“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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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.

johand inmywallet's picture

Oh, that would go over like a wet fart in church!!!

I agree that we have retards constantly being placed in positions they have no right being in, but Assange as DIR- FBI, carreer agents would have coronary's!

holgerdanske's picture

Ha ha, but you do have a valid point.

But a politician with a conscience, never heard of it!

Does not exist, for all it is worth.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

As noted above, the FBI just added Assange to its "Most Wanted list." At least its boss (attorney general Jeff Sessions) said prosecuting him is a "priority." My Plan B? Disband the FBI (and the CIA). That would be "real change." It would probably also result in the canning of the "coach" who is calling most of the plays for the "Deep State."

marcus1922's picture

Death trap. The Ecuadorean embassy will feel pressure to lick him out. After all, no one is "persecuting" him now, right? As soon as he's out and out of sight of the cameras, he will die in a most unfortunate accident of some sort.

His best play is to stay very public and very loud. Might not save his life but might make his death meaningful.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

If he has any real (truth) bombs that might blow up the Deep State once and for all now might be the time to deploy them. Indeed, this might be the only thing that can ensure his safety and freedom. And I doubt he thinks his organization is going to be able to keep publishing indefinitely. Fire away while you still can.

indio007's picture

If you don't think this has something to do with the Seth Rich story gaining traction , your naive.

Anarchyteez's picture

I pray you are right.

Seth Rich is the primer on the TNT.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

I think there are more powerful bombs that WikiLeaks could detonate in the future ... if, that is, it continues to exist. We don't know what they are really afraid of. I do have a theory. What controls the ENTIRE SYSTEM? Who/What "feeds" the Estalishment? It's the printing press that lays the golden fiat (which ain't gold. It's paper or computer digits). It takes a lot of rigging and a lot of lies to perpetuate and protect this status-quo system. An organization that threatens to expose this system is not likely to be tolerated by such powerful entities and people. To say, "they have a lot to lose" is the mother of all understatements.

Roanman's picture

Good, now maybe the assholes could get busy investigating the real rapes that are occuring on a daily basis in Sweeden.

NoWayJose's picture

Any attempt to leave the embassy would require a very large armed guard (bikers or ex-mil), a series of truck roadblocks (to stop any cars from trailing him), a warehouse with several decoy vehicles (to confuse the choppers), and several decoy cell phones along with recordings of his voice.

Otherwise go directly to a small airport with a private plane and get airborne ASAP.

FoggyWorld's picture

London is a city dripping with CCTV.

msamour's picture

Ecuador could have put him in a diplomatic bag years ago. Diplomatic packages cannot be searched. If the UK is willing to break the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, then they open themselves for every country in the world to severly violate the embassies of the UK in a matter similar to how they treat diplomatic missions in the UK. Article 27 of the convention is particularily relevent in this case:

 

 1.The receiving State shall permit and protect free communication on the part of the mission for all official purposes. In communicating with the Government and the other missions and consulates of the sending State, wherever situated, the mission may employ all appropriate means, including diplomatic couriers and messages in code or cipher. However, the mission may install and use a wireless transmitter only with the consent of the receiving State. 2.The official correspondence of the mission shall be inviolable. Official correspondence means all correspondence relating to the mission and its functions. 3.The diplomatic bag shall not be opened or detained. 4.The packages constituting the diplomatic bag must bear visible external marks of their character and may contain only diplomatic documents or articles intended for official use.

So, Ecuador could have shipped out Assenge years ago...

smacker's picture

Washingtown would have forced his flight to land somewhere to arrest him, either themselves or by arrangement with a third country.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe it is about time the corrupt establishment began legal reconciliation with Assange

Grandad Grumps's picture

Notice that we hear nothing about the entry of forces into the embassy, the disappearance of Assange and the invasion of the Wikileaks office that happened around the time of the election. There were even stories that the Wikileaks staff had been replaced.

What does this indicate?

... most likely it means that the whole Wikileaks thing is orchestrated theater... but who and why and why the people who desperately oppose Wikileaks and are apparently in power don't know remains something of a mystery. Mossad payout?

Grandad Grumps's picture

Notice that we hear nothing about the entry of forces into the embassy, the disappearance of Assange and the invasion of the Wikileaks office that happened around the time of the election. There were even stories that the Wikileaks staff had been replaced.

What does this indicate?

... most likely it means that the whole Wikileaks thing is orchestrated theater... but who and why and why the people who desperately oppose Wikileaks and are apparently in power don't know remains something of a mystery. Mossad payout?

Grandad Grumps's picture

Either the Swedes believe Assange is guilty or they do not. Dropping the charges appears to indicate that the Swedes are corrupt and made the charges for political reasons.

Understanding that Swedish police and politicians are corrupt lackies is disappointing, but not especially surprising.

smacker's picture

A more likely explanation is that the Swedes do not now believe there is a case to answer, hence they have never issued charges against him.

The sub-text is that it was a big fat hokey-pokey on behalf of Washingtown and they're pissed off playing fiddle.

scatha's picture

Swedish charges were made up when after several weeks from Assange visiting Sweden and staying two days or so with Wikileaks activists (happened to be women) those very activists have been interrogated after several weeks about Assange visit for obvious political reasons.

The so-called rape was never mentioned in first interrogation only following interrogations focused of a" alleged" rape only after those two women told them a detail like Assange slept in the same bed as they did but not in the same time. Only one of two women fell for intimidation of the police threatening to charge her with assisting a criminal.

It was political concoction to make it a rape since in Sweden no any kind of force or violence is needed to commit a rape but lack of awareness of a intercourse suffice, so there is no need for physical evidences at all, and swedes never had any.

The even biggest scandal was Assange treatment in UK. Instead of Sweden indict Assange, try him in absentia and then demand his deportation to Sweden theyt instead use European warrant to interrogate a witness i.e Assange. Why?

Simply if they do that and tried and even unlikely convicted him he would not have been able to be extradited to Sweden since in UK the legal basis for his conviction does not exists i.e if he even did what he was accused of it is not a crime in UK.

No country will extradite anyone who commit an act that is not criminal in the extraditing country.

In fact what they did sentences Assange to house arrest for over five years now.

Dg4884's picture

Assange has got to be feeling some serious dread right now.  Easy to type out all this bullshit this morning, but just imagine how worse it 'could' be.  Poor bastard.

scatha's picture

I say 10 000 people walk with him to the airport chained to him, another hundred buy  tickets to Ecuador for the same flight via Iceland to Russia away from EU airspace (remember hijacked president of Bolivia) and all stay with him until he arrives in Quito.

I do not trust those bastards who want him dead.

smacker's picture

Sounds good except for one thing: UK Air Traffic Control would never give permission for the flight to take off if the Met Police wanted to arrest him.

amenlight's picture

He may not be able to leave right away without a passport! The UK took it!

smacker's picture

Good point. I guess if he was allowed to leave, Ecuador could provide him with a temp passport given that he's been granted asylum there.

Pol Pot's picture

And when he arrives in Quito he is fucked as well....he will be arrested by the FBI.... the Neocons have decided that he will be used as an example...juliens days are numbered.

smacker's picture

The Met Police are a major component of the British "Deep State" and will decide themselves whether to allow Assange to leave the Embassy without arrest.

There might be a subtle word to them from the Home Secretary but that will never be known about and the Met Police just love to show off their powers.

At the very least, if he walks out they will arrest him for questioning. Let's see.

presterjohn1198's picture

Now, the Swedes can spend more time investigating the 'refugee' rapes in their own backyard.

smacker's picture

Well yes, but before they investigate them, they first have to admit that they're happening!!

natronic's picture

He's got Pamela Anderson visiting him and keeping him "happy" he's not going anywhere!

Pol Pot's picture

Nice move by the Neocons and Lunitics.... get your vessel Sweden to drop the charges and set the trap for when he walks out.... an FBI arrest warrent for leaking confidential documents. He is fucked....I hope he enjoys the conjugal Pamela visits...

Anarchyteez's picture

All the while rabid dog Muslims rape Swedish women daily.

What a bunch of shit this all has been.

DirtySanchez's picture

Invite the world to attend.

Hopefully 10 thousand or more people show up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London wearing white t shirt, jeans, and a Guy Fawkes mask.

Have Assange arrange a clean getaway during the confusion.

People should move by subway, auto, boat, and plane.

FoggyWorld's picture

But then what?   He would have to stay in hiding for the rest of his life.

barysenter's picture

He will have to protect his privacy to the same extent as the rest of us, but he doesn't have to hide. Barry Freed went before...

LickItUp's picture

In Sweden and the UK, rape is not a crime if it's done by a muslim male and the victim is human.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Seems that way. Also seems like Police and local authorities run away screaming from investigating the rape and abuse of white girls by muslim immigrants, supposedly for fear of being labelled "racist". Yup, they can come over and target and defile our women but to lift a finger against it makes you a very bad person indeed.

 

 

Lostinfortwalton's picture

"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.” "

But apparently not Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, or Eric Holder? They just sold out their country for millions, corrupted FBI federal criminal investigations, and had people killed.

HRClinton's picture

I told you that Sessions is a spineless weasel. A leather sniffer.

Punch happy to have the job and bend over for the Deep State, or whoever lets him keep his job. And Trump is all bark, no bite, when it comes to the Deep State. Has anyone in the Swamp been arrested or even charged? Yeah. Now he's off to KSA, to... Make Arabia Great Again. Chump of Arabia

This is too funny. I'm not worried. But Assange should be.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Glad you mentioned our nation's cozy relationship with that bastion of freedom and human rights, Saudi Arabia. One of many, many "tells" about the true character of our government.

barysenter's picture

Before making a move get clear of the matrix. The (((mafia))) still has you.

Ryland's picture

He'll either die in a car accident, have a heart attack or get cancer.

Davidduke2000's picture

It is a trap, the us told Sweden to let Assange go by dropping all charges, while at the meantime there is an arrest warrant for him by the united states and already there is an extradition treaty request with the UK by the us.

Now to avoid this mess, Assange can obtain by order of the Ecuadorian president a citizenship and hire him as an embassy diplomatic staff before the us announce  he is wanted, he can leave as a diplomatic corp and leave the country. 

mary mary's picture

The "Free World" does not allow freedom of speech.

The nail which sticks up, it hammers down.

But it welcomes Brian Williams back to prime time.  Perhaps Chelsea Clinton would like a prime time show, too....

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Truth doesn't matter. Concealing it is important though.

Mimir's picture

"Juan Branco, a lawyer representing Mr Assange, said he would now seek political asylum in France, though did not elaborate on how the campaigner planned to get there without being arrested. " (Daily Telegraph)

HRClinton's picture

Wet work contractors love a paid trip to France.