A hoard of secret text messages could hold the key to finally clearing the name of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a court heard last night.
The whistleblower's Swedish lawyer said investigators have collected around 100 messages to and from his two alleged victims that undermine the case against him.
Bjorn Hurtig (45) said the texts indicate the women expected to be paid, intended to get "revenge" and wanted to contact newspapers to "blast" his client's reputation.
But he told Belmarsh Magistrates' Court that prosecutors in Stockholm have not let him have copies, making it impossible for Assange to receive a fair trial. The case continues.