Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Human rights lawyer discounts sexual impropriety claims against Wikileaks' founder Assange

Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson writes off complaints of sexual impropriety against Wikileaks mouthpiece Julian Assange lodged by two women:

Mr Assange has been the victim of utterly incompetent prosecutors who have severely damaged his rights — the rights that every person in Europe has granted to them under the European convention,” Robertson said, speaking exclusively to Crikey last week.

“The Australian government — now that we have a government — should carpet the Swedish ambassador and make a formal protest against the treatment of Assange.”

Robertson cannot conceive that the women's rights were violated by Assange, who admits to having sexual relations with the two:

According to accounts the women gave to the police and friends, Swedish officials said, they had consensual sexual encounters with Mr. Assange that became nonconsensual. One woman said that Mr. Assange had ignored her appeals to stop after a condom broke. The other woman said that she and Mr. Assange had begun a sexual encounter using a condom, but that Mr. Assange did not comply with her appeals for him to stop when it was no longer in use.

Prosecutors have continued to investigate the lesser charge of molestation, which covers a wide range of offenses and carries penalties of up to a year in prison, and they said Wednesday that they were expanding that inquiry to consider charges of sexual coercion and sexual molestation.

Mr. Assange has said the charges are politically motivated.

It's truly amazing that the left has written off these women as liars.

Update: Antony Loewenstein's endorsement of Robertson's remarks is proof  of their invalidity.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's also surprising (perhaps not) is that Robertson himself seems unwilling to respect the human rights of another European, the Pope, whom he has recently stereotyped as a international criminal on the basis of an incredibly shallow analysis.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opinion of Robertson = teh left.

9:55 AM  

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