Rape Charges Against Wikileaks' Assange Dropped, Site Secures Serving
August 21, 2010 8:30 PM
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Julian Assange, convicted computer criminal and founder of the controversial website Wikileaks, was briefly charged with rape by Swedish authorities. The charges have since been dropped, but he's still under investigation on allegations of molestation.
Assange's packed trip also allowed him to sign a partnership between Sweden's Pirate Party and Wikileaks. Assange says that the two organizations "share many values ".
(Source: Torrent Freak)
Wikileaks inks serving deal with Pirate Party, known for its support of illegal downloads
It's been a wild weekend for Sweden and the site
On Friday Swedish authorities
issued an arrest warrant
for Julian Assange, founder and commander in chief of
. According to Karin Rosander, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, Mr. Assange had been arrested in absentia and faced raped charges on two separate instances.
Then on Saturday Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne posted an official statement on a government website stating that Mr. Assange is "no longer wanted" and "is not suspected of rape." However, the statement indicates that Mr. Assange is still under investigation on molestation charges.
In Sweden molestation is a sex crime that can apply to nonconsensual sexual contact among adults, as well as with minors (unlike in the U.S., where it typically refers to inappropriate contact with minors). Also, unlike the U.S., the offense is not punishable by prison time.
Sources in the Swedish media said the investigation stems from Mr. Assange's trip to Sweden last week. During that active trip Mr. Assange reportedly had sexual encounters with two women -- aged 20 and 30. Reportedly both encounters were consensual, but Mr. Assange then allegedly engaged in nonconsensual sexual violence. After the women connected and shared their stories, they decided to approach Swedish police. Ironically,
, the tabloid that Mr. Assange recently
signed a deal to report for
, was the first to publish the 30-year-old's account of the situation.
Mr. Assange on Saturday called the allegations a "dirty" trick. He also appears to have
-affiliated Twitter account, "The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."
While Mr. Assange now seems out of serious legal danger, the allegations are certainly embarrassing for Australian native who now finds himself a hot topic in the Swedish tabloid he recently launched a career with. Mr. Assange has had his share of legal troubles over the years, being a convicted computer criminal in his home country.
Besides signing on to write for
, which may help
obtain Swedish journalistic protections, Mr. Assange also found time in his apparently packed trip to sign a pact with
Sweden's Pirate Party
. The Pirate Party, known for its promotion of currently illegal music, film, and video game piracy, will offer hosting service for
Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge
, "I’m delighted that we’re able to help WikiLeaks. I love opportunities to demonstrate that one of the biggest differences between us and the other parties is that we positively leap at any and all changes to take real responsibility for changing the world, rather than just commission reports and avoiding blame like the archetypal politician."
Mr. Assange says that his organization shares much with the Pirate Party. He states, "We welcome the help provided by the Pirate Party. Our organizations share many values and I am looking forward to future ways we can help each other improve the world."
also hopes the Pirate Party will push for more protections for it in Sweden's Parliament. Mr. Assange states, "We hope that the new Parliament will give serious consideration to further strengthening Sweden’s press protection legislation. Western democracies are not always as free as one might think, and freedom of the press needs constant vigilance. In particular, we would welcome Sweden copying Iceland’s Modern Media Initiative, something that the Pirate Party also desires."
Currently based in Iceland, Mr. Assange has been the subject of
harsh criticism from the Obama administration
and U.S. military leadership, which claim that his site's massive
leak of U.S. military field memos
from Afghanistan may result in bloodshed. Afghanistan's insurgency, the Taliban, claims that the first round of leaks allowed them to track down and
kill a tribal leader
who was aiding the U.S. The Taliban is known for its terrorist tactics.
Mr. Assange, though, claims that the only solution to eliminating government corruption is complete transparency. He is currently
preparing to release more documents
, even as the U.S. government reportedly scrambles to protect its Afghani informants from the potentially deadly cost of exposure.
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RE: So tell me, Mick...
8/22/2010 7:39:59 AM
You still cannot go around claiming to speak on behalf of people, nor can you accuse someone of something that didn't happen. Regardless of your feelings towards them, or what they have done in the past.
And that's the end of the matter Reclaimer77.
RE: So tell me, Mick...
8/22/2010 4:54:32 PM
Some additional info:
Actually it was one case of alleged rape and the other was much weaker, some sexual "something".
Both woman have claimed he was not any violent at all so it was something else they claimed he had done.
Apperently they connected to each other on the Internet afterwards(how?) and then decided to go to the police together to "chat" and they did not want to press charges, instead the police woman they talked to did that.
The young inexperienced prosecutor Maria Häljebo Kjellstrand who happens to be married to a man working for the head of the swedish justice department took the decision and a few hours later when a superior arrived and she spent a few minutes with the details of the charges they were revoked and that is extremaly rare. Usually it takes months to change the charges and noone interferes with decisions made, they stick together.
She who took the first decision have disappeared and gone underground and have received harsh criticism from former general prosecutors etc.
It seems there was no legal ground to take the actions she did. Either a witness has to be present or there have to be technical evidence. None of those were present and she refuses to talk to anyone or give any information about her actions.
There have also been claimed that one of the woman have already left the country. What does that mean?
RE: So tell me, Mick...
8/22/2010 7:37:10 PM
AGAIN, my posts were not about the women. My opinions have NOTHING to do with this recent accusation. Are we clear?
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