Clarification: Wikileaks story

AP News
Posted: Oct 31, 2011 7:24 AM
Clarification: Wikileaks story

In stories July 12 and Oct. 27 on the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over claims of sexual misconduct, The Associated Press reported that his attorney, Ben Emmerson, said in July that the women involved in the case may have found sex with his client "disrespectful, discourteous or disturbing," but added that it had been entirely consensual. The AP's phrasing was intended to convey that Emerson meant the women may _ or may not _ have found sex with Assange disrespectful, discourteous or disturbing.

At the July appeal hearing, Emerson said: "Nothing I say should be taken as denigrating the complainant, the genuineness of their feelings of regret, to trivialise their experience or to challenge whether they felt Assange's conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what they felt comfortable with."