Swedish prosecutors reopened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 13 May, just over a month after he was stripped of his political asylum by Ecuador and arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. According to WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, Assange will now have a chance to clear his name due to the reopened inquiry. In 2017, the prosecution dropped the case as they said that it didn't seem possible to get Assange to Sweden in the foreseeable future.
Swedish prosecutors have reopened their investigation into allegations of sexual assault against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sputnik has spoken to journalist John Steppling to find out what this means for Assange’s future and when we'll see the extradition process begin.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sweden will likely hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States given a history of extradition between the two, the website’s editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told RT.
The original rape case against Assange was opened in 2010 after allegations made by two women, but was dropped seven years later because Assange was hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London fearing extradition to the US over WikiLeaks' activities. Some of the charges were dropped in 2015 due to the statute of limitations on them expiring.
Mr. Assange has remained at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, stating fears of being extradited to the United States for espionage charges after publishing classified documents from US veteran whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Swedish attorney Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for a woman who alleges Julian Assange raped her, is holding a press conference in Stockholm on 13 May.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The decision to reopen a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegedly committed by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be a perfect opportunity for the famous whistleblower to clear his name, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has stated.
Sweden's state prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson held a press conference in Stockholm to announce a decision on re-opening the probe into rape accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in prison in Britain since his arrest last month after seven years spent inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.