August 21, 2010

Wikileaks' Julian Assange Accused of Rape

Assange.jpg(Stockholm, Sweden) Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of rape and sexual harassment by two women in their twenties who alerted Stockholm Police.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority released a statement on Saturday morning in which it revealed that the warrant was based on “one report of rape and one report of harassment. A warrant has been put out for the person's arrest since there is a risk that he could hamper the investigation.”

Assange spent time with one of the women at an apartment in Södermalm in Stockholm on Saturday night, while he met the other women in the nearby town of Enköping, according to Expressen. The prosecution authority said Assange was suspected of rape in the Enköping case and harassment in Stockholm.

Assange sent an email to a Stockholm news source denying the allegations.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, a colleague of Assange, hinted that right-wing forces are behind the accusations and there's a desire "to do harm to Wikileaks." So far, there's no evidence to support the assertion.

In any event, it's ironic that Assange is once again accused of fingering through confidential dark corners but this time it's illegal.

[Update 8/21/10, 1PM EDT] Charges against Assange dropped by prosecutor.

UPDATE by Rusty
: Not so fast. Two women, both alleging improper sexual advances, neither of the two incidents related.

And remember, this is Sweden. A country that routinely refuses to send actual terrorists back to their home countries where they've been indicted on the grounds that it would violate their human rights.

I know that some on the paranoid fringe Left are accusing the alleged victims here of being part of a CIA plot to "get Assange". Or that the charges are politically motivated. I don't know about that. But it seems to me that it is more plausible that the dismissal of the charges were politically motivated.

And, to clarify the issue, one of the charges remains ....

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