Stockholm: Wikileaks founder Julian
Assange said in an interview published on Sunday that he believed
the Pentagon could be behind a rape accusation against him
that was later dropped by Swedish prosecutors.
The Aftonbladet newspaper quoted Assange as saying
that he did not know who was "hiding behind" the claims, which
came amid a stand-off with Washington over the website`s
publication of secret Afghan war documents.
But he said that he had been warned previously that
groups such as the Pentagon "could use dirty tricks" to
destroy the whistleblower site -- adding that he had been
particularly warned against sexual scandals.
Swedish prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for
Assange yesterday over an allegation of rape but abruptly
cancelled it hours later, saying that he was now "not
suspected of rape" and was no longer wanted for questioning.
The prosecution service yesterday said that an
investigation into a separate molestation charge remained
open. The 39-year-old Australian, the Wikileaks website and
his aides have strongly denied all the claims.
But Assange told Aftonbladet that despite the lifting
of the warrant, his enemies would still use the claims to
damage Wikileaks, which is set to publish thousands more
secret papers about the war in Afghanistan in coming weeks.