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Charges against Assange 'political': lawyers

AFP/The Local · 9 Dec 2010, 08:16

Published: 09 Dec 2010 08:16 GMT+01:00

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The charges against Assange stem from a visit that the nomadic former computer hacker made to Sweden to give a seminar in August.

When Assange appeared before a London court following his arrest on Tuesday, Gemma Lindfield, representing the Swedish authorities, told the judge that Assange was wanted in connection with four allegations made by two women.

She told the court the first complainant, identified only as Miss A, said she was victim of "unlawful coercion" on the night of August 14th this year in Stockholm.

The court heard Assange is accused of using his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner.

The second charge alleged Assange "sexually molested" Miss A by having sex with her without a condom when it was her "express wish" one should be used.

The third charge claimed Assange "deliberately molested" Miss A on August 18th "in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity."

The fourth charge accused Assange of having sex with a second woman, Miss W, on August 17th without a condom while she was asleep at her Stockholm home.

The judge refused the 39-year-old Australian bail and remanded him in custody. He must now wait until December 14th before he appears in court again.

The European Arrest Warrant issued by the Swedish authorities was received by officers at London police's extradition unit on Monday night.

An earlier warrant, issued last month, was not valid as officials had failed to fill in the form properly.

The lawyer for the two alleged victims strongly refuted the claim that the accusations were politically motivated because WikiLeaks has angered governments worldwide by releasing thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

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Lawyer Claes Borgström told reporters in Stockholm the case "has nothing to do with WikiLeaks", adding: "I would like Julian Assange to come forward and say that himself."

It emerged Wednesday that high-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson will represent Assange in his fight against extradition from Britain to Sweden.

Robertson, a barrister who has dual British and Australian nationality, has appeared in some of the highest-profile freedom of speech trials in British history.

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09:29 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
The question is, if Assange is returned to Sweden will the little bald dude send him to the United States?
09:31 December 9, 2010 by engagebrain
Of course both the women and the prosecutor would deny that the charges are politically motivated.

Maybe the next round of leaks will tell us if this was true.
10:37 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
Yep, the little bald dude's government seems to already be in talks with his magesty, B.H. Obama:


And remember, under the Patriot Act they can keep Assange in jail for the rest of his life whether he gets a trial or not.
10:38 December 9, 2010 by redcrown
charges against mr. Assange not political movtivated, sure,I also beleive in the tooth fairy too.
11:11 December 9, 2010 by misssh
every believer in freedom of speech shoud march against this happening he will end up back here and its up to the people of sweden to stand up and let voices be heard that it is not acceptable!! USA( AKA terrorist ) has no grounds to take him to there country!

your voice must be counted other wise say good bye to democracy and hello nwo
11:17 December 9, 2010 by marianne667
I don't understand the circumstances around this alleged rape. were these two women in the apartment/house when this supposedly happened? Did they bring Assange home w/ them after meeting him in a bar? There are 2 different dates August 17 & 18. If they were together how come he got to stay after the first rape? If it was two different occasions w/ 2 women who at the time did not know eachother, how did they get together? This has never been explained in the papers. It all is very strange. does anyone have information? Vive Assange!
12:36 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
Here you go marianne667:


The Swedish and American press seems unwilling to investigate this issue as well as the Brits.
14:41 December 9, 2010 by Syftfel
Assange's chances of survival are best if he is turned over to the U.S. There he will get life, no parole. Anywhere else and he will likely meet his maker. Since he has managed to ruffle the feathers of Russia, China, France, Pakistan, England, Arabia, Yemen, Argentina, Venezuela, amongst others, many are lining up to to pull the trigger on him. Fort Leavenworth is not all that bad a place to live out your days.
15:03 December 9, 2010 by don willer
Miss A and Miss W have lied and slandered Assange, they are likely in far more danger than JA, Sweden has changed and not for the better, trumped up charges have infuriated some very resourceful people, Miss A and Miss W will rue the day they concocted this conspiracy, there are worse places than Leavenworth.
15:11 December 9, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
It seems inherently suspicious that the two alleged victims have the same lawyer, as their legal interests are not necessarily identical. This could put the lawyer in a conflict of interest situation. It looks like someone who is not a party to the case is paying the lawyer, an indication of shady dealings.
15:15 December 9, 2010 by Tennin
Thanks for the link Rebel.

Sarah the exteme feminist sounds like a scarey woman. How she made that Step 7 thing earlier this year, but deleted it is really fishy.
16:29 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
Please read this about the women who accused J. Assange of rape:

17:03 December 9, 2010 by Rebel
A) If you meet a feminist Swede into men then beware if you have sex with her.

B) This picture kinda sums up the political picture in Sweden:

18:59 December 9, 2010 by procrustes
This link is a MUST read for anyone confused by the necessity of Wikileaks to survive. It in Coleen Rawley, an FBI agent who could have prevented 911 but wasn't taken seriously, make the case FOR Wikileaks.


I agree with the Russian official who said that Assange should get the Nobel Peace Prize.
19:11 December 9, 2010 by Texrusso
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02:03 December 10, 2010 by Swedish123
Political? I think is more a CIA plan.
04:03 December 10, 2010 by GLO
Assange is a Enemy of the USA and free world. He and all connected are Combatants and should be treated as such.

Time will tell how many deaths will add to his credit. Assange is the future of world wide terror.
07:54 December 10, 2010 by Rick Methven

so what you mean is that the world should do as the USA says it should do, not as they do?

Most parents find out very early that telling children how to behave while doing the opposite themselves never works.

All Wikileaks has done is to show up is what a load of two faces lying shites the US machine really is.

08:44 December 10, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@ GLO: I agree. Just the fact that he refused to redact the names of Afghan informants, brave men who put their lives on the line for freedom against Taliban scum, is reason alone to lock this egomaniac up. Mr. Assange has blood on his hands.


12:47 December 11, 2010 by meanroy
@GLO & HowSwedeitis

There have been to date, NO confirmed injuries or death to any person due to released documents. (Well, except all the hurt feelings in the US State Dept.)

11:07 December 12, 2010 by cmbsweden
Meanroy has stated the facts correctly.
19:20 December 28, 2010 by buckrogersday
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
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