Now secret Swedish police file on Assange leaked

The report sheds new light on the alleged sexual misconduct by Assange.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

New York: After he leaked hundreds of
thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, Julian Assange, the
founder of the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, is getting it
back with the leak of a 68-page confidential Swedish police
report that sheds new light on the alleged sexual misconduct
by the Australian.

The Swedish report traces events over a four-day period
in August this year when 39-year-old Assange had what he has
described as consensual sexual relationships with two Swedish
women.

Their accounts, which form the basis of an extradition
case against Assange, state that their encounters with him
began consensually, but became non-consensual when he
persisted in having unprotected sex with them in defiance of
their insistence that he use a condom, New York Times reports.

The Times, which obtained a redacted form of the report
in Swedish, says it is a preliminary summary of the evidence
taken by investigators in August after their initial
interviews with the two women and with Assange, who left
Sweden for Britain in early October but subsequently refused
to return to Sweden for further questioning.

Assange has told friends in Britain that he concluded
that the Swedish case was being driven by a desire to punish
him for WikiLeaks` disclosures, and to fatally weaken the
organisation.

The Swedish document traces the accounts given by the
two women of their intimate encounters with Assange.

Both women say that Assange first agreed to use a
condom and then refused, in the first instance by
continuing with sex after the condom broke, and in the second
by having sex without using a condom with a woman who was
asleep, the Times reports.

Assange himself has declined to publicly address the
women`s accounts directly, both before his December 7 arrest
on the Swedish extradition warrant and since he was released
from a 10-day period in a London jail on Thursday after
posting a USD 310,000 bail.

But he has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, and has
long insisted that he is the victim of a political conspiracy.

He has said that the case presented in the London
courts was "a smear attempt," and that the impending
publication of the Swedish police report amounted to "another
smear attempt."

Assange told the BBC that he did not know "precisely
who is behind" the "conspiracy" against him, although his
supporters have flooded the Internet with charges that the CIA
is working to discredit him.

And in his police interview, he said the women`s
accounts included "incredible lies."

PTI