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WikiLeaks lawyers: Sweden ‘smeared’ Assange with police files release

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In what may be an ironic turn of events, lawyers for Julian Assange are up in arms about a leak of sensitive information.

The WikiLeaks founder’s Swedish legal team is planning to file a complaint demanding that authorities investigate the leaking of police materials on the Assange investigation to a British newspaper. The Guardian published details of Swedish police and prosecutor statements on Saturday, saying it had obtained “unauthorized” access to the documents.

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“I do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing — trying to make Julian look bad,” Bjorn Hurtig, Assange’s lead lawyer, told the Australian.

“There has been a selective smear through the disclosure of material,” an unnamed WikiLeaks source told the newspaper. “The timing appears to have been cynically calculated to have the material published in the middle of the bail application and the appeal.”

The documents obtained by the Guardian allege that Assange held down “Miss A,” one of his accusers, not allowing her to reach for a condom as they were about to engage in intercourse. Assange eventually relented but “did something” to the condom to make it break, “Miss A” alleges.

“Miss A” has previously been identified as Anna Ardin, who is now reportedly volunteering with a Christian group in the Palestinian territories.

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Ardin reportedly told a friend the night after the incident that “not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”

None of the accusations against Assange have been proven in court. So far, Assange has not been charged with any crime.

“The two Swedish women behind the charges have been accused by his supporters of making malicious complaints or being ‘honeytraps’ in a wider conspiracy to discredit him,” the Guardian reports.

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Supporters of Assange have suggested that the allegations made against him have been trumped up. They point to Tweets that Ardin sent in the days after her encounter with Assange, in which she appeared to be enjoying Assange’s company in public.

After the allegations against Assange went public, it appears the Tweets were deleted.

According to the leaked police documents, Assange’s other accuser, “Miss W” — previously identified as Sofia Wilen — woke up to find Assange having unprotected sex with her.

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Assange has denied any wrongdoing with respect to Wilen. The Guardian reports:

In submissions to the Swedish courts, [Assange’s lawyers] have argued that Miss W took the initiative in contacting Assange, that on her own account she willingly engaged in sexual activity in a cinema and voluntarily took him to her flat where, she agrees, they had consensual sex. They say that she never indicated to Assange that she did not want to have sex with him. They also say that in a text message to a friend, she never suggested she had been raped and claimed only to have been “half asleep”.

Assange is out on bail as he awaits a hearing on extradition to Sweden. Interpol issued an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder after Swedish prosecutors requested to speak to him in the investigation into Ardin and Wilen’s allegations.


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President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, went on a conspiratorial rant on Sunday involving Joe Biden's son and billionaire George Soros.

During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, Biden tried to smear Hunter Biden as a corrupt "drug addict" was doing illegal business in the Ukraine.

According to the president's attorney, Biden tried to cover up his son's business dealings in a conspiracy that involves Soros.

Guest host John Roberts asked Giuliani if it was "appropriate" for him to try have to the Bidens investigated.

"This began with someone saying, this information can clear your client," Giuliani opined. "The corruption in Ukraine about the corruption in Ukraine between the Ukraine and the Democratic Party, the ambassador and the FBI agent who investigated."

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Will Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? A lesson from 1800

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Trump has already questioned his loss of the 2016 popular vote with baseless accusations of voter fraud. He has also repeatedly toyed with the idea of extending his presidency beyond the eight-year limit enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, even trumpeting Jerry Falwell Jr.’s assertion that his first term be extended by two years to compensate for the Russia investigation. Perhaps most ominously, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen warned while testifying before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019:

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In the most extreme regions of the universe, galaxies are being killed. Their star formation is being shut down and astronomers want to know why.

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world’s leading telescopes is hoping to do just that. The new program, called the Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide survey (VERTICO), is investigating, in brilliant detail, how galaxies are killed by their environment.

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