Assange Arrested Because Of "Radical Feminist" BitchesS

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London in connection with Swedish rape allegations, and guess who's to blame? Feminists, of course!

The Swedish authorities want to question him in connection with two allegations made by Swedish women in August — one says he refused to stop having sex after a condom broke, the other says he penetrated her without a condom when she'd only consented to sex with one. Now British authorities will begin the complex process of deciding whether to extradite Assange to Sweden, an extradition his lawyer says he will fight "mainly on the grounds that he may be handed over to the Americans" for his involvement with WikiLeaks. Meanwhile, the press will begin the process of trying to discredit the alleged victims.

Says Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall: "One of the women involved in the claims is a radical feminist in Sweden who is known to have a theory that men dominate their social positions through sex and she's also been known to write a blog called 'seven steps to legal revenge'." For real fun, though, you need to head over to — of course — the Daily Mail. Writes the Mail's Richard Pendlebury of one of the alleged victims,

An attractive blonde, Sarah was already a well-known ‘radical feminist'. In her 30s, she had travelled the world following various fashionable causes.

While a research assistant at a local university she had not only been the protegee of a militant feminist ­academic, but held the post of ‘campus sexual equity officer'. Fighting male discrimination in all forms, including sexual harassment, was her forte.

So, like, the kind of person who makes up rape claims, basically. Also, the kind of person who makes up criminal allegations when someone she sleeps with has sex with someone else:

How must Sarah have felt to ­discover that the man she'd taken to her bed three days before had already taken up with another woman? ­Furious? Jealous? Out for revenge? Perhaps she merely felt aggrieved for a fellow woman in distress.

Add into the mix another meddling lady — "the female interviewing officer, presumably because of allegations of a sabotaged condom in one case and a refusal to wear one in the ­second, concluded that both women were victims" — and what you have is a case where "unlike the bell in [Swedish city] Enkoping, the allegations simply don't ring true."

It's true that the case against Assange isn't cut-and-dried — piecing it together is what the legal process is for. Over at Feministe, Jill notes that the real issue here isn't "What Assange Did or Whether Assange Is A Rapist" (we really don't know unless/until the case actually goes to court), but "the primary media narrative about this case, which is that women lie and exaggerate about rape, and will call even the littlest thing — a broken condom! — rape if they're permitted to under a too-liberal feminist legal system." I actually prefer the "honeytrap" (or in Swedish, "sexfalla") narrative, in which the women involved were American spies plotting to bring Assange down with their vaginas. That's as speculative as anything else, but at least it's new. The they're-just-angry-feminists argument is painfully old and tired, and, as Jill points out, supports an all-or-nothing view of sexual consent that just plain doesn't describe most people's sexual experience.

While the press complains about feminazi bonerkillers, WikiLeaks's boner remains spectacularly unkilled. The organization tweets that it will release more cables tonight. And according to CNN, it's also posted an encrypted file Assange's lawyer calls a "thermonuclear device." Over 100,000 people have downloaded it, and they'll supposedly receive the key to decrypt should "anything happen" to the site or Assange. And the Mail is worried about feminists?

WikiLeaks Boss Assange Arrives At UK Court [Sky News]
The Wikileaks Sex Files: How Two One-Night Stands Sparked A Worldwide Hunt For Julian Assange [Daily Mail]
Some Thoughts On "Sex By Surprise" [Feministe]
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is Accused of Rape (Updated) [Gizmodo]
Assange Arrested In London On Swedish Warrant [CNN]

Earlier: What You Need To Know About The Wikileaks Rape Scandal