Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court after he was arrested in London Britain.— Reuters  File

On Thursday, UK police finally arrested him at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has spent the last seven years. The struggle has taken him through a "mansion arrest" in the English countryside; a dramatic escape into the Ecuadorian Embassy in London; a multimillion-pound United Kingdom police siege of the embassy that has strained government coffers; and even a freakish attempt to turn him into a Moscow-based diplomat.

Julian Assange's mother has taken to Twitter to call on authorities to be gentle with her son, who's jailed in London after his removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy.

US prosecutors have just under two months to present British authorities with a final and detailed criminal case to justify the possible extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a USA government official said on Friday. They also confirmed he would resist extradition, saying that it set a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face USA charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

The MPs note that the investigation in Sweden was "discontinued only because of Assange's unavailability" while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Abbott said: "Assange skipping bail in United Kingdom, or any rape charge that may be brought by Swedish authorities, shouldn't be ignored".

After news broke that Assange had been arrested, the lawyer for the woman who accused him of rape tweeted that she and her client were shocked, but said they'd been hoping for it since 2012.

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Assange denies the Swedish allegations, which have a limitation period that expires in August 2020.

In a statement issued on Friday, his legal team confirmed he would resist the extradition that sets a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face U.S. charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date. People in power don't like that, so therefore we have to silence it. OK?

He said a Grand Jury investigation included charges which could lead to decades in prison or even the death penalty under the Espionage Act 1917, although UK Government policy is to block extradition to countries where suspects might face capital punishment.

British politicians are free to lobby the government for a certain course of action, but it's up to the courts to decide whether the USA request for Assange's extradition - and a possible future request from Sweden - should be honored.

"I don't think politicians should be saying he should or should not be. extradited", he said. He also sought refuge because of fears that Sweden would ultimately extradite him to the U.S.

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