[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."
Sadly most idiots in America will believe these ridiculous charges. Most Americans believe Saddam Hussein had something to with 911.
"Sadly most idiots in America will believe these ridiculous charges."
How so? You haven't established that most idiots in America will learn of the ridiculous charges before they got dropped.
8 more dead American in Afghanistan this week, and Wikileaks had nothing to do with any of their deaths. Media silent.
Yes. According the Pentagon, the deaths of thousands of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan – prior to Wikileaks leak – didn't qualify as blood on the hands of the US government (i.e., We The People).
I cannot believe CNN cited SomethingAwful in a serious news story. Don't get me wrong. I love SomethingAwful in its own terms. But this is sloppy journalism.
After reviewing the article and the source article, I am convinced this is complete BS.
Two women against that guy? Maybe it all got mistranslated and THEY did it to HIM.
Sweden is a very forward-thinking country and their justice system is pretty good, but if the women stick by their BS stories, Assange can look forward to the comforts of Sweden's progressive corrections system.
Why was my post not published?
Of course he is now a target
And i would not be surprised if he had an accident real soon
The Obamanation strikes again
CNN why are you posting unverified reports? This whole story is a frightening display of bad journalism all around. As a major publication... you have to do better than this, otherwise people will stop believing anything you write.
Too late. I don't believe anything in the US media unless there is no possible doubt of its authenticity. We live in Orwell's new world and the media is oart of the machine.
– 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."
Top-notch reporting. Dude from comments section's opinion is very important. Nice work CNN. You sicken me.
Agreed, Jones. Absolutely Julian needs all of our support at this crucial moment. We have a choice to move our civilization forward, or step back at the behest of psychotic madmen.
Lets see just how looney the far left can be now. Watch them all jump to the defense of a rapist for chrissake. Loons.
The Far Left and Far Right are exactly the same.
You are a tool. You believe all the lies that you are told.
In the realm of public opinion; facts are intermingled with bias, opinion, and hearsay. There are many who would find profit in smearing Julian Assange. There are also many who find profit in smearing the US. There are women who profit off of telling lies about being attacked because it gets attention. There are reporters who find profit in scandal no matter who it is about.
The best access to truth comes when competing agents force each other to settle on noting the truth. In this believing one side is innately dangerous. Seek to distill truth from what is commonly agreed upon.
Lots of rational comments on this thread. Lots of naive or willfully ignorant comments as well. But this is by far the most insightful. Thanks for providing guidance to all those who are forming opinions, regardless of what they should conclude.
Unfortunately most people will disregard your advice since they are seeking not truth or optimal outcomes but simply whatever supports their instantly-formed, reactionary opinions and whatever seems best for themselves.
I smell a rat .... not a very bright one... but a nonetheless.
Of course he is! So I guess CNN didn't learn anything from the Breitbart fiasco? Responsible "news" outlets don't run stories based on unsubstantiated rumors!
I guess that leaves CNN out...
Looks like the CIA has been busy.
The Man is out to get him for blowing his cover on the war. He exposed the U.S. killing 100,000 afghans for oil and natural gas profit. All wars are about the same thing, acquiring natural resources for corporate profit at the expense of human life. Go against the system and the system takes you down.