The Swedish drama over rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows no sign of dying down.
Swedish Public Prosecutions Director Marianne Ny overruled Stockholm’s top prosecutor and decided to reopen the investigation into the charges. They are based on allegations by two women who are are represented by Claes Borgstrom, a well-respected attorney and a spokesman for the liberal Social Democratic party.
While exactly what is alleged is confidential, a Swedish newspaper reported that one women said she was raped, the other molested, in situations that began as consensual sex and gave police similar accounts.
Borgstrom’s involvement perhaps makes it more difficult for Assange supporters to argue that the allegations are part of a campaign of dirty tricks by the Pentagon, which has been steaming since WikiLeaks in July published 76,000 documents about the Afghanistan war, and is believed to be planning to publish more.
The World Socialist Web Site argues that U.S. and British media are pushing a smear of the WikiLeaks founder to curry favor with Washington.
But Borgstrom counters that his clients have been “dragged through the mud through the Internet for making things up or trying to frame Assange.” The women are supposed to have met Assange through their involvement with the leftist Pirate Party, which agreed last month to provide servers to host WikiLeaks content.
Assange, an Australian-born physicist, has been seeking residency in Sweden, which has tough laws protecting whistle-blowers.