IN THE SHADOW OF ASSANGE – MY TESTIMONY

By Anna Ardin

ANNA IS THE Swedish woman who accused Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of sexual assault in 2010, a decision that started a series of world events. For the past decade this story has plastered the front pages as Assange barricaded himself in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition. Much has been written about this, Assange and Wikileaks, but up until now Anna Ardin has never spoken out, and we have never known what really happened. She is now breaking her silence.

IN SPRING 2010, whistleblower-site Wikileaks was on everyone’s mind. The organization Anna Ardin worked for invited spokesperson Julian Assange to a seminar in Stockholm. Due to safety reasons he was not keen on staying in a hotel, so he stayed in her flat. When he moved out, Anna was one of two women who reported Assange to the police for sexual assault. Instead of giving her testimony in a trial that never happened, Anna here shares her experiences for the first time ever.

In The Shadow Of Assange – My Testimony is not only a book about a global event that everyone thinks they know (without ever having heard the other side). It’s also the highly current story of a woman who has to take on an enormous mob. Anna received so many threats and so much hate from a self proclaimed “people’s court” and its internet trolls that the police decided she needs personal protection.

THIS BOOK IS a testimony of a decade in the shadow of Assange. It is an appeal for female rights – which so often are considered secondary to things labeled more important. About keeping it together and moving on amidst chaos. A story without monsters or angels, where heroes can be villains and the truth often lies in the areas between black and white. This is Anna’s story.

ABOUT THE BOOK

First published by Bazar Förlag 2021-01-20

RIGHTS SOLD TO

Farsi, Café 60 Media
Germany, Elster & Salis
Sweden, Bazar Förlag

REVIEWS

Straight to the point and without beautifying paraphrases, Anna Ardin speaks her mind and tells us about what really happened the summer of 2010 in Stockholm when Julian Assange was visiting. It is also a story about the rise and fall of Wikileaks, of the witch hunt and threats that await women who speak up, and about the complexities of being human.”
– Sofia Mirjamsdotter, Journalist, winner of the Swedish Grand Prize of Journalism for #prataomdet (int’l version #ididnotreport, a hashtag initiative created in 2010, before #metoo, after the Assange assault charges became public)

“Finally Anna has the possibility to share with the world what happened to her ten years ago, events that exploded in world press. With a naked and honest voice she portrays the hate she is faced with, and how she finds the strength to move on. It’s a brave testimony by a very brave woman.”
Anders Sjöqvist, publisher non-fiction, Bazar 

“Anna Ardin describes the journey she made. The rage, the self-hate, the doubt. And she describes how she could rise from it. Despite never having had legal restitution, she could have a personal one. Maybe by writing the book.  The book impresses me. Because she could have written it differently. She could have been very angry. Vindictive, bitter. A decade later it is very hard to grasp how the mob could be so gigantic.  Ardin was accused of being associated with the CIA. To be a “honey trap”. World renowned thinkers from right and left, like Michael Moore and Naomi Wolf, defended Assange without reservation. I think you must search in the inner core of it if you aim to understand. That the hatred, in fact, is based in society’s outdated view sex crimes.”
-Lina Stenberg, Aftonbladet, lead writer

“It’s about the gray areas between the civil rights our legal system says it offers us, and the arbitrariness that forms when we for different reasons are denied them. […] Anna Ardin’s book illustrates what it means to be denied legal trial, regardless of what a court outcome would have been. It’s time to secure women’s legal right to consent.”
-Main morning paper Dagens Nyheter’s debate page

“This is an incredibly important book. Despite not knowing Anna Ardin, I am proud and impressed by her courage and strength. It’s lovely that there is also room for her personal history, doubts and hesitation. Her story sends us hope in regards to the police work. I hope the book will bring a feeling of redress to all those who weren’t believed, never reported to the police or never got their cases tried in court.”
-Cecilia Bödker Pedersen, The non-profit organization Storasyster (Big Sister)

“Through her honest story, Anna Ardin helps us understand that the world isn’t black and white. Furthermore, she shows that women still, and far too often, isn’t as trusted and prioritized – no matter what room or societal level it concerns.”
-Farida Al-Abani, Feminist Initiative

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