Turnabout is fair play, except to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The Guardian, one of the vehicles picked by Wikileaks to release secret US documents to the world, has now released some of the secret court papers surrounding the rape charges hanging over his head. The biggest of these revelations was that he could have avoided the charges if he would have only agreed to an STD test. Assange’s lawyers have lashed out against the leak of the court papers which seems a bit disingenuous considering that their client’s notoriety arises from his leaking of confidential information.
Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain. “It is with great concern that I hear about this because it puts Julian and his defence in a bad position,” he told a colleague.
“I do not like the idea that Julian may be forced into a trial in the media. And I feel especially concerned that he will be presented with the evidence in his own language for the first time when reading the newspaper. I do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing – trying to make Julian look bad
The information released by the Guardian not only fits the legal definition of rape in Sweden, but it shows the man as a narcissistic sexual predator. Four acts of sexual assault were outlined in the hearings against Assange:
- That Assange “unlawfully coerced” Miss A by using his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner.
- That he “sexually molested” Miss A by having sex with her without a condom when it was her “express wish” one should be used.
- That he “deliberately molested” Miss A “in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity”.
- That he had sex with a second woman, Miss W, without a condom while she was asleep.
Both Miss A and Miss W say that originally, they did not report him to the police for him to be arrested but only to require him to have an STD test.
“Miss A’s” account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she “tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again”. Miss A told police that she didn’t want to go any further “but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far”, and so she allowed him to undress her.
According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had “done something” with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.
On the following morning, Saturday 14 August, Assange spoke at a seminar organised by Miss A. A second woman, Miss W, had contacted Miss A to ask if she could attend. Both women joined Assange, the co-ordinator of the Swedish WikiLeaks group, whom we will call “Harold”, and a few others for lunch.
Assange left the lunch with Miss W. She told the police she and Assange had visited the place where she worked and had then gone to a cinema where they had moved to the back row. He had kissed her and put his hands inside her clothing, she said.
That evening, Miss A held a party at her flat. One of her friends, “Monica”, later told police that during the party Miss A had told her about the ripped condom and unprotected sex. Another friend told police that during the evening Miss A told her she had had “the worst sex ever” with Assange: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”
….On Sunday 15 August, Monica told police, Miss A told her that she thought Assange had torn the condom on purpose. According to Monica, Miss A said Assange was still staying in her flat but they were not having sex because he had “exceeded the limits of what she felt she could accept” and she did not feel safe.
The following day, Miss W phoned Assange and arranged to meet him late in the evening, according to her statement. The pair went back to her flat in Enkoping, near Stockholm. Miss W told police that though they started to have sex, Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and she had moved away because she had not wanted unprotected sex. Assange had then lost interest, she said, and fallen asleep. However, during the night, they had both woken up and had sex at least once when “he agreed unwillingly to use a condom”.
Early the next morning, Miss W told police, she had gone to buy breakfast before getting back into bed and falling asleep beside Assange. She had awoken to find him having sex with her, she said, but when she asked whether he was wearing a condom he said no. “According to her statement, she said: ‘You better not have HIV’ and he answered: ‘Of course not,’ ” but “she couldn’t be bothered to tell him one more time because she had been going on about the condom all night. She had never had unprotected sex before.”
Click here for the full story in the Guardian.
Just as with the “dating profile” uncovered last week, Assange seems more of a narcissistic egomaniac than a hero. Additionally, the moaning of his lawyers about the Swedish police leaks is the height of hypocrisy, that their client’s life is devoted to publishing confidential material.
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