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

Tyler Durden's picture

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.”

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Haus-Targaryen's picture

When does your country's race war start? 

French Bloke's picture

I thought it already had...  :-(

X- x3's picture

btw, "Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny" is.....

....dots.....dots.....connecting the dots.......(((Marianne Ny))).

&

ex-PM Freddie Reinfeldt's personal lawyer is.....

....dots.....dots.....connecting the dots......(((Anne Ramberg)))

X-

ps. Clarification:*ex-PM/ex-FM Catl Bildt* = Cartl Bildt is catl-cattle-goyim.

caribbeanbarry's picture

I love your country Mate! But then I must be a bigot because I loved it when it was full of Swedes, not 7th century Neanderthal's.

Mareka's picture

Flushing him out into the open to Seth Rich him?

Max Cynical's picture

Interesting that Sweden makes this move just as the Seth Rich hit is coming out into the open. Julian may be the only person that can corroborate that Seth IS the source of the DNC e-mails.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Julian my man you have stood up to much and we all sincerely thank you for everything you have done and what you represent to people who value very much their freedom and privacy.

When you are safely out of harms way the drinks are on me! Just send an email and the champers will be forthcoming.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

MozartIII's picture

They will never arest him. They will just kill him, heart attack or he will jump off a high building with restricted roof access.

Wish him luck, he needs it!

Dugald's picture

 

He will suicide with three taps to the back of his head.......wanna bet?????????

44magnum's picture

Arrest, they wont fuck with that shit. Organized crime doesn't work like that especially since he has been untouchable for so long. The gangsters want revenge the contract is out now just waiting to be fulfilled. RIP

Anteater's picture

First they will put him in a gibbet and strangle him a little fir the crowd to build the tension. They'll lay him out and cut his balls off and hold them up for the cheers. Then they hook his intestines out slowly, and finally draw and quarter him, stuff the pieces into a wood chipper, and spray blood on the upturned faces. Then put his head on a pike along Praetorion Way

FOX will bid the highest for thr Royal Tribunals and Execution. Trump's rabbi will give the invocation, in Hebrew, and speak of G-d, The Chosen, and Assange's 'heinous crimes' against 'The People'. There will be a half-time show, then fire up the chipper.

 

lil dirtball's picture

>... will quickly change it and arrest him

Nonsense. I already called this - this psyop is over:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-17/chelsea-manning-freed-prison-af...

"It's all a psyop - and this one is over. You are under 24/7/365 surveillance. Snowden told you. Assange told you. The hangout is hanging and no one is gonna do squat about it. Letting Chelsea go is the wrap-up. Soon, Assange will be released from his fake prison (no, he's not really there, silly) and you won't hear much about this again except for the ransomware and hacking ops when necessary."

de3de8's picture

Yeah, kinda surprising they did not come up with this ruse before now.

FoggyWorld's picture

The former President of Ecuador was protecting Assange.  The new one, however, is and will not.  It was actually a campaign issue.

junction's picture

The Julian Assange case shows that the United States now is just like the Soviet Union at its worst, as shown by looking at the case of Hungarian Cardinal József Mindszenty.   Starting in 1956, Mindszenty spent 15 years in the United States embassy in Budapest, where he had been granted political asylum.  Now, Assange had to hide out in the Ecuadorian embassy to protect himself from the United States’ proxy, Sweden, where Stockholm is a rape capital.  Swedish foreign correspondent Magda Gad said “women are safer on the streets of Iraq than they are in Sweden”. Swedish prosecutors pretty much look the other way as Swedish women are raped and sometimes killed by Muslim immigrants, rapists who all claim to be teenagers.  Law in the United States now is in the hands of the secret police, secret police who use various acronyms like CIA, FBI and NSA. These secret police who are frothing at the mouth for a chance to arrest and torture Julian Assange, with the whole hearted support of insane golfer Donald Trump. 

Jacksons Ghost's picture

Julian Assange for FBI Director.  Watch fucking heads explode all over the Swamp.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

It's the FBI that just put him (figuratively if not literally) on its "Most Wanted" list.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

"Danger, Will Robinson!" (Julian Assange).

Badsamm's picture

Keep on leaking Julian, I'm not afraid of the truth.

ghengis86's picture

Snowden up next, I hope.

nmewn's picture

And just like that, fake criminal charge(s) are dropped. I think we all know why it was charged to begin with.

Julian my only advice to you is... NEVER...EVER...enter one of their "courts of law" expecting to get a fair trial, they will announce additional more serious charges while you are standing there. The prosecutor will demand no bail because you are a "flight risk" and "the judge" will of course accept it. The words "justice and equality before the law" have a very different meaning to state actors than they do to you and I.

You know very well who & what you are dealing with, stay safe.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I'm sure the Deep State "persuaded" Sweeden to bring and pursue these charges in the first place. Don't you think the same Deep State is also behind this move to "let him go?" Sessions is on the record saying it is a "priority" to prosecute the guy. First they have to get him in their possession. That wasn't happening with him holed up in this embassy. Solution: Get him out of the embassy.

Max Cynical's picture

Perhaps Ecuador can appoint Julian an Ambassador so that he may claim diplomatic immunity.

Zepper's picture

Not so fast... Make sure the English dont have some law about obstructing justice by seeking assylum.

And even if the law is not directly after him. He better watch out, they killed the DNC guy without a second thought. Imagine the fucking cold hearted motherfucking killers these fucks in the DNC are. 

I suggest Julian find a very safe country and place where he wont be easily killed. 

 

7 years in a fucking room for having committed no crime. Welcome to the justice system around the fucking world. Tragedy. 

logicalman's picture

There are so many 'laws' on the books that EVERYONE breaks a couple every day.

If the fuckers want you, they only have to keep an eye on you for a week or so and they can nab you.

I used to work with an ex cop.

He said that if he followed any vehicle he'd be able to find something to pull the driver over for sooner or later - on average, only a few minutes.

Same applies to everyday life.

On the subject of the number of 'laws'....

When someone is studying 'law' they have to specialize in certain fields as there are too many laws, even for someone studying full time, to keep up with.

Joe Public, however, has to obey ALL of them, given that 'ignorance of the law' is no excuse.

This does not apply to the .1% of course.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

This is a recuriing theme of the writings of John Whitehead (and Ron Paul too). Way too many laws. Throw in regulations and few libraries could house them all. With way too many agencies enforcing said laws and regulations. 

"Someone ought to pass a law." No, someone needs to repeal a shit-load of them.

DuneCreature's picture

Time to bolt for Russia, Julian.

Eddy and his girl friend will probably put you up until you can find a place.

The West is a festering mess.

Live Hard, They Might Even Let Pamela Visit If You Two Promise Not To Soil All The Linens, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Faeriedust's picture

Only way he'll get there is if Putin sends a KGB escort to pick him up.

DuneCreature's picture

Wouldn't it be nice if a huge mob of rabble showed up and gave him a ride to the airport on their shoulders?

Ok, I admit it, I haven't had my coffee yet this morning.

Live Hard, There Has To Be Some Devious Plan We Can Hatch To Spring Assange, Die Free

~ DC v4.6

AlexCharting's picture

You know the world is going to hell when white people start fleeing to Russia :D

DuneCreature's picture

Hey, I'll give a few savvy blacks or browns a ride in my bus to Russia too.

A lot of people take my comments as racist. ... Aire contrail, Capt'n.

I'm prejudice. ... I'm prejudice against the willfully stupid.

Live Hard, Those Lazy Lame Brains Piss Me Off. .. Knowing When To Bolt Is A Sign Of NOT Being Stupid, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

X- x3's picture

Hi DC!

You got mail!

:)  & ;)  X-

DuneCreature's picture

10-4

Live Hard, Entering The Comms Shack Now, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

jamesmmu's picture

LATEST: UK police say Julian Assange will be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London

Grumbleduke's picture

next time some antifa group beats the cops until they bleed - no empathy from me. Some politician gets shot? Good - here's some more ammo!

Faeriedust's picture

The Swedes are just stepping out of the way so that the British can now turn him over directly to the U.S.  Before they were the excuse to lure him out to face their fallacious charges, so that he could be extradited from Sweden to the U.S.  Now the U.S. under Trump has declared that it's willing to take him directly and without back-channel games, so the Swedes are happy to get out from the middle.  Assange is still facing interrogation by torture if he steps foot outside the Embassy.

Oldrepublic's picture

The French invented a phrase to describe the behavior of the British:

Perfidious Albion

 

nopcspokenhere's picture

please Julian more info on Seth Rich's murder. My country is in danger and it is a coup.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

The one person consistently exposing "swamp critters" is being pursued by ... swamp critters. As many have posted ad nauseum, "telling the truth in a world of lies" is a big crime. Literally. Ask Julian Assange.

theprofromdover's picture

Have Assange's UK lawyers been sitting on their hands all these years?

Why haven't they dealt with the bail-skipping earlier?

FoggyWorld's picture

Julian's major lawyer I believe was run over by a train less than a year ago.   He has a legal team that got the UN to declare his situation to be abhorent to human rights.   They have done mighty work but no team of lawyers can push back what Mike Pompano is threatening.

Laughing.Man's picture

Watch.  As soon as Julian boards a plane to leave, his plane will suffer a 'malfunction' which will kill everyone onboard.  I doubt he'll get shot as it'll leave no room for plausible deniability.

Death By Cold Steel Report's picture

They got an Iceman waiting on him for sure. No need to destroy an aircraft when you can soak a cloth in a substance.