May 23, 2017 Bill Still

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Sweden Drops Assange Rape Charges

Good evening, I’m still reporting on Assange.

According to a tweet this morning from WikiLeaks:

“BREAKING: Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant.”

After hunkering down inside the safety of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Julian Assange may soon be a free man again after Swedish prosecutors said they have dropped their long-running quest to arrest him on allegations of rape of a minor, something Assange denies and has never been charged for.
According to the office of the Chief Prosecutor in Sweden:

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange.”

“Given that all options for moving the investigation forward are now exhausted, it appears that — in light of the views expressed by the supreme court on the proportionality of arresting someone in absentia — it is no longer proportional to maintain the decision to remand Julian Assange in his absence.”

There are still remaining problems for Assange. Britain has sought his arrest for unspecified, but less important infractions, however, London’s Metropolitan Police have signaled that they may look the other way if Assange chooses to leave the embassy.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last month that arresting Assange was a “priority” and a secret extradition agreement from months ago may be the infraction the Met is concerned about.

I have no inside information on this, however, my reporter’s nose tells me that this radical change in Assange’s status could not have happened without the tacit or otherwise approval of President Trump.

I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.