Oh, this is OBVIOUSLY a set up to just get Assange!!! Here is where you can find the full article:
Today, a former attorney for Assange – James D. Catlin – has confirmed that the charges are for having sex without using a condom. He notes that:
The consent of both women to sex with Assange has been confirmed by prosecutors.
He also accuses the prosecutors of “making it up as they go along”, and said that Sweden’s justice system is destined to become “the laughingstock of the world” for pursuing the case against Assange.
And Assange’s current London attorney – Mark Stephens – told AOL news that he doesn’t even know what the charges against Assange are, but that they are not rape:
Stephens, told AOL News today that Swedish prosecutors told him that Assange is wanted not for allegations of rape, as previously reported, but for something called “sex by surprise,” which he said involves a fine of 5,000 kronor or about $715.
“We don’t even know what ‘sex by surprise’ even means, and they haven’t told us,” Stephens said, just hours after Sweden’s Supreme Court rejected Assange’s bid to prevent an arrest order from being issued against him on allegations of sex crimes.
“Whatever ‘sex by surprise’ is, it’s only a offense in Sweden — not in the U.K. or the U.S. or even Ibiza,” Stephens said. “I feel as if I’m in a surreal Swedish movie being threatened by bizarre trolls. The prosecutor has not asked to see Julian, never asked to interview him, and he hasn’t been charged with anything. He’s been told he’s wanted for questioning, but he doesn’t know the nature of the allegations against him.”
The strange tale of Assange’s brief flings with two Swedish women during a three-day period in mid-August — and decisions by three different prosecutors to first dismiss rape allegations made by the women and then re-open the case — has more twists, turns and conspiracy theories than any of [Swedish novelist] Stieg Larsson’s best-sellers.
So Assange might be a cad for sleeping with 2 women within a couple of days, and he might be irresponsible for having sex without a condom and then failing to submit to HIV tests afterwards.
But he has not been accused of rape under any traditional meaning of that term.
Of course, this wouldn’t be so surreal if the Department of Justice hadn’t launched a criminal probe of Wiklileaks, Assange didn’t face potential espionage charges, representative Peter King wasn’t asking that Wikileaks be designated a foreign terrorist organization like Al Qaeda, and some people hadn’t called for Assange’s assassination (and see this, this and this).
Indeed, Reuters provides some bizarre details courtesy of Assange’s current lawyer:
Tuesday, international police agency Interpol said it had issued a “red notice” which allows arrest warrants issued by national police authorities to be circulated to other countries to facilitate arrests and help possible extradition.
“There is no arrest warrant against him. There was an Interpol red notice, which is not a warrant, alerting authorities to monitor his movements,” Stephens told Reuters.
“We are in this position where we have never been told what the allegations are against him, we do know that he hasn’t been charged, we do know that he has only been asked for as a witness,” he said.
“We know that … the offence is one of ‘sex by surprise’, which is not an offence known in England. He has not been given the evidence against him.”
Stephens said Assange was willing to meet Swedish prosecutors but they did not want to meet him.
“We are in a very, very surreal situation at the moment it’s like a Swedish fairytale.”
I have heard certain tales of these kinds of “surprises” in America, but they seem to revolve around popcorn. But, I doubt there is even a kernel of truth in the Swedish charges.