Swedish police "bamboozled" women to file sex case: Assange

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 13:48

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,
fighting a Swedish extradition warrant, on Tuesday said he fears
that he would not get "natural justice" in Sweden where the
police "bamboozled" two women to accuse him of sexual assault.

The 39-year-old Australian is currently free on bail in
the UK while facing the extradition proceedings to Sweden.

Sweden wants Britain to extradite Assange to face
questioning over allegations from two Swedish women that he
raped one of them and sexually assaulted the other in
Stockholm in August this year.

But Assange said the Swedish women who have accused him
of sexual assault had got into a "tizzy" about the possibility
they had caught a sexually transmitted disease from him.

He insisted he was fighting a Swedish extradition warrant
because he believes "no natural justice" would occur in
Sweden. "I don`t need to go back to Sweden," Assange told the
BBC.

"The law says I... have certain rights, and these rights
mean that I do not need to speak to random prosecutors around
the world who simply want to have a chat, and won`t do it in
any other standard way."

He said the Swedish authorities had asked, as part of
their extradition application, that he and his Swedish lawyer
be gagged from speaking about the case.

"What is requested is that I be taken by force to Sweden
and once there, be held incommunicado: That is not a
circumstance under which natural justice can occur," he said.

Assange also said it was possible that the allegations
against him arose from the two women going to the police for
advice rather than to make a complaint.

He said "one description" of what had occurred was that
after having discovered they had each been sexually
involved with him, they had got into a "tizzy" about the
possibility of sexually transmitted diseases, had gone to the
police for advice "and then the police jumped in on this and
bamboozled the women".

But he also said there were "other people making
descriptions" that the women had deliberately abused a
loophole in Swedish law, whereby if they went to the police
for advice, they could not be charged with filing a false
report.

The same loophole also existed for approaching the police
about sexually transmitted diseases, Assange claimed.

Wikileaks has leaked thousands of secret US diplomatic
cables -- a move that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said
was "sabotaging peaceful relations" between countries.

But Assange insisted his mission was "to promote justice
through the method of transparency".

"The world has a lot of problems that need to be reformed
- and we only live once," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 13:48

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