LONDON – It has come to this: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is complaining that someone leaked a Swedish police report on his alleged sexual offenses.
In an interview with the British newspaper the Times, Assange complained about reporting in the rival newspaper the Guardian, which is one of several publications that has been helping WikiLeaks edit its trove of secret U.S. diplomatic files in exchange for an early look at them.
The Guardian published details Saturday of the Swedish police report in which two women accuse Assange of rape, based on what it described as “unauthorized access” to prosecutors’ files. Assange claimed the newspaper was “selectively publishing” parts of it, and questioned the timing of the leak, saying it was given to the paper a day before his bail hearing last week.
“The leak of the police report to the Guardian was clearly designed to undermine my bail application. It was timed to come up on the desk of the judge that morning,” Assange was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s paper.
“Someone in authority clearly intended to keep Julian in prison, and shopped (the report) around to other newspapers as well.”
Assange, who is contesting a Swedish extradition bid, was freed on bail last week under strict conditions including that he stay at the home of a supporter in southern England, wear an electronic tag, observe a curfew and post a bond of $310,000. He faces his next court hearing Jan. 11.
Swedish officials want to question Assange about allegations stemming from separate encounters with two women in Sweden over the summer.
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