Mr Assange said he regarded himself as a victim of Left-wing radicalism. “Sweden is the Saudi Arabia of feminism,” he said. “I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.”
Mr Assange claimed that one of the women who said she had been sexually assaulted by him took a “trophy photo” of him lying naked in her bed.
He said the woman, identified in court documents as Miss A, 31, had invited him to stay in her empty flat in August when he visited Stockholm to give a lecture. By his account, she returned home early and insisted he sleep in her bed. “We went to bed, and things went on from there.”
She later alleged that although he had reluctantly used a condom at first, he then appeared to have ripped it. Unprotected sex without a partner’s consent can be a crime in Sweden.
A full extradition hearing is due in London on February 7th. The US government is understood to be investigating whether he can be charged with espionage.