“He Is Free To Leave Whenever He Wants": Swedish Prosecutors Drop Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange

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Instead of being quietly "sequestered" by the CIA, as some had speculated after his recent infamous spat with Mike Pompeo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may soon be a free man after spending the last half decade holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Moments ago, Swedish prosecutors said they decided to discontinue their long-running probe into alleged rape targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange denies the Swedish rape allegation and hasn’t been charged for it.

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutor's office said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

Given that all options for moving the investigation forward are now exhausted, it appears that — in light of the views expressed by the supreme court on the proportionality of arresting someone in absentia — it is no longer proportional to maintain the decision to remand Julian Assange in his absence,” Ny wrote.

In response, Assange posted a picture of himself smiling on Twitter while his lawyer in Sweden, Per Samuelsson, told Swedish media: “It is a total victory for Julian Assange.” He added: “He is free to leave the embassy whenever he wants.”

The Swedish announcement comes six months after Assange was questioned by Swedish prosecutors at the Ecuadorean embassy in London over allegations he raped a woman during a visit to Sweden in 2010.

Ecuador, which has been sheltering Mr. Assange since 2012, allowed a Swedish prosecutor to question Mr. Assange only after Sweden agreed that an Ecuadorean prosecutor would put the questions to Assange provided by the Swedish side.

The decision to drop the investigation into alleged rape by Assange marks an end to a seven-year stand-off which led to the Wikileaks' founder self-imposed exile. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation, which he denies.

One of Assange’s lawyers said earlier on Friday that closing the investigation or lifting the European arrest warrant would not necessarily mean he could easily leave for Ecuador, which has granted him asylum. “The first thing one likely needs to do is seek guarantees from the British authorities that he won’t be seized in some other way,” Melinda Taylor told TT news agency.

That, however, will be problematic, as London’s Metropolitan Police have announced that Assange will still be arrested if he leaves the embassy. Still, the Met indicated it was prepared to consider the case as low priority given Sweden had dropped the most serious charges pending.

“The [Met] response reflected the serious nature of [the] crime,” the police said in their statement. “Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence. The [Met] will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.”

Another of his lawyers, Melinda Taylor, said Mr Assange would probably seek assurances from British authorities that he would not be arrested for any other reason before leaving the embassy.

WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter it was seeking clarification from the UK over whether it had received an extradition request from the US, which has been investigating Assange for years following WikiLeaks’ publication of classified information. “UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange,” WikiLeaks wrote. “Focus now moves to UK.”

Jeff Sessions, the US attorney-general, said in April that arresting Mr Assange was a “priority”. He added: “We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”

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Max Damage's picture

When he steps out to taste freedom, they will quickly change it and arrest him. Don't believe the fuckers at all

Erek's picture

.gov will nab him first chance they get. Stay alert, Julian!

Nice Try Lao Che's picture

This will end up like that scene in the Shawshank Redemption where Warden Norton invites Tommy out into the courtyard and offers him a smoke.

NoDebt's picture

I think Julian is smart enough to understand the minute he leaves the Brits will snag him and hand him over to the US.  No way a guy a s plugged in as he is doesn't already know that.

 

 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Good shall triumph over evil. 

It's a fundental law of the universe. 

 

It will soon be time for Julian to run for public office. 

 

 

Miss Expectations's picture

Good vs Bad is an even and winnable fight.

Good vs Evil is an entirely different/more difficult contest, and not winnable without overwhelming numbers of good, woke, purposeful souls.

As I understand it, Jeff Sessons has DONNED a black hat.  Pun intended.

 

HopefulCynical's picture

Glad to see the Hedgehogs came to the same conclusion I did.

RiverRoad's picture

Comey out.  Assange out.

Crooked Comey.

CuttingEdge's picture

Last estimate was approx £12 million UK taxpayer funding spent by Theresa May as Home Secretary monitoring and surveilling him for her US counterparts. Money well spent if the alternative was a Hillary drone strime, I suppose  - otherwise, not so much.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

They made the Ecuadorian ambassador's plane land so they could search it.  This guy has NEVER been off their radar.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

I think that it was the Bolivian President's plane!

wildbad's picture

yes. a trap.

the ridiculous swedish rape story was a canard. a pretext. a red herring.

assange has shaken the pillars of secrecy behind the real power brokers of the world and that will not be forgiven by them. he chose his path and understood ALL of the possible costs.

the CIA is above all laws now as are their counterparts in all formerly civilized countries.

do you think they will allow themselves to be swayed and or hindered by something as silly as a law meant for humans? not a chance.

the next pretext for his arrest was created years ago. they also have a plan C,D and E.

whether he is Arkancided, Suicided or Poloniumed, the brave Mr. Assange will not live a long life capped off by a natural death.

tenpanhandle's picture

It is my understanding, that in Sweden, if you are having sex with one woman but are fantasizing about another woman, that other woman can charge you with rape.

idahobandito's picture

I don't think Sessions is going to do anything unless the deep state and uniparty orders him to. Hildacunt would have been eating pussy behind bars right now if there was a real AG such as a Sheriff Clark type.  Instead, Hildacunt goes to a bar, picks up some pussy and goes home to eat it. 

philipat's picture

Unless the Swedish Statute if Limitations was about to expire and they wanted to pre-empt "defeat", I'm guessing that the US Grand Jury managed to find a loophole around The First Amendment (Non-journalist, non-US person etc.etc.) and an arrest warrant already exists so he will be arrested as soon as he sets foot outside and be extradited. However, arrest warrants are NOT secret under UK law so it will be interesting to see how HMG handles any requests for information. I'm sure another pretext can be found for non-disclosure.

So watch out Julian. And watch out Trump; doing this will alienate your base and amount to pissing in the swamp.

detached.amusement's picture

lol....yeah, except for the secret ones, most likely....as if the queen is compelled to tell the citizenry all..."I hereby make an exemption" and its done...

Winston Churchill's picture

Slap a "D" notice on its existence, and thats very old UK law.Who knows what they can use now .

philipat's picture

They DID just respond (Theresa May at a Presser in Edinburgh), thusly:

  1. This is an operational matter for The Metropolitan Police. Presumably this refers to the fact that Assange skipped bail under the earlier pretext of The Swedish Arrest warrant. Despite the fact that Sweden has dropped the "investigation" (No charges were ever filed) the bail skipping charge still remains and he could be charged and sentenced to up to a year in prison. This would provide time for The US to issue an Arest warrant and extradition request if not already in place; upon which it has been stated:
  2. Such matters (Extradition requests) are a matter for discussion only between The Governments of The UK and The United States. In other words, "We ain't gonna tell ya", or in other words, there probably already is a warrant but if not see (1) above.

Bottom line: He now gets held in The UK instead of Sweden until The US decides what to do on the unlikely assumption that there is NOT already an arrest warrant and extradition request already in place. Either way, there would be a very lengthy legal process involved and (Still under EU Law) there would need to be assurances from The US that he would not face the death penalty before he could be extradited.

Perhaps (speculation on my part) the only way out for him might be if The Ecuadorians grant him Ecuadorian citizenship (Having spent 5 years "Living in Ecuador", such is the Ecuadorian Embassy in London) then appoint him to a Diplomatic position of a rank which does not require approval from the host Nation (UK) but sufficient to carry Diplomatic immunity?

Winston Churchill's picture

You expect Uncle Scam to abide by international law ?

It would be a first.Only when it runs in their favor, otherwise its ignored.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Exactly. Jewmerica never ever respected any international law or treaty and has no honour,it does not keep its word,can not be trusted-only despised.

French Bloke's picture

Yep, they'll still nab him, regardless of international opinion. And all for what? Showing the world what mudering bastards they are? As if we didn't know anyway, but always good to see the proof. Good luck Julian, in whatever you decide to do.

logicalman's picture

Anyone have info regarding what charges the US can use to extradite?

Not that it makes any real difference, given the US record regarding the law, but it would be interesting to know.

JRobby's picture

"assurances from The US"

(Laugh Track Deafening !!!)

It has been so serious lately, I thought the laugh track teleprompter was broken.

soyungato's picture

Write to the Queen. Shame her into action. 

Killdo's picture

only if we all unite - otherwise PSYCHOCRACY wins - as they have been winning for decades while  slavish, fearful sheeple have been distracted with nonsense

Socratic Dog's picture

The white Nelson Mandela? Except he won't take his country down, like Mandela did.

SoDamnMad's picture

We need a flash-crowd of a hundred thousand people (or more) to show up on a certain date in from of the Ecuadoran Embassy and grab and hug every British cop or official that even appears while a team spirits him away. A thousnd people will dress like him and head off in 360 directions and do the same.  Are the unarmed Brits going to shoot every tourist, every friendly person holding flowers?

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Good one. Protect him. Fuck the state

pilager's picture

The British are coming - the British are coming 

Ole pant suits is awake - ole pant suits is standing up.

 

He's saved our country with bravery and love of trueth. We owe him respect!

pilager's picture

The British are coming - the British are coming 

Ole pant suits is awake - ole pant suits is standing up.

 

He's saved our country with bravery and love of trueth. We owe him respect!

jcbudmo's picture

That is actually a very good idea, and I beleive would be hugely supported.

Stopdreaming's picture

Actually...that is a plan that could work for many efforts...not JUST for Assange.  Time for "the people" to think like the millenials.  Flash mobs need to show up at key targets to overwhelm the deep state/Soros/ pedocriminal, etc. targets...if it is done strategically it could work.

Socratic Dog's picture

Wake up mate. "Flash Mobs" aren't a function of generation, they're a function of skin color. When was the last white flash mob you saw?

French Bloke's picture

Wow! Sounds like Harry Potter's escape from Little Whinging. I think Julian could do with a broomstick right now. Maybe Hillary has a spare...

Kayman's picture

10,000 Guy Fawkes masked people surround the embassy. 50 Guy Fawkes masked people leave the embassy and wade into the crowd.

Or everyone wears Julian Assange masks.

logicalman's picture

Guy Fawkes:

The only man to enter the Houses of Parliament with honest intentions!

FoggyWorld's picture

Think they should pause a bit and understand that if Julian is hurt or killed his "insurance folders"  will made Huma Abedin's look like a single sheet of paper.

JRobby's picture

He needs to be "transported" in secrecy and hidden in a secure location as a product of a very well planned "smuggling" from the Ecuadorian Embassy premesis. Assume the survaillence is constant. It would be quite a slap if it can be pulled off. 

divingengineer's picture

Can anyone on here remember a 5 year, 24 hr per day, 365 day per year stakeout over a suspect accused of rape in another country?
How much did Britain spend on this?

thesonandheir's picture

UK coppers will try to arrest him on charges of not surrendering to court.

 

Bogus, BS made up crap.

 

 

Shame on UK for doing this.

ILIKEMITTENS's picture

Snackbar. Theyre gonna show him the snackbar if he steps foot outta that embassy.

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New_Meat's picture

MDB's bot has meta-stasized in his mom's basement!

OpTwoMistic's picture

Quick, run out the back door. I left your horse there. (and the CIA snipers)

X- x3's picture

Congratulations Julian!!!

I live less than 1km from where 1 of  the so-called 'rape' occurred.

The little town of ***köping, where Swedish Military CyberCommand HQ is also situated is.....surely only a coincidence/sarc.

This girl has multiple identities, has the ex-PM Freddie Reinfeldt's personal lawyer as legal consul and....used Karl Rove as a paid political consultant between 2008-2014.....and....

Is a personal freind of ex-PM/ex-FM Catl Bildt for over 40 years.

What a coincidence.......LOL.

You were set-up Julian.

I never believed the BS.

Be Strong, Be Careful, Be Good,and Be Happy!

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