WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has struck out at the Guardian, calling an article published in the paper referring to Assange’s trial on rape charges as “disgusting”.
Assange accused the Guardian, which has collaborated with WikiLeaks in its mission to disseminate top-secret information from the American government, of “selectively publishing” excerpts of a Swedish police report about his case, something Assange has claimed was “clearly designed to undermine my bail application”.
A Guardian spokesman responded to Assange’s outburst, assuring that the report was justified as Assange cannot expect to be free of criticism: “The argument that the papers involved with the WikiLeaks cables should not report criticism of him is one all journalists would find ridiculous,” said the spokesman.
“His lawyers have publicly accused the women who have made rape allegations of being part of a ‘honey trap’ and have said they are part of a dark conspiracy. That is their choice, but they can hardly complain if their claims – made out of court – are held up to journalistic examination.”
This article appears in issue 266 of Media Digest.
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