While in Sweden, Assange Stole Reporter's Girlfriend, Too

Days after odd encounter he's with women who accuse him of assault
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2010 3:35 AM CST
Updated Dec 20, 2010 6:40 AM CST
Julian Assange gestures as he gets back into a car at Beccles Police Station in Suffolk, England, last week.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – Julian Assange not only mixed it up with two women now accusing him of sexual assault, but reportedly managed to steal the girlfriend of a mystery American journalist during an interview that same week, reports the Daily Mail. Assange allegedly started sweet-talking the woman almost immediately after the interview began at a Stockholm restaurant. Assange ignored the reporter and zeroed in on his girlfriend—then followed her outside when she left for a smoke, according to the journalist. "When they didn't come back after 45 minutes, I went to see what was happening," the reporter said. "They were standing very close together a little way down the street, and Julian was whispering in her ear."

The journalist later saw his girlfriend and Assange walking hand in hand, and said that when he challenged the WikiLeaks boss, "he dropped into a fighter’s pose, with his fists up; Assange seemed to take pleasure in humiliating me." The reporter went home alone that night. It's not clear what developed between Assange and the woman. Within days Assange had sex with two Swedish women who have accused him of assault. Assange says the encounters were consensual.

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