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Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation of Assange

20 Mai 2017

Officers were withdrawn in 2015, but the Metropolitan Police warned that they had put a number of covert and overt methods in place to alert them if Assange did leave the embassy.

The huge release of memos known as "cablegate", which embarrassed governments worldwide, would not have been possible had it not been for USA soldier Chelsea Manning, who handed WikiLeaks 700,000 classified documents.

Swedish prosecutors received a translation of the interrogation four months later, but "all materials were translated into Spanish then into English then back into Spanish then into Swedish", Ny said, making it hard for the investigation to move forward.

The Metropolitan Police in London said, however, that they still planned to carry out a warrant issued after Mr. Assange failed to surrender in June 2012, and that it was "obliged" to execute the warrant if he were to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy. A Swedish prosecutor posed the questions through an Ecuadorian prosecutor.

She said it was "regrettable we have not been able to carry out the investigation", and added: "We are not making any pronouncement about guilt". On 14 June 2012, The Supreme Court issued a final decision ordering the surrender of Julian Assange to Sweden.

Ecuador's foreign minister, Guillaume Long, tweeted Friday that Britain "must now grant safe passage" to Assange.

Police set up round-the-clock guard to arrest him if he steps outside.

Speaking at a Conservative campaign event in Edinburgh, Mrs May added: "In relation to Julian Assange, any decision that is taken about United Kingdom action in relation to him were he to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy would be an operational matter for the police".

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Updated Sweden's director of public prosecutions has today dropped the rape investigation into Julian Assange.

While it was known that a grand jury had been established in Virginia in relation to Assange and the Manning cables under the Obama administration, Assange's fears were validated last month when it was revealed United States authorities meant to charge Assange despite the clear violation of the First Amendment such a prosecution of a publisher would constitute.

Assange criticised the EU during his speech, and said: "The reality is detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the European Union". He was granted diplomatic asylum in August that year. In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. Recent comments by the United States attorney general and director of the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrate the obvious need of Mr. Assange for asylum. On 16 December 2010, the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court chose to release Julian Assange on bail.

It is no longer possible to continue the preliminary investigation pursuant to Chapter 23, Section 4, second paragraph, of the Code of Judicial Procedure.

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"UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a United States extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to U.K".

It added: "The priority for the MPS must continue to be arresting those who are now wanted in the Capital in connection with serious violent or sexual offences for the protection of Londoners".

"The priority for the MPS must continue to be arresting those who are now wanted in the capital in connection with serious violent or sexual offenses for the protection of Londoners", the police said in an emailed statement.

Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation of Assange