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Julian Assange Rape Case Reopened; WikiLeaks: Here Are 'The Facts'

Julian Assange Rape Case Reopened; WikiLeaks: Here Are 'The Facts'

Swedish Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson announced Monday that prosecutors are reopening their investigation of Julian Assange over rape allegations dating from 2010.

Preliminary charges of rape have been filed against Assange since 2010.

Second, Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid onward extradition to the USA - not to avoid extradition to Sweden or to refuse to face the Swedish allegations.

The statute of limitations on that case doesn't expire until 17 August 2020.

A woman accusing Julian Assange of sexual assault has welcomed the decision to reopen the investigation into the WikiLeaks founder. Assange has denied the allegations, which also included a second claim of sexual misconduct that can no longer be pursued in criminal court due to the statute of limitations.

- April 11, 2019: London police arrest Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy for breaching bail conditions in 2012, as well as on behalf of US authorities, shortly after Ecuador's government withdrew his asylum status. Three weeks later, Assange was sentenced to almost 12 months in prison for breaching England's Bail Act.

The United States is also seeking to extradite him on conspiracy charges relating to the public release by Wikileaks of a cache of secret documents, including assessments of foreign leaders, wars and security matters.

Manning was recently released from two months in jail after she was held in contempt for refusing to testify before a United States grand jury about her interactions with Assange.

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"I am well aware of the fact that an extradition process is ongoing in the United Kingdom and that he could be extradited to the US".

Persson said her decision to reopen the preliminary investigation should not be seen as an indication on whether or not she intends to prosecute Assange, which she said would be a question for a later date.

Since the USA has already kicked off the extradition process on the conspiracy charge, British officials "will decide on the order of priority", according to the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

Hrafnsson added that several key details surrounding the investigation were suspicious after a Swedish prosecutor initially found that "no crime at all" had occurred, after which the case was reopened at the behest of the British authorities.

Third, Sweden wanted to drop its arrest warrant for Assange in 2013.

Assange's lawyer, Per E. Samuelson, told broadcaster SVT that the Swedish prosecutor office's decision was surprising, as he saw no "reasoning" behind reopening the 10-year-old case, calling the move "embarrassing for Sweden". It was the Swedish prosecutor who for years refused to question Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy: they only did so, in November 2016, after the Swedish courts forced the prosecutor to travel to London.

It also published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.

Mr Assange is accused of raping a woman in 2010. After he left, Interpol bizarrely issued a Red Notice for Assange, usually reserved for terrorists and risky criminals - raising concerns that this was not just about sexual accusations.


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