Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray came under fire after he questioned the “conduct” of one of two women behind the Swedish sex allegations.
During the interview on BBC, Murray named the woman twice, arguing that her details were already in the public domain.
The Swedish National Prosecutor's Office, which is attempting to extradite Assange, however, censured the former diplomat and warned people against further naming his two alleged victims, the Telegraph reports.
Murray, a key Assange backer who blew the whistle on the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” of terrorism suspects, was also criticised by rape campaigners who accused him of having no respect for judicial processes.
Murray defended his comments in a blog, saying her name was widespread on the Internet and had been published in other countries.
He also accused the BBC of hypocrisy, and claimed the broadcaster previously named the alleged rape victim of Dominique Strauss Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Funds: