George Galloway found himself at the centre of a row over sexual violence today, when he suggested it was acceptable to have intercourse with a sleeping woman if she had previously consented to sex.
The remarks, which were triggered by the allegations against Julian Assange, prompted outrage online and led the Bradford MP to suggest those offended were playing into the Pentagon's plans.
"Oh how this 'liberal' chorus of Pavlovian reaction must delight the Pentagon!" he tweeted.
"Oh my, what a lot of 'liberal' useful idiots the Empire can count on. It's about WIKILEAKS stupid...!"
Speaking on his internet videocast 'Goodnight with George Galloway', the Respect MP said one of the women who is making allegations against Assange was "already in the sex game" because she had slept with the Wikileaks founder earlier that evening.
"Even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100% true, they don't constitute rape," he said on his videocast.
"Woman A... had consensual sex with [Assange]. Claims that she woke up to him having sex with her again. This is something which can happen, you know.
"Not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion. Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you're already in the sex game with them."
The development comes as US Republican senate candidate Todd Akin came under fire for saying "legitimate rape" victims could not get pregnant.
A Sunday poll showed women were much more likely to take a critical view of the Assage row than men due to the allegations of sexual assault he faces in Sweden.