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AP Used FOIA To Get Polanski Emails

From a smoldering Associated Press:

Swiss defend Polanski tipoff to US

By Bradley S. Klapper And Thomas Watkins, Associated Press Writers

GENEVA – Swiss officials tipped off the United States and set in motion the arrest of director Roman Polanski last month in his decades-old child sex case, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. On Wednesday, a top Swiss official defended the move.

Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said the e-mails — obtained in Los Angeles by the AP under a U.S. public records request — showed that Swiss officials followed proper police procedure when a wanted individual is expected in Switzerland.

"An arrest is a big operation," Galli told the AP. "If we know a wanted individual is coming, we always ask if the arrest warrant is valid."

According to the e-mails, the Swiss ministry sent an urgent fax to the U.S. Office of International Affairs on Sept. 22 stating Polanski was traveling to Zurich. The director was to be feted at a film festival, and Swiss officials wanted to know if the U.S. would be submitting a request for his arrest as he was the subject of an international law enforcement "Red Notice."

"The Americans immediately confirmed that was the case," Galli said.

As a result, Switzerland was required by treaty to apprehend Polanski, he said.

Galli also addressed the nagging question of why authorities decided to go after Polanski now, even though the 76-year-old filmmaker has been a frequent visitor to Switzerland, where he owns an Alpine chalet. Unlike his previous visits, Polanski’s appearance at this time was widely advertised, with the Zurich Film Festival promoting its upcoming tribute to the director of "Rosemary’s Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" on its Web site.

Several Swiss politicians and commentators have argued that Switzerland may have cooperated too energetically, and that recent U.S.-Swiss troubles over wealthy American tax cheats and Swiss banks may have provided motivation for the arrest.

But Swiss authorities have adamantly rejected that suggestion.

"We have 20,000 warrant requests each year," Galli said, adding that this was the first time officials had precise details on the director’s arrival and an official American request to arrest him.

Only the Associated Press would have "nagging questions" about arresting someone charged with raping a minor. Of course, to be fair, Mr. Polanski is a celebrity.

But the AP were so eager to free Mr. Polanski, they filed a Freedom Of Information Act request to get the Swiss ministry’s emails on the matter.

Meanwhile, think of all of the other subjects vital to the nation’s future that these guardians of the press have blithely ignored.

Still, it occurs to us to wonder.

Since Europe is willing to extradite Roman Polanski, shouldn’t we return the favor and send them George Soros?

(Who, after all, is still wanted by France after his conviction for insider trading.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP Used FOIA To Get Polanski Emails”

  1. bullforever says:

    If I remember correctly, Polanski is not just “charged” with raping a minor, he actually PLEAD GUILTY so he is a CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTOR. He then fled the US to avoid sentacing and incarceration.

    So “nagging questions” be damned. the fact that this guys films have even been allowed to be shown on US soil is a disgrace and is indicative of where the real allegiances of Hollywood are at. Is there not some law in the books that make it illega to aid and abet a fugitive convicted felon? Would not the act of working with them to make movies and as such, make the convict uber wealthy in the process, thusly allowing the fugitive to avoid capture and extradition for so many years, be considered aiding and abetting? Should not the executives of every studio and production company that ever worked with him, and every actor and actress that ever worked with him, and every US government official ever involved as well, be arrested and tried for thier crimes?

  2. beautyofreason says:

    He drugged, raped, and sodomized a 13-year-old girl and gave her “hush money” decades later so she would not press the matter.

    There is a petition circulating in Hollywood to protest Polanski’s arrest. Prominent actors and actresses such as Penelope Cruz have signed it. I wonder if they would be so high brow about the whole matter if they personally knew a young teenager who had been raped by man in his 40s?

    “Human rights” on the left are rarely universal – liberals are often fixated on the “rights” of prisoners, child predators, Islamic terrorists (read: Lockerbie bomber), and other assorted criminals yet they ignore the rights of victims from those crimes.

    No one is above the law, particularly in violent crime. No artist, intellectual, etc. should be treated with kid gloves – especially not if they rape kids.

  3. proreason says:

    The beauty of believing that “everything is relative” is that when the principle is applied to yourself or someone who you are sympathetic to, the principle is unwaveringly lenient.

  4. platypus says:

    Leave it to Steve to find dirt on Soros. I bet maybe 100 people in the whole country knew about this insider trading thing.

    Until now. The world knows now. Nice job, SG.

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