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Marianne Ny says it not possible to interrogate Assange via video link or at an embassy. 'There is no room/space for it in Swedish law/that possibility does not exist'.

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A Swedish prosecutor has asked for a court order to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for questioning on suspicions of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

Director of Public Persecution Marianne Ny said Thursday the reason for the request is that investigators have not been able to bring Assange in for an interrogation.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be arrested on charges of rape and sexual molestation after a Swedish court approved an arrest warranttoday, paving the way for an international search for the Australian.

"The background is that he must be interrogated in the investigation and we haven't been able to reach him to perform these interrogations," Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny said today in a 9.1~t~ID_~_Q_t before the hearing in Stockholm District Court.

Ny, who heads the Prosecution Authority Development Center in Gothenburg, Sweden, which handles appeals against prosecutor decisions on sex crimes, started her preliminary investigation on Sep. 1. Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne's decision to drop a rape charge on Aug. 25 and reduce a molestation charge to a lesser one was appealed on Aug. 27 by a lawyer representing the two women who originally made the allegations.

The alleged crimes occurred while Assange was in Sweden giving lectures on WjkiLeaks' publishing of classified U.S. military documents related to the war in Afghanistan.

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Hurtig, who replaced Leif Si1bersky as Assange's counsel, declined to say if Assange was currently in Sweden saying he would speak to his client before deciding on an appeal to the warrant.

A court's arrest ruling makes it possible for the prosecutor to request an international arrest warrant via European Union cooperation or Interpol, Tommy Kangasvieri at the National Bureau of Investigation said today in a telephone interview.

WikiLeaks.org receives confidential material that governments and businesses want to keep secret and posts the information on the Internet "so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth," the organization says on its website.

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Assange's application for a Swedish residence and work permit, which would have allowed him to establish WikiLeaks as a Swedish publication protected by the constitution, was turned down by the Migration Board.

Hurtig said he was sure an international arrest warrant would be issued by police and that Assange would come to Sweden for questioning.

"Sooner or later he will have to come if they continue with their accusations," he said. "Since I wasn't handling the case from the beginning I don't know if any new evidence has been added, but I think the existing evidence is weak."

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Swedish prosecutors said the country would issue an international warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange, the founder ofWikiLeaks, on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault.

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The former Australian hacker faced arrest by Scotland Yard officers after a Swedish judge indicted him for "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion".

Mark Stephens, Mr Assange's lawyer, confirmed his presence in Britain but insisted that his precise movements and location "are a matter which is kept confidential".

"I have been in touch with Scotland Yard and Europol today to ask if there were any charges. They said they had nothing outstanding. No public arrest warrant has been issued," but they were aware that the Swedish authorities had issued one, he said.

Mr Stephens admitted that Mr Assange "would find it difficult" to travel to Sweden but denied he was 'hiding'.

He said: "The difficulty is that when Julian moves from country to country it takes a significant amount of planning. That is not to say that we don't want to meet the prosecutors.

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Pentagon documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, security breaches that have deeply angered the American authorities and allies including Britain.

A Swedish court on Thursday announced that an international warrant would be issued. "It has been decided that he be detained," said Alan Camitz, a Stockholm district court judge.

Marianne Ny, a Swedish sex crimes prosecutor, said: "I requested his arrest so we could carry out an interrogation with Assange. That is the reason. The next step is to issue an international arrest warrant."

Mr Assange has denied the allegations of sexual assault, while admitting he had encounters with the two women concerned in the charges during a visit to Sweden in August. An original demand for a warrant was dropped three months ago.

In a recent interview, the open information campaigner said the charges were part of a "smear campaign" aimed at discrediting his website and that the US intelligence services "are probably very happy now".

Mr Stephens insisted thai Mr Assange had done his best to discuss the charges with prosecutors.

"He says he happens to be in the UK at the moment but I'm happy 10 meet at a place of your choosinq or happy to meet at Scotland Yard. We then offer a telephone interview and video conference. The prosecutors declined," he said.

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JULIAN ASSANGE, the founder of Wikileaks, could face arrest in Britain after a Swedish court said an international warrant would be issued for his arrest on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault.

The Australian former computer hacker faced arrest by Scotland Yard officers after a Swedish judge charged him with "rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion".

Mark Stephens, Mr Assange's lawyer, confirmed that he is in Britain but insisted his precise movements and location were "confidential".

Mr Stephens said he had contacted Scotland Yard and Europol, which said they had "nothing outstanding". He was aware that the Swedes had issued a warrant.

Mr Stephens admitted that Mr Assange "would find it dif-ficult" to travel to Sweden but added: "He is not in hiding because he has offered to meet them [prosecutors]. He would offer to meet them at the Swedish Embassy or at a neutral venue."

Mr Assange, 39, hil the headlines this summer after Wikileaks began to release thousands of secret Pentagon documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, security breaches that have deeply angered the Americans.

A Stockholm court last night announced that an international warrant would be issued. Marianne Ny, a sex crimes prosecutor, said: "I requested his arrest so we could carry out an interrogation with Assange. That is the reason. The next step is to issue an international arrest warrant."

Mr Assange has denied the allegations of sexual assault, while admitting he had encounters with the two women concerned during a visit to Sweden in August.

He recently said that the charges were part of a "smear campaign" aimed at discrediting his website and that the US intelligence services "are probably very happy now".

Mr Stephens insisted his client had done his best to discuss the charges with prosecutors.

Mr Assange was "happy to meet" police at place of their choosing or at Scotland Yard. "We then offered a telephone interview and video conference.

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Why Sweden Wants Julian Assange Arrested

By Eben Harrell

In what has become a complicated subplot to the fallout from the recent publication of some 250,000 diplomatic cables on whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, Swedish prosecutors confirmed on Friday, Dec. 3, that they had reissued international and European arrest warrants against the site's founder, Julian Assange, for alleged sex crimes.

Assange was originally sought for questioning in September in relation to accusations by two women in Sweden whose various claims include having sex with him that was not fully consensual. A prosecutor dropped the investigation, and then a more senior prosecutor reopened it after reviewing the evidence, but Assange has not been formally charged with any crime and denies any wrongdoing. He left Sweden earlier this summer without being interviewed but was summoned back by an arrest warrant in November. a move Assange tried to appeal. 0:

Thursday, the country's highest court refused Assange permission to appeal the arrest order. which lead prosecutors to once again seek his arrest. (See the top 10 leaks.)

The Australian-born Assange, 39. is reportedly in hiding in the U.K. -he told the Guardian newspaper on Friday that he fears assassination plots by authorities and governments angered by his website's publication of the largest unauthorized release of contemporary classified information in history. He has also said he believes that the sex-crime accusations - which, media reports in Sweden suggest, are not violent in nature - are politically motivated.

Assange's attorneys in the U.K. and Sweden have complained to the Swedish Prosecution Authority that an arrest warrant is unnecessary, as Assange is willing to face questioning in a Swedish embassy abroad or via telephone 01 video link. They feel prosecutors have failed to follow international guidelines for the prosecution of foreign nationals. like providing Assange with an English translation of the witness testimony against him. (See world leaders' reactions to WikiLeaks.)

According to many legal experts, the case against Assange has been marked by false starts and mistakes on the part of Swedish prosecutors. As recently as this week, an arrest warrant sent to Scotland Yard was returned by tlu British police authority because the warrant listed the maximum prison sentence for only rape, the alleged crime with the harshest punishment. British officials require prison terms to be outlined for all the alleged crimes.

"This is sloppy work, intentionally or unintentionally. and it differs greatly from normal procedures in such case,' Assange's Swedish attorney Bjorn Hurtig tens TIME before echoing Assange's assertion that politics is at play in the accusations. "!fyou look at the crimes he is wanted for, it seems to me that an international arrest warrant is; stern choice of action. Why such a rush? It might be due to external pressure." Hurtig told the Reuters news agency on Friday that he suspects "somebody has an interest in g~tti.n~ [Assange] to Sweden and maybe asking fc him to be extradited to another country [from there]." He added that his client would fight any extradition efforts (See TIME's },ll"Ofile of Assang~.)

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Lead Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny says the latest arrest warrant was issued because Swedish law prohibits formal legal interviews over a telephone or video link. "We had a case in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg where a suspect was heard via telephone, and it was heavily criticized by the Ombudsmen for Justice as not being in accordance with existing law," she tells TIME. "The Swedish embassy in London is not Swedish territory in the sense that we can hold interrogations there without formal approval of British authorities."

Asked why she did not request that Assange voluntarily submit to questioning rather than face arrest, Ny replies, "I am not at liberty to disclose all the details regarding different actions we took in order to hold a hearing with him. But since we are unaware of his whereabouts, and we are by law prohibited from conducting hearings via telephone or video link, this was the only legal action left."

As Assange's legal team prepares a response to the arrest warrant aimed at getting him to talk, WikiLeaks is coming under increasing pressure from forces that want to shut it up. This week two U.S. Internet providers pul1ed the plug on the website in the space of two days, and the French government tried to ban French servers from hosting its database. As a result, WikiLeaks announced Friday it moved its website to a Swiss domain: wikileaks.ch. This followed news earlier this week that Amazon stopped hosting WilciLeaks content in the U.S. In an interview with TIME earlier this week, Assange was defiant about the latest challenges facing WikiLeaks. "We have now in our four-year history had over 100 legal attacks of various kinds and have been victorious in all of those matters," he said. "It's very important to remember the law is ... not simply what powerful people would want others to believe it is."

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Sweden's investigation of rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "completely independent" and not politically influenced, the prosecutor handling the case told AFP Sunday.

"This investigation has proceeded perfectly normally without any political pressure of any kind," prosecutor Marianne Ny said.

"It is completely independent," she added.

It was Ny who successfully applied for the Interpol Red Notice against Assange, indicating that he was wanted for questioning over the allegations.

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Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, is wanted for questioning on an international warrant on allegations of rape and sexual assault against two women in Sweden.

His British lawyer. Mark Stephens. expressed concern that the pursuit of Assange had "political motivations", in comments to the BBC earlier Sunday.

But Ny said: "I can very clearly say no, there is nothing at all of that nature."

She also said she was not aware of what Stephens said had been Assange's repeated attempts to arrange a meeting with her.

WikiLeaks threw us diplomacy into chaos one week ago when it started releasing more than 250.000 classified State Department cables.

The release of such cables marks the third major publication of secret US files by WikiLeaks this year. after the site had published tens of thousands of American military files on the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Stephens said Sunday there was a risk that Swedish authorities could hand Assange over to their counterparts in the United States. On that basis; he said, he would fight the Swedish action against him.

Ny however ruled outthis possibility in comments to Swedish television TV 4.

"That cannot happen in a case such this one," she said.

"If someone is arrested and prosecuted by a Swedish court, then no Swedish or foreign authority can simply come and look for. the person concerned."

Any extradition would only be possible once the legal procedure in Sweden had run its course, she told AFP.

"If he is charged and there is a trial, the court can decide if he is expelled to his country of origin after having served his sentence," she said.

"But if a state asks for his extradition before-he had been expelled. this procedure takes priority," she added, referring to the extradition procedure.

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But even deportation to his home country presents problems for Assange, who holds an Australian passport.

The attorney-general there, Robert McClelland, said Saturday the government had already considered cancelling his passport and was looking at whether he had broken any laws.

McClelland also made it clear that they would "provide every assistance to US law enforcement authorities."

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BBC: But live now to Stockholm. We're going to talk to Nils Rekke, hes head of the legal department at the Swedish Prosecutors' office Nils Rekke, why are you fiighting the second application for bail?

Rekke; We are not. we, we the Swedish Prosecution Service is not fighting for bail of not, its the, a decision of the CPS - a purely British decision.

BSC: OK, did the Swedish legal authorities wish to fight the application for bail the first time round?

Rekke: As I said this is a pure internal British proceedings and we are not interfering in that proceedings.

BBC: OK because that really exposes who's driving this or not because there were some questions in this country over who was pushing this process. As far as you are aware, has Julian Assange actually been charged with anything?

Rekke: No, there is not charge in the sense that the criminal investigation is still going on and the prosecutor has not yet decided whether to prosecute or not.

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A Swedish court ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange detained on suspicion of rape and sexual molestation Thursday, and an international warrant will be issued for his arrest, according to the judge and prosecutor on the case.

''It has been decided that he be detained in absentia," Alan Camitz, a Stockholm district court judge on the case, toldAFP.

Prosecutor Marianne Ny, who had requested the detention earlier Thursday, meanwhile said an international arrest warrant would soon be issued for the founder of the whistleblower website.

Assange had been detained in his absence "on probable cause suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful . coercion," she said in a statement, adding that "to execute the court's decision, the next step is to issue an

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In an interview with AFP, Ny, the head of the department that oversees prosecution of sex crimes, explained that "1 requested his arrest so we could cany out an interrogation with Assange. That is the reason."

A warrant was first issued for Assange's arrest on August 20 by another prosecutor on suspicion he had raped one woman and sexually molested another, but the warrant was withdrawn just hours later.

Ny reopened the rape probe against the 39-year-:old Australian on September 1, but did not request his detention, making it possible for him to leave Sweden.

"We have exhausted allthe normal procedures for getting an interrogation (and) this investigation has gotten to a point where it is not possible to go further without interrogating Assange himself," Ny explained Thursday.

She said she did not know where the former hacker was currently and had "no idea" how to get in touch with him.

Assange's British attorney Mark Stephens meanwhile said his client was in London, blasting the prosecutor's decision to seek his arrest and describing the case as "not a prosecution, but a persecution."

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Speaking before the Swedish court made its decision, Stephens said his client had been in London "this morning"

but he did not know his whereabouts later in the day .

. "He hasn't run away froJll this. He has sought to vindicate his name," Stephens told AFP.

In a statement issued before the court ruling, Stephens insisted that "despite his right to silence, my client has repeatedly offered to be interviewed, first in Sweden before he left, and then subsequently in the UK (including at the Swedish Embassyj.either in person or by telephone, videoconferencing or email and he has also offered to make a Sworn statement on affidavit.

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Assange's lawyer in Sweden,Bjoern Hurtig, also said the prosecutor's petition was "exaggerated" and "out of proportion. "

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Ny meanwhile said she was not aware of any offers from Assange to come to Sweden for an interrogation.

"I would like to stress that the district court shared our opinion that there is flight risk in this case," she said, adding that the international arrest warrant would be issued "soon" through Interpol.

The WikiLeaks founder himself has previously hinted the allegations against him could be part of a "smear campaign" aimed at discrediting his website, which is locked in a row with the Pentagon over the release of secret US documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks last month published an unprecedented 400,000 classified US documents on the Iraq war and posted 77,000 secret US files on the Afghan conflict in July.

As for the two women at the centre of the Swedish rape and sexual molestation probe, whose names have not officially been made public, Assange admitted in a September interview with AFP that he had met them both, but refused to say if he had sex with either of them, calling it "a private matter."

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The two women's lawyer Claes Borgstroem meanwhile said Thursday he was relieved that Ny had requested Assange's arrest.

"Finally. This should: have been done earlier," he told the IT news agency.

Two days before the. allegations against Assange were made public in August, he had applied for a work and residency permit in. Sweden, where some ofWikileaks' servers are located, but his application was turned down on October 18.

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A Swedish court on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicions of rape and sexual molestation.

• WikiLeaks founder; I'm going to sue Sweden (3 Nov 10)

• Assange denied Swedish residence permit (18 Oct 10)

• Assange free to leave Sweden: lawyer (19 Sep 10)

Swedish prosecutors submitted the request for the remand order to the Stockholm District Court earlier on Thursday.

"It has been decided that he be detained in absentia," Alan Camitz, a Stockholm district court judge on the case, told AFP.

Prosecutor Marianne Ny, who had requested the detention earlier Thursday, meanwhile said an international arrest warrant would soon be issued for the founder of the whistleblower website.

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In an interview with AFP, Ny, the head of the department that oversees prosecution of sex crimes, explained that "I requested his arrest so we could carry out an interrogation with Assange. That is the reason."

A warrant was first issued for Assange's arrest on August 20 by another prosecutor on suspicion he had raped one woman and sexually molested another, but the warrant was withdrawn just hours later.

NY reopened the rape probe against the 39-year~0Id Australian on September 1. but did not request his detention, making it possible for him to leave Sweden.

'We have exhausted ,all the normal procedures for getting an interrogation (and) this investigation has gotten to a point where it is not possible to go further without interrogating Assange himself," Ny explained

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She said she did not know where the former hacker was currently and had "no idea" how to get in touch with him.

Assange's British attorney Mark Stephens meanwhile said his client was in london, blasting the prosecutor's decision to seek his arrest and describing the case as "not a prosecution, but a persecution."

Speaking before the SWedish court made its decision, Stephens said his client had been in London "this morning" but he did not know his whereabouts later in the day.

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"I would like to stress that the district court shared our opinion that there is flight risk in this case," she said, adding that the international arrest warrant would be issued "soon" through Interpol.

The 39-year-old whistle blower has since admitted that he had met both women in question, who according to their lawyer are both Swedish and aged between 25 and 35, saying ''they were both at my press conference. "

He has since insisted that he has never had non-consensual sex with anyone, and refused to discuss whether he had sexual relations with the women in question, saying it was a "private matter".

Assange has repeatedly denied committing any crime and has criticised how Swedish prosecutors have handled his case. ., .

"I am very disappointed at the Swedish authorities," the Australian activist journalist told the Svenska Oagbladet (SvD) newspaper earlier in November.

"I plan to sue, several different lawyers have advised me to sue."

Forcing Assange to come to Sweden when it suits the prosecutor "could lead to catastrophic consequences for him and his organisation, not least economically," Hurtig insisted, pointing out that his client "has a lot of work to carrY out (and) a lot of that would fall through."

Assange has said the. allegations against him are part of a "smear campaign"

aimed at discrediting his whistleblower WikiLeaks website, which is locked in a row with the Pentagon over

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US intelligen~~:~~:~j~es ~'~re probably very happy now," he said in an interview with AFP in September,

adding however that "mentioning their involvement is for now only speculation."

Wi·kiLe·aks last m~nth published an unprecedented 400,000 classified US documents on the Iraq war and posted 77,000 secret US files on the Afghan conflict in July.

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As for the lwowom'~"- ~t the centre of. the Swedish rape and sexual molestation probe. whose names have not offj~ially·beeil m~de pU.blic, Assange admitted in a September interview with AFP that he had met them both, but refused k? say if he had sex with either of them, calling it "a private matter,"

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The two women's laWyer Claes Borgstrom meanwhile said Thursday he was relieved that Ny had requested Assarige's arrest.,>:: ..

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"Finally. This shOlJldhave been done earlier," he told the TT news agency, adding that neither he nor his clients would be: pel'fl:l~ed to be present at Thursday's hearing.

"That is unusw:iii''b~t~;~~iuniqUe and is probably related the fact that

the prosecutor.wpnt~,t9 bave control over who has access to what information in this case," .. Bo~.~tr()m said,

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Two days before the· allegations against Assange were made public in August, he had applied for a work and residency perirlit !n·Sw~~eJ1, where some of WikiLeaks' servers are situated, but his application was turned down on Octobe.r·.1.6,/; ...

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. ' .' . '. The ~wedi~h.Na~i9nal Crimhial Police on Friday issued an international arrest warrant .' .: for Julian ft.$~~·nge; the founder and chief editor ot the WikiLeaks website, Dew Jones

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Assanqe had 'filed an appeal earlier Friday against a Swedish court order for the warrant on allegations o.f rape; his Swedish lawyer Bjoerri Hurtig told AFP.

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Lener from' SwediSh Counael Bjorn Hurtig to English co-Counsel for Julian Assange.

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. Flrst'of aJll~'~nfthe 'ongoing investigation and tell the prosecutor that I have asked her several times 'that they

. ~~ould. hear:~ c:neri{80 that we can be aware of the accusations. They have said no to this Initially (and by this I

. in~anb-~~:~l~e~s). furthermore'l remind her that I several times have asked her to give me the evidence In the '. case. She~~' 6~1d~~ to' this also. I then tell her that I have asked my questions informally and ill writing and tell her

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.'. due t~. that ~n~ of.~!'I:I'.pO.IIC'10fficers were sick or because Ihe time did not suit her. This Is also important because it

.' .' .··shows· th·ab~.i~n·:6~~.:iJed but Marianne Ny has said no. I go on remembering her thai Julian has suggested that he .~ .'. :: :, c~uk,' ~a~i~ip~ie<'ci~~~:~~~~ne line and from an Australian Embassy. She has said nol to this also. Then I lell her that .. ~ .. 'J~i'a~' is .. ·~IIi~g.;~ ·~~~~i~~te through a videoconference or to make a written statement over the accusation and the

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Press re~as~ by .. counsel for Julian Assange

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Mark Stephens ot"law fi'im Finers Stephens Innocent said today, "On the morning of 21 August 2010, my client, Julian

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ASS811ge, read In tJ:Ie S!wedish tabloid newspaper Expressen that there was a warrant out for his arrest relating to aJlegatl~n~'Of\~Pe~ ;nvOIVIIlQ two Swedish women.

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coiisma;rte YAliit I;Inyadvanced legal system considers to be rape; as various media oullets have reported "the basis

for th~:ra~ clt~~~~ :puieiy seems to constitute a I'0st·facto dispute over consensual, but unprotected s~x day~ after

· th~ :e~B~~ :~~.~~ ~e ~cJared'lhat they had consensual sexual relations with our client and 'hat they ~~nti"i.i~.:~o·~·~ti~~fu~~dly contact Well ~fter the alleged incidents. Only after the women became ~re of each

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,other's relaUQ~hlp8 wi!"! Mr. Assange did they make their allegations against him.

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The.~ahant·~r·~d~~~~J Was rightlY withdrawn within 24 houri> by Chief prosecutor Eva Finne, who found that 'here

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. Was oo.~on·t("8uapect that he has committed rape Yel his name had already been deliberately and unlawfully

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· caused Mr;.M.lu~~g~ 'and his organization irreparable harm ..

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Eva Anne's decIsIOn to drop tile "rape- investigation was reversed after the Intervention of a p'olitical figure, Claes

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aoi'g'str~)lri;'Wft~'ii'oowaclln9 for the women. The case was given to a specific prosecutor, Marianne Ny.

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~~san~e forc;:ibIY·.~~~~t~l?~eden for preiminary questioning. Despite his right to silence, my client has repeatedly offE!~'IO ~ :in~~~i~~~d:·fir.st in Sweden before he left, and then subsequently in the UK (including at the Swedish

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statem~r)l"o,n a~dav,!" All C?fthese offers have been flatly refused by a prosecutor who is abusing her powers by

: jn~i~tI~~"~~t '~_~:;~~i;,:l~-~weden at his own expense lobe subjected to another media circus thai she will

,: ' orcheSI;~t~, .. ~~~~~~~~t~~rrant i~ this circumstance is entirely unnecessary and disproportionate. This action is in .cont~~~~·n~i~~ .~O:i~'~f~J~~~ean Conventions and makes a mockery of arrangements between Sweden and the

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Uniled,19ng~or!i ~~S:igr:ie.d to' deal with just such situations. This behavior is not a prosecution, but a persecution.

B~forele~~;n·;'§1;~~~-Mr.-AsSange asked to be interviewed by the proseculion on several occasions in relation to

.. lh~ ~11~ltO~.6~/~~I~···~~~r ~ month in Stockholm, at considerable expense and despite many engagements

. ~Ise~h~re~'i~':~~d~~_~i~~:~i~~':his name. Eventually the prosecution told his Swedish lawyer Bjorn Hurtig that he was f~ee' ~ ~~J~' ,~J\;~J~';~"'WHhOut interview, which he did.

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. Our ella",t h~s:~IW~Y8.·malntalned his Innocence. The allegations against him are false and without basis. As a result

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· . of these false: all.tions 'and bizarre legal interpretations our cnent now has his name and reputation besmirched.

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. " . Tho!JSlUWa of.~ 'Brt!cI&S and 3.6million web pages now contain his name and the word "rape", Indeed, three out of

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: . - .' ' . ~ur. w_eb-pagei::ti'~:~J1li~ Mr. Assange's name also now mel1lion the word °rape"---a direct result of Incompetent

:. - .:' .a~d ~~q~~t~:'~~~t :by Swedish government prosecutors. My client is now in the extraordinary posHlon that,

· . desplte'~I~ 1~~~:~kd.desPite never having been charged, and despite never receiVing a single plece'ofpaper

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.. -. _ . -' aboutt!Je,~i~atkini~~lnst him, one In len Internet references to the word ~rape· also include his name. Every day

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. :.~~. ; .- that this "flaw.(J:inV'~iigatlon. cOntinues the damages to his reputation are compounded,"

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'. ~ .. .' '. Marl( S~phe_~:la:.!;ol.l1actable on 0207 344 7661 or his cell 07831 115000

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