Sweden re-opens rape investigation of WikiLeaks founder

The investigation has been widened to include both the rape and molestation allegations. Assange was questioned about the molestation charge two days ago; his lawyer said he was disappointed his name had been released to the media.

“Assange is disappointed, angry and surprised that this can happen in a state governed by law,” Leif Silbersky, Assange’s lawyer, told Bloomberg. “He rejects the accusations.” 

WikiLeaks drew headlines in July when it released 70,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan that revealed American suspicions the Pakistani government is providing ongoing aid to the Taliban and other insurgents. The site also recently published a CIA memo discussing the potential response if America is viewed as an “exporter of terrorism.”

A spokesperson for the lawyer of the women who filed the charges described them as relieved, but declined to give any additional information on the alleged victims.


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