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Meet self-styled international man of mystery

Toby Harnden in Washington

Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00

Julian Assange: admitted to seeking 'maximum political impact'. Photo: Getty Images
Julian Assange: admitted to seeking 'maximum political impact'. Photo: Getty Images

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.

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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.

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