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News from the future?

For a very short time earlier this evening (Tuesday evening, sometime before 22:00 CET that is), our newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Sweden has dropped charges against Julian Assange. The article was on the site for at least a few minutes minutes before disappearing again, and all someone mailed me was a screenshot of the link from the front page to the article. So what we have is the headline “Sweden drops charges Assange”, the sentence “The house-arrest of wikileaks-boss Julian Assange has been terminated, now that Sweden is no longer requesting his extradition.” and the fact that it was on there for a few minutes so it could get 5 reactions. By the time someone made this screenshot, the article itself was already 404 not found.

Now it’s going to be interesting to see if this is an accurate description of events that have, at least apparently, not yet taken place. And if so, the interesting question is how and why, of all the world, exactly the Dutch newspaper that has been exaggerating my relationship with Wikileaks seems to have this direct line to the future.

Update: Never mind. Probably nothing. De Telegraaf just not checking the facts: this was apparently a short hoax on twitter this afternoon, a media-echo of earlier events. See the comments…

22 comments to News from the future?

  • Is it possible this was Photoshopped? Or do you know the person who made the image well enough to believe that this is not the case?

  • rop

    Not impossible, but I trust the person that made the screenshot.

  • blah

    Someone twittered this earlier today, he found an old article from august or so. After that de Swedes charged Assange again of course. The tweet retracted within 5 minutes.
    We can conclude that De Telegraaf reads Twitter and is, not surprisingly, as dilligent as ever checking their facts.

  • Pepijn

    Google dit ‘zweden laat aanklacht assange vallen’ en de link staat er inderdaad (wekt niet meer) met datum 1 feb

  • Eerder vandaag zag ik op twitter eenzelfde soort bericht langskomen met een link naar een Ney York Times video. Misschien dat de Telegraaf dit heeft overgenomen, helaas was dit een video van voor de arrestie van Assange. Ik meen me te herinneren dat er toen iets speelde van ‘wel of niet wanted’.

    Sorry for the English guys. It’s 2:35, around this time of the day my Dutch is a little bit better. I said nothing more than that I saw a tweet of the same fact passing by on twitter & ‘The Telegraaf’ could have reported that ‘fact’ as new. Even though it was a couple of weeks old.

    Greetings, Jan.

  • No, this was a Twitter hoax and the newspapers did not check on it. There was a link to a video on the NYT of august 2010 when Sweden did drop charges, but later they changed their minds..

  • rop

    blah: aha, that is interesting and could be an explanation.

    I considered this explanation (‘media echo’) without knowing about the tweet, but then this seemed so oddly specific with this fact that this house arrest is cancelled because that’s obviously not an echo.

    But the fact that this was on twitter this afternoon makes the media-echo theory more likely.

  • blah

    I am sure De Telegraaf made the conclusion of lifting the house arrest all by themselves. 🙂
    But we must give them some credit: they were very quick in taking it off their website. I suppose one of the now deleted comments was: idiots! this happened 6 months ago!
    I expect any moment now they will retract their story about you, in wich you were running around arab nations supporting terrorism at the ripe age of 10….

  • brainsmoke

    The Volkskrant has a similar article still online: http://bit.ly/h2Ksuo

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  • lol @ de Volkskrant! x’D
    We could obviously expect something like this from the telegraaf, but they at least retracted their article.

  • Jeeves

    de Volkskrant is gone, too.
    But: Has someone asked DE TELEGRAAF what had happened?

  • Maar Zweden heeft toch helemaal geen aanklacht tegen Assange? Ze vragen om uitlevering voor verhoor.

    En als er geen aanklacht is, dan kan men die ook niet laten vallen.

    Inmiddels ligt het dossier van de zaak op straat.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/wikileaks-sweden/

  • Hallo Rob,

    Ik ben samen met een kameraad (zie website) bezig een serie portretten die te maken hebben met beladenheid van informatie (privacy, security ed.) Ik zou graag met je in gesprek komen face to face, indien je daartoe bereid bent.

    Zou je kunnen reageren via mijn e-mailadres interaction-designer#gmail#com ?

    Ik kijkt uit naar je reactie. Dank voor je tijd en aandacht.

    Groet, Simon A.

  • Jurriaan

    Dag Rop,

    Voor een onderzoek naar copyright zou ik graag een interview aan je geven met vragen die je zou kunnen beantwoorden. Is voor een afstudeerproject aan een HBO opleiding.

    Je kunt mijn mail ongetwijfeld aflezen, kun je daarop een reactie sturen. Would be outta control als je eraan zou willen meewerken ;).

    Met vriendelijke groet,
    Jurriaan A.

  • Jeroen

    Zie hier het probleem in de laatste twee comments. Stuitende luiheid. Vragen om interviews via comments en dan ook zijn naam verkeerd geschreven. Zie hier de toekomst van (journalistiek) Nederland.

  • Hoi Rop, ik ben bezig on de kracht en belangrijkheid voor socoial media te promoyen voor onze hogeschool in Leeuwarden en het daarmee samenwerkende bedrijfsleven. Graag wil ik op 6 of 13 oktober een event over de impact van social media op de NHL Hogeschool organiseren. Ik heb daarvoor ook beperkt budget beschikbaar. Zou jij iets willen vertellen over De impact van social media op onze samenleving?
    Met vriendelijke groet, Johan Huitema – programmacoordinator NHL Hogeschool.

  • ]V[

    Het wachten is op een verzoek van de schoolkrant 😉

  • Ehey, just dropped by to tell u there’s a petition action on your behalf going on (which I gladly signed up! 🙂 among other on Twitter and Facebook.

    Dutch politicians may be American puppy dogs, but many, many of us, Dutch citizens – ARE NOT!

    Greetings!

  • Fenneke Gonggrijp

    this is the link to the petition by the way: http://petities.nl/petitie/nederland-komt-niet-op-voor-rop-gonggrijp in case you were wondering. We won’t give up on you! stupid naive government of ours grrrr