Quito, Dec 7 (Andes) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has released his full testimony to Swedish prosecutors regarding sexual assault claims for which he was arrested in 2010.
The Australian journalist, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years to avoid being arrested, has affirmed he is “entirely innocent.”
His testimony includes detailed accounts of what he calls “consensual and enjoyable” sex with a woman known as “SW”. Assange explains these encounters occurred “four or five times” and adds text messages between him and “SW” prove the sex was consensual.
“I could not believe my eyes when five days later I saw a headline in a Swedish tabloid that I was suspected of a crime and arrested in my absence. I immediately made myself available to Swedish authorities to clarify any questions that might exist, even though I had no obligation to do so,” he explains.
In his 19-page statement, Assange affirms he has been subject to “six years of unlawful, politicized detention without charge” and “cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” and has been denied effective legal representation in the process.
“I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been,” WikiLeaks founder said. “Furthermore, in the past the prosecution has fed partial information to tabloids that politically oppose me.”
“It is better that my statement, which I am happy with, and which it makes it obvious to all that I am innocent, sees the light in full,” he concludes
Assange is accused of initiating sex with “SW” while she was asleep, which, under Swedish law, this constitutes rape. Assange says he has a text message sent by SW showing this did not happen.
On August 14, 2010, SW wrote to a friend: “I want him, I want him.”
On August 17, she wrote to a friend that the pair had long foreplay, but nothing happened. She later wrote that after sex had occurred, that it “turned out alright” other than the pregnancy and STD risk.
On August 20, while at the police station, SW wrote that she “did not want to put any charges on Julian Assange,” but that the police were “keen on getting their hands on him.”
On August 21, SW wrote that she “did not want to accuse” Assange “for anything and that it was the “police who made by the charges.”
In his statement, Assange says his interview process with the Police in November was ““simply a ruse to tick a box to ensure the technical possibility to indict me, irrespective of how I answer any questions.”