Trump Administration Has Expressed Renewed Interest in Julian Assange
Sweden has ended a seven-year rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But it’s far from the end of the legal troubles for the man whose spilling of secrets has shaped world politics.
Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, said it’s unlikely Assange would ever be returned to the country under an issued European arrest warrant. Assange, an Australian citizen, voluntarily sought refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London in June 2012.
“At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted,” Ny says. “In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this.”
But Ny added that the investigation against Assange could be reopened: “If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately.”
Assange claims the rape allegation against him is false. He has long suggested the rape investigation, as well as now-dropped probes concerning sexual assault, were a pretense to detain him for his WikiLeaks work.