WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Sweden With Rape [Update from BBC: warrant now cancelled]

via The New York Times

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden has issued rape and molestation charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose whistle-blowing website last month published secret U.S. military files on Afghanistan.

Assange, whose whereabouts were unclear, told WikiLeaks’ Twitter page the charges were “without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.”

Assange was in Sweden last week to discuss his work and defend his intent to publish further documents on the war in Afghanistan.

He has close contacts in the Nordic country, which has some of the world’s strictest laws on the protection of sources and where WikiLeaks also keeps many of its servers.

“We can confirm that he’s wanted. He was charged last night — the allegation is suspected rape,” said Karin Rosander, Director of Communications at the National Prosecutor’s Office.

“One is rape and one is molestation,” she said. She did not elaborate.

WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter that it had not been contacted by police.

The article continues at The New York Times.

H/T American Power where Donald has more information and additional links for you to follow.

Update: This from Michael Yon’s Facebook page, “This is flat strange. Who’s running the legal show over there? Milkooks?: ‘ Wikileaks rape warrant cancelled‘ “

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