The Swedish authorities have suddenly dropped a seven-year investigation into Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks founder has signalled he will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The Australian, who has lived inside the embassy for nearly five years, said that a “legal conflict” with the United States and the UK continues.
British police could arrest him immediately for breaching earlier bail conditions if he left the building, while USA authorities have warned they regard WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service”. But it by no means, erases seven years of detention without charge, seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. In prison, under house arrest and nearly five years here in this embassy without sunlight. “I do not forgive or forget”.
The Swedish prosecutor’s office said in a statement it had chose to end its investigation. In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him.
Assange jumped British bail by entering the embassy and claiming asylum, saying he feared he would eventually be extradited to the United States. We have won the Assange case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested that the arrest of Assange could be an American priority, saying last month the USA was “stepping up our efforts on all leaks”.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has put heat on WikiLeaks after it embarrassed the Central Intelligence Agency in March by releasing files and computer code from the spy agency’s top-secret hacking operations. Ny said the case could be reopened if Assange comes to Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in 2020.
Ecuador also urged Britain on Friday to let Assange leave.
Ecuador’s foreign minister, Guillaume Long, tweeted Friday that Britain “must now grant safe passage” to Assange.
But the silver-haired activist said his legal fight wasn’t over and it was “extremely regretful” he was still being threatened with arrest if he leaves the embassy.
The department said Friday it had no comment on Assange.
Assange told his supporters his legal staff have contacted the British authorities, hoping for a dialogue over his future, and he would also be “happy to engage” in talks with the United States.
“It is a scandal that a suspected rapist can escape justice and thereby avoid the courts”, her lawyer, Elisabeth Fritz, told AFP in an email.
He made a short appearance and did not take any questions. The accusation against Assange dates from August 2010 when the alleged victim, who says she met him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm a few days earlier, filed a complaint. Prosecutors were trying to determine, among other things, if Assange had sex with the woman while she was asleep and without using a condom. Foreign Minister Guillaume Long said Assange was welcome to stay in the embassy if this was not granted.”As long as we fear that this is a case of political persecution.as long as we fear for Mr Assange’s integrity and human rights, we will continue with our policy of offering him asylum”, Long said in a telephone interview.He said that recent statements by US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicating that United States authorities would seek to arrest Assange were a sign that he still faces persecution outside Britain.”HOSTILE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE ” Last month CIA Director Mike Pompeo called WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence service”, and Sessions, responding to a question about Assange, said the Trump administration was stepping up its efforts against all leaks of sensitive information.”Whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail”, Sessions said.During last year’s USA presidential election campaign, WikiLeaks published emails from Hillary Clinton’s staff and the Democratic National Committee which some believe helped to lose her the election to Trump.