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Friday, May 19, 2017

Sweden's director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off. Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, trying to avoid extradition. He feared being extradited to the U.S. if sent to Sweden. He could face trial in the U.S. over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents. ... The plaintiff in the rape case was "shocked" by the decision, her lawyer said, and maintained her accusations against Assange, Agence France-Presse reported.

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Well, that's good. I wonder who is gonna give him back 10 years of his life?

#1 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-19 07:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Congratulations, Assange, you evaded justice for 10 years because you're famous.

Now go free and spend the rest of your sorry life trying to avoid U.S. extradition.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 09:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"trying to avoid U.S. extradition"

What would he be extradited for the U.S. for? I thought the claim was that there was no extradition request to the U.S. and it was allegedly all paranoia on his part.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-19 10:16 AM | Reply

spend the rest of your sorry life trying to avoid U.S. extradition.

He can stay in Abbottabad.....

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-05-19 10:41 AM | Reply

Well, that's good. I wonder who is gonna give him back 10 years of his life?

#1 | POSTED BY KUDZU

He is in hiding due to the threat of extradition to the US. That isn't going away.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 11:02 AM | Reply

What would he be extradited for the U.S. for?

Your question is answered in the story. And the summary.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 11:08 AM | Reply

So... all the claims that he was just paranoid about being extradited to the U.S. were just malicious lies?

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-19 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Gosh, it's almost as if they trumped up some charges so they could punish him for daring to challenge the military industrial complex.

I can't believe anyone would believe any charges against anyone who had just pissed off the CIA.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 11:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

He could face trial in the U.S. over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

Assange will face more time than Manning, an actual leaker ....

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 11:25 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by Sycophant

No Kidding. Especially with Donnie mad at him now. He'd get an extra dose of all the non-torture torture...

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-19 11:38 AM | Reply

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Curious why you think that is? To me it would be like a reporter facing time for reporting leaked information. That is essentially what he did and nobody goes to jail here for that.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-19 11:43 AM | Reply

The Brits have had the embassy surrounded the whole time. Now they are Trump's poodle.

#13 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-19 11:44 AM | Reply

To me it would be like a reporter facing time for reporting leaked information.

He's not a reporter. He's running an intelligence op for a hostile foreign country. The Wikileaks Twitter account is completely in the tank for Putin.

Journalists who receive leaked documents vet them and decide what is responsible to release. They don't dump tens of thousands of documents and ignore the consequences. People are dead because of Assange's actions, including informants who helped the U.S. in the war on Al Qaeda and ISIS.

#14 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 12:30 PM | Reply

" People are dead because of Assange's actions"

I'm actually curious Rcade, who specifically is dead?

#15 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-05-19 12:38 PM | Reply

It's really sad to see people parroting=the verbiage that totalitarian states use to go after dissidents and media outlets they deem to be enemies of the state. Sounds a lot like the stuff that comes across Trump's twitter feed.

#16 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-05-19 12:53 PM | Reply

I seem to recall a bunch of idiots on this site who blindly believed the rape charges, calling assange a rapist, instead of thinking that JUST MAYBE he was being falsely charged for daring to harm powerful evil people.

These are the same people who whine about the "deep state" being mean to trump, yet they don't think the same group would do anything to assange.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 01:04 PM | Reply

People are dead because of Assange's actions, including informants who helped the U.S. in the war on Al Qaeda and ISIS.

#14 | Posted by rcade

Even if that were true, I could argue that assange's actions SAVED LIVES, by exposing the truth about unjust immoral US actions, which makes it harder for the US to do those actions in the future.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 01:06 PM | Reply

I had no idea how many Assange Ball Polishers there were here.

#19 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-05-19 02:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I had no idea how many Assange Ball Polishers there were here.

#19 | Posted by mOntecOre

Just fans of truth and justice. Some prefer to be lied to and deceived apparently.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 02:30 PM | Reply

Roman Polanski called and wants to do another movie with him.

#21 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-19 05:18 PM | Reply

We all know that Sweden is the bastion of witch hunting political hacks. Russia and the US are mere kittens compared to the corrupt, hyperpartisan Sweden...

#22 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-19 05:20 PM | Reply

"Well, they're informants so, if they get killed, they've got it coming to them. They deserve it." -- Julian Assange

#23 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 05:25 PM | Reply

#23

In a book about you that's recently been released by two Guardian journalists, ... they claim that you said, "Well, they're informants, so if they get killed, they've got it coming to them, they deserve it." Did you say that?

JULIAN ASSANGE: No, and we are suing them for libel and we have witnesses to show that is a libellous claim, and is an ongoing dispute, so there's a lot of vitriol in the top end of the news business and a lot of back-stabbing, and unfortunately we happen to be on the receiving end of it from this individual.

LEIGH SALES: So you're saying that that statement was completely fabricated?

JULIAN ASSANGE: It is completely fabricated.

www.abc.net.au

#24 | Posted by et_al at 2017-05-19 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#23 Rcade,

What is the context of that Assange quote, I don't understand it?

Does it matter how many millions of people the USA has killed and displaced without cause? That is never a politically correct topic in this country.

There is no democracy without transparency. Wikileaks has a remarkable record of releasing embarrassing truthful Government records. They are performing a public service, exposing the dishonesty of our Government. This is dis-proportionally about the USA, instead of Russia, because it is an english language system and the USA is the most belligerent military force in the world.

There is no legitimate moral or legal basis for singling out Wikileaks for prosecution when WAPU and NYT have published the same information.

#25 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-19 05:53 PM | Reply

No, and we are suing them for libel ...

He made that threat six years ago. He never did it and never intended to do it, because he can't risk being questioned under oath in a deposition.

"It should be noted that this is the third time that Assange has claimed he is suing the Guardian or its journalists. The first claim was made on November 1 2010 and was for supposed loss of earnings. Secondly, he claimed he was suing the Guardian for libel in February 2011 over the Guardians book. Separately, he threatened to sue the author and Freedom of Information campaigner, Heather Brooke, for criminal deception. None of these actions ever materialized." -- The Guardian

www.pressgazette.co.uk

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 06:26 PM | Reply

Does it matter how many millions of people the USA has killed and displaced without cause?

Until you express an interest in the safety of confidential informants who help the U.S. in dangerous places, at the risk of their own lives and the lives of their families, your claim of moral concern is entirely hollow.

Reputable organizations that share leaked documents review and redact them to protect the lives of the people mentioned in them. They don't dump tens of thousands of documents and declare that informants deserve to die.

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 06:29 PM | Reply

Rcade, who, specifically has died? I respect you man but you shouldn't argue a point based on rumors and hearsay. I've heard that he jeapordized lives but never heard of any hard evidence.

#28 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-05-20 02:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Really now rcade,

There is no doubt that Wikileaks invests considerable time in redacting documents prior to release. Can you site any legitimate examples of Wikileaks putting the lives of US agents, of dubious moral and legal authority, at risk? Wikileaks demonstrates a greater concern for innocent and not so innocent lives than US Deep State with its largest most belligerent military force on the planet exercising shock and awe whenever and where ever it steps with or without cause. The trail of destruction across the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, all of Central America is appalling. Recently we have managed to destabilize the EU, by producing millions of refugees through unnecessary, ineffective violence.

What is the USA doing in "dangerous places"? Do we actually have any legal or moral authority to police the world and cry foul when people in other parts of the world long to be free of US influence? The issue is that our agents, whose job it is to promote US Corporate profits while local populations live in poverty and squalor, are important and other lives are not. You are clear on that.

#29 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-20 06:52 AM | Reply

In fact I have, in previous posts, expressed concern for Valerie Plame and other people like her.

#30 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-20 06:56 AM | Reply

There is no legitimate moral or legal basis for singling out Wikileaks for prosecution when WAPU and NYT have published the same information.

#25 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

and that is the point.

Exactly the same issue with whatshisface ... Snowden. He tells Americans the truth about governmental corruption and he is branded a criminal.

What they really did was upset the people, in both parties, who need misinformation in order to stay in power. Telling the truth is forbidden.

#31 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-21 08:59 AM | Reply

If the government and our politicians are operating below our laws, they deserve to be exposed by any means, trying to hide such behind security just promotes the corruption and illegal activity.

#32 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-21 09:09 AM | Reply

"If the government and our politicians are operating below our laws, they deserve to be exposed by any means, trying to hide such behind security just promotes the corruption and illegal activity."

You just stated on another thread that it's political when they're exposed.

You seem to waft positions based on the letter after the name.

#33 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-21 09:14 AM | Reply

What the heck are you talking about? You seem to try and scruple everything together to suit your purpose.

Then you add a false statement, what are you 13, can't manage to be cognizant enough to see the nuance between common decency and outright corruption?

I learned years ago to stop attacking the individual and address the incident.

I guess attacking me is far easier for you.

#34 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-21 09:21 AM | Reply

And apparently you feel no need to hold our government to our laws, you like it when they are below board apparently, we see how you are!

#35 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-21 09:22 AM | Reply

"What the heck are you talking about? "

Here, you say Assange is fair game because he broke the rules. There, you say Clarke was the victim of racism, despite the fact he broke the rules.

"Then you add a false statement"

Where?

#36 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-21 09:23 AM | Reply

"you feel no need to hold our government to our laws"

I feel a great need. Treason is one of them.

OTOH, you're more upset at the leak than the truth.

#37 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-21 09:26 AM | Reply

Sorry, the leak was the truth, sorry Hillary, but that's something you are upset about, the leak not the truth.

#38 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-21 09:29 AM | Reply

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