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The Swedish prosecutor’s office closed the investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange due to a “weak evidence base”. In the kingdom, an Australian journalist was charged with sexual offenses. WikiLeaks chief editor Kristinn Hrafnsson has now called for focus on the threat of extradition to the United States, where Assange faces up to 175 imprisonment for publishing documents on Washington’s war crimes. Now the journalist is in a British prison, where he is serving a term for violating the conditions for bail. Meanwhile, experts believe that the end of the persecution by Sweden will not affect the current situation of the journalist.
The Swedish prosecutor’s office announced the closure of the preliminary investigation in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, suspected of crimes on sexual grounds. This was reported by the Deputy Chief District Attorney Eva-Maria Persson.
“I want to point out that the plaintiff gave reliable and reliable testimony. Her evidence can be described as clear, lengthy and detailed. However, in general, I believe that the evidence base has been weakened so that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation, ”she said. He called on the public to focus on the persecution of the journalist by the United States of America.
“Now we will focus on the threat that Assange has been warning for many years: belligerent persecution by the United States and how it threatens the first amendment (US Constitution. – RT ) ”, The WikiLeaks report says on Twitter.
Recall that the original Swedish investigation against the founder of WikiLeaks began in August 2010 – go. Assange was accused of sexual harassment and rape, which he allegedly committed in Enkoping and Stockholm.
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Assange’s defense characterized the investigation as a “dirty campaign” to discredit the journalist himself and WikiLeaks in general. According to them, this is a “politically motivated” case – the portal has published thousands of documents on US war crimes, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2012 the year the Swedish prosecutor’s office suspended the investigation, but in May 2017 – th resumed it. This happened a month after the founder of WikiLeaks was expelled from the building of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he has been from August 2012 political asylum was granted for years.
At the same time, a British court sentenced Assange to 50 for weeks of prison for violating the conditions of bail, and the US Justice Ministry put forward against the journalist 17 of new charges on which he could face up to 23 years in prison . Technical hearings on his extradition to the United States are scheduled for 11 and 15 December.
At the same time, there were repeatedly reports of a deterioration in the health of Julian Assange. This was stated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Niels Meltzer , who indicated London’s desire to force the journalist to “pay a high price for publication of serious violations of the authorities ”, John Shipton , father of the founder of WikiLeaks, and one of the founders of the rock band Pink Floyd Roger Waters.
“I did not attend a recent meeting, but I read Craig Murray’s report on this. So, Murray was shocked by what he saw. They are friends, pretty close friends. According to him, Assange lost order kg) . He is balding at an alarming rate. But what causes even greater fear is that even when he was simply asked to give his name and so on, he answered with great difficulty. Obviously, they gave him some drugs and in general it is not known what else they did … For sure, we know one thing: they keep him in solitary confinement. He is in the cell 20 hours a day. I read the reports and it says that Assange has all the symptoms of a man who has been regularly tortured for months, ”the musician in pointed out interview RT .
“The decision of the Swedish prosecutor’s office cannot be called a turning point ”
As the leading officer of the Security Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences Konstantin Blokhin emphasized, the termination of the investigation against Julian Assange in Sweden does not mean that Now the journalist is safe.
“This decision by the Swedish authorities cannot be called a turning point ny moment. Now, if in the USA they say that they reject all claims, then this will be a turning point, ”the interlocutor of RT pointed out.
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In turn, political analyst Alexander Asafov, in an interview with RT, recalled that the Swedish investigation into the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was just an excuse for more serious proceedings in his attitude.
“The very accusation of Assange in Sweden was the reason for carrying out other investigative actions with him on the main charges. Obviously, this was a pretext for creating some kind of criminal law story to get him out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and to charge him with crimes he was guilty of, according to the Americans. This is a list of actions related to the publication of materials, ”the expert said.
In this regard, according to the political scientist, it is not surprising that the case against the founder of WikiLeaks in Sweden was dismissed.
“The fact that the case was closed as unnecessary is not surprising. This happens periodically. Assange will continue to be accused of what he did, unless, of course, the circumstances change and Donald Trump does not take part in his fate, ”the expert added.