#1 Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks’ Assange by algernonpj 20.05.2019 08:53

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Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks’ Assange
By DAVID KEYTON and JAN M. OLSEN
May 13, 2019

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors said Monday they are reopening a rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and will seek his extradition from Britain.

The move sets up a legal battle with the United States, where the Australian computer hacker is separately wanted for allegedly hacking into a Pentagon computer. British authorities will have to decide which extradition request takes precedence.

Assange, who sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 to avoid being sent to Sweden for questioning, was evicted last month after Ecuador revoked his political asylum. He was arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently in London’s Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, told a news conference in Stockholm Monday that “there is still a probable cause to suspect that Assange committed a rape.” She added: “It is my assessment that a new questioning of Assange is required.”

Swedish prosecutors filed preliminary charges — a step short of formal charges — against Assange after he visited the country in 2010, following complaints from two Swedish women who said they were the victims of sex crimes committed by Assange.

https://www.apnews.com/4d496b0cfcaa49398609c2a136c8c42c

#2 RE: Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks’ Assange by algernonpj 20.05.2019 08:56

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And ...


US prosecutors to 'help themselves' to Julian Assange's possessions
May 19.2019

Material from WikiLeaks founder’s time in Ecuadorian embassy is said to include two manuscripts

Julian Assange’s belongings from his time living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London will be handed over to US prosecutors on Monday, according to WikiLeaks.

Ecuadorian officials are travelling to London to allow US prosecutors to “help themselves” to items including legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment, it was claimed.

WikiLeaks said UN officials and Assange’s lawyers were being stopped from being present. Lawyers said it was an illegal seizure of property, which has been requested by the US authorities. The material is said to include two of Assange’s manuscripts.

Assange was dragged out of the embassy last month and is serving a 50-week prison sentence for bail violations. He faces an extradition request from the US next month.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, said: “On Monday, Ecuador will perform a puppet show at the embassy of Ecuador in London for their masters in Washington, just in time to expand their extradition case before the UK deadline on 14 June. The Trump administration is inducing its allies to behave like it’s the wild west.”

Baltasar Garzón, the international legal coordinator for the defence of Assange and WikiLeaks, said: “It is extremely worrying that Ecuador has proceeded with the search and seizure of property, documents, information and other material belonging to the defence of Julian Assange, which Ecuador arbitrarily confiscated, so that these can be handed over to the the agent of political persecution against him, the United States.

“It is an unprecedented attack on the rights of the defence, freedom of expression and access to information exposing massive human rights abuses and corruption. We call on international protection institutions to intervene to put a stop to this persecution.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/m...adorian-embassy

#3 RE: Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks’ Assange by algernonpj 23.05.2019 19:54

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UPDATE

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange charged with 17 new criminal counts, including violating Espionage Act
Published 4 hours agoUpdated 35 min ago
Kevin Breuninger

Key Points

  • Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday was hit with new federal criminal charges alleging he published secret documents obtained by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, some of which included the disclosure of foreigners who were aiding the U.S. military abroad.

  • Assange was charged with 17 new criminal counts, which included violations of the Espionage Act.

  • The charges, contained in an indictment issued in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, were revealed during a press conference held by Department of Justice officials in Washington.

  • Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was hit Thursday with new federal criminal charges alleging he conspired with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to obtain and publish secret documents, some of which included the disclosure of identities of foreigners who were aiding the U.S. military abroad.

    The new set of counts immediately raised alarms among press freedom advocates, who argue that charging Assange with violations of the Espionage Act could set a dangerous precedent for journalists.

    Assange was charged with 17 new criminal counts: One count of conspiracy to receive national defense information, three counts of obtaining national defense information and 13 counts of disclosure of national defense information.

    If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each of the new counts, according to the DOJ.

    The charges, contained in an indictment issued in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, were revealed during a press conference held by Department of Justice officials in Washington.

    Assange is currently in British custody after having been expelled from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he had lived for nearly seven years. Federal authorities want Assange to be extradited to the U.S. in order to face charges.

    Julian Assange was “complicit” and “conspired with” Manning, an official said.

    Officials said that Assange’s publication of the names of human sources in the Middle East “is alleged to have created imminent risks to the life and liberty” of those individuals.

    Assange, the officials said, “knew the publication of these sources endangered them.”

    The information could be seen by terror groups and countries hostile to the United States, and “documents related to this material was even found in the Osama bin Laden compound,” an official said.

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    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/23/wikileak...nal-counts.html

    #4 RE: Sweden to reopen rape case against WikiLeaks’ Assange by Cincinnatus 24.05.2019 00:28

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    Assange has pissed off some very powerful people and must pay the price.

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