Monday, November 14, 2016

Assange and Swedish prosecutors talking

Now that Julian Assange no longer has to worry about being extradited to the US under the Trump regime*, he and Sweden have come to an arrangement.
A senior Swedish prosecutor has begun interviewing Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London, six years after he was accused of rape by a woman in Stockholm.
The interview is a significant step forward in a case that has been locked in deadlock since Assange sought asylum in the small central London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation, which he denies.

Assange sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012 following a series of legal challenges through British courts to a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden. He is technically free to leave but says he cannot because he is in breach of a warrant that was granted to extradite him to Sweden, and faces arrest. Assange has not at any point been charged with an offence under Swedish law but was sought for questioning over complaints of sexual assault by two women in 2010. Assange had raised concerns about Swedish demands that he be questioned in person, fearing extradition to the US.
During his campaign, Trump declared “I love WikiLeaks!”, thanks to its repeated publication of Democratic party emails that proved highly damaging to his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Many supporters of Assange and Trump have called on the president-elect to “pardon” him when he assumes office.

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