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Julian Assange Releases Full Testimony To Swedish Prosecutors

Above Photo: Julian Assange addresses the media from the balcony of Ecuador’s UK embassy Getty

 Six Years After Rape Allegation

Notorious Australian computer programmer, and founder of controversial Wikileaks, finally gives statement surrounding sexual assault claim

Julian Assange says he is “entirely innocent” of rape in his testimony to Swedish prosecutors, which he has published online.

In a 19-page statement he gave in a landmark interview to Swedish investigators, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief also said he had been subjected to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.

The 45-year-old computer programmer has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years to avoid arrest.

“I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been,” said the Australian journalist.

“Furthermore, in the past, the prosecution has fed partial information to tabloids that politically opposes me. It is better that my statement, which I am happy with, and which makes it obvious to all that I am innocent, sees the light in full.”

The award-winning Mr Assange, who infamously hacked into US state defence, US Navy and Nasa pages, founded news leaks website WikiLeaks in 2006.

In November, 2010, US authorities announced an ongoing criminal investigation into the website and Mr Assange over espionage.

The following month, Swedish prosecutors said they were reopening a case, which they previously closed, surrounding sexual assault allegations from two women in Sweden in August of that year.

Mr Assange, who was briefly locked up in Wandsworth prison, said in his statement: “During the height of the Pentagon’s conflict with me the following month, the allegation was resurrected by the current prosecutor, Marianne Ny.
“It was immediately seized on to extinguish my freedom of movement and harm my reputation.”

Last month, for the first time, Ms Ny’s deputy and a police officer interviewed Mr Assange at the embassy, where he is an asylum-seeker.

Swedish prosecutors are awaiting transcripts from the Ecuadorian embassy, but he beat them to it by publishing his statement on Wednesday. He has never formally been charged.
His testimony includes detailed accounts of what he calls “consensual and enjoyable” sex with a woman known as ‘SW’, which he says occurred four or five times, and he publishes a string of text messages he claims the woman sent.

SW reportedly says she was asleep during sex, which constitutes rape in Sweden, but Mr Assange says: “I was certain SW was not asleep.

“I was also certain she expressly consented to unprotected sex before such intercourse started.

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