WikiLeaks founder in bizarre rape twist

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August 21, 2010 20:36
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Who? Founder of the whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks.

What? Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant against Julian Assange on suspicion of rape only to withdraw it hours later.

Where? The Swedish Prosecution Authority website issued and later cancelled the warrant in Stockholm, Sweden.

When? The notice was issued on late Friday, 21 August while its cancellation order came on Saturday afternoon local time.

Why? WikiLeaks released more than 75,000 documents detailing the atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It also leaked a 2007 deadly American terror raid on innocent Iraqi civilians in which two dozen people including children and Reuters journalists lost their lives.

How? The warrant came in the wake of Assange’s visit to Sweden to discuss and defend his work. Pentagon expressed its outrage last month alleging the website and its founder of putting the lives of coalition soldiers and Afghans, especially informers, at risk. The Australian journalist, however, defended his work today. He also questioned the timing of the charges and termed them “without basis” and “deeply disturbing.”

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