Assange in his element, by Nehavish
Julian Assange, editor of WikiLeaks was, apparently a player with a passport. In Sweden he had two one-night stands with girls that turned out to be friends. They got together and decided to press charges (Daily Mail. The charge is sexual misconduct, not rape per se, but ‘withdrawal of consent’. Feministe goes into more detail, but the issue is that Assange supposedly continued sex after a condom broke, and without a condom in the other case. It is easy to dismiss these women as activist groupies, but that’s unfair to abused women worldwide. This specific case doesn’t seem like abuse, however. What may be the most telling is that one of the women earlier published something called ‘7 Steps To Legal Revenge’ (another Daily Mail).
These women didn’t move to press charge until they found out that they’d both been played by Assange. Certainly poor behavior of him, but he’s single and still not rape. They’re saying that the sex started as consensual and became not so (which should be a crime) but it’s not clear what the evidence is nor is it clear that this isn’t just revenge on a guy they think is an asshole. Which he may be. But a rapist? Probably not.
Another issue is whether this is backed by foreign intelligence agencies. I think that the case is picked up to this extent is a result of media and government involvement, but at the core it seems to be an issue between Assange and two women. Hell hath no fury, times two.