Correction to New York Times Article Regarding Julian Assange – Draft – PDF

2013 Draft Correction to New York Times Article Regarding Julian Assange

I am the attorney for Julian Assange and Wikileaks

In Soldier to Face More Serious Charges in Leak (Scott Shane 3/2/2012) there are 2 errors that need correction:

1) The article states that my client Mr. Assange is “to face sexual offense charges” in Sweden.

This is a clear error and harms my client.

There are no “charges” pending against Mr. Assange anything. There are allegations about which the Swedish prosecutor wishes to question him. He has not been charged.

This was correction has been made by other newspapers:

See some examples below—so please correct the story to reflect that he is not facing charges in Sweden.

Original: “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face sexual abuse charges, a British court ruled Thursday.”

Correction: “WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden for questioning and possible trial on allegations of sexual assault, a British judge ruled Thursday.”

Correction Statement: “CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referred incorrectly in the first paragraph to “charges of sexual assault.” Assange has not been charged in connection with the allegations.”
Original: (headline) “WikiLeaks: Assange lawyer argues Swedish charges aren’t serious”
Correction: “WikiLeaks: Assange lawyer argues Swedish accusations aren’t serious”
Correction Statement: N/A

Michael Ratner

Center for Constitutional Rights