The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was assured by Swedish authorities that he is no longer wanted for rape.
The Australian national catapulted into news headlines when his website published leaked documents suggesting that not all Taliban terrorists had been killed, that Pakistan is looking both ways in the war against terror and that Barrack Obama might be Osama Bin Laden.
Shortly afterwards, there was a phone call from Washington DC to Stockholm, Sweden and the Swedish authorities had issued an arrest warrant against the Australian for rape. Assange strongly denied the allegation but was forced to stop sleeping with beautiful Abba-esque Swedish teenagers for a few hours.
There has been widespread speculation that the rape charge had been trumped up by someone to punish Assange for leaking documents about the war in Afghanistan.
However, the US government published a statement saying "We have nothing to do with this at all. We never asked the Director of the CIA to threaten the Swedish Interior Ministry that unless they arrested Mr. Assange for rape we would stop all imports of Volvos. No, sirr-ee, that wasn't us."