James Catlin, the Melbourne barrister who represented Julian Assange in London, has stated in a recent article in crikey.com that Assange is essentially being charged for having sex without a condom.
At first the two women, Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen, tweeted and texted, boasting about their relationship with Assange. At some point they appear to have been pressured to inform Swedish prosecutors that Assange did not use a condom, or that the condom malfunctioned. Apparently failure to use a condom in Sweden is considered statuary rape, as, presumably, consent is predicated on the use of a condom. One wonders whether this law also affects married couples the same way. Apparently Anna Ardin sought to delete the tweets wherein she bragged about being with Assange.
The Swedish prosecutors and, by extension, the Swedish government is showing itself to be incredibly lame, hypocritical, and, indeed, a laughing stock to the rest of the world. Perhaps it is time to organize an international boycott of all things Swedish. Oh, and yes, perhaps it is also time to keep a list of all the US politicians screaming for Assange's head, so that at election time we can say, "now didn't you say this about Julian Assange." Assange is probably correct in saying that the Swedish government wants to extradite him so as to immediately hand him over to US authorities. In other words, Stockholm licks the boot heal of Washington.