Let us imagine Julian Assange is innocent of raping those two women. Let us imagine it's my job to discredit him. If I were trying to set Assange up, I couldn't pick many better crimes to charge him with than date-rape. When a government accuses a whistle-blower under dubious circumstances, the natural response is to say 'yeah, right'. Imagine if instead he were accused of child-molestation, or murder or tax fraud or of consorting with bin Laden. The right and center would absolutely despise him, sure, but they already do, and the left would home to the notions that he's innocent till proven guilty, that the alternate explanation where he's being framed makes at least as much sense, and why on earth did the Interpol get involved anyway. Because we're talking about rape and rape-rape and patriarchy and feminism though, Assange's base splits two ways between fighting against the persecution of a whistle-blower and fighting against the notion that women often charge rape out of 'buyer's remorse.' Me, I think the accusation seems well designed to short-circuit the presumption of innocence, and am going to disable my anti-false-rape circuitry for the case pending further information.