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Swedish women describe encounters with Assange in police statements

The accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arise from a trip to Stockholm last August during which Assange had consensual but unprotected sex with two women four days apart.

According to the Swedish women's statements to police, this is what happened:

The first woman, identified as Miss A, works for a branch of the Social Democratic Party and offered to let the 39-year-old Australian stay in her apartment in Stockholm, where he had gone to speak at a seminar. The woman had planned to be away until the seminar on Aug. 15, but she returned a day early and went to dinner with Assange.

''When they got back they had sexual relations, but there was a problem with the condom — it had split,'' the police records say. "She seemed to think that he had done this deliberately, but he insisted that it was an accident.''

The woman also accused Assange of pinning her down.

The next day, at the seminar, Assange met the woman described as Miss W. In her police statement, Miss W said she saw Assange being interviewed on television and became instantly fascinated. She thought him ''brave and admirable.''

On the day of the seminar, she went to lunch with Assange and others afterward. Later, Assange and the woman went to a movie. In the darkness, they kissed and fondled.

Two days later, she called him, and they decided he would spend the night at her apartment outside Stockholm. Although she had apparently insisted that Assange wear a condom, she said he had sex with her the next morning while she was asleep and he didn't use a condom.

After breakfast they parted on friendly terms. When she asked whether he would call her, he said, ''Yes, I will.'' But he did not.

Miss W called the office of Miss A, whom she had met at the seminar. They were shocked to find Assange had slept with both of them. They contacted him and asked him to take a test for STDs. When he refused, they went to the police Aug. 20.

Information from the Daily Mail, London; the Australian; the Guardian; Slate.com; RawStory.com; and FastCompany.com was used in this report.

Swedish women describe encounters with Assange in police statements 12/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 11:10pm]
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