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Julian Assange accusers motivated by revenge, claims lawyer

Text messages cast doubt on women's testimony, according to defence team
By Jeremy Kirk
Published: 15:58 GMT, 08 February 11

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.

Defense witness Björn Hurtig said he was allowed under police supervision to examine hundreds of messages, which "suggest things that go against what the claimants have said regarding the rape."

Hurtig, who is Assange's attorney in Sweden, said he saw text messages "speaking of revenge" and taking "economic advantage" of Assange, who is wanted for questioning related to alleged incidents with two women in mid-August 2010.

He faces possible charges of unlawful coercion, sexual molestation and rape, but his legal team presents those accusations


Added: Feb-8-2011 
By: RicoShay
Tags: Assange, Innocent, Revenge, Extortion
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