Government Charges Wikileaks Founder With Rape

[UPDATE, CNN now reports that the Swedish government has dropped charges.]

I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has some serious criminal charges being leveled at him by the government of a major Western nation. After all, you can’t just go around spreading truth, can you? Report from CNN:

The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in Sweden after accusations of rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor’s office told CNN Saturday.

Spokeswoman Karin Rosander said Assange was arrested in absentia Friday night, and faces charges in relation to two separate instances, but she didn’t have more detail about when the alleged crimes occurred or who the alleged victims are.

Assange denied the allegations in a posting Saturday on the WikiLeaks Twitter page, saying, “The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.”

A rape charge carries a possible prison sentence, while a molestation charge would not, Rosander said. In Sweden, a crime of molestation is not limited to child victims.

Assange was in Sweden last weekend, but Rosander said it’s not clear whether he is still in the country. She said police have been unable so far to make contact with Assange.
“The next step is to get in contact with him and interview him,” Rosander said. He won’t be formally charged until he appears before court.

An elusive figure, Assange reportedly lives part-time in Sweden. He told the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet this week that he chose Sweden to host several servers for WikiLeaks because of the country’s privacy laws.

He also told the paper, in an interview published Monday, that he had been in Sweden because he wanted a safe place to go after the high-profile leak of U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan…

[continues at CNN]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The only real question was how long it would take before every agency connected to Western governments would unload every piece of disinfo or other ammunition in Assange's direction. Frankly…I'm still shocked that he hasn't died in an unusual car or plane crash or from a sudden onset brain hemorrhage. Also disappointing is the swiftness with which major media outlets have repeated the unconfirmed charges listed in a Swedish tabloid without much follow up…which rather tellingly suggests who they answer to…and its not 'the public'.

    Still, Assange knew he'd be risking it all when he started this venture…I respect that kind of courage. I'm now wondering if the Swedish tabloid job offer was just a ruse to put him in the right place for this set up.

    • Vox Penii

      Leave it Disinfo's users to defend a suspected sexual predator.

      • oman28

        I think it's best to keep an open mind and wait for hard evidence and due process before making up your mind either way.

        A good friend of mine was ACCUSED of raping his ex girlfriend (by her) and I was shocked at how many people instantly believed it was true. My friend was treated very badly and nearly lost his job due to this ACCUSATION. Her case fell apart with so many inconsistencies but a lot of damage had already been done.

        Which is what will occur here even if the charges are dropped

      • Andrew

        You're a frequent Disinfo user.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          Yeah but the suspect isnt from the GOP…therefore he's guilty until proven innocent…its only a government plot when neo-cons are accused of dipping their wick when they shouldn't.

          • Andrew

            Yeah, if it was Thomas Sowell we'd know he was innocent, because conservatives never sexually abuse anyone.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            Nah…we'd know Sowell was innocent because its possible to imagine him getting sex in any other form than passive anal…which is really hard to abuse others with.

          • Tuna Ghost

            I feel abused just picturing that mentally

      • Gemmarama

        erm…the charges have been DROPPED, mom, in case you hadn't read the whole post. but then, that's the kind of knee-jerk, half-thought-out reaction we've come to expect from you. keep up the good work.

      • dumbsaint
      • A Bad Joke

        We will defend those we know to be in the right.

  • samthor

    if there is a chance the charges are true, I hope he is punished accordingly.
    BUT the timing of this seems a bit suspicious…..

    • Zander454

      Of course its not true. They want to get rid of him. This is the only thing they could do… false rape and molestation charges.

      • tonyviner

        Why not just kill him? But yeah, I pretty much agree with the consensus here.

  • Gemmarama

    this is truly fucking terrifying, but after what happened to david kelly over here in the UK i suppose we shouldn't be surprised. funny how nobody seems to have any actual details. they had to go for the most emotive, stigmatising charge possible as well didn't they? these people are truly the lowest of the low.

  • nick__nick

    normally im a skeptic, but this is just too convenient. i really doubt this is true.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    New update: Charges already dropped. Just enough hype to hit the news cycle…alternative press like Raw Story already have this news…what do think the odds are of this story being re-edited or retracted in mainstream press in any timely fashion?

  • nick__nick

    aaaaand they revoked the charges

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/21/swed

  • 5by5

    This was lame even for the spooks. Yeah right, he leaks info about the war, and “suddenly” he a rapist and a molester??? Gimme a serious fracking break.

    • Alech

      They forgot about Polanski for thirty years until he made a movie that made them look bad. It's probably all just a big coincidence…

  • Trashy

    Have been seeding the Wiki File and will remain seeding. This one is real but there are many spam files on P2P right now.

    http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5723136/WikiLea

  • A Bad Joke

    At this point I wouldn't be suprised if he was being blamed for 9/11 and genocide in Africa. Fat cat looks bad? He summons his butler to bring him his cell phone on a golden platter, and orders a hit.

  • Elkjassss

    What a pathetic government we have!

    • practicus

      You say that like as if the people actually hold any control over the government at this point. The illusion of democracy is just that, an illusion.

  • Rainer Maria

    I look up to this man for his bravery. What he is doing for our free speech is incredibly important, do not let his name be smeared!

  • http://livinginthesun.info/france Ann Avatar

    We should keep ourselves posted until this case is really closed. But for now, we just have to hope for the best.

    french riviera

  • Ug

    This smear was hatched by the Pentagon and financed by the u.s. taxpayer.

  • A Bad Joke

    We will defend those we know to be in the right.

  • Andrew

    …and Sweden has reopened the investigation: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/09/01-3

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