At about 14.00 in the warm afternoon of August 20 two women walked into a police station in central Stockholm wanting “to talk and get some advice regarding two prior incidents and would like to get recommendations on how to proceed since they were insecure. From the start the crime rape was mentioned and it was stated that both women were victims.” From the memorandum of the police inspector in charge.
After talking to the women separately, making some phone calls to family-violence unit and the station commander, the female police inspector issued a police report at 16.11. The prosecutor on call was informed about the contents of the report and an order for arrest was issued at 17.00. The person wanted was Julian Assange, of Wikileaks’ fame. And he was wanted for the crime of rape and “ofredande”, abuse. So far, none of accusers had been interviewed by the police.
At this time nobody would ever think that the conversations in this small police station in central Stockholm within 24 hours would result in a world-wide media frenzy.
At this time very few people knew about the story. It was only the accusers, the police and the prosecutors. Someone leaked details of the police report and the order of arrest to Niklas Svensson, a journalist at the tabloid magazine Expressen. Expressen managed to get the story confirmed by the prosecutor on call and they published the news late in the evening, 23.18. And soon the story appeared inte media all around the world. Continue reading