WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail and will remain in custody.
Whether its Anon's latest efforts to fight back against those refusing to have anything to do with the whistleblowing site, or the site itself asking its community to make mirrors to protect the material it has published, there's certainly been no shortage of WikiLeaks news these past few days. However, it's not WikiLeaks-related events that have landed founder Julian Assange in a jail cell.
Julian Assange was yesterday arrested on suspicion of rape. His arrest took place in the UK on behalf of the Swedish authorities. Assange presented himself at a London police station after news emerged that Swedish police last week charged him with rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. The Guardian reports that Assange has said he will fight extradition to Sweden. He has been denied bail and will remain in custody until December 14.
The Daily Mail reports that Sweden's charges of rape, sexual molestation and coercion stem from events that occurred in August of this year when Assange was on a trip to Sweden. Reporter Richard Pendlebury traveled to Stockholm to investigate the story and has posted what he says are the events that led to the charges against Assange.
Pendlebury writes that having been asked to speak at an event in Stockholm, Assange ended up staying with one of the event's organizers. The night before his seminar, Assange and the woman are said to have had sex. The woman claims that while they were having sex, the condom broke. Despite this, the two remained on good terms and the woman is said to have thrown a party for Assange at her apartment the following night.
A few days later, Julian Assange reportedly engaged in sexual relations with a second woman. Also in attendance at the seminar, this woman claims that she and Assange took a train to her home in Enkoping where they had sex twice. Mr. Assange did not wear a condom the second time, and refused when she asked him to. The two went for breakfast the following morning and when Assange did leave Enkoping, the woman paid for his train ticket home.
It wasn't until later that week that the second woman is said to have phoned the first woman (whom she had also met at the seminar) to air concerns about the unprotected sex she had had with Assange. The first woman admitted that she too had had sex with the WikiLeaks founder and the two went to a police station in Stockholm to inquire as to whether or not it was possible to force Assange to have an HIV test. Though the first woman said she was only there to support the second, she also gave police an account of her relationship with Assange.
According to Pendlebury, somewhere during this interview with police, authorities concluded that the second woman had been raped (because of Assanges refusal to wear a condom) and the first had been subject to sexual molestation (Pendlebury writes that this may have been because of an allegation that Assange sabotaged the condom).
Right now, it's unclear as to what exactly happened. Assange is denying any wrong-doing, insisting that the sex with both women was consensual. On this point, the women agree. However, woman #1 is cited in the Daily Mail report as telling one newspaper, "In both cases, the sex had been consensual from the start but had eventually turned into abuse."
Despite this, supporters of Assange are claiming that the whole thing could have been a trap set up by the U.S. government. Woman #1 claims that it is nothing of the sort.
"The accusations were not set up by the Pentagon or anybody else. The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl lies with a man with a twisted view of women, who has a problem accepting the word “no”."