The ‘Star Leaker’ Becomes Leak Victim
Article first published as The ‘Star Leakerâ€™ Becomes a Leak Victim on Blogcritics.
The man shot up to Celebrity status through leaking massive classified “unpopular war” logs and diplomatic cables between the deteriorating superpower USA and its ambassadors around the world, has himself become a victim to a supposedly officially unofficial leakage of Swedish police report on his alleged sexual offences. Julian Assange, 39, reportedly complained that he was a victim of a targeted leakage by Swedish authorities while speaking with The Times.
Incidentally, the same British newspaper, The Guardian, which helped Assange publishing diplomatic cables, brought to light the report prepared by the Swedish police on Assange’s sexual abuse of his two women admirers, a charge denied by Assange. Assange claimed the newspaper was selective parts of the report on selected dates by which his release by bail might have been adversely affected.
“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. Someone in authority clearly intended to keep Julian in prison, and shopped (the report) around to other newspapers as well,” Assange was quoted as saying in Tuesdays The Times.
Assange is contesting a bid to extradite him to Sweden for participating in unprotected sex with two women. He says there is clear evidence that the two women were motivated by money, police pressure and revenge. If what Assange says is right, the third motivation, revenge, reveals that there was something to be considered guilty from Assange side too.
The primary charge of the two women is unprotected sex that the both women unsuccessfully tried to prevent. As Mr Assange also is admitting that, the women might have been motivated by revenge, it hints that Mr Assange is admitting there is some ground for women to seek revenge. Revenge stems from an unsolicited act for which a person offends on whom the act was carried out. That unsolicited act was “unprotected sex without acceptance of the opposite person.” This clearly is a crime according to Swedish women-sensitive law.
Hence, if Assange’s accusation of “motivation from money, police pressure and revenge” is correct, he is liable for punishment. Of course, this also depends on whether The Times quoted Mr Assange correctly or not. However, this should not undermine Assange’s daring and committed revelation of USA’s unethical diplomatic practices in other sovereign countries. Mr Assange should have considered Aids test, if the women really asked him for it as the newspapers are reporting. In addition, being once admirers of Assange, the two women might have considered pardoning him if they really felt offended.