WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has been freed on bail “with conditions” by a British court after he was arrested in Britain on allegations of sexual misconduct by Swedish authorities.
Judge Howard Riddle has granted him bail with conditions until the next hearing scheduled for January 11.
The 39-year-old Australian, whose whistle-blowing website has risen to prominence since leaking sensitive cables between governments, related agencies and embassies, has incurred the fury of U.S. diplomats, some of whom including the ever-green Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton, have publicly called for his assassination.
Of course Palin could be confused, after all she has a lot on her mind and is very busy helping America in their aid with “North Korean allies”.
The wikileaks website published a treasure trove of articles, numbering around 250,000 in total, with more “nuclear devices” being kept as insurance should anything untoward happen to Assange.
The women in question were both volunteers at Wikileaks in Sweden, and have been victims of hate campaigns and even death threats by Assange’s supporters, who have gone too far in their efforts to combat what many believe to be a CIA smear campaign against the Wikileaks founder.
Their right to anonymity has also been destroyed by bloggers and back-street journalists, forcing them into protective custody.
The allegations first came about in August after one of the women tried to contact Assange after a sexual encounter, suggesting he have a sexual health check when it turned out that she was carrying an STD.
She spoke to another woman who was involved in arranging the conference where she first met Assange, and after discussions they both realised they had similar experiences with the journalist and that in both instances he had been over zealous in his approaches.
Whether the allegations are genuine or a political smear campaign remains to be seen and both sides have reasonably solid cases. So often the women are blamed in rape cases as they are so hard to prove, and the line between consensual intercourse and forced sex is incredibly hazy.
Many questions hang over the validity of the women’s claims as they had apparently never met each other before the allegations were filed, this some believe is a smoking gun.
The other side of the argument is that Assange took advantage of the women by having them as volunteers in the first place, and that because of his elevation to “hero” status, many find it inconceivable that the former hacker could be capable of such heinous actions.
The laws in Sweden are different from most other countries and rape is broken down into three severities; Assange’s case being the “lowest” level.
Assange vehemently denies the allegations and is fighting attempts by Swedish authorities to extradite him, but wherever the horses come to rest on this media driven carousel, his own epigram will triumph – the truth will always win.
Is Assange the victim of a smear or are these women really the victims? Let us know your thougts by leaving a comment.
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