In the piece I wrote called The Bottom Line I put the question, did either of the girls who said Assange had raped them sleep with him after the offense?
I fished about a bit, and the answer, it seems, is yes.
Their initials, I am told, are AA and SW.
AA, the ‘sex by surprise’ one, after being so surprised slept naked with him for the rest of the week, insisted he stay there in her flat though other friends were offering to lodge and feed him, threw a party for him, volunteered to be his assistant on a permanent basis, and didn’t go to the police until she was rung by SW.
‘You would be hard pressed to find a woman,’ my informant, female, wrote last night, ‘who would not have the man out of the house at first opportunity if he had done what she alleges he had done to her. And would certainly not be volunteering to be around him in a professional context or on an ongoing basis.’
With SW, the ‘minor rape allegation’, he had sex, using condoms, on and off during the evening, between sleep and wakefulness. Then there was a final interaction without a condom. She said she was ‘half asleep’ (the prosecutor, contradicting SW’s own testimony, said she was fully asleep), but he said she ‘reacted in a way that suggested she was awake and she certainly consented to sex without a condom at some point thereafter (didn’t raise a complaint)’, according to his testimony and also, bafflingly, hers.
He left, and she asked him to call her. She became upset, and then ‘frantic’ when he didn’t return her calls and in this mood rang AA. They compared notes, aware now that he had not told each of them of his contacts with the other. SW got through to Assange and asked him to do a venereal-diseases test, and he agreed to do that on the Saturday. In the meantime they had gone to the police on the Friday, and, my informant says, ‘he wakes up to tabloid headlines of double rape allegations. SW said she felt “railroaded” by police.’
There were also lots of text-messages, I am told, about ‘money and revenge.’
I’ll bet there were.
What is awful about all this is not the obviously spontaneous lies of the silly women he lucklessly and tactlessly dealt with but the likelihood that if he had turned up in Sweden a year ago, or eighteen months ago, he would have almost certainly have got off, on the basis of the evidence we see here, of raped girls behaving as if they still liked him afterwards, for days and days of affectionate dealing on end. But no fair trial of him now is possible. And the Americans have had the time since then to amass their forty thousand pages of evidence that he is/was a spy, deserving of torture and eight hundred years in a very small cell without clothes among bright lights and very loud music freezing and frying by turns.
The girls seem more innocent, and more entrapped by circumstance than I had previously thought. SW has vanished, AA went to Israel but is back now in Stockholm and going to a cocktail party of significant political people next week.
The difficulty now of course is that the Swedes would rather extradite him than try him.
Which means they will, if they get their hands on him. The Americans will want them to. Not before the election of course, for he is a modern Ellsberg to many Americans, but after. Under President Romney perhaps, on the insistence of the Tea Party.
And it may take twenty years, the whole process, and he will die in American custody, treated like poor, mad, romantic, baffled Bradley Manning, for the rest of his life.