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LONDON (AFP) - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange consider the accusations of rape and molestation made against him by Swedish prosecutors to be "politically motivated".

The charges against Assange stem from a visit that the nomadic former computer hacker made to Sweden to give a seminar in August.

When Assange appeared before a London court following his arrest on Tuesday, Gemma Lindfield, representing the Swedish authorities, told the judge that Assange was wanted in connection with four allegations made by two women.

She told the court the first complainant, identified only as Miss A, said she was victim of "unlawful coercion" on the night of August 14 this year in Stockholm.

The court heard Assange is accused of using his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner.

The second charge alleged Assange "sexually molested" Miss A by having sex with her without a condom when it was her "express wish" one should be used.

The third charge claimed Assange "deliberately molested" Miss A on August 18 "in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity".

The fourth charge accused Assange of having sex with a second woman, Miss W, on August 17 without a condom while she was asleep at her Stockholm home.

The judge refused the 39-year-old Australian bail and remanded him in custody. He must now wait until December 14 before he appears in court again.

The European Arrest Warrant issued by the Swedish authorities was received by officers at London police's extradition unit on Monday night.

An earlier warrant, issued last month, was not valid as officials had failed to fill in the form properly.

The lawyer for the two alleged victims strongly refuted the claim that the accusations were politically motivated because WikiLeaks has angered governments worldwide by releasing thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

Lawyer Claes Borgström told reporters in Stockholm the case "has nothing to do with WikiLeaks", adding: "I would like Julian Assange to come forward and say that himself."

It emerged Wednesday that high-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson will represent Assange in his fight against extradition from Britain to Sweden.

Robertson, a barrister who has dual British and Australian nationality, has appeared in some of the highest-profile freedom of speech trials in British history.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 08 December 2010 20:53)

 

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#12 2012-08-21 11:55
Quoting Mike:
For those of you who don't understand how this qualifies as rape.... I'll find someone to come into your house and have sex with you while your asleep.


What you've written is a threat to find criminals who'll break into someone's house and rape anyone who doesn't subscribe to your point of view. I am sure that's not what you intended.
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#11 2012-08-18 15:40
For those of you who don't understand how this qualifies as rape.... I'll find someone to come into your house and have sex with you while your asleep.
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#10 2012-06-18 20:36
Very clever use of words. There's absolutely nothing within the language of those charges that so much as suggests any form of rape. Pressing her body down could mean anything, it doesn't even mention if it's against her will or not. "Molestation" because he didn't do it with a condom? Frisky, sure, but that's less rape and more irresponsibilit y. If you're going to arrest him for that, you probably need to arrest every man and woman who's attended a prom.
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#9 2010-12-29 01:14
Are you really saying this? Quoting Anonymous:
Amazing how all the left-wingers here abandon rape victims when the rapist is one of them.
I mean, really? We are trying to see how this ever qualifies as “rape” or even “coercion”! And I’m the most pro-feminist person you will meet in my community.
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#8 2010-12-15 10:35
How come the [censored]an Times are accurately reporting today:
There are no actual charges against Assange. The accusations against him were first made last summer, and Assange voluntarily remained in Sweden until the investigation was closed.
Every time a news organisation reports on 'the rape charges against Assange' they are impugning his character and are practicing negligent media standards.
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#7 2010-12-15 07:41
The charges against Assange are a set-up!
Miss A consented to sex on Aug 14th, wanting a condom, but NEITHER of 'em had one. Still, she continued with consentual sex! Miss A on Aug 18th claimed her sexual integrity was violated. She already gave a green light when YOU had consentual sex on the 14th! Now we have a Miss W on the 17th.(?)How does one get n2 ones BED w/o breaking in, claim'n sex w/o a condom while they're asleep? The 911 tapes for help from either? IC$$4lies.
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#6 2010-12-12 04:20
Quoting Bertha:
Quoting Susan:
It looks like a set-up by the CIA and the Swedish right-wing government to me.


Susan, the women's lawyer is a politician from the left-wing, and the women are part from left-wing organizations.


At least one of the women is not "left-wing" in the slightest - she has been associated with several anti-Castro associations.
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#5 2010-12-12 02:57
Amazing how all the left-wingers here abandon rape victims when the rapist is one of them. Of course, this isn't unique to Sweden. The most prominent US "women's rights" organizations forgot all about the rights of the women Bill Clinton molested, attacked and exploited during his time as a state governor and US president.
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#4 2010-12-12 02:31
this makes no mention of the word "rape" but is not a direct quote of the prosecution's words. Yet everywhere else we see he is accused of "rape." According to his attorney quoted by multiple sources, the rape charge was thrown out by the appeals court in Nov. Why are no journalists independently verifying that? It would seem to be a simple thing to confirm with the Swedish court.
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#3 2010-12-11 23:24
Quoting Susan:
It looks like a set-up by the CIA and the Swedish right-wing government to me.


Susan, the women's lawyer is a politician from the left-wing, and the women are part from left-wing organizations.
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