WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange has become the focus of a smear campaign in what appears to be effort to pile pressure on the whistle-blower ahead of the the expected publication of thousands more classified US military documents. The documents are likely to lift the lid on more atrocities committed by forces in Afghanistan in the polluted name of freedom.
A Swedish tabloid claims Assange is facing rape charges from two women. A Google translation here provides some clue as to what the allegations against Assange consist of. The translation suggests Assange has been charged in absentia, based on recent claims levelled against him.
On its Twitter page WikiLeaks said it was warned of, "an impending "dirty tricks campaign," and links to the translation of an article that appeared in the Swedish tabloid Expressen. WikiLeaks said it has received no notification of the charges from any official source.
Meanwhile, over in Washington, Pentagon lawyers are apparently trawling through the law books trying to find a way of bringing Wikileaks to heel.
According to the Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors, "are exploring possible criminal charges" against Assange and other operators of, WikiLeaks, as their attempts to shut the site up become increasingly desperate.
Referring to the thousands of secret US military documents passed to WikiLeaks of which some 15,000 remain to be published, Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Charles Johnson said in a letter to a WikiLeaks lawyer: "It is the view of the Department of Defense that WikiLeaks obtained this material in circumstances that constitute a violation of United States law, and that as long as WikiLeaks holds this material, the violation of the law is ongoing."