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Julian Assange's sexual behaviour was "disrespectful, discourteous and pushing the boundaries" – but not rape, the WikiLeaks founder's legal team insists, in a change of strategy they hope will save him from extradition to Sweden.

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Campaigners supporting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today released a video bemoaning his bail conditions and showing cameras that have been erected outside his home.

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When Julian Assange was charged at Westminster Magistrates Court, he arrived in an unmarked police limousine, almost entirely unnoticed by the hordes of photographers waiting outside. Their attention had been taken, instead, by a different car – the decoy, all screeching sirens and flashing lights. "I said no one would ever fall for that," mused Detective Sergeant Mel Humphreys. "All those experienced hacks out there."

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