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Assange sex crimes file leaked online

Graphic details of the sex crime allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can now be read on the internet following the leak of uncensored police reports.

Assange sex crimes file leaked online

The files, viewed by AFP Friday, were faxed in November from Assange’s Stockholm-based lawyer Bjoern Hurtig to Jennifer Robinson, one of his British lawyers.

Although a cover page says the documents are legally privileged information “for Mr Julian Assange and nobody else” a link to a PDF file of the 97-page fax was posted online this week.

The documents include statements made to police by the two Swedish women behind the sexual molestation and rape accusations, the police questioning of Assange and the results of forensic examinations of a ripped condom.

Assange is currently out on bail in Britain awaiting a February 7-8 hearing at a London court on his extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over the allegations.

He has denied the accusations, arguing they are part of a smear campaign to discredit his whistleblowing website.

The steady stream of US diplomatic cables being released by WikiLeaks has infuriated the United States and other governments.

The police documents posted Friday contain the statement of the alleged rape victim describing how Assange forced himself on her, without wearing a condom, while she was asleep.

The woman, identified only as Miss W. in a British court hearing, said she had had consensual sex with Assange earlier in the evening, said the police report.

She had then fallen asleep with him, only “to wake up because he has forced himself inside of her,” the report said. “She asked immediately: are you wearing anything?’ and he answered ‘you’,” it added.

“She told him ‘You better not have HIV,’ and he answered ‘Of course not.'”

After that, Miss W. allowed the intercourse to continue.

“She felt it was too late. He was already inside her and let him continue…She didn’t have the energy to say something one more time. She had nagged him all night about wearing a condom,” said the police report.

The faxed documents also include a report on the condom used during a sexual encounter with Assange’s other alleged victim, Miss A, carried out by the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science.

Miss A. has accused the Australian former hacker of having deliberately broken the condom after she made it clear she would only have sex with him if he wore protection.

The report says the condom had not been cut with scissors or a knife. Tests showed “the condom was torn apart.”

Assange denied the allegation, telling police, according to the files, he had no recollection of a broken condom, adding, “I wasn’t looking for a broken condom either.”

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JULIAN ASSANGE

Assange will cooperate with Sweden, but fight US warrant: lawyer

Julian Assange would cooperate with Swedish authorities if they reopen a rape case against him but will continue to resist any bid to extradite him to the United States, his lawyer said Sunday.

Assange will cooperate with Sweden, but fight US warrant: lawyer
Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson in London on Thursday. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham/TT

“We are absolutely happy to answer those queries if and when they come up,” Jennifer Robinson told Sky News television about the rape claims.

“The key issue at the moment is US extradition, which we have warned about for many years,” she added.

The WikiLeaks founder is in custody in London awaiting sentencing for breaching his British bail conditions in 2012 by seeking refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden.

He was arrested at the embassy on Thursday after Ecuador gave him up, and is now also fighting a US extradition warrant relating to the release by WikiLeaks of a huge cache of official documents.

The Australian has always denied the claims of sexual assault and rape in Sweden. The first expired in 2015 and the other was dropped in 2017, but the alleged rape victim has now asked for the case to be reopened.

If Stockholm makes a formal extradition request, the British government will have to decide whether to consider it before or after that of the United States.

Robinson said Assange would seek assurances from Sweden that he would not be sent on to America, saying: “That is the same assurance we were seeking in 2010 and the refusal to give that is why he sought asylum.”

She added: “He's not above the law. Julian has never been concerned about facing British justice or indeed Swedish justice. This case is and has always been about his concern about being sent to face American injustice.”

The US indictment charges Assange with “conspiracy” for working with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to crack a password stored on Department of Defence computers in March 2010.

He faces up to five years in jail.

Manning passed hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic secrets about scores of countries around the world.

The conspiracy charge against Assange seems intended to sidestep limits on prosecution potentially arising from the US Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of press freedom.

But Robinson insisted: “This indictment clearly engages newsgathering activities and the kinds of communications that journalists have with sources all the time.”

The lawyer condemned as “outrageous” claims made by Ecuador about Assange's behaviour in the embassy, including that he smeared his faeces on the wall, saying: “That's not true.”

Quito also accused him of failing to care for his cat. WikiLeaks said Assange had asked his lawyers to “rescue him (the cat) from embassy threats” in October, adding: “They will be reunited in freedom.”

Assange's father, John Shipton, on Sunday urged Australia to bring his son home.

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