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
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)

(Newser) – The weirdest story of the day gets a little weirder: Swedish authorities have withdrawn their arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of rape and molestation."I don't think there is reason to suspect that he has committed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.

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Aug 22, 2010 12:18 PM CDT
"We the People" should have the power, and the information age is giving it to us. It is harder for government (and their disgusting war-corporations) to lie to us nowadays, and we must NEVER give up the power this gives us. We must be brave and expose what the wicked people in government and corporations are doing under the FAKE guise of "national security". FREE countries will always outsmart closed, secret societies. NEXT STEP: Laws that allow and encourage the truth to emerge!
Aug 22, 2010 1:31 AM CDT
This man is a patriot. Glad to see he was cleared.
Aug 21, 2010 10:04 PM CDT
When I first read about the charges, I was not at all surprised. Of course, guilt can only be established through trail and evidence. But with his obvious lust for power over things he does not understand, he really fits the "profile" of a rapist.