Because smears against Assange are many and correct information often lacks.
Voir aussi (Fr) Éléments pour combattre la campagne de désinformation
Caitlin Johnstone debunks all the Assange smears and gives tips for how to argue against smears using facts, logic, and wise use of one's energy
After a visit in Sweden in 2010 Julian Assange was accused of sexual misconduct by two women there. Assange complied with the preliminary investigation and the case was soon closed a first time because the prosecutor saw no crime. It was opened again later, by a different prosecutor… Then started a long series of legal battles supposedly intended to shed light and bring justice to all parties in this case when in fact only the injustice grew thicker, with Assange being vilified as a rapist in the press even though he had never been charged with any crime. Assange always claimed his innocence, all the while continuing to collaborate with the investigation even when he was in political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy and limited in movements for fear of an extradition to the US. The questionable way the investigation was conducted, the years of legal procrastination and irregularities that followed were neither fair to the women nor to Assange. They were in fact detrimental, instrumental only to the political persecution of the WikiLeaks founder. UN rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer even concluded this investigation “was the primary factor that triggered, enabled and encouraged the subsequent campaign of sustained and concerted public mobbing and judicial persecution against Mr. Assange in various countries, the cumulative effects of which can only described as psychological torture.” The investigation is now closed for the third time, for lack of evidence.
An interview with Nils Melzer UN rapporteur on Torture. By Daniel Ryser, Yves Bachmann, on Republik.ch 31/01/2020
“A made-up rape allegation and fabricated evidence in Sweden, pressure from the UK not to drop the case, a biased judge, detention in a maximum security prison, psychological torture – and soon extradition to the U.S., where he could face up to 175 years in prison for exposing war crimes. For the first time, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, speaks in detail about the explosive findings of his investigation into the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.”
By Nils Melzer, UN rapporteur on torture, 26 June 2019
By Nils Melzer, UN rapporteur on torture, 2 Jul 2019
by Oscar Grenfell 20 Nov 2019
by Jim Kavanagh, 25 April 2019
by Stefania Maurizi, 13 Feb 2018
by John Pilger, 20 May 2017
by Katrin Axelsson and Lisa Longstaff 23 AUg 2012
Background on the case from the beginning
by Caitlin Jonhstone, April 2019
Here is the text of the indictment, the US charging Assange with 17 counts of Espionage. assange-indictment.pdf