Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer
The story of Karl Rove's likely connection to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been picked up by a major news site in Sweden. We are pleased to say that our work here at Legal Schnauzer played a part in an important story going global.
Nyheter24 ("News 24"), a Stockholm-based online tabloid that is targeted at the 15-39 age group, broke the story in Sweden. The newspaper cites reporting by Andrew Kreig at Huffington Post (and the Justice Integrity Project), plus our work at Legal Schnauzer. Here is the Nyheter24 headline:
Karl Rove hjÃ¤lper Reinfeldt att hantera Julian Assange: Enligt kÃ¤llor till Huffington Post har George W Bushs hÃ¶gra hand, Karl Rove, hjÃ¤lpt den svenska regeringen att hantera fallet Julian Assange.
What does that mean? Well, we've been working on our Swedish--by pushing the translation button on our Google toolbar--and we will get to that in a moment.
But first, we must say that it's pretty cool for our humble blog to have reached a global audience. We have international visitors to the blog on a regular basis, and they have picked up considerably since we've been writing about the Rove/Assange story. But to our knowledge, this is the first time our work has been picked up by a major news outlet in a foreign country.
Even though we can't read Swedish, we pretty quickly discerned that Nyheter24 reporter Aaron Israelson had cited our work:
Nu anklagas Karl Rove fÃ¶r att ligga bakom den svenska regeringens kampanj fÃ¶r att fÃ¥ Wikileaks grundare och chefredaktÃ¶r, Julian Assange, utlÃ¤mnad hit. I syfte att dÃ¤refter utlÃ¤mna honom till USA - dÃ¤r ett spionÃ¥tal hotar Assange.
Den amerikanske journalisten Roger Shuler, som bloggar pÃ¥ vÃ¤lbesÃ¶kta och ansedda Legal Schnauzer, skriver att en sÃ¤ker kÃ¤lla uppger att Rove hjÃ¤lper regeringen Reinfeldt med fallet Assange.
What does that mean? With the click of a button, here is the translation I came up with--and I swear I didn't have anything to do with the writing of this story:
Now accused Karl Rove of being behind the Swedish government's campaign to get Wikileaks founder and editor, Julian Assange , extradited here. In order to then hand him over to the U.S.--where a spy prosecutions threaten Assange.
The American journalist Roger Shuler, who blogs on the popular and prestigious Legal Schnauzer, writes that a reliable source says that Rove will help the government Reinfeldt case Assange.
Popular and prestigious? Man, you gotta love those Swedish journalists. Mrs. Schnauzer and I got quite a hoot out of that translation. Even we would not describe the blog in such glowing terms. But given that we both have been cheated out of our jobs here in Alabama, largely because of the progressive tone of this blog, it's nice to see that our work is appreciated across the Atlantic.