“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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Northern Flicker's picture

Free the truth tellers - starting with julian and snowden

Ntoxic8ingWave's picture

President Trump needs to throw off the shackels of the deep state. Julian Assange may be an enemy of the Deep State, but he will always be an ally to the people of the United States and the rest of the world. The information that he publishes sheds light on all of the shady operations that governements around the world conduct. It doesn't matter how badly it hurts the governments, because it is the people that these groups serve, not themselves...

TheLastTrump's picture

That case was a disgrace, it's about time. That dude sure can pull some pussy. :)

amenlight's picture

Twitter has been down in many places in the US and UK, since this news was released this A.M. Very suspicious!!!

MS7's picture

Russia is the only safe place for Assange. People who want to smear him will call him a puppet of Putin or some such nonsense. But those people have an agenda and would say the same thing no matter where he was.

Loose Caboose's picture

This is a trap.  They want to get him before he can provide proof that Seth Rich was the leaker.  The timing is just too suspicious.  Assange needs an accomplice to help him leave the embassy under cover and soon. 

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

The CIA may want him dead or alive. Dead  in case he would publicly reveal the source of the DNC leaks. Alive and then tortured to reveal all his contacts. He may be safer where he is now.

JailBanksters's picture

Psst, did he buy it  ...

Swarm on my command

Consuelo's picture

 

 

'Sessions.timeout'...

 

 

BigCumulusClouds's picture

So the CIA is going to let their asset go free. I wonder how many real leakers he exposed? He did a great job keeping people distracted from all those hoaxes ... 911, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Boston, Orlando, etc. They should pay him well.

bardot63's picture

Assange could have gotten these Swedish charges dropped sooner if he had converted to Islam. Swedes ignore muzzie rapists.

  Hey, Julian, please don't picnic in Ft. Marcy Park.  Or drink at Seth Rich's bar.

Herdee's picture

The NeoCons want him in the American Gulag prison network. He'd never see the light of day. The present American prison system is designed after the old Soviet system that manufactured goods for big government companies at almost no cost. When you go to prison in the U.S. they make you a deal for getting out early if you work because the private-for-profit system is in the pensions of Judges, Cops and Prison Guards and especially Politicians (they make a nice dividend income off of you). Chinese wages in American sweat shops. You make furniture for Lazy Boy, components for Microsoft, the list goes on endlessly. They then ship the products to other countries like Canada to undercut their markets. That's waiting for Julian if the Brits arrest him. He'll be a lifetime slave for politicians and their slave camps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulag

FBaggins's picture

Crime is a useful tool of the Western elites, whose intelligence agencies regularly entrap thousands of dupes in crimes involving pedophilia, prostitution, drugs, smuggling, taking bribes, influence peddling, and even killings, in order to blackmail and use them in their pursuit of political or economic ends.  That is why our capitals are so corrupt and the elites are above the law and get away with murder.  The other dupes who commit crimes and are not useful end up in the Western gulags.  

Al Bondiga's picture

I'm not sure what to think about Assange and this unfolding media drama. Is he a spook doing his job? Is he legit? I lean more towards the idea that his whole schtick is a limited hang out.
But, you know, I'm a cynical bastard. I hope I'm wrong about Assange and he is what he says he is.

Posa's picture

The moment he steps foot out of the embassy will be snatched buy some intelligence agency

samsara's picture

Fuck you  Jeff Sessions,  don't have the balls to go after Pedophiles, or ANY of the swamp.  

But you are tough on crime like someone smoking a joint, or going after Assange, who indirectly got you your job.

If Not for Assange, Trump wouldn't have been elected.

No Trump,  No position for you...

 

Fuck You.

FBaggins's picture

Finally.  

Now lets get down to some serious whistle blowing. 

hay2u's picture

Julian wakes up one morning feeling hungry and sees all this sizzling bacon hanging from a tree outside the embassy. As he runs out to collect some for his morning sandwich he is cut down by a hail of bullets. His dying words? 'It's not a bacon tree....its a hambush!'

roadhazard's picture

I'd want assurance on paper of no kidnapping from Trump/Sessions.

crazybob369's picture

To quote Admiral Ackbar: "It's a trap."

If he falls for this, is life expectancy will be about 4.5 micro seconds.

Kat Daddy's picture

Assange will have a short life in Ecuador!

jenniewadeguy's picture

His only chance (slim at best) would be to inhabit a cult of personality which he does not.  He has merely been an odd entertainer. RIP you ugly-ass hacker.

Davidduke2000's picture

If Scott can beam him up to the ship ,  he can go wherever he wants with nobody after him. 

rwe2late's picture

It was never about the dubious "rape investigation" (never charged) in Sweden.

He was always willing to meet & cooperate with the Swedish authorities for that.

 

It was always, and still is, about being handed over to US authorities

as an enemy of the state, held incommunicado, and subject to torture and indefinite

detention without charges, or possibly given a mock trial under US "terrorist" law.

francis scott falseflag's picture

     

   THE TRUE STORY OF SWEDEN'S DROPPING THE ASSANGE RAPE CASE

 

On April 2, 2017 Ecuador held elections for president.  There were two

candidates: Guillermo Lasso and Lenin Moreno.  The future of

Julian Assange played a part of their campaigns.  Lasso was going to

throw Assange out of the London Embassy in a month.  Moreno was

going to let him stay as long as, say, Cardinal Mindszenty stayed in

the American Embassy in Budapest. For 15 years.

 

I don't have to tell you and the Swedish Scandinavian scumb bags in

Stockholm who won.  The conniving cunts in the Ministry of Justice  -

can you believe they have the nerve it call it thus --  Marianne

Ny, to be exact, WAITED UNTIL THE ELECTION WAS OVER AND PRO-ASSANGE 

MORENO WON BEFORE TAKING THE STEP OF DROPPING CHARGES.

 

JUSTICE DOESN'T GET ANY MORE CORRUPT THAN SWEDISH JUSTICE.

headless blogger's picture

I wouldn't trust them. Trump wants to get him.

vincent's picture

Hey Jeff,

What did it feel like to get Punked by The Donald.

Can't wait for you to testify. 

Exota's picture

I'm reading they dropped international searchwarrant , but case still on in Sweden , although they stopped the investigation.

Apeon's picture

There are a lot more folks after him then the Sweedes

Apeon's picture

There are a lot more folks after him then the Sweedes

Jack Oliver's picture

Narcissistic sociopaths have no empathy nor compassion - Soooo - Barry releasing 'Chelsea' is purely for public consumption !

Now all of a sudden Assange is 'free to go' !! - I smell a 'diversional' FUCKING rat !!