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