Originally Posted by ljocampo
I thought I read that this Swedish version of the rape charge was based on not using a condom and he was cleared of what we would actually consider rape because the sex was consensual.
You are essentially correct. Rape, like Murder, is a very specific legal term and in that sense, no he did not rape those women.
That said, in Sweden if you have sex with a woman and you don't tell her that you aren't using a condom that's still considered sexual assault. A lot of this case is he said, they said. He said he told them he didn't have any condoms and they were basically "whatever lets do this" and they came he never said a word. But neither is likely to be able to prove their side. Unless the punishment for this level of crime is life in jail or your penis being removed, most men would go and state their side with a very sincere "I thought she understood, it seems she didn't and for that I am sorry. I'm happy to pay if she wants to be tested for any STDs etc" and take the probation, the getting kicked out of the country or whatever. But Mr Assange likes to make himself into a martyr so it is no shock he's doing things this way