Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape case against Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, it was announced on Tuesday. Assange faced a rape allegation stemming from 2010, but prosecutors decided that, while the Swedish complainant was credible and evidence reliable, her memory of the night in question had faded and there was limited corroborative evidence available.
The full extradition hearing to decide whether Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be sent to the United States to face accusations including spying charges will take place in February next year, a London court ruled on Friday. Assange, 47, is accused by U.S. authorities of 18 charges including conspiring to hack U.S. government computers and violating an espionage law.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday. The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange doesn’t face extradition to Sweden any time soon. The 47-year-old Assange was evicted on April 11 from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012.
The U.S. Justice Department unveiled 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information. Assange was initially charged with conspiring with Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of a 2010 leak by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of U.S. military reports about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He now faces a total of 18 criminal counts, and could face many decades in prison if convicted.
A rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be reopened, Swedish authorities announced Monday. The Australian national is currently in jail in the U.K., where he is serving a 12-month sentence for skipping bail in 2012, when he was fighting extradition to Sweden in connection with the same case. Assange was arrested by police and carried out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he sheltered for almost seven years, on April 11. The announcement leaves Britain facing a decision on whether to extradite him to the Scandinavian country or the U.S.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail on Wednesday for a 2012 bail breach offense in the U.K. The decision by London’s Southwark Crown Court follows Assange’s arrest by British police last month, after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and forced him out of its London Embassy, where he had sought political asylum since 2012. The 47-year-old Australian national was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act for failing to report to a U.K. police station in June 2012, after he had exhausted his legal options in fighting an extradition order to Sweden, where he faced charges of sexual assault and rape.
Ecuador announced that the citizenship has been granted to Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, who has been living in the country’s London embassy, since 2012, after seeking political asylum. The decision came hours after Britain rejected Ecuador’s request to grant Assange diplomatic immunity, saying he must ‘leave the embassy to face justice.’
Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London Thursday morning, arresting Julian Assange and bringing the Wikileaks founder’s seven-year stint there to a dramatic close. Metropolitan Police said in a statement that he was “further arrested” on his arrival at a London police station on behalf of United States authorities, who have issued an extradition warrant. Officers made the move after Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum and invited authorities into the embassy, citing the Australian’s bad behavior. He will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London as soon as is possible, police added.
The Ecuadorian government announced Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been cut off from the internet at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his refuge for almost 6 years. Ecuador suspended internet access after Assange violated an agreement to refrain from using his communications to interfere with other states’ affairs. WikiLeaks denied Assange agreed to such a deal.
After lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange argued that an arrest warrant issued in 2012 had ‘lost its purpose,’ a court ruled the warrant is still valid. Assange’s lawyers argued the case from another angle, which the court will examine on February 13th. Assange has been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for five years evading an arrest.