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Assange: charges caused 'enormous' damage

AFP/The Local · 26 Aug 2010, 16:05

Published: 26 Aug 2010 16:05 GMT+02:00

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"Currently there are millions of websites around the world with the combination 'Julian Assange and rape' as a result of how the prosecutor initially handled the case," Assange told Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

"The damage they have caused me and WikiLeaks is enormous," he said.

A Swedish duty prosecutor on Friday night issued an arrest warrant for Assange over an allegation of rape but chief prosecutor Eva Finné abruptly withdrew it on Saturday, saying new information had come to light.

On Wednesday she said there was no reason to believe a crime had been committed in that case, but said she had enough evidence to continue investigating a separate molestation allegation against Assange.

The 39-year-old Australian, who is set to begin writing a regular column for Aftonbladet, told the paper he had "no idea" what that allegation was about.

"We have requested to be informed of which details the prosecutor is basing her decision upon," he said, adding he would collaborate with Swedish police in their investigation.

Assange had stayed with the woman who made the molestation allegation for a

few days, according to Aftonbladet.

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The allegations against the former hacker appeared to be linked to his refusal to leave the woman's home when she asked him to go, it reported.

Assange has said the claims are part of a "smear campaign" aimed at discrediting his whistleblowing website, which is locked in a row with the Pentagon over the release of secret US documents about the war in Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks published nearly 77,000 classified US military documents on the war in Afghanistan on July 23 and has said it will publish another 15,000 within the next couple of weeks.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:05 August 26, 2010 by Capey
WikiLeaks site is down...??
19:13 August 26, 2010 by eZee.se
Just Google "Assange Rape" and Google replies:

About 4,100,000 results (0.40 seconds)

Just a series of coincidences of course... move along now.

Nothing to see here.

20:43 August 26, 2010 by Russ Cobleigh
so what, the guy is an ass!
20:58 August 26, 2010 by ArchibaldId
So, Ass-ange is invited to the home of the woman and they are going to have sex, she wants him to a condom and he refuses and then apparently refuses to leave HER home when asked to do so. And we are supposed to believe that this was a trap set by Pentagon and the CIA? Elsewhere he has made claims that he was warned by Australian inteligence that there were plans to spring a "honey trap on him". And still he walks into the trap.

Does Ass-ange think people are stupid and believe his story?
21:34 August 26, 2010 by GLO
Lets not forget what kind of guy he really is.... Many Afgan village leaders and entire family groups will be killed as a result of ASS-ANGE self appointed acts. He should be brought to justice for every Afgan killed by the Taliban. Please dont forget his actions....
21:34 August 26, 2010 by d_s
Ad hominem, gentlemen.

Whatever the truth, the attention has certainly shifted. So easily it happens, that its almost unbearable. The lightest touch, when applied the right way, induces a consequence that is profound.
22:39 August 26, 2010 by rybo1
I'm amazed that the "good old boys" from my native, perverted country haven't done him in yet. The USA corporate military has it's nose everywhere and Assange has bruised their sensitivities. I admire his courage to expose the everyday media lies and I hope he survives and continues his work of unmasking the BEAST.
01:39 August 27, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Assange should be held directly accountable for any retribution death of any Afghan that has cooperated with the ISAF by the Taliban due to his little "fact finding" escapade. Immean, the Private in the US Army that he coerced to misuse his flash drive will be executed on treason at Ft. Leavenworth shortly.

You know, the same Taliban that throws acid on people, blows up schools, oppresses women and generally executes anyone that disagrees with them.

Open and free medis cuts both ways, perv.
03:56 August 27, 2010 by reagan

Looks like the Pentagon trolls are "patrolling" here, like so many other news websites.

That's Un-American and no real American agrees with your twisted and extremist Psyops.

We, the People, own the Pentagon and Congress will be investigating "patrolling" on websites soon.
07:51 August 27, 2010 by Twiceshy
As I know, still there is no one dead because of Wikileaks informations, although there are crowd of dead civilians from western bombs in Afghanistan and nobody care for it.

Beside it, the law about spies is similar all over the world: if you are traitor, if you work for foreign secret service, you get prison punishment, if you do it in the time of war, you get bullet (death punishment). All Afghani traitors who works for occupatoion forces (NATO, etc) should get bullet, by the law.

And this is not only Pentagon against Assange than Sweden too, Sweden is part of war in Afghanistan.
07:54 August 27, 2010 by engagebrain
it certainly has all the hallmarks of a smear.

ArchibaldId - you offer a story is there actual evidence or a source - otherwise it is part of a smear.
07:56 August 27, 2010 by d_s
I've actually meant to ask some contributing here that are they actually expats living in Sweden. Some comments tie very poorly to the discussion and even the thread in question. Also, certain themes are repeated - advertisiment style.
08:57 August 27, 2010 by crunchy2k
One has to read, 'Inside the CIA,' be an adult when the FBI taught some wannbe 70's terrorist how to make bombs as they were more into the socializing talk than the doing according to court records, remember Ruby Ridge and The Waco Massacre at Waco, Texas. I believe the Pentagons military intelligence is behind this....(as military intelligence is an oxymoron) I believe the CIA is clean in this as they move only with presidential permission. Obama wouldn't give the CIA go ahead I hope. The CIA does need to go away as their next mission is going to be directed by RIAA organization that taught the Swedish judiciary to circumvent their own constitution and the the development of the secret tready called ACTA.
14:11 August 27, 2010 by MichaelZWilliamson
Reporters Without Borders calls Wikileak's releases "irresponsible."

They, of course, are a blatant shill for the Bush-Cheney-US Military-Industrial Complex. And Santa Claus.
15:14 August 27, 2010 by munched
you can make althe cracks you want but when the U.S. barks, Sweden wags it tail. On every level. Political leadership, public health, judicial hanky panky, drug politic, major news media, military agenda. Just a few points of a long list. They're all in the US' pocket and brother, the US has deep pockets.
15:23 August 27, 2010 by ironman294
awe the wilileaks guy is mad cause it leaked out that he was wanted to rape and molestation and that it caused irrepairable damage to his reputation and website?

Hey dimwit sleaze what do you think the leak of secret documenst does.

any will be killed now because of you if they haven't already been killed.

You can dish it but can't take it.

The CIA needs to bring back assasinations
15:53 August 27, 2010 by Tom Dundee
I understand there is a raped epidemic in Sweden, especially in areas heavily populated by immigrants. For some reason the majority of the victims of these rapes are native born Swedish women.

Who is being trapped in these cases. There is so little that makes the news about these stories.
02:54 August 28, 2010 by Ture Sjolander
Social Democrats and the Alliance is working against the establishment of an ANTI-DEFAMATION legislation!

This is what they can do as long they don't need to pay the victims of defamation within Sweden.

It is only a matter of time the Swedish election shall result in a hung parliament the 19 September!

A nation who is lacking basic justice will fail!
08:51 August 29, 2010 by Tutu
Tom dundee. can u please refer me to where i can verify your facts. tack så mycket för hjälpen
18:00 August 30, 2010 by Vetinari
Yes, thousands of afghans have been and will be killed thanks to assange, millions even. Yet not a single example can be made.

This is typical US puritan attiudes: If you can smear Assange as a rapist or molester you can safely ignore him. Everyone knows he is morally bankrupt and therefore he lies by default.
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