August 31st, 2010
11:47 AM ET

WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors

[Updated at 11:47 a.m.] Swedish prosecutors will not rule Tuesday on charges against WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, a prosecution representative said, reversing an earlier statement.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m.] Swedish prosecutors questioned Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, for about an hour Monday, his lawyer said Tuesday, following complaints against him from two women.

"He maintains that he is completely innocent," his lawyer Leif Silbersky told CNN.

Prosecutors will decide Tuesday about charges against him, Gun Sjogren at the prosecution authority told CNN.

Assange was originally accused of rape by one woman and molestation by another, but Sweden's chief prosecutor ruled earlier this month that Assange would not be charged with rape.

The lawyer for both women appealed, asking for the rape charge to be reinstated and the molestation charge to be upgraded to include a sexual component. Prosecutors will rule on both appeals Tuesday, Sjogren said.

Assange came to worldwide attention this summer when his website leaked tens of thousands of documents related to the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

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  1. tommy bryant

    He is in political gun sights that's the only reason anything happened.Unfortunately we probably set him up. What a shame

    August 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4nowhere20

      i agree.....no coincidence this happens right after the government leaks......damage his name, you damage his rep.....bullseye all over this guy

      September 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SkeebaII

    I think somebody was a little too big for their britches and decided to go after this guy in this clueless and amateur way.
    Wikileaks is a harbor for whistleblowers and should not be suppressed. Losing classified info is not the fault of this man.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. McLuhan

    What a farce!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    This man is a hero and places governments in their rightful place – serving the people! If these charges prove false the women should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If they are true, then he needs to deal with them. But the governments need to stay out of it regarding the leaks of "classified" info – who has the right to hide pertinent information from the citizens of the world? If the information leaked is factual then we deserve to know it!

    September 2, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

      WHAT IS 'FUNNY' is that it is not THE WORLD that is being kept in the DARK. The people who see the Poppy crop guarded by U.S. contractors and shipped to KBR warehouses before being turned into 85% of the world's Heroin (what North Korea doesn't send to China from the Poppies of Myanmar) all KNOW – it is the people of the United States that are not permitted to know what the Rogue CIA and the SHADOW Government do to the WORLD.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CJ

    Everyone just assumes that this is some kind of government conspiracy to get rid of wikileaks, even though obviously getting rid of Assange would not mean the end of wikileaks. How is it that no one even considers the very likely possibility that this guy is just a rapist and his 2 accusers are actually right?

    September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

      CJ how likely is it VERY LIKELY that two women ages 20 and 30 SUDDENLY come forward just after BOB GATES starts acting panicked about what might be released about his CIA. He was director for Bush the senior after 26 years as an officer.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      It's the timing. It looks like this is a set up, but when you consider the timing, any rational government operative would not pull a stunt like this because it's way too obvious. If anything I would think Assange is doing this himself to implicate the government. This guy is not stupid. He wants public opinion on his side and what better way than to create your own personal conspiracy. He set this whole thing up to frame the US government I would bet.

      September 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      I gotta say of all the countries where the U.S would have a say in Internal Judicial proceedings Switzerland is just not one of them if you stop and think about they are a highly neutral people and this was probably chalked up to some idiot who didnt get approval to speak to the press from his boss and fumbled it. If anything id say most swiss citizens sympathize with the guy

      September 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

    SWEDEN RECEIVES secret U.S. offer (which they cannot refuse) The bloody horses head in the Prime Ministers bed was JUST FOR LAUGHS.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jfromcali

    They should put this to trial to see if it is true. Cry conspiracy all you want. Big egos have big issues, this guy is no different, whether you support his cause or not. This guy, as much as I don't like him, made a good example of intelligence tactics, that they need to be more guarded of their information.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harvey

    Listen....this guy is a master of deception. I'm betting he set this whole thing up himself to make it "look" like the US government is trying to silence him. The timing on this would be way too sloppy for a government agency to be pulling off. Either he is trying to frame the government with his own fake set up or there really is some truth to this and these women have just come out recently because of the leak coverage hoping to score a big pay off from him to shut up.
    Human nature is so predictable.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jones

    Once is an accusation, twice is a habit.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    I say, why not. I mean, isn't it plausible that this guy thinks he can get away with whatever he wants because he could just write everything off as "government conspiracy"

    September 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bluegrassmama

    leave it to the women of the world to put men in their place...... don't mess with our guys that are fighting for the freedoms that this idiot has jeopardized..... when journalizism hides behind the "freedom of speech" clause and puts thousands of people at risk, they should be prosecuted as criminals if not traitors.................. You go girls!!!!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |