December 22, 2010, 11:40 AM — Neither WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange nor his lawyers have formally responded to rape charges lodged in Sweden.
His lawyer in England has charged, however, that the two women accusing him are agents of "dark forces" running "a honeytrap" to ruin Assange and stop his work.
Leaving aside how appropriate paranoia is when everyone really is out to get you, it turns out According to Slate, honeytraps were a genuine tactic in the recruitment and exploitation of clandestine agents among the enemy, but weren't common even in the throes of the cold war. Russians were also far more successful at setting them than Americans, Brits or, presumably, Swedes.
Occam's razor -- a mathematical principle advising that we pick among available theories for the that requires the fewest assumptions of vast, dark conspiracy -- points to Hanlon's razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."