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WikiLeaks' Founder Assange Claims He Is Victim of Leak

VOA News 21 December 2010

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange says he believes someone leaked the Swedish police report detailing his alleged sexual offenses.

In an interview with the British newspaper The Times , published Tuesday, Assange complained that rival newspaper The Guardian was "selectively publishing" details of the police report in which two women accuse Assange of rape.

The Guardian is one of several publications that has partnered with WikiLeaks in editing and publishing the website's collection of secret U.S. diplomatic files in exchange for early access to them.

The newspaper published details last week of the allegations Assange faces, based on what it described as "unauthorized access" to prosecutors' files.

Assange said he believes that whoever was behind the leak timed its release to coincide with his bail application. Assange spent nine days in jail in London on an extradition request by Sweden, before officials released him on bail.

In an editorial, The Guardian defended its coverage, saying that while it "is unusual for a sex offense case to be presented outside the judicial process in such a manner... it is unheard of for a defendant, his legal team and supporters to so vehemently and publicly attack women at the heart of a rape case."

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation aired Tuesday, Assange said he believes the women behind the allegations got into a "tizzy" [hysteria] after they found out they were mutual lovers of his and could have a sexually transmitted disease after having unprotected sex.

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