Well, there’s something that hasn’t had wide currency.
Then, in mid August, Assange was charged with rape following sexual encounters with two Swedish women.
Assange declared the charges ”baseless and disturbing” and said they were part of a ”smear campaign” by WikiLeaks detractors.
The rape charges were withdrawn several days later, but then reinstated.
The situation is real enough for Wikileaks to rethink Assange’s position.
The person, who requested anonymity, contacted the Sydney Morning Herald to deny recent suggestions that members were trying to kick Assange out of the organisation.
”There’s no discussion of a founder getting chopped,” they said.
No-one wanted Assange to step down from his role as editor-in-chief of Wikileaks they said, though “a few people have have floated the idea of him stepping down as the media spokesperson.”
Another WikLeaks member, Icelandic parliamentarian, Birgitta Jonsdottir, publicly called for Assange to step down as spokesman several days ago.
I heard a report a few days ago which suggested that Assange has been using his self-created image of an “International Man of Mystery” to bed women. It seems that he didn’t take hesitation too well, and later two of the women met and realised they’d been used.
Here’s something that makes sense: (non-title bold mine)
The Person Really Behind the ‘Smear Campaign’ Says Michael Moynihan, something of a specialist when it comes to Swedish policy and media: “even a cursory look at the case would suggest that while it appears that Assange’s name is being dragged through the mud, it isn’t by the CIA” Writing at Reason, he has a few harsh words for conspiracy-theorist bloggers relying on Google Translate. For starters, he says, “if any of these subliterate bloggers knew anything about the kristen vänster … they would probably have guessed that Assange’s accuser was, as is common in Sweden, operating off of a very broad definition of rape and ‘sexual molestation.’” Furthermore, “if any of these bozos did twenty minutes of research, they might,” he continues, have found the blog of one of the alleged victims, Anna Ardin, whose radical feminism includes a post on “how one can exact ‘legal revenge’ on men who have been ‘unfaithful.’” Given reports that Ardin “filed a complaint because Assange didn’t wear a condom during sex,” Moynihan thinks “the boring truth” likely is that “Assange didn’t come up against a CIA conspiracy, but the rather broad Swedish conception of what constitutes a sexual crime.”
As the post says later, if this were the CIA, he’d be dead.
If you ask me, this is a case of (excuse the pun) of lying down with dogs and waking up with fleas. The same countries who support the sort of extreme “open information” that Wikileaks supports also have unbalanced rape laws. The same people who are attracted to men who stick it to the “great satan” are also those who use the law to punish unsatisfactory sexual experience.
Or to put it succinctly, it’s a case of liberality biting itself on the backside.