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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...pe-case-against-the-WikiLeaks-chief-weak.htmlDetails in a police file of the rape case against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, reveal a series of apparent contradictions and inconsistencies in the evidence against him.
The report by police in Sweden contains interview summaries and transcripts from two women who claim that Mr Assange sexually assaulted them during a 10-day period in Stockholm in August last year. The report also contains interviews with nine witnesses as well as with Mr Assange.
According to the report, one of the women, who accused Mr Assange of rape, joked after having unprotected sex with him that he should pay the child support if she got pregnant, and that they should name their child “Afghanistan”. This is thought to be a reference to leaks about the US’s war effort in Afghanistan made public by WikiLeaks.
The report also shows apparent evidence that after Mr Assange had allegedly raped the other woman, she had been reluctant for him to leave her bedsit. Mr Assange continued to stay in her room for several more days. The extradition case against him will resume in London on Monday.
He faces four accusations of sexual criminal behaviour – one of “sexual coercion” and two misconduct charges for unwanted advances by a woman, known as Miss A, and one of “minor rape” by Miss W. They arise from a trip to Stockholm where Mr Assange was giving a public lecture. The papers show he had separate sexual encounters with both women, who went to the police together a week later.
The case against Mr Assange was dropped by a first prosecutor due to a lack of evidence, but was later revived – evidence, say his supporters, of a wider conspiracy against him.
According to the Swedish prosecution, Miss A complained that Mr Assange prevented her applying a condom while they had intercourse. Other reports have suggested she said she did not feel safe with him, and that he refused to move out of her flat.
But the police report tells a more complex story, with Miss A apparently ordering Mr Assange to wear a condom, which he then did.
The next day, after giving his lecture, Mr Assange began a short affair with Miss W, a part-time curator and student, who had joined a lunch being held for Mr Assange by Miss A and friends from Stockholm’s young Left political elite.
Miss W took Mr Assange to a film at the art cinema where she worked. Two days later, Mr Assange stayed overnight at Miss W’s flat in Enkoping, 35 miles from Stockholm, where they had sex with a condom.
The next morning, according to the police report, Mr Assange had unprotected sexual intercourse with her. After, they joked about pregnancy.
That day Mr Assange returned to Miss A’s flat in Sweden. Miss A says that after further sexual advances, she asked Mr Assange to leave.
However, one witness recalls earlier offering Mr Assange alternative accommodation, but that Miss A rejected the offer.
The files suggest that Miss A had already told friends she did not feel threatened or unsafe with Mr Assange.
Mr Assange faces extradition to Sweden on a European Arrest Warrant. He has not been charged but is wanted for further questioning.
Mark Stephens, Mr Assange’s lawyer, said yesterday: “This is the third time people have sought to prejudice the outcome of Julian Assange’s case by leaking information.”
Kirsty Brimelow, a barrister asked by Mr Stephens to independently review the evidence against Mr Assange, said: “I do not consider that the evidence would reach the charge threshold in this country; let alone sustain a prosecution.”