Meet self-styled international man of mystery
Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00
HAIL Julian Assange, international man of mystery, brave anti-war crusader, ultimate cyber-hero and now, according to his cultish followers, victim of a smear campaign orchestrated by the CIA, the Pentagon and other dark, oppressive forces.
On Friday, Assange, who recently posted 90,000 unexpurgated US military reports from Afghanistan on his Wikileaks.org website, was revealed by the Stockholm newspaper 'Expressen' to be the subject of a Swedish arrest warrant on suspicion of rape.
Less than 24 hours after the allegation emerged, Swedish prosecutors withdrew the warrant, citing a lack of evidence, while maintaining that Assange, an Australian, remained accused of sexual molestation after separate complaints from two women.