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Ecuadoran Foreign Minister: Rape Charges Are ‘Hilarious’

Ecuadoran Foreign Minister: Rape Charges Are ‘Hilarious’

 

Ecuador has not yet made a decision on whether to grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, but foreign minister Ricardo Patiño doesn’t think rape allegations are anything serious.

“Personally, this is hilarious,” Patiño said to reporters, according to Agence France-Presse. Patiño added that Assange was only being “charged because his condom broke.”

While Assange has not yet been officially charged, Swedish authorities want to question him in relation to allegations of rape and sexual assault by two women. The breaking of a condom was part of one allegation, but far from the centerpiece of the alleged incident:

Her account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she “tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again”. Miss A told police that she didn’t want to go any further “but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far”, and so she allowed him to undress her.

According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had “done something” with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

Another woman alleged that she “had awoken to find [Assange] having sex with her.” The woman had asked Assange to wear a condom previously, but Assange told her he was not. The allegation says ”she couldn’t be bothered to tell him one more time because she had been going on about the condom all night. She had never had unprotected sex before.”

Assange fled to the Ecuadoran embassy in London after Britain’s high court ordered him extradited to Sweden. Assange has cited fear of being extradited by Sweden to the United States to face charges related to the leaking of classified documents.

While Assange’s guilt or innocence remains to be seen, there is no questions that the allegations against him are serious. It’s highly disconcerting to hear a highly-placed government official in Ecuador referring to allegations of rape as “hilarious.” Whatever one thinks about the veracity of the allegations against Assange, what they charge is very grave indeed.

 

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10:35AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Annmari L.: Seriously? Please understand that I am ashamed of people such as yourself, who are apparently either too lazy to do your own research as regards this case, or just don't care about the actual facts surrounding it, and yet are willing to loudly proclaim your untruthful views. We are all entitled to our opinions - yet those which are actually based upon fact as opposed to fiction are possibly more valid? You are of course aware that using the word rape to describe the accusations is both disingenuous and misleading in this instance - the actual allegation involves failing to use a condom - and since no charges have been laid, there are no charges to answer to - thus he is NOT fleeing from charges, but rather extradition to a country where he KNOWS he will be turned over to the US. (It might also be worth noting that the women involved do NOT wish to press charges). Thus both information AND critical thinking are important abilities to possess when commenting on articles / issues such as this one. While I would not presume to comment on the behalf of anybody but myself, I think it is safe to assume (using that same “critical thinking/ability to assimilate the available information available” skill mentioned above) that most of us who are acquainted with the facts surrounding this sh**show, wish people like you would take your misinformed opinion and go away. Have a nice day anyways

5:40AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

thank you for the article.

5:37AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

I am ashamed of reading all these comments from people that usually defends women's rights! For instance, Raphael Z. You claim to know what happened. Where you there, in the same room as these women and Assange and witnessed and documented every word spoken and every action taken?
Mirjam E.: Everything these days end up in the news! As for interviewing Assange: There are such things as doing an investigation, securing evidence and questioning witnesses before going ahead with an interrogation of the suspect. I guess you and others here on Care2 have seen too many cop shows or CSI to fully understand how the legal process works, let alone understand the Swedish legal standard. But since so many are convinced he is innocent I dare you to let your wifes, daughters, mothers, girlfriends, and other female connections sleep in the same room as Assange!
Vivianne M.: Usually don't bother to answer your postings but I'll make an exception. Just because a woman had consensual sex with a man the night before, doesn't equal she wants it the morning after. And men who feel they have a right having sex with a woman while she's asleep need to get out from their cave men attitude!
Just a caution: Anyone on my friends list that think Assange is innocent and that all these charges of sexual misconduct are trumped up by CIA in cohorts with the alleged female vctims, please remove yourself! I don't know if he is guilty or innocent but that is for a court in SWEDEN to decide! BTW, an extraditi

7:25AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

That was probably only a pretext to arrest him.

10:23AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Apparently so Pedro! The sad fact is there are still many who believe this lie, even after they have been shown clear arguments and facts to the contrary. Just read some of their comments, here and in other Care2 articles related to Julian Assange.

What is worse is that those who write these Care2 articles are somewhat to blame for creating an environment of guilt, lies and suspicion, no doubt they have their hidden agenda's, aligned with the corrupt governments and organizations Julian Assange has exposed.

3:45AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

The accusation is blatantly bogus!
Who in the world would believe this?

12:44AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

I once had a condom break during sex. I wasn't aware that it had broken until well after the fact.

A broken condom does not equal rape.

3:28PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

To have sex with a person and then the next morning have a problem with it..is a little strange to me.
The one person saying Assange did 'something' to to condom, was strange, they do break when being used. Not always, but they do.
The person that woke up having sex....most men feel when they have sex with person and wake up with them....could have sex again. some men feel it is a good way to wake up in the morning. Especially if the night before was good sex.
To have these charges made and the international up-roar, is insane to me. I guess he embarrassed to many 'high level' people.

2:33PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Everyone is entitled to an "INFORMED" opinion.

Sadly, there are a number of contributors including the writer Jeff Fecke who seem not to have an INFORMED opinion regarding any shred of guilt or evidence to suggest Julian Assange is anything other than innocent of any crime committed in Sweden, the UK or the United States.

Only and ONLY! after the Wikileaks revelations, did the World's Media and Political Organisations sit up, take note, and falsely make allegations of Rape and Sexual Abuse.

This article is inflammatory, deceitful, poorly written and supports my personal opinion that the Care2 site often acts on behalf of those who want to bring false facts and charges against individuals and certain countries because it suits theirs and certain governments and political organisations agenda's.

2:09PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Thanks

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