Julian Assange the future: 21 July 2018: Reports from the US say Ecuador is about to release Julian Assange from the Embassy in London. The Intercept is reporting story written by Glenn Greenwald. Should this happen will the UK take action and deport him to the US?
Sweden dropped its rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Top prosecutor Marianne Ny said the arrest warrant was revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice. The lawyer for Assange has called it a victory
Julian Assange denies the allegation that he raped a Swedish woman in 2010. He was accused of raping a woman, named in legal papers as SW, at her home in Sweden, in August 2010. Assange claims the sex was consensual.
The Wikileaks founder given political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in June 2012 after a British court ruled he should be extradited to Sweden. Met police no longer guard the building except for normal policing. Assange’s failure to surrender to a court is an offence.
Police no long on standby to carry out an arrest should Assange leave.
Assange sought asylum fearing he would be forced to go to Sweden and would be extradited to the United States. Julian faces charges for leaking top-secret documents by Wikileaks.
At the embassy Mr Assange is beyond the reach of the UK authorities or anyone else. He lives alone in a single room where there are essential needs and can look after himself.
There now raises the question as to what will the UK do now. Will they lift the arrest warrant or let it ride out? Assange’s lawyer has applied to have it lifted.
Since Assange entered the Ecuador Embassy in 2012 a daily vigil is held outside calling for the freedom of the former Wikileaks founder. There may not be many but they are staunch supporters. And refuse to leave the area saying it is their right to show backing for Julian Assange.
ynuk.tv visited the location in 2013, a year after Assange’s confinement to check out how supporters were bearing up to the long-term stay.
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Should Ecuador let Assange go? There are reports that he’s unwell and health deteriorating. All legal eyes will be watching the Embassy and the decision by Ecuador. What a life it has been. Living in one room and little access to daylight and regular fresh air. Julian has appeared at the window on occasions to talk to the media. It is the only time he gets to go outside. Close friends allowed to visit him. It is important for him to have his health treated. It would be a shame to see him taken away in an ambulance.
Time is nearly up for Julian Assange. Will we see him leave? Supporters urging he should be freed. Will the UK hand him over to the US? A lot could happen and it won’t be revealed until he is out. The issue needs to be sorted one way or the other.
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