Sweden drops rape charges against Wikileaks founder - Page 1
The Swedish investigators have stopped their investigation against the Wikileaks founder. As the prosecutor announced, the allegation of rape against Julian Assange will no longer be upheld.
Assange is accused of raping a Swede in August 2010. The 48-year-old has always denied the charge. He has been serving a one-year jail term in the UK since May for violating his bail order.
In 2017, the Stockholm Public Prosecutor's Office filed an investigation, because Assange, then living in London in the embassy exile, was not available to her. When Ecuador lifted its political asylum for the Australian in April of this year after seven years and Assange was arrested, the Swedish law enforcement agencies reopened the case.
The investigations in Sweden were not the only ones against Assange. In the United States, he is charged with publishing secret documents and violating the anti-espionage law. From the end of February 2020, a British court wants to negotiate Assange's possible extradition to the US. Should he be found guilty on all 18 counts, he would face a life sentence.