Considering that Julian Assange was the focus of a worldwide manhunt by Interpol, and that he spent 9 days in a British prison while a bail request was being considered, new details about the rape charges against him seem surprisingly thin.
Assange is, of course, much more notorious as the founder and editor of WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website that has released millions of pages of documents embarrassing to the United States and other governments. The U.S. Justice Dept. has yet to find anything to charge him with, however.
Assange currently faces charges in Sweden of sexual impropriety with two women last summer. He does admit that he had sexual relations with the two, but says the sex was consensual.
The two women have since kept out of sight. One has moved to the Palestinian territories and the other has discontinued her phone service, according to the Swedish news website The Local. Publicly they have only been identified as Miss A. and Miss W., one described as a 31-year-old feminist activist and the other as a 27-year-old admirer, though they have been named on other internet postings.
On August 14, Assange was in Stockholm to give a seminar entitled “The First Casualty of War is Truth.” Miss A. worked for the sponsoring organization, and he stayed with her in her apartment from August 11 to August 20, during which they had sex on numerous occasions, according to the police documents. One complaint is based on an incident in which Assange is said to have held her down, while in a second incident refused to use a condom.
Despite these incidents, he continued to stay in her apartment, and at one point accompanied her to a party.
Miss W. was in the audience at the seminar, spent time with him and other friends following the seminar. Two days later they were together at Miss A.’s apartment where they had sex. Miss W. alleges he refused to use a condom.
Later, after Assange had left the apartment, the two women learned of each other and that he’d had relations with both of them. That is when they went to police.
Assange has not discussed the allegations in detail, but he has called the allegations a “smear campaign,” and “tabloid crap.”