WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Wednesday provided intimate details of what he termed a consensual sexual encounter in Sweden in 2010 that unfolded into a global legal tussle and a six-year battle on his part to escape confinement.
Julian Assange says he is "entirely innocent" of a string of sexual assault claims in his first full testimony released to Swedish prosecutors.
"I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been", Mr Assange said in releasing the statement.
"I am entirely innocent".
His statement includes detailed accounts of what he calls "consensual and enjoyable" sex with a woman known as "SW", which he says occurred four or five times.
"You have been found to have subjected me to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment".
Allegations against Mr. Assange, 45, surfaced shortly before his website began releasing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables stolen from the U.S. State Department.
She demanded the Australian government intervene on Assange's behalf, and said she had contacted the Attorney-General George Brandis, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
It is not clear what question he was asked, but at any rate he responds: "I refer you to my statement where all these questions were answered". "We were in agreement and arranged to meet the following day in the nearby park around lunchtime when I would have time to get tested", Assange wrote.
WikiLeaks was under siege in the summer of 2010. The woman, however, arrived back during Assange's stay. She then said that she had spoken to a police officer about the matter.
Through reference to text message correspondence between SW and her friend in the days prior and following their time together, Assange seeks to "clearly show" that the woman merely sought advice from the police on STD testing and was convinced into selling her story to Swedish tabloid for money.
He said the woman, an employee of the National Museum, took him there. During the night and in the morning we had consensual sexual intercourse on several occasions. "Her words, her expressions and her physical reactions made it clear to me that she encouraged and enjoyed our interactions".
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On Aug. 14, 2010, "SW" sent the following text to a friend: I want him.
On 21 August, SW wrote that she "did not want to accuse" Julian Assange "for anything" and that it was the "police who made up the charges".
"I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm grieving, but I'm also fighting", she told SBS News.
I was also certain she expressly consented to unprotected sex before such intercourse started.
He said a text message sent by SW shows this did not happen. The statute of limitations means that prosecutors only have until 2020 to charge Assange over the rape allegation.
- On 20 August "SW", while at the police station, wrote that she "did not want to put any charges on Julian Assange" but that "the police were keen on getting their hands on him"; and that she was "chocked (sic shocked) when they arrested him" because she "only wanted him to take a test".
The only thing I can say is that Assange has low credibility and we will prove this when we prosecute.
Elisabeth Fritz, the Swedish lawyer who represents one of the women involved in the case, said Mr Assange "seems to be desperate".
Under Swedish law, having sex with a woman who is asleep can be considered rape, so the questions of whether the woman was asleep, and whether she agreed to having sex without a condom, are vital.
The Swedish prosecutors' office declined to discuss the case with McClatchy.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention spoke at the end of November and said that they had rejected the challenge placed by the UK after the UK had refused to be abide by the United Nations' previous February 2016 decision, which asserted that Julian Assange was being held at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London against his will.
"You have subjected me to six years of unlawful, politicised detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and four and a half years at this embassy", he wrote.