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Western law has a nominal presumption of innocence. Far from 'assuming' that 'none of the victims are CIA etc dupes' it's not possible to assume anything about the case at all - beyond the fact that there was a charge of rape which was dropped almost immediately, apparently for lack of any evidence whatsoever beyond a phoned-in charge by the police which the prosecutor initially took in good faith and then retracted when no evidence was provided.

Given Assange's high profile and the fact that honey traps are an absolutely standard intelligence tool, and given that Assange presumably isn't a total idiot, a certain level of wariness about the convenient timing of the accusations is understandable.

Obviously if there's solid medical evidence of bruising, DNA, or other tell-tales, that would change the story.

But so far as anyone can tell there isn't. If there were, the prosecutor would have had no reason to withdraw the case.

The fact that the case was withdrawn within hours doesn't say anything positive about the quality of evidence supporting it.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 03:33:48 PM EST

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