Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

Two notorious sexual abuse court cases ended today with two very different outcomes.

Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting a 15-year-old girl, weeping openly as he admitted to the judge: "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse."

And today Swedish prosecutors unexpectedly dropped their investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange. The allegation stemmed from a 2010 visit he made to Stockholm where he was accused of sexual assault. He categorically denied all of the claims.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he had sought asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Today, Assange declared that “the proper war is just commencing.”

After raising a clenched fist in salute, however, he vowed that “threats” made by US officials that he could be arrested on espionage charges “will not be tolerated” and said his organisation was escalating its leaks of documents about the CIA.

Images of Weiner crying in the courtroom and Assange, triumphant on the Ecuadoran balcony, are a lesson in contrasts: