Dailybhaskar.in | Last Modified - Dec 09, 2010, 07:05 PM IST
When Julian Assange, WikiLeaks co-editor and the man in the middle of raging political showdown, traveled to Stockholm on August 11 this year, little did he know he would end up behind bars in UK on allegations of sex crimes.
On August 11, 2010, Assange delivered a lecture on ‘war and the role of the media’ in Stockholm. His point of contact was a female party official called Sarah (name changed), described as an attractive blonde by The Mail Online.
Assange had never met the woman. After several conversations over the telephone and the internet, the two agreed that Assange could stay at her apartment during his visit.
The woman was supposed to be away while Assange was in Stockholm, however, she returned earlier than planned and it was decided he could extend his stay at her apartment.
According to The Mail Online, the pair went out for dinner after which they returned to her flat and had sex. Both do not dispute the fact that a condom broke during their intimate session.
The next day, Assange attended a seminar at the Swedish trade union headquarters where he met the second woman called Jessica.
Jessica reportedly told the police that she had first seen Assange on television a few weeks before. Having found him ‘interesting’, she began to follow the WikiLeaks saga, and decided to volunteer at the seminar where Assange was the key speaker.
Jessica also met Sarah at the seminar.
Details on Assange’s and Jessica’s meeting are a little hazy- one says she asked to tag along while another says Assange invited her to join him and a group of male friends for lunch.
She later told the police that Assange put his arm around her shoulder. ‘I was flattered. It was obvious that he was flirting,’ the Mail quoted her.
The two met again a few days later after Jessica called Assange. They went to her home where they had sex. According to her testimony to police, Assange wore a condom. The next day, they made love again, however this time he used no protection.
The pair reportedly parted on amicable terms. Jessica later expressed her discontent over Assange’s refusal to wear protection.
Jessica, worried she might have caught a sexual disease, or even be pregnant, called Sarah and related the incident. Sarah in turn told Jessica of her sexual encounter with Assange.
Post this telephonic conversation with Jessica, Sarah reportedly phoned an acquaintance of Assange and said that she wanted him to leave her apartment. Assange maintains that she only asked him to leave three days later.
On August 20, both the women went together to a Stockholm police station where they said they were seeking advice on how to proceed with a complaint by Jessica against Assange.
The two were at first not seeking to bring charges against him. According to one source, Jessica wanted to know if it was possible to force Assange to undergo an HIV test. They just wanted to track him down and persuade him to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, according to several people in contact with his entourage at the time.
The interviewing officer concluded that both women were victims- Jessica had been raped, and the blonde subject to sexual molestation. A duty prosecuting officer agreed Assange should be sought on suspicion of rape.
Assange maintains he has done nothing wrong and that he had consensual sex with the women.
Assange, who was arrested and held in custody by a British court on Tuesday, December 7, has both admirers and detractors. Many critics argue the affair is a sexfalla, or a ‘honeytrap’ to snare the man who is currently causing a lot of countries grief by leaking classified materials on his website WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange is in British custody after being denied bail. He now faces an extradition hearing on December 14 into sex crimes complaint lodged by the two Swedish women.