Rape is a serious offense and should be treated as such.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been accused of rape and molestation charges. Assange should know that charges such as these must be run through the proper channels, as inconvenient though it may be to him. While they may be nothing more than hot air, The Huffington Post reports that way back on Sept. 1, 2010, “Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny decided to reopen the case…(because of)…new information.”
While recently asked on camera about these rape and sexual molestation charges with CNN International correspondent Atika Shubert, Assange took the juvenile route and fled the scene in a huff. Walking off while cameras are rolling is never a good idea. Assange was even more recently on Larry King Live, and King called the man on his behavior for walking off the set.
According to CNN video, rebroadcast by Mediaite, Assange answered King (in part) as follows, stating, “it’s not right to bring in sensational and in fact false claims about this relatively trivial matter compared to the deaths of 109,000 people.” Assange also chided CNN, calling the network, “Extremely disrespectful…to start conflating the first revelations of that material with any sort of tabloid journalism.”
Rape is a serious crime, though. Despite the fact that CNN is in America and this act was alleged to have happened in Sweden, this doesn’t leave Assange behind some great veil of secrecy. We live in a world community, and if Julian Assange is going to step up on that world stage and orate, he needs to be prepared to hold himself in accordance with the standards for being on that stage. Whether or not he’s guilty is not the point. He needs to be able to defend himself from this in a manner which extends beyond talking down about CNN.
One further point about this matter which deserves closer scrutiny is the words from Assange from the Sept. 1 Huffington Post report. As reported back through the Huffington Post, the Swedish paper Aftonbladet quotes Assange with having said:
“I haven’t done anything with these two women that wasn’t completely consensual from both sides. I am very upset,” he said. “And also worried about the Swedish justice system’s lack of respect for people’s integrity.”
So Assange is not denying that anything happened. All he’s said before this recent CNN dustup was that everything was “consensual.”
The messenger is often the last one to know before being shot down. However, if Assange is innocent and these claims are “in fact false,” then he needs to be ready to stand behind his name so that it is cleared. If Assange does not address this, then the claims of the rape victim just grow stronger and stronger as people begin to trust less and less what Wikileaks and what Assange have to say.