By Europe correspondent Steve Cannane
Julian Assange has gone public for the first time with his version of events surrounding a rape allegation made against him, saying he is “entirely innocent” and text messages show “it is clearly consensual sex between adults”.
The ABC has obtained a copy of the statement the WikiLeaks founder gave prosecutors from his refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on November 14.
The statement includes:
- Detailed accounts of what he calls consensual sex with the woman known as SW
- Claims he had consensual and enjoyable sex four or five times with SW
- Alleged specifics of text messages from SW
- A virulent rejection of Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny’s actions
The questioning of Mr Assange in November was the latest move in a six-year saga that has seen Sweden issue an international arrest warrant and the WikiLeaks founder seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.
In the statement Mr Assange says he has been subjected to “six years of unlawful, politicised detention without charge”, and documents selected extracts of his lawyers’ notes of text messages sent by the two women at the centre of the allegations.
The 19-page statement also suggests Mr Assange may not have directly answered all of the questions asked by the Ecuadorian prosecutor, on behalf of the Swedish prosecutor.
A Swedish prosecutor and an Ecuadorian prosecutor were in the embassy for a day-and-a-half, but Mr Assange’s own statement suggests when he was asked a question, he would likely refer the prosecutor to his statement.
“I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been,” Mr Assange said in releasing the statement.
“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 makes it obvious to all that I am innocent, sees the light in full.”
The text messages
Mr Assange reiterates in his statement that he is “entirely innocent” of the one remaining allegation of rape and says text messages seen by his Swedish lawyers show that “it is clearly consensual sex between adults”.
The ABC has not seen the text messages.
Mr Assange details notes taken by his lawyers at a Swedish police station after they were allowed to read text messages sent between SW and AA — the two women who made allegations against the WikiLeaks founder.
According to Mr Assange’s statement the text messages included the following:
- On 17 August, SW wrote “JA did not want to use a condom”.
- On 20 August, 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”.
- According to the statement she was “chocked (sic shocked) when they arrested him” because she “only wanted him to take [an STD test]”.
- On 21 August, SW wrote that she “did not want to accuse” Julian Assange “for anything” and that it was the “police who made up the charges (sic)”
- On 23 August, SW wrote that it was the police, not herself, who started the whole thing.
- On 26 August, AA wrote that they ought to sell their stories for money to a newspaper.
- On 28 August, AA wrote that they had a contact on the biggest Swedish tabloid and SW wrote that their lawyer negotiated with the tabloid.
Mr Assange was accused of starting to have sex with SW while she was asleep. Under Swedish law this could constitute rape.
He says a text message sent by SW shows this did not happen.