At least in this case, the Swedes have a bit more common sense than the US. As our government, a government whose president road on the coattails of information published by Wikileaks and a man who seemed to back Julian Assange, has turned its back on him and sought his extradition to the united States and treat him as a criminal. However, Swedish prosecutors have determined that they will not seek the co-founder of Wikileaks regarding a rape investigation they pursued against Assange that drove him into asylum at the United Kingdom.
RT has the story:
Investigators determined the evidence was simply not strong enough to support an indictment, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a press conference on Tuesday. Interviewing Julian Assange regarding the case would not change this assessment, she said.
The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question.
The Prosecution Authority noted that, while the victim was considered credible, oral testimony regarding the case had “weakened” and that corroborating evidence was not strong enough to pursue the case.
Assange is currently being held in a UK prison. In May, he received a 50-week sentence on a seven-year-old bail-jumping charge stemming from his decision to leave Sweden – with authorities’ permission, which was later rescinded – during the rape investigation. A Swedish arrest warrant was first issued in 2010, after he left the country; when a UK court upheld a decision to extradite him to Sweden in 2012, he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lived for seven years. He is fighting in court to avoid extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage and hacking charges that could put him away for the rest of his life, and is suffering from severe health problems that have drawn international concern over his treatment. Swedish authorities reopened the rape investigation following his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in April.
The Prosecution Authority said that its decision could be appealed.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, said that the focus should now move on to the “threat” that Assange has been “warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment.”
It’s weakened? Really guys? It wasn’t politically motivated?
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No apology from Swedish Prosecution service over fact #JulianAssange case has been going on for 9 years. Current lead Eva-Marie Persson says she can only take responsibility for her work over past 6 months. She has confirmed they did not interview Assange again during this time.
— Maddy Savage (@maddysavage) November 19, 2019
Commentators speculated that by dropping the charges, Sweden may actually be paving the way for Assange’s extradition to the United States.
By dropping the charges against Julian #Assange, Sweden ironically removes another way to stop an extradition to the US for him. Sweden can't extradite him there, and the charges against him was probably a hindrance for the UK to just extradite him. https://t.co/CvF0QdeaNW
— Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (@brokep) November 19, 2019
The Australian journalist has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, which were first made in 2010.
Although branded a criminal by Washington, Assange enjoys support from a broad international coalition of activists and civil liberties groups. One of his most vocal defenders, Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, recently told RT that Assange is being made an example of in hopes of deterring other journalists from pursuing the truth and challenging those in power.
Additionally, Assange’s father has warned that his son may die in prison for revealing the war crimes of the US.
John Shipton said recently that he visited Assange in prison and was horrified by how poorly his son is being treated behind bars.
“Julian may die in jail over a nine-year persecution for revealing the truth of war crimes,” Shipton said. “It is beyond obscene.”
“This is not the bitter disappointment of a father, this is simply fact,” he said.
Assange is currently fighting extradition by the United States where he could face up to 175 years in prison under the Espionage Act.
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Remember, President Trump is not what he says he is when it comes to freedom and America first. He signed a bill renewing the NSA’s internet surveillance program in 2018 and sought to have it made permanent despite the revelations that Wikileaks made regarding the utter lawlessness and constitutional violations of the NSA. This is exactly why Trump will not bring people like Clapper and Brennan to justice. He supports their crimes, but uses the rhetoric hoping you won’t notice that he’s not upholding the law.
And he’s doing it with Assange.
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