The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
- The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note
Resumé: 'Motståndarsidan smutskastar mig'