Assange says “will not forgive or forget” detention for 7 years
Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a almost seven-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
Marianne Ny, Sweden’s director of public prosecution, has made a decision to “discontinue the preliminary investigation”, the Swedish Prosecution Authority announced on May 19, the deadline for prosecutor to either renew or lift Assange’s European arrest warrant before a Stockholm court.
The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on Friday’s developments.
United States prosecutors believe they have found a way to charge him for his involvement in the leaking of secret documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.
“Assange has long insisted his stay in the embassy is unrelated to the Swedish case, but instead related to possible extradition to the United States in connection with WikiLeaks’ activities”, says Buzzfeed.
Per E Samuelson, Assange’s lawyer in Sweden, told AP that it was a “day of victory” for the WikiLeaks founder.
“The only thing preventing Julian from leaving the embassy is a threat from the Metropolitan Police to arrest Julian for breach of bail, for a warrant that no longer exists”.
“The claim that the United Kingdom has the right to arrest me for seeking asylum in a case where there have been no charges is simply untenable”.
The probe has been dropped because there was “no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future”, said Swedish prosecutors.
Assange had skipped bail in London to avoid being returned to Sweden, saying that American officials made up the rape case in an attempt to have him extradited to the U.S. and tried for espionage over the release of secret documents. “This is obviously about consensual sex between two adults”. “U.K. refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a USA extradition warrant for Julian Assange. The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense”. “The proper war is just commencing”, said Assange while standing outside the Ecuadorian embassy. But in October 2015, the police announced they were ending the continuous surveillance, citing the strain on resources.
He said the “road is far from over”, adding it was “extremely regretful” that he was still being threatened with arrest if he leaves the embassy.