LEAVE AND LET LIVE Ecuador president says Wikileak’s Julian Assange MUST leave embassy but wants assurances he won’t be executed
Australian-born Assange will eventually need to leave the London embassy where he has been living since 2012, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno says
By Corey Charlton
27th July 2018, 10:48 am
Updated: 27th July 2018, 4:37 pm
JULIAN Assange’s legal team says Ecuador is seeking assurances he won’t be EXECUTED if he is forced to leave its embassy in London.
Speculation about Assange’s future has grown in recent days, amid reports that officials from Ecuador and Britain are discussing how to remove him after revocation of his asylum.
Ecuador’s president says Julian Assange must leave the London embassy eventually
Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno today told reporters in Madrid the “only thing” he wants is a guarantee Assange will avoid a death penalty.
He added that the “only person” he hasn’t spoken to regarding the Wikileaks founder’s plight “is Mr Assange” himself.
It comes as a source close to Assange today told Reuters his embassy standoff situation was coming to a head.
Assange sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about allegations of sex crimes which he has always denied.
The Wikileaks founder has been holed up there since 2012
BREAKING: Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno says he DID discuss Assange with UK government this week and says, “the only person I haven’t spoken to is Mr. Assange” and that the “only thing” he wants is a guarantee that Assange won’t be executed
Those allegations have since been dropped but Assange would be arrested by British police, should he leave the embassy, for breaching bail conditions.
Assange believes that would pave the way for extradition to the United States for the publication of a huge cache of US diplomatic and military secrets on the WikiLeaks website.
The Sun reported this week that Ecuadorian officials want him out, and his communication with the outside world was cut off three months ago when he was accused of interfering with other states.
A Whitehall source told The Sun to “expect movement” in the coming weeks but the Foreign Office insisted that there was not an “imminent” breakthrough expected.
Pamela Anderson has visited Assange at the embassy numerous times
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Anderson, pictured right, said she had sought his advice about her animal rights charity
Assange visited Sweden in August 2010 to speak at a conference when he met two women and had sex with them.
They accused him of rape and molestation and Assange was questioned but never charged over the claims.
He was initially told he could leave the country, but in November of that year, Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest. Assange has always denied the claims.
He gave himself up a week later and appeared before a judge in Westminster, where his supporters stumped up £240,000 for his bail.
In June 2012 Swedish prosecutors called for him to be extradited – a measure his lawyers opposed in case he was sent to the US.
On June 19, 2012, he fled bail and applied for asylum in Ecuador, through the embassy in Knightsbridge, London.
Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
Updated 10:30 PM ET, Thu April 20, 2017
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Washington (CNN)US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.
The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward.
During President Barack Obama’s administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn’t alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to US officials involved in the process then.
Going after Assange
The US view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.
Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, seeking to avoid an arrest warrant on rape allegations in Sweden. In recent months, US officials had focused on the possibility that a new government in Ecuador would expel Assange and he could be arrested. But the left-leaning presidential candidate who won the recent election in the South American nation has promised to continue to harbor Assange.
Last week in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, CIA Director Mike Pompeo went further than any US government official in describing a role by WikiLeaks that went beyond First Amendment activity.
He said WikiLeaks “directed Chelsea Manning to intercept specific secret information, and it overwhelmingly focuses on the United States.”
“It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” Pompeo said.
US intelligence agencies have also determined that Russian intelligence used WikiLeaks to publish emails aimed at undermining the campaign of Hillary Clinton, as part of a broader operation to meddle in the US 2016 presidential election. Hackers working for Russian intelligence agencies stole thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and officials in the Clinton campaign and used intermediaries to pass along the documents to WikiLeaks, according to a public assessment by US intelligence agencies.
Still, the move could be viewed as political, since Assange is untouchable as long as he remains in the Ecuadorian embassy, and Ecuador has not changed its stance on Assange’s extradition.
Stepping up efforts
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”
“We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks,” he said. “This is a matter that’s gone beyond anything I’m aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious. So yes, it is a priority. We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail.”
“We’ve had no communication with the Department of Justice and they have not indicated to me that they have brought any charges against Mr. Assange,” said Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack. “They’ve been unwilling to have any discussion at all, despite our repeated requests, that they let us know what Mr. Assange’s status is in any pending investigations. There’s no reason why WikiLeaks should be treated differently from any other publisher.”
Pollack said WikiLeaks is just like the Washington Post and the New York Times, which routinely publish stories based on classified information. WikiLeaks, he says, publishes information that is in “the public’s interest to know not just about the United States but other governments around the world.”
Freedom of speech?
Assange has also compared WikiLeaks to a news media organization that uses documents provided by whistleblowers to expose the actions of governments and powerful corporations.
“Quite simply, our motive is identical to that claimed by the New York Times and The Post — to publish newsworthy content,” Assange wrote in a recent op-ed in The Washington Post. “Consistent with the U.S. Constitution, we publish material that we can confirm to be true irrespective of whether sources came by that truth legally or have the right to release it to the media. And we strive to mitigate legitimate concerns, for example by using redaction to protect the identities of at-risk intelligence agents.”
In his speech last week, Pompeo rejected that characterization and said Assange should not be afforded constitutional free speech protections.
“Julian Assange has no First Amendment freedoms. He’s sitting in an Embassy in London. He’s not a US citizen,” Pompeo said.
Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that based on CNN’s reporting, “I’m glad that the Justice Department has found a way to go after Assange. He’s gotten a free ride for too long.”
King said Assange has “caused tremendous damage to our national security, put American lives at risk.”
But Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, argued that US prosecution of Assange sets a dangerous precedent.
“Never in the history of this country has a publisher been prosecuted for presenting truthful information to the public,” Wizner told CNN. “Any prosecution of WikiLeaks for publishing government secrets would set a dangerous precedent that the Trump administration would surely use to target other news organizations.”
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correctly describe the allegations against Assange in Sweden and clarify Pompeo’s comment about free speech protections.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.
Clinton: I don’t recall joking about droning Julian Assange
By MADELINE CONWAY 10/04/2016 06:19 PM EDT
Responding to unconfirmed allegations circulating on right-wing websites, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she does not remember ever joking about targeting the founder of WikiLeaks in a drone strike.
The conservative website True Pundit cited anonymous “State Department sources” in a report on Sunday to claim that Clinton in 2010 suggested to some staff members that the U.S. “drone” Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, whose website had embarrassed the U.S. when it published diplomatic cables, among other documents.
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“Can’t we just drone this guy?” the website claimed Clinton had said.
WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy organization that publishes documents from governments, corporations and other sources, tweeted out the quote from the True Pundit report on Monday. No mainstream news outlets have confirmed the claim.
“I don’t recall any joke,” Clinton said, when asked about the allegations at a press conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. “It would have been a joke, if it had been said, but I don’t recall that.”
The same reporter also asked Clinton about Assange’s recent promise to soon release documents that could affect the November election. WikiLeaks published a series of internal Democratic National Committee communications that embarrassed the party on the eve of its July convention, and suggested there was more to come.
“Are you worried that there’s anything that could come out that would upend the race?” the reporter asked Clinton.
“Well, I don’t know anything about what he’s talking about,” Clinton said, before responding to the drone comment allegations.
by Roger Friedman – May 19, 2016 1:33 am
Cannes got headlines this morning. As Laura Poitras unveiled her Julian Assange doc called “Risk.” Featured is Lady Gaga interviewing Assange with a small camera for personal use. Big revelation: that Wikileaks warned Apple that iTunes could be used as a backdoor for spies to infiltrate computers and phones. Also that Assange staff includes a junior Snowden name Jacob Appelbaum of California who has self exiled.
Poitras, as with “CitizenFour,” her film about Edward Snowden, continues to be a cutting edge political filmmaker with unusual access. In “Risk” we see the backstage of Wikileaks and it’s fascinating. Assange has a staff of committed followers who are devoted to him including Sarah Harrison, who may also be his girlfriend. She’s entranced by him. They all are. He is very much his own cult leader.
“Risk” has many other revelations including footage of Assange’s escape in disguise from British Court to the Ecuador embassy in London. He was aided by his mother, who helped turn him into a dark haired biker.
“Risk” is a short film– under 90 minutes– but it’s the prequel to “Citizen Four,” as the Snowden story starts to unfold while Poitras is busy filming Assange. The two films together cannot be underestimated as important documents of how all the whistleblowing and hacking unraveled governments. What surprises me is the zealousness of everyone involved– they don’t seem to understand fully what will — and what did– happen to them as a consequence of their actions.
More to come shortly on Poitras, who is a remarkable filmmaker, and this cast of characters…
Exclusive New Docs Throw Doubt on Julian Assange Rape Charges in Stockholm
As UN rules Wikileaks founder was ‘arbitrarily detained,’ he stands accused by two Swedish women—is the whole thing just Nordic neurosis?
By Celia Farber • 02/05/16 8:00am
Julian Assange for the Observer. (Photo: Emily Lembo)
Note: The regrettable invasion of privacy that follows is strictly for the purpose of clarification about the events that took place in Stockholm in 2010, which has led to a five-year legal quagmire between Sweden, the United Kingdom and Ecuador. The matter has kept Julian Assange in various degrees of custody since December of 2010, and has cost U.K. taxpayers over 13 million pounds to date.
“It is simply amazing how much work this case is generating. It sometimes seems like an industry. It is certainly non stop. Please do not think that the case is being dealt with as just another extradition request.”
Paul Close, Crown Prosecution Service
Two Swedish women—Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen—had sex with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Stockholm, in their respective apartments, in the month of August, 2010.
He stands accused of three counts of sexual molestation and “unpeace” and one count of rape, by Swedish prosecutors, who initially dropped all charges against him, then revived them—just one of many inexplicable twists and turns in the gluey saga.
Was it rape? Was it somewhere in the “grey zone”?
‘Sweden’ does not refer to the land mass east of Norway, so much as to a constructed society obsessed with the elimination of risk.
(Illustration by Joe Ciardiello for the Observer)
The answers lie embedded in a 98-page crime report signed by Swedish authorities on August 26, 2010, the contents of which have been touched upon in various press reports—but never fully clarified. First, one must be familiar not only with the Swedish language, but also “Sweden,” which does not refer to the land mass east of Norway, and north of Denmark, so much as to a constructed society obsessed with the elimination of risk. Sweden has both the most expansive rape laws (which extend all the way to marital bed nagging), as well as the highest number of reported rapes in the world.
Fumbling, bleak and unromantic—yes, the 98-page report details the emotional arc of the women, and often reads more like a dime-store novel than a crime report: “Julian looked at Sofia with a bemused expression. She got the feeling he did not feel that she, in her bright pink cashmere sweater, belonged among all these journalists dressed in grey.”
Neither woman ever claimed, initially, that she was “raped” by Mr. Assange—rape being våldtäkt in Swedish, but both spoke of the sex being unpleasant. They both concealed their distaste for how it had transpired—that’s usually what women do. In the case of Ms. Ardin, she kept him as a houseguest for six nights after the incident, and even threw a crayfish party for him. In the case of Ms. Wilen, she and Mr. Assange, after a night of sex, joked about the broken condom, and his promise that if she got pregnant he would move to Sweden, pay off her student loans, and they “could name the baby Afghanistan.”
She then went out and bought the two of them breakfast oats and orange juice. (Ian Fleming would never have allowed any of this.)
When Ms. Ardin learned Mr. Assange had also slept with Ms. Wilen, and when he failed the golden rule of elemental post-coital communications, they locked arms and went to the police—not to charge him with rape, but to see if he could be compelled to take an HIV test, on a Saturday, in Stockholm.
The report contains several testimonies—Ms. Ardin, Ms. Wilen, two Swedish male journalists, Ms. Wilen’s ex boyfriend, brother, and several friends and colleagues of the two women. Finally, Mr. Assange himself. It closes with grainy photographs of a broken condom, as well as a condom tip—and the forensic analysis of experts from “Staten’s Kriminaltekniska Laboratorium” (The State’s Criminal Technological Laboratory)—offering forensic results about the exact conditions along the broken edge of the condom. (Ruled not to have been broken by an “instrument,” but to have failed by natural means.)
After the incidents for which he is wanted for questioning took place, in mid-August 2010, Mr. Assange remained in Sweden for five weeks, until September 27, during which time Swedish prosecutors once dropped the case altogether, only to re-open it days later. Prosecutor Marianne Ny was quoted in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter as having said: “Even if I’m wrong, I won’t give up.”
Mr. Assange was originally under arrest in absentia (but not charged) for four counts of sexual offense: one of unlawful coercion, two of molestation and one of rape. In August of 2015, all counts expired due to the statute of limitations, except for the rape charge, which will remain intact until 2020.
He’s been taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 19, 2012. Swedish authorities have requested his extradition to Sweden, and have refused to question him in London; His appeal to the U.K. Supreme court to avoid extradition was rejected in June of 2012, resulting in his seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. He has stated that he fears Sweden will extradite him to the U.S. if he travels there, and Sweden has not promised not to do so.
‘They’ve become chauvinists, like the worst kind of chauvinism among men—but on the feminist spectrum. They speak of men as sexual tools, and say they’re not necessary for intellectual discussions.’
Continuous police surveillance at the embassy, to ensure Mr. Assange does not flee, has cost the U.K. taxpayers over 13 million pounds so far. The increasingly desperate plans to evacuate Mr. Assange to Ecuador have included the idea of placing him in a “diplomatic body bag,” which was rejected because his body heat could trigger thermal imaging and U.K. authorities would then have the right to open the bag and “seize the concealed Assange.” He is reported, in recent months, to be showing signs of severe stress—knocking over bookshelves and screaming at embassy staffers. His health, after three and a half years of neither air nor sunlight—which prisoners get daily—can’t be good.
Anna Ardin and Sofia Wilen.
August, 2010: Julian Assange arrives in Stockholm to give a talk. (He doesn’t like hotels, because, as publisher of Wikileaks, he feels he is a target.) Mr. Assange was actually on an extended visit to Stockholm, intending to secure residence and work permits to move there, and base his operations there.
It is decided that he will stay, for at least the first week, at the small Stockholm apartment of Anna Ardin—the press secretary for the organization that invited him to speak, the Brotherhood of Social Democrats.
Ms. Ardin is “abroad” (we don’t know where) yet arrives home one day earlier than expected because she had a lot to do in preparation for Mr. Assange’s talk, the title of which was “In War, Truth Is The First Casualty.”
It was Ms. Ardin who offered to have Mr. Assange stay in her apartment, to save the organization some money. The whole milieu has this kind of collegiate feel: mattresses on the floor, shifting plans, boozy nights, people coming and going—and of course, a crayfish party.
Mr. Assange’s first encounter was with Anna Ardin—an ardent feminist, Social Democrat, Christian, animal rights activist, pro-lifer and scholar on Latin America. Ms. Ardin described herself online as somebody who, somewhat alarmingly, “burns for justice, solidarity and equality,” and she once wrote a paper on “The 7 Steps To Revenge,” against men who “dump you.”
Journalist Johann Wahlstrom’s comments in the police report that Mr. Assange was a “total magnet” for women, saying they “just glued themselves to him.” He describes Mr. Assange as gentlemanly, distracted and consumed with his political thoughts and discussions. “Women,” Mr. Wahlstrom said, “so many of them, they did everything they could to wind up in bed with him.” When asked by the police interrogator what kvinnosyn (view of women) Mr. Assange had, Mr. Wahlstrom says, “I didn’t notice anything noteworthy about that…on the other hand, there was a bizarre view of men in Anna Ardin’s circle.”
‘It’s a baffling storm of women around him. It happens in seconds. It’s remarkable. The overwhelming majority who come near him have just fallen headlong—they just fall.’
Asked to elaborate, he goes on to give a halting, nervous monologue about what he’s talking about:
“I got…well, once again, like I said, I got strange vibes. It happens now and then especially in academic circles, that you run into…actually I don’t know quite how to express this…but it happens that you run into young women who have taken like a…they’ve fulfilled a journey in the name of feminism, and become chauvinists, like the worst kind of chauvinism among men, but on the feminist spectrum. These young women speak of men as sexual tools, and they say they’re not necessary for intellectual discussions…and that it’s only women who need one another. Maybe it’s more a matter of my generation, maybe you have never run into this. But I’ve encountered it often in academic circles. And I got this feeling among Anna’s friends.”
“Anna told her it was the worst lay she ever had, and told Kajsa she could have him.”
—Johann Wahlstrom, pp. 67
Here’s the story of their tryst:
Ms. Ardin came home one day early, on Friday August 13, 2010, and she and Mr. Assange went out to dinner, then returned to her apartment, where he spent that night, and the next six.
The following morning, August 14, Swedish journalist Johann Wahlstrom arrives at Ms. Ardin’s apartment to fetch Mr. Assange and take him to the venue. Ms. Ardin answers the door, and inside the apartment, Mr. Wahlstrom notices a “thin, thin, thin” mattress on the floor, and—surprised that Ms. Ardin was there—tells himself that Mr. Assange “must have” slept on the mattress.
He takes Mr. Assange to the venue, Ms. Ardin follows later.
Ms. Ardin’s portion of the police report relays the events of the previous night like this:
They were drinking tea. Mr. Assange stroked Ms. Ardin’s leg, and she “initially” welcomed his advances. He suddenly became a little too aggressive—removing her clothes and in the process, snapping off her necklace. The sex that followed is described by Ms. Ardin as “uncomfortable,” as it had all progressed “too fast.” She says Mr. Assange pinned her arms back, at the same time as she reached for a condom. She did not want to have sex without a condom, so pulled her legs together. He asked her why she was doing that, and she replied that she wanted him to wear a condom. He stopped, put a condom on—she checked with her hand to make sure it was on properly—and the sex continued. Ms. Ardin describes her feeling at this point as “just wanting to get it over with.”
She checked again to make sure the condom was on right, and was reassured that it was. Still, after Mr. Assange ejaculated, she saw that the condom was empty, and felt something running down her leg.
After this night, Ms. Ardin declined having any more sex with Mr. Assange, who, she said, continued to make advances the next few nights. She is repeatedly asked by male colleagues over the next week if she would like Mr. Assange to move to another dwelling and she repeatedly declines.
Mr. Assange himself testifies that Ms. Ardin invited him to sleep in her bed, that she made the first overture, that they had sex “several” times, and that she had two orgasms. They both reported that Ms. Ardin pointed to a wet spot on the sheets; that she said, “Is that you?” and that he replied, “No, it must be you.”
At one point, he was eating a traditional sandwich of ‘knackebrod’—Swedish hard bread—with cheese, and, having said not one word throughout the dinner, she asked him if he liked it. He reached over and ‘fed her.’
An MI5 officer keeping watch on Hans Crescent just ten feet from the embassy where Mr. Assange spoke with an Observer reporter in 2014. (Photo: Jacques Hyzagi and Emily Lembo)
His interpretation was kind of forlorn, and you feel bad for him: “Maybe she was trying to point out how loving the sex had been.”
Mr. Assange stayed at Ms. Ardin’s apartment until the following Friday, and says, in the police report, that they continued to sleep in the same bed, had no further intercourse, but did have “sexual interactions.”
He is told, in the interrogation, that he stands accused of deliberately breaking the condom he and Ms. Ardin used, and he replies: “That’s not true.”
He is asked if he checked the condom before sex and replies: “I am not in the habit of checking them [condoms] before I put them on.” When asked who removed the condom he says he does not remember, but that it is “unusual for the woman to do so. “
“Kajsa said the impression she got was that Anna felt it was unpleasant but not frightening or threatening.”
“Based on Anna’s story, when she called me, she said “we had sex” and that’s what happened, and she made no reference to any kind of assault… She did not want to go to the police. My sense is that she [Ardin] did not experience this as serious, but got pissed off.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 60
“She [Ardin] was joking about Julian, saying he’s a strange guy. Suddenly in the middle of the night he’s gone, and he’s sitting in the bathroom with his laptop. Um..she was joking very hard and rough, but in a funny way….and at the crayfish party [Ardin turned to Assange and said], “I woke up in the middle of the night and you were gone, I felt dumped.” That word made me jump a little. Um…why did she feel dumped if…you see in my mind they had no relations, but she said she felt dumped.”
“It’s…a baffling storm of women around him. I mean it happens in seconds. It’s remarkable.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 61
“I can say that the overwhelming majority of women who come near him have just fallen headlong. They just fall.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 53
“He strikes me as a person who is very knowledgeable and brilliant. And he has a hard time finding his way if he is walking around town, because he is so deep in conversation….and he is very…I mean, simply put, he is kind.”
—Johann Wahlstrom, pp. 31
“A heartfelt friendship….She wanted to take care of Julian.”
—Johann Wahlstrom, pp. 38
Q: Did she ever express a desire for him to move out of her apartment?
A: I asked her every day, actually…she said no of course he can continue to stay with me.
—Johann Wahlstrom, pp. 39
Sweden has been a matriarchy since the Stone Age, when the men lived in barns with the animals and only came into the house when it was time to impregnate the women. Women tend to be the sexual aggressors.
Friday August 13, Mr. Assange has sex with Ms. Ardin, and the next day gives his talk. Ms. Ardin tweets twice after the incident later characterized as an assault.
First on August 14, she tweets: “Julian wants to go to a crayfish party? Does anybody have a free spot tonight or tomorrow?”
At 2 a.m. on August 15, she tweets that she is sitting outside, hanging out with “some of the smartest people on the planet.”
When the police report is filed, the tweets disappear, but bloggers retain them.
A few weeks before Mr. Assange was scheduled to give this particular lecture in Stockholm, a 20-something Swedish woman named Sofia Wilen was watching a TV interview with him. She found him, “interesting, brave, and commendable.” For two weeks she followed news reports of Mr. Assange carefully, and read many articles and interviews. One evening as she “sat home Googling” his name, she discovered he was coming to Sweden to speak on the invitation of Socialdemokratiska Broderskapsrorelsen (The Brotherhood of Social Democrats).
She emailed their press secretary, Anna Ardin, offering to assist with tasks pertaining to the event, in exchange for a seat in the audience. On the day of the event—August 14—Ms. Wilen arrived, and met both Ms. Ardin and Mr. Assange himself outside the building. “Julian looked at Sofia with a bemused expression. She got the feeling he did not feel that she, in her bright pink cashmere sweater, belonged among all these journalists dressed in grey.”
Ms. Wilen is immediately asked, by Ms. Ardin, to buy a cable for Mr. Assange. (The most famous hacker in the world did not bring a cable for his computer, to this particular talk. Later, we learn, he also did not bring a charger.)
Off she went. She taxied around Stockholm until she found a computer store that was open and had the right cable. She returned. Mr. Assange did not thank her for her effort. She noted this.
After the lecture, Mr. Assange was surrounded by swarms of journalists, and Ms. Wilen went out and “sat in the shade, waiting” for the interviews to be over. This took hours. She eventually overheard that Mr. Assange and his hosts were going to a restaurant. She then asked if she could come too, “since she had helped buy the cable.” Later, it comes to light that all those officially involved in Mr. Assange’s visit and presentation were confused as to who the “girl in the pink sweater” was, and where she came from. They all said she was “odd,” and they had a curious feeling about her.
A friend of Ms. Wilen’s told the police she got a text from her on the day of the lecture that read: “He looked at me.”
At the restaurant, Ms. Wilen wound up next to Mr. Assange. The police report notes: “He looked at her, now and then, throughout dinner.”
At one point, he was eating a traditional sandwich of knackebrod—Swedish hard bread—with cheese, and, having said not one word throughout the dinner, she asked him if he liked it. He reached over and “fed her.”
Then Mr. Assange started having cable problems again—he said he needed a charger. Ms. Wilen said she could get it for him, as she had gotten him the earlier cable. “Yes, you got my cable!” he said, holding her across her back.
“Sofia found this flattering, as it was apparent that he was flirting with her.”
After dinner, Mr. Assange, Ms. Wilen, and a third man (Donald Bostrom) all went to buy a charger for Mr. Assange’s computer. Mr. Bostrom asked Mr. Assange, inexplicably if he wanted to “go with him to help move furniture at his parent’s house,” while Ms. Wilen invited him to the place where she worked—the Museum of Natural History. You could say Mr. Assange’s fate was sealed when he declined to move furniture, and instead went with Ms. Wilen. They went to the metro station where Ms. Wilen bought him a ticket, (107 Swedish kronor) as Mr. Assange said he had no cash and did not want to use a credit card in case he was being followed.
They went to the museum, and waited for a scheduled film to begin. Inside the movie theater, they made out “heavily.” Then they went outside where Mr. Assange fell asleep on the grass for 20 minutes. Ms. Wilen asked Mr. Assange if they would meet again, and he said yes, after the kraftskiva (crayfish party) he was to attend at the home of Ms. Ardin.
August 14 was a Saturday night. Mr. Assange said goodbye to Ms. Wilen, and went off to the crayfish party.
She asked: ‘Are you wearing anything?’ He replied: ‘You.’
The balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, from which Julian Assange gave his press conference. (Photo: Jacques Hyzagi and Emily Lemb)
There is a scene from the party that is socio-politically revealing:
It is described by journalist Johann Wahlstrom, who tried, repeatedly, to warn Mr. Assange about his engagements with women, reminding him of how many politically vulnerable men have been done in by “honey traps” throughout history. He says Mr. Assange listened and agreed, and promised he was being cautious.
Describing the crayfish party, Mr. Wahlstrom says it was a warm and friendly evening, nothing “hostile,” except one moment that stood out in his memory. “There was a friend of Anna Ardin who sat rather far from me, and who made it clear she was a lesbian, and that she had rather major aggression against men in general. She said something along the lines of…well, she screamed across the table to Anna ‘next time let’s have a crayfish party without any men…’ I remembered the phrase.” Mr. Wahlstrom brought it up with Ms. Ardin, and rather than dismiss it, she said, ‘Yes, yes, it is good when women can come together by themselves and…be strong together…something like that.’ ”
Sweden has been a matriarchy since the Stone Age, when the men (I am not making this up) lived in barns with the animals and only came into the house when it was time to impregnate the women.
According to a blog about Swedish sexual politics and rape law, Swedish men are culturally conditioned to be the more passive party in sexual and romantic exchanges. A Swedish man may ask a Swedish woman, after a date, “Why didn’t you ask for my number?”
Women tend to be the sexual aggressors.
If you followed Stieg Larsson’s feminist Dragon Tattoo crime trilogy (originally titled “Men Who Hate Women”) you may recall that the male journalist, Mikail Blomkvist—in the film version—woke to find Lisbeth Salander naked, straddling him, and even then, looking baffled, he asked her repeatedly if she was certain this was what she wanted.
On the night of August 14, Mr. Assange said goodbye to Ms. Wilen after their afternoon rendezvous and went to Ms. Ardin’s crayfish party. He and Ms. Wilen were in touch via phone messages over the next few days with Ms. Wilen becoming increasingly frustrated that Mr. Assange is hard to reach or make firm plans with. Monday, August 16, the pair finally meet. They start making out again, in a park, and decide to go to her apartment. They have to take a commuter train, the dreaded pendeltåg from central Stockholm to her suburb of Enköping. And, once again, she has to pay for his train ticket (107 Swedish kronor).
Many a woman, in this situation, would at least fantasize about this phone call:
“Hello? Central Intelligence Agency? You want this punk Assange? I just left him on the other side of the turnstile at Stureplan…yes that’s right…North entrance, Stureplan…”
He should have carried some cash.
By the time the slow commuter train delivered the love-birds to their destination, the bloom was off. “They took off their shoes and things between them didn’t feel warm anymore,” according to Ms. Wilen’s testimony.
“They made out in the bedroom but she wanted to brush her teeth. It was midnight, dark outside, and they stood brushing their teeth together which felt domestic and boring.”
They get naked and get into bed. For the next “several hours” Mr. Assange has a hard time getting an erection, rubs his penis against Ms. Wilen repeatedly and finally says he wants to go to sleep.
‘Cashmere, breasts and idol-worship tipped the scales.’
The report describes Ms. Wilen’s emotions in detail.
“She felt rebuffed and shocked. It came so suddenly. Such long foreplay and then…nothing. She asked what was wrong, she didn’t understand. He pulled the covers over himself, turned over and fell asleep. …She lay awake for a long time wondering what had happened, and texted her friends. He lay next to her snoring. She must have fallen asleep, as she later woke up and they were having sex.”
She had gotten condoms earlier and put them near the bed. He agreed reluctantly to use a condom but muttered that he preferred her to latex. He no longer had problems with his erection. They fell asleep and when they woke up, they had sex again. Then he asked her for orange juice and water. She had to go to the store, and buy breakfast food. When she returned they had sex again. She noticed that the condom was not on properly, and they fell asleep again. When she woke, he was inside her. She asked: “Are you wearing anything?” He replied: “You.”
A note here—at one point Ms. Wilen had texted a friend that she halvsov, when this happened; meaning “was half-sleeping,” not exactly sleeping.
She had never had sex without a condom in her whole life, and told Mr. Assange she was afraid of getting pregnant. He joked that if she had his baby he would pay off her student loans and that they could name the baby “Afghanistan.”
She brought up HIV, and he said he had been tested three months earlier. “She said sarcastic things to him in a joking tone.”
He had a meeting—she took him to the train station, and once again paid for his ticket.
Ms. Wilen experiences dread after Assange has left. She washes her sheets and calls in sick to work. “She wants to clean up and wash everything away. There was semen on the sheets, and she thought it was disgusting.”
“When she talked to her friends afterwards she understood she had been the victim of a crime. She went to Danderyd hospital, and from there to Sodersjukhuset (another hospital.) There she was examined and tested with a rape kit.”
Sweden is to be a bastion of feminist extremism, with ever expanding ‘rape’ laws, which have caused Sweden’s reported rapes to increase 170 percent since 2004 when the laws were expanded. Sweden reports more rapes than any country in Europe.
On August 17, Mr. Wahlstrom texted Ms. Ardin asking where Mr. Assange was. She texted back: “He’s not here. He’s been planning to sleep with the cashmere girl every night but didn’t. Maybe he pulled it off last night.”
She later added, “cashmere, breasts, and idol-worship tipped the scales,” and that Ms. Wilen was “not mentally fast enough,” according to “J.”
Bloggers have pointed out that if Ms. Ardin felt Mr. Assange was a sexual criminal, and especially if she was such a feminist, why didn’t she warn poor Ms. Wilen?
“Touching the genitals of a woman that you are holding or who is asleep with your genitals can give up to four years in prison. Having sex with a woman that you are holding or who is asleep when you start can give two to six years in prison.”
From “The Swedish Rape Law” Erling Hellenas Blog
Sweden is said by some critics to be a bastion of feminist extremism, with ever expanding “rape” laws, which have caused Sweden’s reported rape rates to increase by 170 percent since 2004 when the laws were expanded. Sweden reports more rapes than any country in Europe.
The present laws state that sex with a person who “due to unconsciousness, sleep, inebriation, or other drug-affected states, sickness, bodily injury or psychological disturbance…finds themselves in a helpless state.”
“Seth said that the matter of diseases was central for Sofia, and before they had sex for the first time, they both got tested for (sexually transmitted) diseases and exchanged test results. During the two and a half years they were together, they did not have sex without a condom on any occasion. It was, for Sofia, unthinkable. Seth said this was their agreement. He said it was his understanding that Sofia had never had sex with anybody without using a condom.”
Witness: Seth Benson, ex-boyfriend of Sofia Wilen, pp. 72
“So I got a phone call and Donald said, “Are you sitting down?” He said Julian has been accused of rape…by the young girl Sofia….and Anna was livid over what Sofia told her…and for various reasons she believed what Sofia said…and they were going to meet.
“I told him Anna said that Sofia had protested loud and clear and he got upset. ‘She did not,’ he said. And then he said that is a pure, pure, pure, pure lie.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 64
Ms. Wilen had become increasingly upset, and fearful she might have contracted HIV* from Mr. Assange. She repeatedly called him and said she wanted him to go get an HIV test. He said he would do so but not under these circumstances—under pressure. She then called Ms. Ardin, and told her what had happened between herself and Mr. Assange. Ms. Ardin became enraged, and took on a protective role toward Ms. Wilen. Ms. Ardin accompanied Ms. Wilen to the police station on August 20, playing a supporting role. Neither of them intended to press any criminal charges against Mr. Assange. They wanted to compel him to take an HIV test. Once they were at the police station and told their stories, the female police commissioner informed them that this all fell within “rape” law, and soon thereafter—that Mr. Assange was going to be arrested. Ms. Ardin and Ms. Wilen were upset when they heard this.
‘I was so proud, to get the coolest man in the world into bed, and to stay in my apartment.”
Swedish doctors gave Ms. Wilen anti-HIV drugs to ward off a potential infection, which made her ill.
The reason Ms. Wilen was upset was not that Mr. Assange forced the sex—it was that he managed to get her to have sex without an intact condom. A careful analysis by Swedish judicial writer Marten Schultz, writing in a magazine called NEO, clarified that as draconian as Swedish rape laws are, it is not rape, even in Sweden, to remove a condom, or even to break a condom during the act.
Only in the shadow of the 1980s HIV/AIDS mushroom cloud, could a broken condom be met with such hysteria, and morph into a criminal drama, involving several governments and millions of dollars.
If Mr. Assange, on the other hand, was HIV-positive, and did not disclose it, he could have spent many years in prison—the HIV criminalization laws being most harsh in Sweden, Switzerland and Austria.
Both women make it clear in the report that their negative feelings after their sexual adventures with Mr. Assange were entirely due to the broken condoms and their fear of HIV.
“Assange and rape, that has several million hits on the web. So it’s a gigantic smear campaign. But no, I don’t think he thinks the CIA is involved.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 64
There had been a murder case, Mr. Bostrom pointed out, in the press—a girl named Nancy, who was killed with a broken bottle. The murderer was caught and sent to prison. His face in the papers was always pixelated.
“But Julian who’s only under suspicion, not charged with a crime, his face is not pixilated.”
Lastly: Ms. Ardin lied, for the better part of that week, to Mr. Bostrom and Mr. Wahlstrom—insisting she had not had sex with Mr. Assange, and that he had not managed to get her into bed.
“Anna called me and said, ‘It’s not true what I said before, we have had sex, Julian and I.’ …and then she said that the other woman, Sofia, had called her and said Julian was there and had sex with her. Both of these encounters had been consensual.”
“…and she added, I was so proud, to get the coolest man in the world into bed, and to stay in my apartment.”
—Donald Bostrom, pp. 52
*A study completed in 1997, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, titled Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in Northern California: Results from a Ten Year Study followed 175 “discordant couples”—that means one of them was HIV antibody positive, the other negative. They had sex both protected and unprotected, every which way, for 10 years. The result was explosive in its contrast to media misinformation: Not one transmission: “We observed no sero-conversions after entry into the study.”
Celia Farber has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s, Interview, Salon, Gear and the Observer. She was raised in Sweden.
Julian Assange is being ‘arbitrarily held’, UN panel to say
4 February 2016
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Is Julian Assange leaving the Ecuadorean embassy?
A UN panel will conclude Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being “arbitrarily detained” in the UK, the Swedish foreign ministry has said.
Mr Assange, 44, claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. He wants to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies.
The Met Police says Mr Assange will be arrested if he leaves the embassy.
Swedish prosecutors said the UN panel’s decision would have “no formal impact” on its ongoing investigation.
Mr Assange earlier said his passport should be returned and his arrest warrant dropped if the UN panel, due to deliver its findings on Friday, ruled in his favour.
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The Australian was originally arrested in London in 2010 under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden over rape and sexual assault claims.
In 2012, while on bail, he claimed asylum inside the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge after the UK Supreme Court had ruled the extradition against him could go ahead.
Swedish prosecutors dropped two sex assault claims against Mr Assange last year. However, he still faces the more serious accusation of rape.
‘Avoiding lawful arrest’
In 2014, Mr Assange complained to the UN that he was being “arbitrarily detained” as he could not leave the embassy without being arrested.
The application claimed Mr Assange had been “deprived of his liberty in an arbitrary manner for an unacceptable length of time”.
The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been investigating the issue.
The Press Association said key factors in the panel’s decision would include the inability of Mr Assange to access political asylum, the fact he has never been charged, and changes to UK law and procedures since he arrived at the embassy.
Wikileaks earlier tweeted it was waiting for “official confirmation” of the UN panel’s decision.
Downing Street said the panel’s ruling would not be legally binding in the UK while a European Arrest Warrant remained in place.
“We have been consistently clear that Mr Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy,” a spokesman said.
“The UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden.”
The Swedish foreign ministry said in a statement that it noted the UN panel’s decision “differs from that of the Swedish authorities”.
The statement added the legal process for Mr Assange’s case would be handled in court by Swedish prosecutors.
Mr Assange issued his statement on Twitter
Per Samuelsson, Mr Assange’s lawyer, said Swedish authorities would be “morally” wrong to continue the investigation if the UN panel found in his favour.
“The ball is in Sweden’s yard, in the prosecutor’s yard. She is not formally bound by the decision by the UN, but morally it is very difficult to go against it.”
The journalist John Pilger, who is a friend of Mr Assange, said “the ball is now at the feet of the British government”, whose international legal “obligations” were represented by the UN panel.
“They did something in terms of supporting the tribunal in all the other celebrated cases, and Assange now joins them because the UN jurists have clearly found this is a case of arbitrary detention,” he said.
Assange’s supporter and friend Vaughan Smith hopes he will now be freed
Mr Assange’s Wikileaks organisation posted secret American government documents on the internet, and he says Washington could seek his extradition to the US to face espionage charges if he is sent to Sweden.
In the statement, published earlier by Wikileaks on Twitter, Mr Assange said: “Should the UN announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal.
“However, should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me.”
Last October, Scotland Yard said it would no longer station officers outside the Ecuador embassy following an operation which it said had cost £12.6m. But it said “a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him” would still be deployed.
Julian Assange: Key dates
August 2010 – Swedish prosecutors issue an arrest warrant for Mr Assange
May 2012 – UK Supreme Court rules he should be extradited to Sweden to face questioning
June 2012 – Mr Assange claims asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London
September 2014 – Mr Assange submits complaint against Sweden and the UK to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
August 2015 – Swedish prosecutors drop their investigation into two allegations – one of sexual molestation and one of unlawful coercion – but say he still faces the more serious accusation of rape.
October 2015 – Met Police announce officers will no longer be stationed outside the Ecuadorean embassy
Kim Dotcom: Julian Assange Will Be Hillary Clinton’s Worst Nightmare in 2016
The Megaupload founder, who faces charges of copyright infringement, said the Wikileaks founder will take aim at Clinton.
By Ali Elkin
May 14, 2015, 2:50 PM CDT
Kim Dotcom: Assange Will Be Clinton’s Worst Nightmare
Kim Dotcom: Assange Will Be Clinton’s Worst Nightmare
Kim Dotcom, the founder of the defunct file sharing site Megaupload who wants to bring his Internet Party to the United States in 2016, said Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be Hillary Clinton’s “worst nightmare.”
Eric Schmidt: Money is the only reason Julian Assange redacted WikiLeaks files
Back in 2011, Google executive Eric Schmidt conducted a secret interview with Julian Assange while the WikiLeaks founder was under house arrest in Britain. The nature of the interview has not been revealed until now, a week before the release of Schmidt’s new book The New Digital Age. In the book, obtained by Foreign Policy, …
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Back in 2011, Google executive Eric Schmidt conducted a secret interview with Julian Assange while the WikiLeaks founder was under house arrest in Britain. The nature of the interview has not been revealed until now, a week before the release of Schmidt’s new book The New Digital Age. In the book, obtained by Foreign Policy, Schmidt and Assange discuss a range of issues related to secrecy and the free flow of information. But one particular exchange chips away at one of Assange’s core beliefs about protecting government informants from violent reprisal.
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For years, Assange has been dogged by allegations that he never cared if his WikiLeaks disclosures endangered the lives of innocent civilians. “If they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them,” Assange allegedly said, according to the Guardian‘s investigative journalistDavid Leigh. “They deserve it.” But Assange has always denied saying this, and has insisted that thousands of WikiLeaks files were carefully redacted out of concern for innocent people exposed by the cables. “We don’t want innocent people who have a decent chance of being hurt to be hurt,” he told PBS. But now, in his new book, Schmidt says Assange never wanted to redact the cables — and only did so for monetary reasons.
“Assange told us he redacted only to reduce the international pressure that was financially strangling him and said he would have preferred no redactions,” writes Schmidt and his co-author Jared Cohen. In the book, the line serves as a warning to readers that “in the future, if a centralized platform emerged that offered [hackers and information criminals] WikiLeaks-level security and publicity, it would present a real problem.”
When contacted by FP, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson sharply rebuked Schmidt’s account of the interview. “Mr. Assange … does not recall linking regrets (if any) of having redacted too much of the material to any financial concerns,” he said. “I can also add that as a member of the core WikiLeaks team, I find this odd. At no time was there any WikiLeaks monetary concerns raised in relation to this issue.”
For supporters and opponents of WikiLeaks, the issue of protecting innocent civilians remains one of the most contentious elements of the organization’s legacy. It gets to the heart of whether Assange is truly an information absolutist — willing to sacrifice anyone’s security at the altar of radical transparency — or something less than that. Supporters note the lack of evidence that any Afghan informants were injured in the aftermath of the leaks. But critics point to other instances in which innocents were endangered, such as in 2011, when an Ethiopian journalist was forced to flee his country after a WikiLeaks cable named him and his source. Or in January 2011, when Zimbabwean generals faced potential treason charges over confidential comments made to U.S. ambassador Charles Ray.
Most of the redactions that occurred in the WikiLeaks releases were made by the organization’s many media partners, such as the New York Times and the Guardian, which worked in consultation with the U.S. government to identify vulnerable sources. Unfortunately, in 2011, the WikiLeaks “insurance file,” a highly encrypted file released to the web, was decrypted, exposing the entire cache of unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables.
The remarks in Schmidt’s book are the first to support the allegations by Leigh that Assange never actually cared about the well-being of U.S. informants as demonstrated by the infamous “they deserve it” quotation. But Hrafnsson insists Assange never said that. “It is only supported by one person; David Leigh of the Guardian,” Hrafnsson said. “Representatives of other media partners, who where present, have stated that they never heard him make such a remark.”
What’s novel about Schmidt’s account is the declaration that money played a role in Assange’s decision-making, something Hrafnsson vehemently protested. As evidence that financial considerations weren’t a factor, Hrafnsson argued that WikiLeaks was barely able to receive money from contributors given the financial blockade against the organization by companies such as MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa — so pleasing potential donors wasn’t a concern for Assange.
“In Cablegate for example we went through a period of 10 months in publishing where redactions were mostly trusted to our (100+) media partners,” Hrafnsson said. “At that time we were already dealing with a banking blockade so there was almost no way of donating to the organization.”
Schmidt’s book, The New Digital Age, co-written by former State Department advisor Jared Cohen, comes out April 23.
Update: WikiLeaks has published a transcript of the interview between Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen and Julian Assange. You can read the whole exchange here.
White Wizard Julian Assange Closer To Freedom After Sweden Drops Bogus “Rape” Charges
Julian Assange is one of those rare individuals that believes in straight objectivity and fairness – qualities that are obviously anathema in this decadent Jewed-out age of ours.
His fight against corruption during the last year or so – perhaps futile due to the Great Cuckening of President Trump – was exceptionally brilliant, and will likely form the basis for legendary sagas in the distant future.
Because of this, the poor Albino Australian has seen his life turned into a living hell, complete with exile from his homeland, widespread threats of death and torture, and accusations of sexual assault by some random Swedish broads who are probably willingly part of a Somali’s harem at this point.
But at least we can now possibly rest a little bit more easy knowing that the most absurd piece of the slander against him is now being laid (see what I did there) to rest.
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WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange says he will not “forgive or forget,” despite a Swedish prosecutor dropping the case into rape accusations against him. His attorney hailed the move as a “victory,” but said there is still a threat the US will apply to extradite him from the UK.
The decision was made by Sweden’s director of public prosecution, who confirmed that she decided to discontinue the investigation against the WikiLeaks co-founder.
“Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Ny said the prosecution is not making “any statement of guilty or not” in regards to Assange.
Assange’s defense lawyer, Per Samuelson, told AP that the fact that the prosecution won’t admit Assange is innocent is simply a matter of them “trying to save their faces.”
“The truth is, once they heard Julian Assange during the interview in November last year, they were convinced…he gave a very good explanation to what happened between him and the woman, and that explanation fitted as a glove to all the circumstances in the case. So they could no longer see towards a conviction. If they had indicted him, he would have been acquitted.”
Samuelson has called the prosecution’s decision a “total victory.”
He told Ruptly that he believes the situation “will go over very quickly, I think it’s just a matter of time, negotiations between the two countries, United Kingdom and Ecuador, then they will led him go from the embassy to Ecuador.”
However, he also told Ruptly that “the threat from the USA is for real. There is a risk that the United States will apply to the United Kingdom, to get him extradited…”
Absolutely there is. I would be very afraid of such a move, especially if power Jews like Kushner harbor a special hatred for the White Wizard.
And if he steps foot inside the United States under arrest, his treatment will likely make the brutalities inflicted on men such as Matt Hale look like a tickle fight.
The attorney said he called Assange earlier on Friday.
“I asked him, ‘does it feel better today?’ and he said ‘yes Per, it feels much better today,’” Samuelson said.
Assange later stated on Twitter that he “does not forgive or forget,” noting that his name had been slandered.
Break the Swedes.
Expose every single bit of corruption and anti-White treason in their government and (((media))) – down to likely-drafted plans for the elites to escape into exile once the Moslems gain enough traction to seize power outright.
Meanwhile, Ny said the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.
Assange has lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation, which he denies.
Another of Assange’s lawyers, Juan Braco, told AP that he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to intervene to support the WikiLeaks founder and help him leave the Ecuadorian embassy.
“We need a political intervention to make this situation end. He is the only political prisoner in Western Europe,” he said.
I wouldn’t exactly say something like that, as viewing and commenting on one of my articles in Germany would likely get you arrested and possibly tossed in prison for significant lengths of time.
The Friday decision comes after Assange’s Swedish lawyer filed a motion which demanded that the arrest warrant be lifted, after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April that arresting the WikiLeaks co-founder would be a “priority.”
Jeff, we love you – we really do.
But this sort of thing is just point blank retarded.
You would likely be looking at disgrace and potential loss of assets and freedom under a Hillary Clinton Presidency, and you need to remember that Assange was one of the key figures in denying the Aggro Granny power.
Leave the guy alone, and focus on things like building labor camps for the millions of Blacks and Hispanics you promised us would be arrested.
Meanwhile, London’s Metropolitan Police have announced that Assange will still be arrested if he leaves the embassy.
“Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence,” it wrote in a statement.
What are they going to do?
Send Dog the Bounty Hunter after Assange?
Bail jumping – at least in the United States – is quite an easy legal technicality to fix, and in many states one can even avoid a court hearing altogether if they have a decent attorney and excuse for violating the conditions of their release.
What we’re looking at (and it’s much too early to tell) is some sort of plot to trick Assange into lowering his guard, and then potentially nab him when he’s en route to his new land of exile.
But maybe, knowing that the Great White Hope likely has safeguards and data drops ready in the event of his demise, the (((powers that be))) will continue to refrain from outright seizure, and allow the status quo (with living area changes) to remain.