[Update 11:30 a.m.] Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange is "no longer wanted" and "is not suspected of rape," Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne said in a statement published by the Swedish prosecutor's website Saturday.
[Original post] Reports of criminal accusations againstÂ WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange brought instant suspicion of a U.S. government-led smear campaign.
Assange, a citizen of Australia, has been accused in Sweden of rape and molestation, or harassment, the Swedish tabloid Expressen reported.
Read a rough Google translation of the Expressen report.
WikiLeaks recently published tens of thousands of U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan and has said it is preparing to publish another batch of 15,000 documents soon.
"We were warned to expect 'dirty tricks.' Now we have the first one," WikiLeaks' Twitter page said Saturday.
Blogger Alexander Higgins said the U.S. government "has truly grown into an Orwellian Big Brother regime."
According to the London-based tech blog Thinq, Assange "has become the focus of a smear campaign in what appears to be [an] effort to pile pressure on the whistle-blower ahead of the expected publication of thousands more classified US military documents. The documents are likely to lift the lid on more atrocities committed by forces in Afghanistan in the polluted name of freedom."
The publication OneIndia called the report "a suspicious development that seems to be a smear campaign against Assange."
Twitter user Deanzoz remarked, "Assange charged with rape. Pretty unusual approach from the CIA – they usually just shoot people in the head."
However, some think the accusations could be legitimate.
A commenter called Chips on the Somethingawful forum wrote: "If it's a smear, it's a superb smear given how simple and compelling it is and how creepy Julian Assange is."
Assange was behind it all along.
I don't even believe the "NEWS" anymore. Of any of it. It is all paid for by corporate greed and none of it is believable.
None of it? You belie your moniker....
My moniker would suggest exactly WHY I don't believe any of these so-called "news sources" anymore. Every story has some clear bias or agenda or intention. It is pathetic.
Smarter, I think you completely missed Michael's point. Go back and read your original post. Does your post say EXACTLY what you meant?
I'll try to clarify a bit, Smarter. My guess is your second post says what you meant to say in your first post.
The molestation charges are still active, so don't go shooting off your mouths about conspiracies until it out – unless you willing to let a potential child molester go free just to satisfy your paranoid fantasies.
AFAIK, molestation in Sweden includes adults.
Regardless, there's a lot of opinions without people seeing much in the way of evidence.
OF COURSE NOT,. JUST LIKE THEY DIDN'T KILL MATT SIMMONS THE GULF WHISTLEBLOWER.
Right. Because people accidentally drown in their own hot tubs all the time! CIA's still as sloppy as ever.
Caught tring to do a Scott Ritter on him.... who would believe anything the US government tells us?
WE DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH . PEOPLE OUR GOVERMENT IS BAD, PLAIN AND SIMPL.E. WE ALL CAN SEE THE CRIMES FOR GOD'S SAKE. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE SEAFOOD IN THE GULF IS SAFE, COME ON. THIS GUY IS A HERO.
Look there's one of the paid bloggers ("Michael") now!
This is a setup BY ASSANGE. If this was a smear campaign by the U.S. government, they would have set him up in a much harsher country than Sweden – especially for the crimes in question. My bet is that this was manufactured by Assange for the exact conspiracy reaction he's getting.
Looks like The Powers That Be realized they should have been more cunning in their feeble attempt in taking this guy down. Rest assured there will be more attempts but the "Cat is out of the Bag" now and we all have a good idea where it all points to.
this whole situation sounds like a "witch hunt" to me.. I am so embarrassed to be an american in comparison to the rest of the international community. we used to be top notch in intelligence gathering, covert operations, etc. now we're the laughing stock to the rest of the world. This guy just exposed our short-comings to the world & the establishment is embarrassed. we shouldn't be anywhere else but here taking care of our own unemployed, etc. I don't care if Pakistan floats away from floods.. Who sent us aid for katrina??? Bunch of losers..
Who provided aid for us during Katrina? You should probably read more before calling people losers.
And how many CIA types do we have here today...lol
Does anyone else think that if this was a government effort, it would have been a little more effective? For all the people who say the government lies to you, you sure don't seem to think they do it well.
LITTLE SHEEP WAKE UP .
Who provided aid for us during Katrina? You should probably read more before calling people losers
spare me.. I consider the UK in the same boat as us.. doling out with minimal return. You know what I'm talking about but you're just trying to debate for the sake of debating & being a D-Bag. Save it...
TBH, I don't think anyone knows what you're talking about, nor do they agree with your psycho babble. If you're embarrassed to be an American, move to Canada, or better yet Iraq.
LOL, this smells like an obvious setup.