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Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 19 May 2017 5:47 User comments (10)

Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange Swedish prosecutors released a statement today saying that they will drop the preliminary investigation against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
"Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the office said in its statement.

Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador's embassy in London, since 2013. The lawsuit accusing him of rape in Sweden, has been pending for almost 7 years. Assange has denied the claims and stated that it is a manhunt against him and WikiLeaks.

Shortly after the release of the statement, Assange posted a photo of him smiling, to his Twitter account:




While the European Arrest Warrant issued for Mr Assange has been withdrawn by the Swedish prosecutor, Assange will still be arrested when he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy by British police on a separate warrant for failing to appear in court years ago.

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119.5.2017 11:25

This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP.

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219.5.2017 11:48

Originally posted by rbi149:
This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP.
The leaks that put Wikileaks on the map had nothing to do with the Obama administration though. The so called "collateral murder" video and the Iraq war logs etc. were all Bush-era material.

Whether Assange has committed any crime against the U.S. is debatable. Wikileaks can only publish what it is given by leakers (or possibly hackers), there is no evidence Assange ever stole anything or that he was the source of any leak.

319.5.2017 12:46

It's nice to see that Sweden gives criminals a free ride. Refer to the fact that Wikileaks meddled in the 2016 American election with Russian help. Maybe when I decide to commit a crime, I can travel to Sweden and get my free ride. Who are the criminals now?

419.5.2017 16:24

Originally posted by Dela:
Originally posted by rbi149:
This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP.
The leaks that put Wikileaks on the map had nothing to do with the Obama administration though. The so called "collateral murder" video and the Iraq war logs etc. were all Bush-era material.

Whether Assange has committed any crime against the U.S. is debatable. Wikileaks can only publish what it is given by leakers (or possibly hackers), there is no evidence Assange ever stole anything or that he was the source of any leak.
I have to agree with rbi149! Wkikileaks is more show than substance, because Assange grabs onto any information provided to him without having a clue as to the veracity of its source. Anyone with modest PC skills could send him doctored or even fake information and get it posted. Hence his quick acceptance of the so-called leaks provided to him by Russian hackers. There's no doubt in my mind, and there shouldn't be in anyone's mind that Assange helped to elect Trump, the most unstable and dangerous human to hold office since the Cold War, and perhaps even WWII. Assange had a chance to make something great, but he squandered it to serve his ego.
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519.5.2017 21:21

Looking at the comments,I can see missplaced anger at the one person who alerted the world about the criminal actions of governments of the west. Inspired others within the govt's to spring a leak. The USA making laws unknown to but a few. Well documented Rendition Torture prisons around the world.. All due to whistle blowers and you have the hide to make accusations out of rumours by those who would want Assange 'demonized' That man is your hero and mine. One can tell who are the 'GOOD' of the world. Just look on the hate list of western govt's Cheers and good luck.

619.5.2017 21:30

I believe that the greater part of the comments here are just stupid by people from the US that want to place the blame onto another person because Trump so called won the 2016 election.
If they had any guts they would have taken the time to vote instead of sitting on the side lines and hoping that the person they liked would have won.
At least here in Australia by our Constitution have to vote in every Federal and the State that you live in, this is the fairest way to get a better outcome from any election. But we might not like the outcome we do not try to place the blame on another person that is cooped up overseas.
So in ending all I can say is get a life then live with it.

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719.5.2017 21:52

Originally posted by Obi_:
Looking at the comments,I can see missplaced anger at the one person who alerted the world about the criminal actions of governments of the west. Inspired others within the govt's to spring a leak. The USA making laws unknown to but a few. Well documented Rendition Torture prisons around the world.. All due to whistle blowers and you have the hide to make accusations out of rumours by those who would want Assange 'demonized' That man is your hero and mine. One can tell who are the 'GOOD' of the world. Just look on the hate list of western govt's Cheers and good luck.
I have no idea why you think the above comments had anything to do with anger, misplaced or otherwise. You do know that it's possible to rationally view an event or set of events in the absence of anger right? Probably not! Here's the reality! Wikileaks at its inception by posting U.S Iraqi war atrocities was a service to any free thinking people. But when Wikileaks became an unwitting participant to Putin's efforts to destabilize western democracies, it became an untrustworthy and unwitting pawn to his hegemonic aspirations. So look for all the misplaced anger you want, but don't confuse what Wikileaks has become as free speech.
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819.5.2017 22:07

"I believe that the greater part of the comments here are just stupid by people from the US"

The "greater part of which comments?" Until you came along there were only four comments, so how great did they get? I will be the first to agree that there are some stupid people in the U.S, but then that's also true of Australia. We have a population that's about 14 times that of Australia, so even if you extracted the "stupidest" people in the U.S, the intelligent ones left would still out populate your entire country, including your stupid. Now if you want to demonstrate that you're in fact among your more intelligent, then consider this. How does Assange vet his sources before posting? Or does he just take whatever comes to him over the internet as fact?



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920.5.2017 0:06

You DO realize that exactly zero of the emails Wikileaks exposed have been successfully shown to be incorrect/false, right?

Hmmm.. "Untrustworthy", eh? Not too familiar with our country's foreign (and internal) policy/actions, are you? Ask a Kurd how that is, we hose them regularly =p .

Assange is a monumental twit, yes. Criminal? Perhaps but charges were never filed in the "ironclad" case, I'll note. And none of that impugns the information he gathered at all.

Pull a convincing statistical sample of bogus documents out of Wikileaks (out of, say, 1000-10,000 randomly chosen docs) and then you'll have a point. Until then, nope! You simply don't have any to show, much less a convincing number/frequency of them.

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1020.5.2017 11:13

Governments don't even bother denying WikiLeaks stuff. For example, the US government still says marijuana has no medical use decades after saying that the chemicals in it do have a medical use. Official lies are the norm. Yet even the US government doesn't deny the validity of the leaks posted; they admit these things ARE TRUE.

The leaks probably did affect the election, but if someone had sent data about Trump that would have been posted too. There would probably already be a ton of stuff about trump if not for the fact that Trump himself tends to leak his own bad press in press conferences. If you want to blame someone for the democrats emailing each other about screwing Sanders, blame the democrats.

Remember that Wikileaks doesn't limit themselves to US politics either. For example, when a power company owned by the UK government was planning to bury atomic waste in Australia, it was WikiLeaks that broke the story. That has nothing to do with the US...and if anything, the Clintons would probably support such a leak and the effects of it.

As to the criminal charges, it is always a bit hard to believe charges that only appear right after a government gets mad at the person being charged. I fully realize the issues with women being reluctant to come forward and evidence disappearing with time...but if someone came forward blaming anyone else then no charges would have been considered simply because there would be no evidence. Even if such charges actually were true, it would be impossible to have a fair trial at that point; the very fact that charges were filed was proof that the government was biased. So yes, even if the charges were true, it would still be a witch hunt and it's nice that it is finally over.

As for comments that most US citizens are stupid...well, just consider that Trump and Clinton won the primaries. Sure, the democrats fixed their primary and Trump didn't get a majority but there are obviously a lot of very stupid people in the US...one of them is even president now!

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