Assange says that the sex was consensual. "I may be a chauvinist pig of some sort," the book quotes him as saying, "but I am no rapist." Assange says that he was warned by an intelligence source that the U.S. government wanted to discredit him with bogus drug or sex charges. He also says the charges may be the result of a "terrible misunderstanding that was stoked up" by his accusers.
Though British authorities have ordered that Assange be extradited to Sweden, he has appealed the order, and the court has not yet ruled on his appeal.
WikiLeaks was founded in 2006, and began releasing confidential and sensational information, including battle footage, Scientology manuals, government documents and Sarah Palin's private emails. In early 2010, it released a video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter strike that killed Iraqi civilians and two Reuters employees. In late 2010, it began releasing 250,000classified U.S. State Department cables.