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Anna Ardin Aftonbladet Interview

On Saturday August 21 2010 (published August 22), Anna Ardin gives an anonymous interview to Aftonbladet, the Stockholm tabloid. This is the word for word translation and possesses the usual contradictions one has come to expect of tabloids.

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[Italic text in square brackets has been added by me]

“It was assault”

One of the women tells of her allegations against Julian Assange.

One of the women who made a complaint against Julian Assange gave an interview to Aftonbladet yesterday.
“The other woman wanted to report a rape. I gave my story as testimony to her story and to support her.”, she said.

During his visit to Sweden Julian Assange met both women. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he raped one of them, but chief prosecutor Eva Finné dropped the suspicions yesterday afternoon. [Possibly then he did not rape one of them but was only suspected of it?!]

Got in touch

However, the prosecution service stated that the Wikileaks founder is still a suspect.
“The case is still open and in the eyes of the law he is still a suspect. What the charge ultimately will be, I can't say”, said Karin Rosander, director of communications at the prosecution service in Stockholm.
The woman Aftonbladet spoke to yesterday [Anna Ardin] was in her 30s and claims to have been subject to sexual assault, or molestation, but not rape.

Detailed account

The background to their report to the police was that on Friday [20 August 2010] she was contacted by the other woman [Sofia Wilén], whom she had not met before. Her story was similar but worse.
The woman in her 30s wouldn't elaborate yesterday, due to the ongoing investigation. But she has submitted a very detailed account to the police. The other woman has also given the police a detailed account.

Went together

“I immediately believed her account because I had an experience similar to hers.”, says the woman in her 30s to Aftonbladet.

They decided to go to the police together to report their stories.
 “It is quite untrue that we are afraid of Assange and therefore didn’t want to report him. He is not violent and I do not feel threatened by him.” [A sexual assault that wasn't violent?!]

She says that in both cases the sex was initially consensual but later turned into assault.
“The other woman wanted to report a rape. I gave my story as testimony to her story and to support her. We stand by our reports fully.”

“Not a set-up”

The conspiracy theories flooding the net right now are completely dismissed by the woman.
“The allegations against Assange are not a set-up by the Pentagon or anyone else. The responsibility for what happened to me and the other girl lies with a man who has a twisted attitude towards woman and can't take no for an answer.”