Julian Assange faces charges in Sweden that have been generally described as rape. Assange and the two Swedish women all acknowledge that Assange had sexual relations with both women -- separately. Assange, and some accounts, describe the sex as consensual.
Under Swedish law consensual sex where the male has obfuscated that he is not wearing a condom is a sex crime.
Assange was in the United Kingdom when the Swedish charges were filed. He fought extradition to Sweden, asserting he feared Sweden would agree to extradite him, in turn, to the USA, where he expected to be sent to Guantanamo. In June 2012 he requested Asylum from Equador.
- Philip Dorling (2012-06-23). "Are Assange's fears justified?". The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/world/are-assanges-fears-justified-20120622-20u6i.html. Retrieved 2012-06-24. "THERE has been a predictable storm of media commentary following Julian Assange's dramatic bid to seek political asylum at Ecuador's London embassy. Many commentators have been dismissive of Assange's claims he is at risk of politically-motivated United States espionage charges."
- David Mattin. "Required reading: WikiLeaks". The National. http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/required-reading-wikileaks. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- "It's Ecuador or Guantanamo". Thanh Nien News. 2012-06-24. http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20120624-its-ecuador-or-guantanamo.aspx. Retrieved 2012-06-24. "In a cliffhanger move John Le Carre would be proud of, WikiLeaks superstar Julian Assange stepped into the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, central London, on Tuesday, requested political asylum invoking the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and unleashed yet another international storm."