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Assange attorney: text messages mention 'revenge'

Jeremy Kirk | Feb. 8, 2011
Text messages sent by the two women who accuse WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of rape and assault mention "revenge" and "economic gain," according to testimony during the second day of his extradition hearing.

The WikiLeaks founder maintains that his relations with the two women were consensual. The offenses with which he could be charged would not be offenses under British law, but he could face a maximum of four years in prison if convicted in Sweden.

Assange's attorney, Geoffrey Robertson, argued on Monday that it was improper for Sweden to issue an extradition request without first charging the suspect. But Clare Montgomery, who is representing the British government, said it is proper as Swedish authorities have "sufficient intention" to prosecute.

Further case material has been posted online by Assange's legal team.

 

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