Rape Charge Against Assange Dropped
The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange no longer has to hand himself in to Swedish police. Previously he was suspected of rape.
On Saturday evening the Swedish Prosecution Authority published a statement from the chief prosecutor, Eva Finné, saying that there are no longer any grounds to suspect Mr Assange of rape, and that the charge has thus been dropped.
He may still be charged with the lesser crime of molestation.
On Saturday afternoon Kristinn Hrafnsson, a colleague of Mr Assange, had told news agency AFP that the Wikileaks founder was still in Sweden and that he would “go to the police very quickly”.
The Wikileaks founder had been quick to deny the charges, sending emails to Swedish Radio News as well as several newspapers.
Mr Assange and the Wikileaks team have also been clear that they suspect foul play behind the allegations. In an email to Dagens Nyheter Mr Assange had written that “why these accusations are coming at this particular time is an interesting question.” And on Twitter Wikileaks had written that the charges were part of a campaign of “dirty tricks” against the website.
Speaking to Aftonbladet one of the women who had made the complaint against Mr Assange had denied that her actions were guided by the Pentagon, or by any other force.
Julian Assange is the founder and the public face of investigative website Wikileaks, which recently embarrassed the US government when it published secret documents related to the war in Afghanistan.
Mr Assange was in Sweden to give a number of talks and had just been signed by newspaper Aftonbladet as its new star columnist.
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