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Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

Julian Assange: Sweden considers reviving rape inquiry

The battle between Assange and the USA government was always going to be epic, involving concepts like free speech, journalists' rights, national interests, even treason.

On March 25, WikiLeaks posted a tweet bringing attention to a corruption probe that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno is facing. The Wikileaks founder continued his operation with little interruption throughout his stay there until Correa's vice president, Lenin Moreno, took power in 2017 shortly after the 2016 USA presidential election, during which Wikileaks published damaging emails from the DNC showing that the organization colluded with the media to rig the primary election against Bernie Sanders to secure Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination.

Julian Assange's arrest on Thursday in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London opens the next chapter in the saga of the WikiLeaks founder: An expected extradition fight over a pending criminal prosecution in the United States. In 2018, CPJ published a blog arguing that conspiracy charges against Assange could set a unsafe precedent.

Assange denied those accusations and argued that arrest in Sweden or the United Kingdom would lead to his extradition to the USA where he would face prosecution for his publishing activities. It is the monumental amount of leaks such as this that lifted the veil on US -led military operation in a variety of theaters, none of which have produced a favorable outcome [for] the people of those countries. And then we end up creating all sorts of new injustices to "correct" for a perceived past one.

MPs may force Theresa May to ask for longer Brexit delay
If they do not agree a single way forward, she proposed putting a number of options to MPs "to determine which course to pursue". She needs to put forward a proposal, including saying how long an extension she thinks we need to sort things.

Despite hailing WikiLeaks as a "treasure trove" during the 2016 campaign, Trump feigned ignorance about the website and its activities in the wake of Assange's arrest.

Some have alleged that Assange worked with the Russians to obtain stolen emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign. Julian Assange is not being pursued to protect USA national security. Assange would not leave the embassy until this week.

Here's the interesting and, perhaps, optimistic part for freedom of the press advocates: The U.S. did not charge Assange for publishing classified material under the Espionage Act, but instead under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In line with standard operating procedure in Swedish courtrooms, he was not formally charged. According to the indictment, Assange allegedly offered to help Manning break a password to a secure government database.

USA prosecutors say Assange was part of a criminal conspiracy to hack and steal information harmful to the United States. The two women who accused him said they had brief affairs with him while he was visiting the country, but that he later acted in a nonconsensual way - including having unwanted and unprotected sex with one of the women while she was asleep.

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