What follows is the full text, translated into English, of an article by Jessica Balksjö which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on August 21, 2010.
The article, titled “Thirty-Year-Old Woman: I Was Assaulted” and subtitled “Discusses Charges Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange,” constitutes the only detailed public discussion of the allegations against Assange yet offered by either of his two accusers. It has never before been published in English.
This translation was prepared by a Swedish-speaking friend of StudentActivism.net, and lightly edited by myself. I’ll be putting up a post discussing the article’s significance tomorrow.
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Aftonbladet has spoken with one of the women behind the rape charges against Julian Assange.
When she met a woman who said she had been raped by Assange, both decided to go to the police.
The 30-year-old woman is going public with her story here in Aftonbladet to explain the specifics of the accusations and to correct a number of errors in a story published in Expressen this morning.
Assange met both women during his visit to Sweden. He was first charged with raping one of the women, charges which were dropped by the chief prosecutor, Eva Finné, but he is still charged with molesting the second woman.
Considers Herself the Target of a Sexual Assault
The women met Assange during his stay in Stockholm. Neither of them had previously met Assange or the other.
The 30-year-old woman says that she considers herself the victim of a sexual assault or molestation, but not a rape.
The police report had its origins last Friday, when a second woman contacted the first with a similar, but worse, story. This second woman was between 20 and 30 years old.
Gave a Detailed Statement
Because of the ongoing police investigation, the 30-year-old woman has chosen not to provide details of her allegations at this time, but she gave the police a very detailed account. The other woman has also made a detailed statement to the police.
“I believed her right away since my experience was so similar to hers,” said the woman to Aftonbladet.
The two women decided to go jointly to the police to make their statements.
“I Don’t Feel Threatened”
“It is completely incorrect to say that we chose not to file a report with the police because we were afraid of Assange,” said the woman. “He is not violent, and I do not feel threatened by him.”
In both cases, the sex was initially consensual, but subsequently became abusive.
“The other woman wanted him to be charged with rape. I filed my report as a witness statement in support of her account and to support her. Both of us stand behind our accounts,” the woman told Aftonbladet.
“Charges Not Orchestrated”
The 30-year-old woman dismisses the conspiracy theories currently flooding the web.
“Neither the Pentagon nor anyone else orchestrated these charges. The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl lies with a man who has a warped attitude toward women and is incapable of taking no for an answer.”