Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested for rape of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

8 Dec
Julian Assange Wikileaks The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A photograph of the alleged victim was released by the Swedish authorities.

THE Swedish woman at the centre of the sexual assault charges that led to today’s arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been identified as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander.

Australian citizen Assange, 39, has been remanded in custody after appearing at a London magistrates’ court today on a Swedish extradition warrant issued by Interpol.

It is alleged that he sexually assaulted a woman, the identity of whom has been confirmed as Lisbeth Salander, also known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a computer hacker working for Wikileaks at the time.

The Swedish authorities took the unprecedented step of releasing details of the alleged victim’s identity in order to dispel rumours that the charges against Assange are linked to the recent publishing of US Embassy cables.

Marianne Ny, the Swedish prosecutor, gave details of the allegations against the Wikileaks founder.

She said: “There is speculation that the charges against Mr. Assange have been fabricated and are a thinly-veiled attack on Wikileaks for its recent release of US diplomatic cables.

“We have therefore decided to identify the alleged victim in the case to prove that the charges are genuine and that these rumours are a work of fiction.”

The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Swedish city of Gothenburg when Assange and Salander were investigating police corruption for Wikileaks.

Geoffrey Anderson from Wikileaks said: “We have been in contact with Julian and he has informed us of the full details of the charges against him.

“However it would be totally inappropriate for us to divulge that kind of confidential information to the press.”

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