Rape charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

August 21, 2010 by Peter · Leave a Comment 

The Wikileaks saga has taken a bizarre turn with this:

A Swedish tabloid says an arrest warrant has been issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape, and officials have issued a statement “confirming media reports.”  The prosecutor’s office in Stockholm “confirms media reports that a foreign citizen has been arrested in absentia” but doesn’t name Assange.

As I emphasized with the Al Gore case [he was subsequently cleared by authorities], we should never dismiss rape, sexual assault or molestation accusations out of hand. Far too often there’s a culture of shaming, blaming, marginalizing and ignoring victims. Still, Assange has pissed off some very powerful people and this will raise questions. Oliver Willis simply writes “hm.”

Look for others to do the same.

UPDATE: Yet another twist:

Sweden has canceled an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on accusations of rape and molestation.

UPDATE II: Here we go again:

The rape case involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being reopened, Swedish prosecutors said Wednesday.

“There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed,” read a statement from Marianne Ny, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions. “Considering information available at present, my judgment is that the classification of the crime is rape.”

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