“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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lurker since 2012's picture

As a Australian I think Assange is a hero. Typical  lefty but when US election was in the balance 'he came through with the  goods' .

Now if Prez T and SessionS can back off and drop the double secret grand jury indictemnt, then maybe Julian and reveal the truth about Seth Rich and then 'The hag' can be executed by Thanksgiving. I am happy!

Give Me Some Truth's picture

This is the surreal irony: The one person who could really help drain the swamp and expose the corruption of the Establishment is being treated as a "most wanted" felon by Trump's attorney general. And people think Team Trump wants to change the status quo. On what evidence do they believe this?

veritas semper vinces's picture

You shot directly at the root of the problem

Z_End's picture

I believe the UK has already said they will arrest him when he leaves the embassy.



land_of_the_few's picture

"the serious nature of [the] crime" did they forget there *was no crime* ? Slip of the tongue?

And not even any charges, ever. Just wanted for questioning. Which was dropped ... repeatedly

The ladies sure as heck don't care about it.

A_V's picture

Avoid drones Julian!

Farqued Up's picture

Sweden equals white rape horrible, Muzzie rape good!


Nightjar's picture



<- Freedom at last, lets grab 'em by the pussy!

mily's picture

"I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room"

kev the bev's picture

The UK population should walk to the embassy and bring London to a halt. Time to let these people know that we are unhappy.

ultraticum's picture

Truth is treason.  The messenger rarely survives the crimes they report..

Give Me Some Truth's picture

And we are seeing this play out right in front of our faces.

Nightjar's picture

I wish the various mass rape scandals of european white girls, by negroid asian immivadersin the UK got as much attention.

One of We's picture

Arkancide's most wanted.

lester1's picture

He has to now worry about the Clintons over the brewing DNC e mail leaker Seth Rich murder case !


Seth's killer leads directly to the DNC and Hillary !

IridiumRebel's picture

"Gosh, if we just let him go, the Clintons will have him knocked off within hours....a little death by barbell if you will?"

esum's picture

The flight to Ecuador will be diverted to US... $6 milllion will fly you on a private jet with topless stewardesses sucking your dick..... non stop


Publishing leaked info IS NOT A CRIME....

But LEAKS are the price taxpayers pay in SECURITY and COST because the DC cesspool crony kickback scheme revolves around "outsourced contractors"... Booz Allan etc...

While the contry's economy languishes. DC and burbs looks like IMPERIAL ROME... and 1000 times MORE CORRUPT... A swamp is an upgrade to what DC is...... imperial Rome looks like a monastery by comparison...

jughead's picture

just equal application of the law, apparently. If haji can rape their women, anyone else should be able to as well, right?

Aussiekiwi's picture

The only reason Sweden is dropping the investigation is because their handlers in the CIA have instructed them too. That means the US has applied directly to the UK for him to be extradited to the US. He will be nabbed the moment he puts a foot out side the Embassy.

Its a trap, I can just see Julian standing at the door saying 'so I'm free to go?' 10 meters away the spooks have their guns held in one hand behind their backs and the other with fingers crossed, going ' sure no problem come on out, go get your self a beer, nothing to worry about'

FoggyWorld's picture

Julian is smart enough to know he is being set up.   The new President of Ecuador wants him out of that embassy most likely due to US pressure.   Julian at this point has no safe place to head for and it is the US who has boxed him in.

Trump last Fall said he loved Wikileaks so the pressure has been put on Trump to do a 180.   Seth Rich is a major problem and it really would be wise for Julian to now dump copies of any correspondence WL had with Seth.   That material would stand on its own if the Washington police or trusted people in the FBI pursued that case to completion.  Julian's presence wouldn't be so threatening if he released the information now.

And Trump certainly is not being loyal - a word that is important to him.   Assange printed what people it appears mainly from the democrat camp sent him.   One got caught and is now dead.   Trump needs to think things through or the death of Julian Assange will be on his hands forever.



Give Me Some Truth's picture

Trump doing an about-face on WikiLeaks and its founder is so revealing, and is depressing in the extreme. Add in the fact he also wants to get Snowden and a blind man can see he not only doesn't like "truth revealers." He wants to throw them in a gullag (to set an example to others?). I hope these facts resonate with more than a few Americans.

sinbad2's picture

The British have said if he leaves the embassy, he will be arrested.

The Swedes were forced by the US, but the British are bigger cunts than the Americans.

johand inmywallet's picture

What needs to happen is a body double made up like Julian gets into a waiting car and speedas off, lets see what happens!

land_of_the_few's picture

Better if it was a dummy from Volvo

TheFederalistPapers's picture

Join Snowden in Russia. It's your safest bet and the blondes are hotter...

Benjamin123's picture

The atmosphere is hotter in equator.

holgerdanske's picture

The British should drop their shameless bending over backwards for their masters, the American imperialists.

It is totally unbecoming and simply not a way for the English to behave.

I used to admire the British for their sense of fairness, but in this case they are just absolute twits.

Man up and let Assange go, with a guarantee from you, for a change!

And to Mr Assange, we owe you a great debt of gratitude for having made so many people see what was hidden behind the curtain.


veritas semper vinces's picture

It's funny you haven't notice that the British have always been criminals,imperialist and the scum of the Earth

Joe A's picture

They dropped their charges because others have finished writing theirs.

AttilaTheGun's picture

He is considered enemy of the state by the CIA lol. Rape allegations are the least of his problems now. The CIA classified him as a hostile intelligence service and he will be captured as a spy or whatever. Good luck stepping out of your room Julian. You are stuck forever

Robert Trip's picture

"Book him Dannoe."

Aquarius's picture




The US CIA conracts on your head are still valid- the moment that you step outside - you are dead; it is the American way a la John McCain, the arsehole.

Be well - the World of Intellect and Hope is with You.

Wahooo's picture

He'll move to Hollywood and become the darling of the Left. He and Pam will share a mansion.

Omega_Man's picture

pick him with helicopter and fly to kaliningrad

JohninMK's picture

Which mysteriously vanishes over the North Sea.

holgerdanske's picture

People of all parts of the UK should gather in front of the embassy and escort him to safety.

It would be a thump in the nose of our masters, who think they can do what they wish.

We, and our children, owe a debt of gatitude to Assange.

See what they can do if we rise up to the occasion.


"first they ignore you, then the laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win"

Give Me Some Truth's picture

You're there. We're here. Do your part to make this happen. Such a show of support from people showing they do care about the truth being exposed might help in the bigger effort - fighting back against the police state.

shimmy's picture

Like he will leave. If he isn't arrested then he'll just be Seth Riched shortly after. No way he is dumb enough to not realize that.  

dlfield's picture

Free to be extradited by 50 countries...

Dg4884's picture

Assange is in a tough position. 

imbubbajones's picture

You can checkout any time you like....

Calculus99's picture

As others have said don't trust the British or the Americans (but I'm sure you know this already, it's like saying the Sun rises in the East). 

Good luck! 

indygo55's picture

They MUST stop him from talking to the media about Seth Rich at all costs.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Well it looks to me like the plan was to put Trump in office all along. Appointing Lieberman to run the FBI says it all.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I don't know if they are worried about Seth Rich or not. I suspect they are worried about a lot of other potential documents/emails that could be leaked in the future. WikiLeaks has proven it CAN expose truths that were supposed to remain concealed. The real nuclear blast would be if WikiLeaks were to expose the true extent of the rigging of precious metals markets, stock markets and generally everything the Fed and Establishment players have done to prop up the U.S. dollar and keep the printing press churning. And where all these conjured digits are ending up and how they are being used. The only "whistle blower" who might expose the "story of the century" is probably WikiLeaks. It dang sure aint' going to be the corporate media. To "cover all their bases" and continue with the status-quo, WikiLeaks must be silenced once and for all.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

So far WikieLeaks has exposed chicanery primarily in the realms of politics. The real dirt that would blow the system sky high can be found at the Fed, CIA, Treasury,Plunge Protection Team, COMEX, etc. The whole system is "rigged" and the entirety of the Establishment is benefitting from this status quo. It's a matter of time until WikiLeaks develops courageous whistleblowers who share info that exposes this mind-boggling story. This is what they are afraid of. WikiLeaks MUST be stopped. Every western nation, every central bank, every crony corporation, every neocon, every bureaucrat who receives funding and power and prestige from the State - wants Assange and his whistle-blower site shut down. Until this happens, their level of nervousness will remain a notch too high.

Harry Lightning's picture

If Trump had half a brain, he would appoint Assange as the new FBI Director. Wikileaks seems far better at gathering evidence against the real crooks than the FBI, just look at the Podesta email trove. I would prefer to have Wikileks running the FBI than the stooges we have who can't even figure out that Cankcles Clinton is a fucking criminal.