Swedish Prosecutor to Question WikiLeaks's Assange Over Molestation Claim

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be questioned in relation to a molestation case by Swedish prosecutors.

Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne will instruct investigators how to continue the probe, the Stockholm City Public Prosecution Office said today in an e-mail. Another case involving rape allegations will be dropped.

Assange’s lawyer, Leif Silbersky, said that while his client was pleased the rape case had been dropped, he was angry at the way prosecutors handled the matter. “We are sitting and waiting for the police to call,” he said in a phone interview. “I hope it happens tomorrow so he can leave Sweden.”

The allegations follow the release in July by WikiLeaks of more than 91,000 U.S. military reports related to the Afghanistan war. The U.S. Defense Department demanded they be returned and purged, saying they threatened the safety of troops and Afghans.

Assange said in a posting on Twitter last week that the Swedish allegations were “without basis.”

The WikiLeaks founder was in Sweden to give lectures on the publication of the secret documents about the war in Afghanistan. While Swedish prosecutors don’t normally reveal the names of suspects, Assange’s name was leaked to Swedish media.

“According to Swedish law they have to shut up,” Silbersky said. “They are not allowed to talk to the media like they did. I think it is a crime by the prosecutor who did it.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Janina Pfalzer in Stockholm at jpfalzer@bloomberg.net.

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