Wikileaks Julian Assange 311 AP.
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LONDON — It has come to this: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is complaining that someone leaked a Swedish police report on his alleged sexual offenses.
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In an interview with the British newspaper The Times, Assange complained about reporting in the rival newspaper The Guardian, which is one of several publications that has been helping WikiLeaks edit its trove of secret US diplomatic files in exchange for an early look at them.
published details Saturday of the Swedish police report in which two women accuse Assange of rape, based on what it described as "unauthorized access" to prosecutors' files. Assange claimed the newspaper was "selectively publishing" parts of it, and questioned the timing of the leak, saying it was given to the paper a day before his bail hearing last week.
"The leak of the police report to The Guardian
was clearly designed to undermine my bail application. It was timed to
come up on the desk of the judge that morning," Assange was quoted as
saying in Tuesday's paper. "Someone in authority clearly intended to
keep Julian in prison, and shopped (the report) around to other
newspapers as well."
Assange, who is contesting a Swedish extradition bid, was freed on bail
last week under strict conditions including that he stay at the home of a
supporter in southern England, wear an electronic tag, observe a curfew
and post a bond of 200,000 pounds ($310,000). He faces his next court
hearing Jan. 11.
Swedish officials want to question Assange about allegations stemming
from separate encounters with two women in Sweden over the summer. The
women have accused Assange of sexual crimes including rape, molestation
and unlawful coercion. Assange denies the allegations, which his lawyers
say stem from a dispute over "consensual but unprotected sex." He has
not been charged.
quoted Assange as
saying there is "very suggestive evidence" that the two women were
motivated by revenge, money and police pressure.