Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
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On the Rape Charges of Julian Assange

From Counterpunch:

Swedish bloggers uncovered the full story in a few hours. The complaint was lodged by a radical feminist Anna Ardin, 30, a one-time intern in the Swedish Foreign Service. She’s spokeswoman for Broderskapsrörelsen, the liberation theology-like Christian organization affiliated with Sweden's Social Democratic Party. She had invited Julian Assange to a crayfish party, and they had enjoyed some quality time together. When Ardin discovered that Julian shared a similar experience with a 20-year-old woman a day or two later, she obtained the younger woman’s cooperation in declaring before the police that changing partners in so rapid a manner constituted a sort of deceit. And deceit is a sort of rape. The prosecutor immediately issued an arrest warrant, and the press was duly notified. Once the facts were examined in the cold light of day, the charge of rape seemed ludicrous and was immediately dropped. In the meantime the younger woman, perhaps realizing how she had been used, withdrew her report, leaving the vengeful Anna Ardin standing alone.


There's a conspiracy theory to go with it and the writers make unfortunate references to the Matrix, but it's still the first I've read of the actual charges.

Now, I want it to be understood that I do not know either way if the rape charge is true or not, but I cannot help but notice the convenience of the charge and the way it was first dropped then reapplied. Also, none of the local news outlets are providing any details.
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