Sweden Cancels Warrant for Wikileaks' Assange

He's no longer suspected of rape

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2010 11:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – The weirdest story of the day gets a little weirder: Swedish authorities have withdrawn their arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of rape and molestation."I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape," said a chief prosecutor, without elaborating on how the allegations surfaced or why they've been dismissed.

Assange had adamantly denied the charges via the Wikileaks Twitter feed, and the site said it had been warned to expect "dirty tricks." Assange, whose whereabouts are unknown, is preparing to release another batch of Afghan war documents over the loud objections of the Pentagon.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm earlier this month.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm earlier this month.   (AP Photo/SCANPIX, Bertil Ericson, File)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm earlier this month.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson, File)
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