Sweden looking at re-filing sex assault case against Julian Assange


The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement saying it "is aware of the arrest of Julian Assange and is examining the USA charges for press freedom implications".

"With this prosecution of Julian Assange, the United States government could set out broad legal arguments about journalists soliciting information or interacting with sources that could have chilling consequences for investigative reporting and the publication of information of public interest".

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks", the president told reporters at the White House.

The comments are the first time that Hillary has addressed the arrest of Assange who was taken from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by British police where he had been hiding out for more than six years. In 2018, CPJ published a blog arguing that conspiracy charges against Assange could set a unsafe precedent. After being dragged away by police in handcuffs, it was later revealed by Scotland Yard that he had been arrested on behalf of the U.S. And we can hope that turns out to be good news.

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It's also likely to trigger a debate over press freedom and call attention to unresolved questions about Assange's role in the release of stolen Democratic emails leading up to the 2016 presidential election, part of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently concluded investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The accusation was first made against Assange in 2012 and led to charges from the Swedish government. The charge relates to Assange's interactions with Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst who was convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and spent seven years in prison.

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"We are not going to allow Ecuador to become a hacking center and we can not allow illegal activities to take place in the country in order to harm citizens or other governments", Romo said, after pointing out that Ecuador also suspects two Russian hackers to be involved in the influence campaign on their country. In line with standard operating procedure in Swedish courtrooms, he was not formally charged. "That's not a useful way to talk about what distinguishes the Assange case".

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The other key fact being widely misreported is that the indictment accuses Assange of trying to help Manning obtain access to document databases to which she had no valid access: i.e., hacking rather than journalism.

Over the weekend, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Relations ramped up the rhetoric against Assange when it put out a fiery statement rejecting "the fake news that has circulated in the last few days on social media, many of them spread by an organization linked to Mr".

Linking to a Guardian column by Owen Jones, Greenwald pointed out on Twitter Friday that people on "the actual left" in the United Kingdom, the United States, Latin America, and Europe have denounced the extradition effort while "U.S. establishment liberals have largely cheered it".

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