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Assange Accuser Has Ties to Cuban Dissidents

Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 09:56 AM


The bizarre saga of WikiLeaks yielded an arrest and yet another unexpected wrinkle on Tuesday: One of the Swedish women who has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes was revealed to be a supporter of Cuban dissidents, The Miami Herald reports.

Anna Ardin's links to Cuba were posted on several websites Tuesday after Assange surrendered in London to answer a warrant issued for his arrest by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning after Ardin and another woman accused him of having sex with them without a condom and without their consent.

And in yet another Cuba-related development Tuesday, a U.S. diplomatic cable made public reported that Brazilian officials had said that country's investment in expanding the Cuban port of Mariel was based ``on the assumption that Cuba and the United States will eventually develop a trading relationship'' after the U.S. embargo is lifted.

These revelations came as Assange, 39, appeared in a London court Tuesday for a hearing on the extradition request. He denied the sex-crime allegations, declared he would fight extradition and was sent to jail to await a Dec. 14 hearing.

Judge Howard Riddle said the Australian citizen, a former computer hacker who claims to have no permanent home, could abscond if granted bail.

Assange turned himself into Scotland Yard, and was sent to the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in the early afternoon.

In one of the Swedish cases, he faces rape and sexual molestation allegations, and in the other, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion charges.

He and his lawyers claim the incidents stem from a ``dispute over consensual but unprotected sex'' in August.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that U.S. diplomats abroad have already seen signs that other countries are being more cautious in their U.S. contacts because of Wikileaks' release of hundreds of classified U.S. embassy dispatches.

``We're conscious of at least one meeting where it was requested that notebooks be left outside the room,'' Crowley said.

Read the entire story at miamiherald.com

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