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Rape Investigation of Wikileaks Founder Assange Reopened

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Sweden's on-again, off-again investigation of an alleged rape by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange apparently is on again.

"There is reason to believe that a crime has been committed. Considering information available at present, my judgement is that the classification of the crime is rape," said the Website of Swedish Prosecutor Marianne Ny.

But the statement said enough information is not yet available to decide whether to charge Assange.

Assange was not arrested despite the claim of enough evidence to indicate that a rape had been committed.

He was interviewed by Expressen of Sweden and said the prosecution was "a kind of legal circus." Assange virtually dared the prosecutor to file charges. He has said he is victim of dirty tricks by the Pentagon for his release of thousands of classified documents showing erroneous or incomplete information had been released on civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

Assange said that although he met with police and been interviewed no information had been provided to him on what allegedly occurred.

The prosecutor's statement Wednesday said a separate investigation of alleged sexual harassment by Assange will continue. The rape and sexual harassment allegations were made by two different Swedish women.

When the first rape allegation was made Swedish police, violating Swedish law, confirmed to the media that Assange was being charged with rape. The next morning the regional prosecutor said the rape charge had been dropped but the sexual harassment investigation would continue.

Claes Borgstrom, a social activist lawyer who said he represented the two women, called on the government to reopen the investigations.

Meanwhile, Assange has applied for permanency in Sweden. The country has a law that protects whistleblowers.

The Norwegian Website VG Nett said Wikileaks was moving some of its servers to a bomb proof below-ground site in Stockholm.

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