Sweden: WikiLeaks boss in rape “smear”

23 August 2010 – Presseurop Aftonbladet
, 23 August 2010

"I had been warned about sex traps like this," declared Julian Assange, the controversial founder of the WikiLeaks website, after Swedish authorities issued a warrant for his arrest on rape charges on August 19. In an exclusive interview with Aftonbladet, where he is a columnist, the Australian who has become a thorn in the side of the US military for posting embarrassing leaks on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he had been told that "the Pentagon would play some dirty tricks in order to destroy our credibility". The rape charge against him has since been dropped.