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Julian Assange Rape Investigation Dropped By Swedish Prosecutors After Seven Years


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#1 bust

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:24

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Sweden's top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, bringing to an end a seven-year legal stand-off.

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  • Assange was under investigation for alleged sex crimes from 2010, which he denies
  • Prosecutor dropping investigation because all avenues to pursue it have been exhausted
  • Assange's lawyer has described end of seven-year stand-off as "total victory"
The announcement means the WikiLeaks leader no longer faces sex crime allegations in Sweden, although British police say he is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.
Assange, 45, took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women.
But the Swedish Prosecutor has now dropped that investigation because all avenues to pursue it have been exhausted.
Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny said maintaining his European arrest warrant would have required Assange to attend court in Sweden, and extraditing him to the country seems impossible in the near future.
"This is a total victory for Julian Assange. He is now free to leave the embassy when he wants," Per E Samuelsson, his lawyer in Sweden, told Swedish Radio.
"He is of course happy and relieved. He has been critical that it has lasted that long."

The allegations stemmed from a 2010 trip Assange made to Stockholm, where two women claimed that in separate instances they had consensual sex with Assange that became non-consensual when he refused to wear a condom.

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What were the sexual assault allegations and why did it take six years for him to be interviewed?

Assange has vigorously denied the claims, and in a statement acquired by the ABC in December, told prosecutors he had been subjected to "six years of unlawful, politicised detention without charge".
"I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been," Assange said in releasing the statement.
While Assange has maintained his innocence in the face of the sex crime allegations, he has not left Ecuador's embassy for five years, except for occasional appearances on the building's balcony.
He feared that if he was in custody he might ultimately be extradited to the US for his role at the helm of WikiLeaks, which has published tens of thousands of leaked classified US government documents.
"It isn't a question of believing America is after him, it's a question of knowledge," human rights lawyer and legal advisor to Assange, Geoffrey Robertson, told Lateline.
Mr Robertson said the US was likely to indict Assange, and that the Trump administration could use his case as a diversion from the alleged ties to Russia.


"They think they can divert attention from the present scandal by prosecuting, by demanding the extradition of Julian Assange, and perhaps putting him on trial in America with his collaborators," he said.

He said the ball was now in Ecuador's court as to whether or not they continued to provide protection to Assange.
"If the Ecuadorians don't continue their protection and he comes out, then the Met Police will no doubt arrest him for breaking bail, for which he might get three months, but that pales in comparison to the 45 years maximum under the charges that [US Attorney-General Jeff] Sessions is planning for him and will act as a diversion, I think, from the heat that the President [Donald Trump] is feeling at the moment over his team's connections with Russia," he said.

Video: Julian Assange says extradition to US will be contingent on discussions with Department of Justice (ABC News)

Assange still faces UK arrest

Despite Sweden's decision to drop a rape investigation, British police say that Julian Assange still faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador's London embassy.
It is not known if US officials are seeking Assange's arrest because of a possible sealed indictment.
Last month, US President Donald Trump said he would support any decision by the Justice Department to charge Assange.
WikiLeaks tweeted after the Swedish announcement: "UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to UK."
The Metropolitan Police force said that there is a British warrant for Assange's arrest after he jumped bail in 2012, and it "is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy".
But it adds that Assange is now wanted for a "much less serious offense" than the original sex crimes claims, and police "will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense".
Police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until last year, when the operation was scaled back.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 19:07

For what it's worth, I don't think Assange is a rapist, but I dislike him never the less, as had been noted before, in the rush to be crucified first, he's always at the front of the pack.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 21:36

whiney smug pompous asshole

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 21:38

oh he doesn't forgive or forget...... i bet everyone is terrified!!!

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 00:53

Im terrified I'll be stuck on plane with him one day

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 16:04

He'd be a good husband for Chelsea Manning.  :)
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 22:06

View PostCoss, on 19 May 2017 - 19:07, said:

For what it's worth, I don't think Assange is a rapist, but I dislike him never the less, as had been noted before, in the rush to be crucified first, he's always at the front of the pack.
In Sweden like in most countries, people are regarded as innocent until declared guilty in a court a of law. That said I  would maintain that that the treatment of Julian Assange by the Swedish legal system was appaling. He was not accused of raping a lady, he was accused of fucking a lady without a condom. It would have been have been real easy for the Swedish government to guaranti that he wouldn't be extradited to the USA but they didn't. I have no proof but the whole affair reeks of American influence on the Swedish legal system.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 11:35

Assange is an asshole. A few of my wikimedia friends worked with him. They left because he is 150% obsessed with himself.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 12:33

He's an Aussie....he can't be that bad 😁
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 13:37

He's an Aussie....he has to be a complete wanker :)
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