December 01, 2010, 10:18 AM — You know those thrillers where the hero falls unintentionally into a vast conspiracy and starts doing hero things without really intending to confront the government/corporation/secret society/crime syndicate that's at the center of the vast conspiracy and suddenly finds his credit cards turned off and his face on TV under a big red WANTED logo (usually while he's standing in line at a grocery store and the nervous clerk just went off to tell the manager there's a fugitive at the counter)?
Complete paranoid fantasy, right?
On a completely unrelated topic, Interpol has issued the equivalent of an APB for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of raping two women in Sweden, where WikiLeaks' servers are sometimes based.
The accusations come from two women, aged 20 and 30, with whom the Australian Assange admitted having relationships. One quickly retracted her statement, but the accusation was made public anyway, sparking an outraged protest from a former Swedish chief prosecutor.
Assange has not yet been indicted in the U.S., but the F.B.I., Justice Department and Pentagon all have "active, ongoing criminal investigation[s]" to decide whether to charge him under the 1917 Espionage Act.
So far, neither Sweden nor U.S. law enforcement has been able to put its hands on Assange, who changes his location and appearance frequently, uses communications media that are hard to trace, and works from what are described by the press as "bunkers" and by hackers as "my mom's basement."