But why are we surprised -- the same tactic was used against women who made accusations against Bill Clinton. Apparently the Left's modus operandi in cases of sex crimes committed by their heroes is to attack the victim.
It now seems that the smears in the Julian Assange rape case are bidirectional, from the exceptionally flimsy charges accusing the WikiLeaks boss of being a sexual predator to the increasingly loud and incoherent conspiracy theories suggesting that his two accusers are working on behalf of the CIA.
Before Assange was remanded to custody in the United Kingdom, awaiting a possible extradition to Sweden to face multiple sexual assault charges, his most credulous supporters switched tactics, from attacking the overly broad Swedish conception of rape to suggesting one of his alleged victims moonlights as an American agent; downshifting from Camille Paglia to Three Days of the Condor.
Here’s how an evidence-free, innuendo-filled personal attack on a rape accuser trespasses the mainstream political debate. On his Twitter feed, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann (162,000 followers) links to a rambling blog post arguing that Anna Ardin, the Swedish feminist who accused Assange of rape, is an anti-Castro activist with connections to CIA front groups. Elsewhere on the Internet, NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, the popular liberal website FireDogLake, Bianca
The First Post (a British news website “brought to you by The Week”) all circulated the charges without an ounce of skepticism.
Got it -- all the malign forces of leftism are lined up against the accusers in this case. After all, Julian Assange is a hero for our times -- just as Maureen Dowd waxed eloquent about "presidential kneepads", these folks believe that a secular saint like Assange ought to be able to have his way with women without their full consent.
And ultimately that is what this case is about -- the fullness of consent on the part of the accusers. And for all the jokes about "sex without a condom", consider -- these women consented to protected sex, and Julian Assange forced something other than that on them without their consent. It truly is a sexual assault, just as if he had pulled out of their vaginas and proceeded to perform anal sex as they struggled and screamed for him to stop. Just as "date rape" is rape, so is "sex by surprise" a true sexual assault. We can debate where the offense ranks on the scale of severity, but there should be no question that a serious wrong was done here.
But apparently the self-proclaimed "pro-woman" Left believes that the victims in this case should have given it up against their will for the greater good of the world.