Julian Assange, founding father of WikiLeaks, authorized fugitive and perpetual thorn within the American authorities’s facet, has been residing out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the final 5 years to keep away from arrest for leaking categorised paperwork to the general public. Today, he escaped prosecution for a totally separate cost – that he raped and in any other case engaged in “sexual misconduct” with two girls in Sweden whereas he was hiding on the market in 2010.

Swedish prosecutors made clear that the fees weren’t dropped due to an absence of in all probability trigger or proof, however quite as a result of extraditing Assange to Sweden was proving to be unattainable, the New York Times reviews.

“I can conclude, based on the evidence, that probable cause for this crime still exists,” Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, mentioned at a information convention on Friday – a court-ordered deadline for prosecutors to decide in regards to the case. However, she added that as a result of Ecuador wouldn’t cooperate in serving Assange and transporting him to Sweden to face expenses, her “assessment is that the transfer cannot be executed in the foreseeable future.”

Speaking from the balcony of the Embassy, Assange advised reporters, “While today was an important victory and important vindication, the road is far from over.”

The US Justice Department is at present reconsidering whether or not to cost Assange for WikiLeaks, and the Metropolitan Police in London mentioned on Friday that they might arrest him if he tried to depart the Ecuadorian Embassy on a warrant for failing to seem in courtroom.

Many of Assange’s followers consider he’s the sufferer of a giant smear marketing campaign by the federal government and different nefarious forces to undermine his political credibility, and now longtime supporter M.I.A. has come to his protection, posting a prolonged diatribe on Instagram that appears to point she thinks he has been framed:

Assange will likely be a speaker at M.I.A.’s Meltdown Fest later this yr in London.

[h/t NYT]

M.I.A. Defends Julian Assange Against Rape Allegations by: Pamela Hendrix published:

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