Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for "sex crimes".
Everyone assumed it was for rape.
But it turns out it was for violating an obscure Swedish law against having sex without a condom.
As Newsweek wrote in August:
Swedish lawyer representing two women whose allegations triggered a
sexual-misconduct investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has
given [Newsweek column] Declassified the first on-the-record
confirmation of the allegations that led to the issuance—and then rapid
cancellation—of a warrant on a rape charge and to a parallel
investigation into alleged “molestation." Claes Borgstrom of the
Stockholm law firm Borgstrom and Bostrom, who is representing two women
who said they had sexual relationships with Assange, said his clients
complained to the police of Assange's reluctance to use condoms and
unwillingness to be tested for sexually transmitted disease.
said that specific details about the the allegations had not yet
appeared in Swedish media. But he acknowledged that the principal
concern the women had about Assange’s behavior—which they reported to
police in person—related to his lack of interest in using condoms and
his refusal to undergo testing, at the women’s request, for sexually
transmitted disease. A detailed, chronological account of the women’s
alleged encounters with Assange—which in both cases began with
consensual sexual contact but later included what the women claimed was
nonconsensual sex, in which Assange didn’t use a condom—was published
on Tuesday by The Guardian; a Declassified item included a more explicit reference than The Guardian to Assange’s declining to submit to medical tests.
Similarly, the Daily Mail reported in August:
'When they got back they had sexual relations, but there was a problem with the condom - it had split.
'She seemed to think that he had done this deliberately but he insisted that it was an accident.’
her views about the incident, she appeared relaxed and untroubled at
the seminar the next day where Assange met Woman B, another pretty
blonde, also in her 20s, but younger than Woman A.
The [second] woman admitted trying to engage her hero in conversation.
seemed pleased to have such an ardent admirer fawning over him and,
she said, would look at her ‘now and then’. Eventually he took a closer
What he did not tell her was that the
party was being hosted by the woman he had slept with two nights before
and whose bed he would probably be sleeping in that night.
‘The passion and attraction seemed to have disappeared,’ she said.
Most of what then followed has been blacked out in her statement, except for: ‘It felt boring and like an everyday thing.’
source close to the investigation said the woman had insisted he wear a
condom, but the following morning he made love to her without one.
This was the basis for the rape charge. But after the event she seemed
unruffled enough to go out to buy food for his breakfast.
And today, a former attorney for Assange has confirmed that the charges are for having sex without using a condom. He notes that:
The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors.
He also accuses the prosecutors of "making it up as they go along",
and said that Sweden's justice system is destined to become "the
laughingstock of the world" for pursuing the case against Assange.
So Assange might be a cad
for sleeping with 2 women within a couple of days, and he might be
irresponsible for having sex without a condom and then failing to submit
to HIV tests afterwards.
But he has not been accused of rape under any traditional meaning of that term.