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Julian Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will not forgive and forget attempts to arrest him over rape allegations which led him to seek asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy. Hailing an “important victory”, he said he was prepared for dialogue with the US and UK authorities. Mr Assange, 45, is wanted in the US over the leaking of military and diplomatic documents. Sweden said on Friday it had decided to drop its rape investigation. Meanwhile Ecuador urged the UK to allow him safe ...

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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny said his arrest warrant was being revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice of his alleged crimes. Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden would lead to extradition to the US. Police in London said they would still be obliged to arrest him if he left. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said Mr Assange still faced the lesser charge ...

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Julian Assange is no victim

Share This article This week, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention released a report which found that Julian Assange, one-time leader of Wikileaks and general enemy of government secrecy, has been unlawfully detained in the Ecuadorian embassy for the past three and a half years or so. The claim, along with a further statement that he should actually receive compensation for the time in question, has generated controversy and caused visible strife within the working group itself — mostly because it’s so patently ridiculous. Assange remains in the embassy purely ...

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UK brands Assange ruling 'ridiculous'

Julian Assange decision by UN panel ridiculous, says Hammond 5 February 2016 From the section UK Media captionJulian Assange: ‘There are consequences to undermining the UN’ The foreign secretary has branded a UN panel’s ruling calling for Julian Assange to be allowed to go free “ridiculous”, as the Wikileaks founder demanded the decision be respected. Mr Assange – who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies – claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. The panel said he had been “arbitrarily detained” and should get ...

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WikiLeaks' Assange should go free from embassy and be compensated: U.N. panel

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed to go free from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and be awarded compensation for what amounts to a three-and-a-half-year arbitrary detention, a U.N. panel ruled on Friday. Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden. Both Britain and Sweden denied that Assange was being deprived of freedom, noting he had entered the embassy voluntarily. Britain ...

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Assange arbitrarily detained, UN finds

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is arbitrarily detained, UN panel finds 5 February 2016 From the section UK Image copyright EPA Image caption Julian Assange claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 The UK and Sweden should end Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s deprivation of liberty, a UN legal panel has said. Mr Assange, 44 – who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies – claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. The UN’s panel said Mr Assange is being arbitrarily detained by the UK. Prosecutors in ...

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WikiLeaks' Assange 'unlawfully detained' in Ecuador embassy, U.N. panel to rule, BBC says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s three-and-a-half-year stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounts to ‘unlawful detention’, a United Nations panel examining his appeal will rule on Friday, the BBC reported. Assange, a former computer hacker who has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012, told the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador. Reuters was unable immediately to confirm the BBC report and the UN said the panel’s opinion, ...

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Assange arbitrarily held – UN panel

Julian Assange being arbitrarily held – UN legal panel 4 February 2016 From the section UK Image copyright AFP A UN panel has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being “arbitrarily detained”, the BBC understands. Mr Assange claimed asylum in London’s Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex assault claims, which he denies. The Met Police said he will still be held if he does leave the embassy. He earlier tweeted he would accept arrest if the panel ruled against him, but called for his arrest ...

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Assange 'may surrender to UK police'

Julian Assange ‘will surrender’ if UN rules against him 4 February 2016 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will turn himself over to UK police on Friday if a UN panel rules he has not been unlawfully detained. He took refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims. In 2014 he complained to the UN that he was being “arbitrarily detained” as he could not leave without being arrested. The Met Police said Mr ...

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WikiLeaks' Assange says to leave Ecuador embassy, accept arrest if loses U.N. case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London August 18, 2014 file photo. Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and accept arrest on Friday if a UN panel investigating his case rules against him, he said in a statement. Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010 which the Australian denies. “Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that ...

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