Aug 24, 2010
Australian intelligence services had warned WikiLeaks of “dirty tricks” before Swedish authorities issued a short-lived arrest warrant for founder Julian Assange over a rape claim, he said Monday.
“We were warned on the 11th (of August) by Australian intelligence that we should expect this sort of thing,” Assange said in a telephone interview with broadcaster Al-Jazeera from a secret location in Sweden.
Assange — whose whistleblowing website is embroiled in a row with the Pentagon over the release of thousands of secret US documents on the Afghan war — faced allegations from two women in Sweden of rape and molestation.
Prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday night on the rape claim but abruptly withdrew it the following day saying that new information had come to light.