Sweden drops rape investigation against Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape investigation against Julian Assange

Swedish prosecutors said on Tuesday they have dropped their investigation into jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff's claim "credible".

The Swedish investigation has always been a stalking horse for the USA government, which has sought to extradite Assange, either from Sweden or Britain, where he is now jailed, in order to lock him up forever or execute him on charges under the 1917 Espionage Act, because of WikiLeaks' publication of evidence of United States war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I would like to emphasize that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events", Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson said, according to a BBC report today. The prosecutor said the decision could still be appealed. More interviews with Assange and witnesses wouldn't provide additional strong evidence, Persson said.

WikiLeaks publisher Kristinn Hrafnsson issued a statement calling on supporters of Assange to redouble their efforts to win his freedom in the wake of Tuesday's developments: "Sweden has dropped its preliminary investigation into Mr Assange for the third time, after reopening it without any new evidence or information".

In a document tweeted by Melzer, the envoy accuses Sweden of "actively and knowingly" contributing to Assange's torture, and accuses prosecutors there of working in tandem with Britain's Crown Prosecutorial Service to keep the case against Assange alive in the face of exculpatory evidence. Persson said the case was dropped at this point because it was not possible for Britain to extradite Assange to Sweden.

Swedish prosecuting authorities at the time said: "The preliminary investigation concerning allegations against Julian Assange was resumed on 13 May 2019 after Assange left the Ecuadorian embassy in London".

Meanwhile, Pamela Anderson cancelled a visit to see Assange in a London prison due to a "personal emergency".

The investigation was launched after a Swedish woman who met Assange at a conference in Stockholm in August 2010 accused the Australian of having unprotected sex with her while she was sleeping. He was sentenced in May to 50 weeks in prison for jumping bail in 2012.

Assange also faces an indictment in the United States that charges him with conspiring with Chelsea Manning to crack a hashed password belonging to a Pentagon computer in 2010. Since then, he has served a British jail sentence for skipping bail.

Ecuador withdrew Assange's asylum status in April and Assange was arrested by British police.

He faces 18 charges in the US, including allegations he conspired to break into a Pentagon computer and leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

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