Assange to Cooperate With Sweden

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writer icon Wilma Johansson     Paasikivi   |   Tech Ethics     🕐 15. Apr. 2019

On April 11, UK Metropolitan Police took WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, into custody. He was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he had been staying, under political asylum protection, since 2012.

The arrest was made possible as “Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols,” Ecuador’s president Lenín Moreno, said.

In demand
In a letter to UK's Secretary of State for the Home Department, more than 70  UK parliamentarians demand that Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden, not to the U.S.

Assange is wanted in the U.S. for the high-profile hacking crimes charge on conspiring to hack U.S. military computers at Pentagon, as part of a documents release through WikiLeaks, in 2011.

Extradition to Sweden
According to his lawyer he will cooperate with Sweden, where the criminal charge against him is, the lesser degree of, rape.

In an interview with Sky news, Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson, said that he is willing to cooperate with Swedish authorities as long as he does not risk getting extradited to the US.

However, first Robinson first demands assurance from the Swedish state that an U.S. extradition is not on the cards, and added that, so far, that has not been provided.

Charges against Wikileaks founder
In November 2010, Julian Assange was detained in absentia by Stockholm district court, and the detention order was never executed. Assange applied for political asylum and subsequently stayed at the Embassy of Ecuador in London from June, 2012.

In 2016 the district court still found “probable cause for the suspicion against JA for rape, less serious incident, and that there was still a risk that he will depart or in some other way evade prosecution or penalty” according to a press release.

The investigation was later discontinued in May, 2017 as "the surrender cannot be executed in the foreseeable future” as stated by Swedish Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny. Adding that if Assange makes himself available, the investigation will be resumed.

A request to reopen the investigation was placed by the Swedish Prosecution Authority last week, but it is not certain how long a decision on the matter could take. Meanwhile, U.S. has already demanded that Assange be extradited there for hacking crime charges.

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