WikiLeaks founder ‘wanted for rape — Julian Assange warns of “dirty tricks” campaign against him

english.aljazeera.net SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010

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WikiLeaks founder ‘wanted for rape’
WikiLeaks founder Assange has been at odds
with the US [Photo: Esther Dyson, via Flickr]

Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblowing WikiLeaks website, is reportedly wanted for rape in Sweden.

The prosecutor’s office in Stockholm was said to have issued an arrest warrant late on Friday against Assange for two offences.

“Julian Assange is wanted for two different issues, one of them is that he’s suspected of rape in Sweden,” Karin Rosande, the director of communications, told the AFP news agency.

The other charge against the 39-year-old Australian national was said to be molestation.

Assange denied the charges on Saturday, stating on his Twitter account that the accusations were “without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing”.

‘Dirty tricks’

On WikiLeaks own Twitter page it was stated that: “We were warned to expect ‘dirty tricks.’ Now we have the first one.”

“No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting.”

His website has caused much controversy recently with the release of 70,000 classified US military documents, containing information surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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