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Julian Assange, Wikileaks Founder, to Sue Sweden Over Rape Accusations

11/03/2010 04:03 pm 16:03:03 | Updated May 25, 2011

More than two and a half months after Swedish authorities leaked rape accusations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange no charges have been filed and the cyberhacker plans to file a lawsuit against prosecutors.

A request for comment from the government was referred to another official. There was no immediate reply.

Although the original allegations, which were leaked to Swedish police in violation of the country's law, were dropped within 24 hours the investigation was resumed.

Questions have been raised about the background of the two women involved and the association of at least one of them with a U.S.-backed right-wing organization; Assange allegedly raped one and sexually molested another.

Week after week the Swedish prosecutor said the investigation was continuing. On Oct. 19 a reporter was told there was no need to continue asking that if anyone happens the media would be advised.

Still, the case managed to distract attention from the work of Assange's organization, which has released thousands of documents indicating civilian casualties were underestimated in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assange told the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet that he will sue for damages suffered as a result of "legal mistakes" that has damaged his reputation. "I am very disappointed at the Swedish authorities," Assange said.

Despite the "on-going" investigation, Assange was allowed to leave Sweden. In most Western nations a person under investigation for rape would have his/her passport confiscated and would be ordered to remain available to police.

Assange has suggested Sweden acted under pressure from the U.S. Pentagon.