Ecuador has kindly granted Julian Assange’s request for asylum. Despite being wanted in Sweden for apparent – but false – assault and rape claims, Ecuador is now allowing Julian Assange to stay at their London embassy, where he has been for the past two months. Twitter has been flooded with support for Assange from people like Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and actor John Cusack.
For those who think that Assange should be sent back to Sweden to be tried for rape claims, many could probably sympathize. In this case, however, the truth is that there was no rape and no crime committed. Assange’s only crime was that he didn’t wear a condom, something both of his “rape” accusers had no problem with originally. While there was no rape, under Swedish law you can get in serious trouble should you not wear a condom and someone presses charges against you. The women involved with Assange’s sexual assault claims were worried about sexually-transmitted diseases and went to the police station to see if they could get Assange to take a test to see if he had any sexually-transmitted diseases. The police decided then that he should be charged with rape.
Despite wearing no condoms, Assange’s rape claims had been found false within 12 hours by Eva Finne, the Chief Prosecutor. It was only due to Assange’s political work and WikiLeaks that the rape claims were even brought up again.
One of Julian Assange’s rape accusers, Anna Ardin, is a woman who is well known in Sweden for her ardent and hardline feminist views. And when I say feminist, I don’t mean feminist in the traditional sense. I mean a woman who is bent on destroying men and who once posted a blog entry entitled 7 Steps to Legal Revenge by Anna Ardin. Referring to Assange’s supposed rape cases, Ardin’s attorney Claes Borgstrom said, “In both cases, what started out as voluntary sex subsequently turned into assault.” But Eva Finne said, “I don’t think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape.” And later on it turned into not a rape claim, but a molestation claim, a legal loophole.
This is why it is truly wonderful that Ecuador has decided to grant Julian Assange asylum when the US wants to make an example of him for his Wikileaks and a couple of jilted women want him to be deported to Sweden because he didn’t wear a condom. It’s so nice to see democracy alive and well not in the UK or the US, but in Ecuador.