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'I may be a chauvinist pig but I am no rapist'

'I may be a chauvinist pig but I am no rapist'

Published: 22 Sep 2011 09:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Sep 2011 09:59 GMT+02:00

”I may be a chauvinist pig of some sort but I am no rapist, and only a distorted version of sexual politics could attempt to turn me into one,” says Assange in the book.

In the book, Assange refutes the claims by the two Swedish women that he raped them, saying instead that he had temporary sexual liasions with both spanning several days while in Stockholm.

Assange describes staying at the home of one of the women for several days and says he only hooked up with the second woman when he felt that the encounters with the first were getting too serious.

“My behaviour sounds cold, and no doubt was, which is a failing of mine, but not a crime,” Assange wrote.

In the book he also says that the pressures from America made it especially difficult for him to concentrate on his love-life.

“Although I had spent time with these women, I wasn't paying enough attention to them, or ringing them back, or able to step out of the zone that came down with all these threats and statements against me in America. One of my mistakes was to expect them to understand this,” Assange wrote.

What happened next, Assange wrote, was a complete surprise to him.

After a few days of peculiar contact with the women, he needed space and checked into a hotel to work on a newspaper column.

Suddenly he saw on Twitter that there was a warrant out for his arrest. At which point his “entire belief system temporarily collapsed”.

“I did not rape those women and cannot imagine anything that happened between us that would make them think so, except malice after the fact, a joint plan to entrap me, or a terrible misunderstanding that was stoked up between them,” Assange wrote in his autobiography.

Initially, Assange touted the autobiography as “one of the unifying documents of our generation".

"In this highly personal work, I explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments,” he said at the time, according to reports in British media.

But despite initially being on board with the publication, Assange recently pulled out claiming that the book was less of the personal manifesto he had imagined and instead filled with too many personal biographical data about his person, according to British daily The Independent.

The decision came as quite a shock to the small Scottish publishing firm Canongate, who after landing the monumental deal with Assange, had sold on the rights to the book to 38 publishing houses worldwide.

Assange, who was given time to re-work the manuscript, failed to do so, claiming ”all memoir is prostitution”.

But the publishing house, having paid out a six-figure advance on the book to Assange already, decided to go ahead with the publication anyway. The result is what may be the first ever ”unauthorised autobiography”.

Despite the choice to renege on the deal, Assange will be receiving what is expected to be considerably generous royalty cheques as the book starts jumping off the shelves across the world, according to the paper.

"We disagree with Julian's assessment of the book. We believe it explains both the man and his work, underlining his commitment to the truth. Julian always claimed the book was well written; we agree, and this also encouraged us to make the book available to readers,” publishers Canongate wrote in a note to readers in the beginning of the controversial book.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:30 September 22, 2011 by Jes
Of course you are not a rapist dear . They come with an inscription on the forehead
15:30 September 22, 2011 by muscle
he is still in the news?... i nearly forgot all about him
15:57 September 22, 2011 by Svensksmith
Adequate discription.
16:43 September 22, 2011 by Nemesis
Assange left out a few words in his self description, such as narcissistic, psychopathic, lacking in empathy, self centered, etc. I am sure others can add some other words I forgot.
16:48 September 22, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
@ Jes, you are right..even Racists, Haters, Lovers, Prostitutes, Politicians, Liars, Lawyers, Murderers ..the list is endless...ALL come with an inscription on the forehead.
18:48 September 22, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
All the negative things said about him are what women find attractive in a man!
18:58 September 22, 2011 by ReluctantSwede
@The_Truthisbitter and @Jes

....and Swedes come with a clearly visible inscription.....I'm a well indoctrinated, jealous, narrow minded and believing everything the govt tell me!
00:55 September 23, 2011 by Robbie619
@ Gamla Hälsingebock

I agree with you! I was in Stockholm last month and talked to many swedish guys at the bars about women. They told me be nice and patient and they will come around and make sure you respect them. Well I grew up in the US and boys are taught to pursue and be aggressive because you find out right away if a girl is interested in you. Well I didn't have to wait to get drunk to pursue girls and I slept with a swedish girl my first night out, the next night I banged a chick in one of the restrooms at the Patricia boat. I felt like I had very little competition in Stockholm (no offense to swedish guys), swedish girls are some of the easiest in the world. I have to admit it spoiled me a little bit because now I'm back in California for school and it feels so much harder than before picking up girls here.
01:34 September 23, 2011 by GLO
A criminal Yes!!!!
02:01 September 23, 2011 by maxbrando
He is a rapist, have no doubts. He is also arrogant, and believes he is above anyone's law. I hope he leads a Polanski life, and gets arrested somewhere to pay for his crimes.
03:40 September 23, 2011 by ReluctantSwede
Good Sweedes, @GLO and @maxbrando, good Swedes...you'll get candy from mother Swea!
10:59 September 23, 2011 by comentatir
@maxbrando

How come you have no doubts? Did he rape you? Did you see him raping someone? Would you like to testify on court?
12:22 September 23, 2011 by ReluctantSwede
Quite typical, anyone who isn't a typical wuzzie Swede is called arrogant, agressive, pushy, egoistic and a lot of other stuff....and it get's really interesting when you are a Swede who doesn't give a sheit about the normative wuzzie standard....Swedes can't handle confident, assertive, responsible and and mature people, they think that their childish belief of how the world works is right, and the one and only right way to live....wake up Swedes, take a look around the world and get a grip!
14:02 September 23, 2011 by Jes
@The_truthsbitter , I can see why my comment got your attention .

I repeat that a man who calls himself a dirty pig cannot be a rapist.

@Reluctantswede , Assenge will find it incredible that you think that Swedes are "indoctrinated ,jealous and narrow-minded " He tried his best to get a residence permit in Sweden , remember ?
14:40 September 23, 2011 by IWP
Sweden as usual behaving stupidly. Assange had to be extradited to face Swedish justice (sic!). He's since been left languishing God knows where with the urgency gone. What a shower of near fascist tossers Swedes are! Assange was right when he said he'd get no justice there.
14:46 September 23, 2011 by Chris Persson
MARILYNVOSSAVANT, to be fair there still isn't enough information about the whole thing to be so sure. I'd like to see it in court, to tell who's story is actually correct.
14:53 September 24, 2011 by Jes
It is always funny to see someone accusing "almost everybody" of jumping to conclusions and follows that by jumping to conclusions ( calls it an opinion) like : "he will be sent to the cross if judged in Sweden".

If the fellow can find the whole country guilty , why is it so strange that there could be few people who "jump to conclusions" ?
10:22 September 25, 2011 by salalah
wow he has really aged 20 years in 1 year
12:49 September 26, 2011 by Jes
@MARILYNVOSSANT , I wish you were here . You would be able to see that my mouth is open wide before I adress you .

Now it is my turn to kindly request you to wake up and properly read what I mean . You come in with an accusation that almost everybody is jumping to conclusions and pre-judging this man .

I come in and brought it to your notice that there could be people who may also accuse of of jumping to conclusions and pre.judging the Swedish justice system .

Your words : "it looks like almost everybody is jumping into conclusions and that he is guilty as charged, in spite of the fact that he has not been judged yet.

..... Judging him in advance is not wise, that is, if some know what the meaning of being wise is."""

The question is : what makes you think that you are wiser than " almost everybody "?

I would suggest that you calm down and let everyone express their opinion.

You need to learn that opinions are not always "conclusions "
13:20 October 31, 2011 by mieoux
If you couldn't read the Swedish version of the police reports from Sweden, there is an English translation available here: http://www.crazyblackwoman.com/
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