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article imageOp-Ed: Assange begs Obama's help while berating U.S.

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By Larry Clifton     Aug 19, 2012 in Politics
London - From his balcony roost on the Ecuadorean embassy in Britain, Julian Assange has asked Obama to help save his embattled website.
But the U.S. says it's not involved in the molestation and rape allegations made against the WikiLeaks founder by two women, and would hardly be a rational choice to ask for help with his infamous website.
Nevertheless, the Australian expatriate, who now aligns himself with the jailed Russian band Pussy Riot and the left-of-center New York Times newspaper, is using an Ecuadorean embassy balcony to berate the U.S.
Assange is accused of committing the sexual offenses while he was in Stockholm to give a lecture a couple years ago.
A sqaud of British police officers are stationed at Ecuador's embassy to make sure Assange does not flee authorities again, since he has broken the conditions of his bail.
In 2010, Assange, a computer hacker, released thousands of American military and diplomatic secrets, putting the lives of Americans and American soldiers fighting terrorism around the world at risk and disclosing confidential and politically-sensitive information from several other countries.
Ironically, while publicly trashing the U.S. from his Ecuadorean perch, the activist called on President Barack Obama to end a “witch-hunt” against his website, according to newspapers.
However, the U.S. is not involved in Swedish warrants and allegations of rape and molestation of women that have Assange on the run and is hardly an ally of his Internet website.
Assange claims the sex was consensual and the women are liars and their allegations are politically motivated.
In June, judges at the UK's Supreme Court dismissed his final appeal against extradition to Sweden.
According to a police statement, Assange forced himself on one woman and mounted another as she slept, without wearing a condom, against her will. The events occurred as he was flopping in flats in Sweden while giving lectures.
After a European Arrest Warrant was issued against Assange for sexual assault, his appeal filed from Britain failed, allowing for his extradition to Sweden. But Assange broke his bail conditions on June 19 by entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London and requesting political asylum rather than face allegations and warrants issued on behalf of his alleged female victims.
One woman, in describing her confrontation with Assange court documents, said she "tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again." She told police that she didn't want to go any further "but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far", and so she allowed him to undress her.
According to the statement, when the woman realized Assange was trying to have unprotected sex with her, she tried a number of times to reach for a condom, but Assange stopped her by "holding her arms and pinning her legs."
A witness later told police that the alleged victim told her she had had "the worst sex ever" with Assange: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."
Another woman, according to court documents, claims she awoke from a sleep to find Assange having unprotected sex with her after she told him repeatedly that she did not wish to have unprotected sex. He is alleged to have committed the sex crimes in Sweden in 2010.
Meanwhile, Assange has rallied a band of international supporters, many with long-harbored resentments against the U.S., after he released the volumes of sensitive military information from several countries on his website.
Some of the information was allegedly deemed valuable to Taliban and others battling the U.S. and coalition forces in the broader war against terrorism.
Only about 50 Assange supporters slept on sheets of cardboard outside the embassy building since Wednesday holding signs showing support for Assange, some reading "asylum - end the witch hunt."
However the Australian expatriate could be holed up in the embassy for years, requiring protesters to exchange their cardboard for long-term leases in the suburbs.
"Julian Assange is in fighting spirit," Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish attorney who heads Assange's legal team, told reporters outside the embassy.
"He is thankful to the people of Ecuador and to President Correa for granting him asylum," said Garzon.
The U.S. says it has nothing to do with Assange’s legal problems with women and authorities in Sweden. Britain says the dispute is about its legal obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden to face sex charges and they are committed to return him to face sex charges there.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, who always rails against U.S. "imperialism" and often, the media, granted the former computer hacker political asylum last week, complicating the diplomatic relations with Britain and Sweden.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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