It’s been clear for some time that the Pentagon would love to put a bullet in Julian Assange’s brain. But as the founder of WikiLeaks became better known, sending off a team of professional hitmen–as is their wont–threatened to become bad PR. So phony sex charges are used instead, another typical tactic of the regime. BTW. a word to the disinfo artists of the military junta: we don’t believe you about Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Georgia, Russia, China, Israel, Palestine, Iran, or Assange.
UPDATE: So now the Pentagon’s trumped up charges against Julian Assange have been dropped, if not before the libel was implanted in at least some minds. Watch for more lies, not that they will work. One man can beat the Death Star. – Source: Lew Rockwell
(BusinessInsider) – Swedish Prosecutors Drop Rape Charges Against Wikileaks Founder
Stranger and stranger.
Prosecutors say the suspicioun was unfounded.
How these charges came to be, and then got reversed so fast, should be an interesting story. – Source: Business Insider
(Telegraph) – “Is Assange the target of a U.S. smear campaign?” – Rape Claim Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Withdrawn
Julian Assange, the founder of the Wikileaks website, was at the centre of an extraordinary “dirty tricks” row today after the Swedish government issued and then withdrew an arrest warrant against him for rape.
In a bizarre chain of events, prosecutors initially confirmed he was wanted for questioning about two accusations of rape and molestation following reports in Expressen, a tabloid newspaper. It was understood to have related to complaints brought by two women in Sweden, where the Australian-born internet activist has been staying for the last week.
But just hours, later, they announced that the warrant had been withdrawn, saying that the rape suspicion was unfounded.
Prior to the announcement of the withdrawal of the warrant, Mr Assange had already described the accusations as an attempt to smear him over his whistleblowing work, which has included releasing classified information about the Western military campaign in Afghanistan. The fact that the Swedish authorities have now dropped the warrant will no doubt add fuel to his claims.
The Swedish authorities had disclosed details of the warrant against Mr Assange after journalists attempted to follow up the initial reports in Expressen.
The complaints were said to have come from two Swedish women aged between 20 and 30, and relate to alleged incidents that occurred in a Stockholm apartment and in the city of Enköping outside Stockholm. Neither police nor the newspaper had named the complainants, but the prosecutor’s office had issued what appeared to a forthright statement.
“We can confirm that he is wanted. He was charged last night – the allegation is suspected rape,” Karin Rosander, director of communications at the national prosecutor’s office, had said. Ms Rosander had also asked Mr Assange to come forward for questioning, saying there was a fear he would he would obstruct the probe by destroying evidence.
“The next step is that we interrogate him,” she said. “Then we’ll see what happens.”
Mr Assange had been in Sweden for a press conference last week, where he announced that his whistleblower website was intending to publish further secret military documents on the war in Afghanistan.
As soon as he heard of the rape allegations, he issued a statement of denial. “Why these accusations are popping up right now is an interesting question. I have not been contacted by police. These allegations are false,” he said.
Then, shortly after friends said he was preparing to attend a police station of his own accord, there was a further statement from the prosecutor’s office saying that the matter had been dropped.
“I don’t think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape,” chief prosecutor Eva Finne said, in announcing the withdrawal of the warrant. She did not address the status of the molestation case, a less serious charge that would not lead to an arrest warrant.
Supporters of Mr Assange believe that the complaints may have been made in a bid to discredit him. The Wikileaks Twitter page dismissed the assault claims, which first appeared in Sweden’s Expressen newspaper, as “dirty tricks”.
It said: “Expressen is a tabloid; No one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting.”
Making false accusations of rape or molestation is a criminal offence punishable by jail in Sweden. Some sources in the Swedish media claimed that the two women did not actually report the case to the police, but that the prosecutor had taken it up anyway.
Mr Assange has close ties with Sweden, where WikiLeaks has said it keeps some of its servers. The purpose of his visit there was also to apply for a publishing certificate to make sure the website, which has servers in Sweden, can take full advantage of Swedish laws protecting whistle-blowers.
He also spoke at a seminar hosted by the Christian faction of the opposition Social Democratic party and announced he would write bimonthly columns for a left-wing Swedish newspaper.
US officials have called the Wikileaks disclosures, including more than 70,000 documents detailing the war in Afghanistan, as one of the biggest security breaches in American military history.
The Pentagon said this month it would be the “height of irresponsibility” if WikiLeaks went through with a new threat to publish outstanding documents it had on the Afghan war.
It wants the site to expunge all classified material from the Internet and return the material it had to the US government.
News of the warrant came as the Wall Street Journal reported that Pentagon lawyers have concluded that Wikileaks acted illegally in disclosing the military documents, and are now considering possible criminal charges.
Several officials told the newspaper that the Defence and Justice departments were now exploring legal options for prosecuting Mr Assange and others involved on grounds that they encouraged the theft of government property.
Prosecuting Wikileaks would be a complex procedure, however, and expose the Obama administration to accusations of trying to stifle legitimate journalism.
Wikileaks: ‘Dirty tricks’ in allegations against Assange
By Jonathan E. Skillings
August 21, 2010 “CNet News” – – – – In a bizarre twist to the controversy enveloping the whistleblower site Wikileaks, media reports out of Sweden first had Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being hit with a rape charge–and then had Swedish prosecutors backtracking from those initial reports.
Initially, the Swedish newspaper Expressen reported that it had received confirmation late Friday of the rape complaint from the Stockholm prosecutor’s office. The international press quickly picked up on the allegation.
But Saturday morning, CNN reported an about-face. Updating its story, under the headline “Is Assange the target of a U.S. smear campaign?” CNN cites Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne as saying in a blog post on the Swedish prosecutor’s Web site that Assange “is not suspected of rape” and is no longer wanted.
The BBC wrote in its latest story that an arrest warrant had been canceled: “The Swedish Prosecution Authority website said the chief prosecutor had come to the decision that Mr Assange was not suspected of rape but did not give any further explanation.”
Wikileaks had earlier characterized the allegation as a political maneuver intended to put it off-balance. The site is embroiled in an international uproar over its public posting of thousands of classified documents related to U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan.
“We were warned to expect ‘dirty tricks’. Now we have the first one,” Wikileaks said via Twitter on Saturday, dismissing Expressen as a tabloid. “Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting.”
In a blog post, Wikileaks expressed its full support for Assange and vowed not to succumb to the distraction: “While Julian is focusing on his defenses and clearing his name, WikiLeaks will be continuing its regular operations.”
Those operations will likely include the further release of U.S. military dispatches. In late July, Wikileaks released more than 75,000 internal U.S. documents in what it calls an “Afghan War Diary.” More recently, it has vowed to make public 15,000 additional documents in the coming weeks.
The U.S. government has condemned the action and called for the return of the classified documents, saying that the information they contain could put jeopardize missions and the lives of both U.S. soldiers and Afghan nationals.
Earlier this year, Wikileaks released a video titled “Collateral Murder” that shows a U.S. military helicopter in Iraq gunning down several journalists and civilians.
Wikileaks sees itself as potentially “at the heart of [a] global revolution” that brings about greater accountability by governments and other large institutions.
Source: Information Clearing House