August 21st, 2010
08:01 AM ET

Sweden drops rape accusation against WikiLeaks founder

[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] The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is wanted in Sweden after accusations of rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday.

Spokeswoman Karin Rosander said Assange was arrested in absentia Friday night, and faces charges in relation to two separate instances, but she didn't have more detail about when the alleged crimes occurred or who the alleged victims are.

Assange denied the allegations in a posting Saturday on the WikiLeaks Twitter page, saying, "The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing."

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  1. Enrico Pallazzo


    August 21, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thozzomaniac

    He does have a creepy look about him.
    Always has that strange sneer.

    He's lucky he hasn't been arrested for hacking, espionage, and treason.
    Maybe even murder.

    August 21, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Reaper

    August 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kaye

    thozzo....what does looks have to do with anything...obama got voted in partly due to his good looks, and look where that got us!!....

    August 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joseph A. Mungai

    So far, Julian Assange has a history of telling the truth (

    August 22, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |