The infamous, long-running judicial frame-up of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by Swedish Prosecutor Marianne Ny collapsed today as she announced in a Swedish courtroom that she was rescinding both of the outstanding arrest warrants for Julian Assange.
Assange has been forced to seek political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past 7 years due to Ny’s completely fabricated sexual misconduct “case”. The allegations of sexual misconduct by Assange – which were repudiated by the alleged “victims” themselves – were used – quite unsuccessfully – to intimidate and slander him personally and his organization and its supporters by association.
The Swedish newspaper “Expressen” published the following account of the final collapse of Ny’s persecution of Assange today (May 19, 2017) which we translated via Bing:
“I have decided today to withdraw from the Stockholm District Court decision on 18 November 2010 on the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence and to withdraw the European arrest warrant.” – Marianne Ny
This is indeed a “total victory” for Assange – so far as the legal “case” against him is concerned… but in the eyes of the United States Government and its poodles in the UK, the struggle to free Assange is far from over. Within an hour of the news from Sweden, it was reported that the Metropolitan Police of London had already issued a statement saying that though the criminal case from Sweden was over, there remained minor charges against Assange for his entirely justifiable evasion of the phony prosecution that had been brought against him in Sweden while he was in England. Al Jazeera immediately reported that:
“British police said separately they would still arrest Assange if he walked out of the embassy because he had broken his conditions for bail by failing to surrender on June 29, 2012 for extradition to Sweden.
“Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence […]
“The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.” [Source: aljazeera.com, “Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation”, 19 May 2017]
The full text of the statement by the Metropolitan Police of London:
In a normal case Assange’s lawyers would easily handle the bail-jumping charge for a case that has been shown to have been flimsy at best from the beginning; but of course this is not a normal case. WikiLeaks and its founder have aroused the undying hatred of the US capitalist class and its allies for WikiLeaks’ continuous exposures of the many crimes of US/UK imperialism. In the eyes of the capitalist class that runs the blood-soaked US imperialist war machine, anyone who dares to oppose their Blitzkrieg for world domination is marked for severe repression. Capitalist states have always been more than willing to shred their own hallowed constitutions and bills of rights when it comes to crushing any threat – real or imagined – of working-class opposition. We fully expect that they will continue to seek new ways – legal or illegal – to do everything they can to make the continued existence of WikiLeaks and its organizers, allies and supporters as difficult as possible.
We say: US/UK HANDS OFF JULIAN ASSANGE AND WIKILEAKS! END THE PERSECUTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS NOW! We urge our readers to take action to oppose any attempt by the US or UK governments to continue the illegal detention of Julian Assange. We also urge you to donate to the legal defense campaign being waged on behalf of Assange and WikiLeaks.
— Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago