UK Telegraph: Assange to Seek Asylum in France After Sweden Drops Charges

BUT REMAINS AN ARREST “PRIORITY” FOR THE U.S.

by Sharon Rondeau

(May 19, 2017) — A Swedish prosecutor announced on Friday that her office would not pursue a serious allegation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange, who has taken refuge in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for nearly five years, is said by the UK Telegraph to be planning to go to France.

The news broke shortly before this writing at 8:12 AM EDT, 1:12 PM UK time.

Swedish prosecutors faced a Friday deadline to renew pursuing the last of four allegations against Assange, three of which had already passed the statute of limitations.

Founded in 2006, Wikileaks has released tens of thousands of pages of government documents from various countries around the world.  Those from the U.S. have included cables involving the U.S. military and emails from the account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, John Podesta.

An international team of lawyers has been seeking to have charges against Assange dropped so that he might leave the Ecuadorian embassy and travel freely without fear of extradition to the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff sessions has stated that arresting and prosecuting Assange is a “priority.”

Assange still faces a charge of skipping bail in the UK.

3 Responses to "UK Telegraph: Assange to Seek Asylum in France After Sweden Drops Charges"

  1. marlene   Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:14 AM

    I’d rather see Sessions arrested and prosecuted!

  2. jim delaney   Friday, May 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Ed, I agree in part. Both Assange and the lawbreakers he exposed should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of US law.

  3. Ed Sunderland   Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    There people that wrote, passed and inflicted the unconstitutional laws that exposed Americans to unconstitutional acts should be the ones under the microscope and not the ones who exposed these unconstitutional acts that are being used to target regular Americans for political gain.

    Charges should be dropped against Assange and what is being done to find those responsible for imposing and using this information unlawfully?

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