Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

WikiLeaks awaits UK decision on Assange's status

WikiLeaks awaits UK decision on Assange's status

Earlier, Assange had used social media to vent his anger hours after the Swedish prosecution made a decision to drop its rape investigation against him.

In August 2010, Assange arrived in Sweden after U.S. authorities began to investigate his activities.

Assange, 45, took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over the rape allegation, which he denies.

And it appears that the Trump administration has renewed interest in pursuing Assange. He spoke of Friday's announcement as a "vindication" and an "important victory", thanking the Ecuadorean people but also warning that "the proper war is just commencing".

Assange always denied the allegations, which he feared would lead to him being extradited to face trial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of secret United States military and diplomatic documents in 2010, which brought WikiLeaks to prominence.

"Assange has long insisted his stay in the embassy is unrelated to the Swedish case, but instead related to possible extradition to the USA in connection with WikiLeaks' activities", says Buzzfeed.

Assange feared that if he gave himself up to the Swedish authorities he would be extradited to the United States and put on trial for the intelligence leaks.

Assange said Friday his legal team would contact United Kingdom officials to seek a way forward in resolving his status.

While Assange may still not be able to leave the embassy in the upmarket Knightsbridge area of London, the prosecutor's decision to stop the investigation into allegations of rape brings to an end a seven-year stand-off with Sweden. We have won the Assange case. While in Sweden, Assange hoped to obtain personal protection and also that for his website.

The department said Friday it had no comment on Assange. For now, he remains in London at the Ecuadorian embassy, a refugee from the great powers of the world who want to punish him for revealing their secrets. The South American country has granted him asylum.

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Assange still could face charges of leaking classified material, should he ever decide to take on step off the Ecuadorean embassy's grounds.

The second woman, who attended the event, reportedly had sex with Assange once after insisting he use a condom (which he did "unwillingly"), and later woke up to him having sex with her without a condom. He has repeatedly reiterated his innocence and said the sex was consensual.

Ny told reporters that the WikiLeaks founder had "tried to dodge all attempts at arrest" by British and Swedish authorities.

If Assange were to enter Sweden before the statute of limitations on the case expire in August 2020, the investigation may be resumed.

"The United States, CIA director Pompeo and the USA attorney general have said I and other Wikileaks staff have no rights, no first amendment rights, and our arrest is a priority". Its No.1 enemy...

They chose the former, but to merely say the charges were "dropped" is doing a huge disservice to the facts. "[Prosecutors] were convinced as I have been all the time", said Samuelson. "And he's a free man", Samuelson said.

Two media reports say US prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets. WikiLeaks also had a provocative role in the 2016 USA presidential campaign when it published emails written by Hillary Clinton campaign officials.

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