Assange Not Actually Wanted for 'Rape'
He's sought for a vague lesser crime of 'sex by surprise'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2010 3:55 PM CST
In this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a news conference at the Geneva press club, in Geneva, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini, File)

(Newser) – By now, you’ve probably heard that Julian Assange is wanted for “rape” in Sweden. Heck, you probably read it here on Newser. You can hardly blame us; sources from CNN to the New York Times have said that Assange is charged with “rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion.” There’s just one problem: It’s not true. Assange’s lawyers tell Aol News that prosecutors have told them he’s wanted not for rape but for “sex by surprise,” a minor crime punishable only be a fine.

“We don't even know what 'sex by surprise' even means, and they haven't told us,” the lawyer says. It seems that two women have accused Assange only of not using a condom after they had asked him to do so, Fast Company explains, pointing to an old Daily Mail report indicating that in the first case, the condom simply broke. These complaints did initially lead to an arrest warrant for rape, but that warrant was swiftly canceled. The current warrant against him does not mention rape, but "sexual coercion."

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Dec 15, 2010 4:08 PM CST
Yeah I do blame you Newser, get your effing facts right.
Dec 5, 2010 12:19 PM CST
Alec Baldwin's take on the hypocrisy of the campaign to crucify the Wikileaks founder was perfect: "You hold formal hearings on the Valerie Plame scandal. And you put that Low-Down-Gutless-Excuse-For-A-Vice-President Dick Cheney and that crypto-fascist maniac Richard Armitage on trial. Even if you can not prove that anyone directly suffered as the result of those leaks, it's the principle, right? Same as Julian Assange"
Dec 5, 2010 5:30 AM CST
How can you possibly prove that? Any woman can have consenual sex with a guy, and later say that she only wanted it with/without a condom (which ever was the opposite) and call it rape?