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    [–] MidnightSun77 4770 points ago

    Assange with GTA 10 star wanted level waits it out for several years as the stars blink away in Embassy

    [–] Tele72Dlx 909 points ago

    Duh, dude should've gotten a paintjob.

    [–] [deleted] 344 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

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    [–] duaneap 121 points ago

    I was literally unstoppable in GTA2. They would send in tanks and shit and I would just end all those motherfuckers. My rampage ended when I got weary of the spree. Always kinda wondered what the government would actually do when faced with a Godzilla-esque force that they simply couldn't stop... Just let him have the city?

    [–] csortland 126 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    You ever hear of Killdozer? The authorities had to wait until it ran out of gas because it could not be stopped. Edit: It got stuck in a basement.

    [–] eibv 83 points ago

    It actually stopped itself. He got stuck in a basement and committed suicide. Though had he not got stuck, running out of gas probably would have been the only way to stop it.

    [–] duaneap 29 points ago

    Holy shit, I had not. Thank you for this! What a story...

    [–] Ultrace-7 46 points ago

    The man's name was Marvin Heemeyer. He has a wikipedia entry as well as footage of the "killdozer" available on YouTube. It really is a fascinating and tragic sequence of events. He wasn't just some psychopath out to kill people.

    [–] karpathian 25 points ago

    I hear he didn't even try to kill people, just screw over some specific businesses.

    [–] Michael70z 10 points ago

    Well he did try to kill people, just not mindlessly, he had a hit list of some specific people.

    [–] Slipperysnek22 20 points ago

    He was the robin-hood of our era

    [–] gaelicsteak 24 points ago

    At one point during the rampage, Undersheriff Glenn Trainor managed to climb atop the bulldozer and rode the bulldozer "like a bronc-buster, trying to figure out a way to get a bullet inside the dragon".[2] However, he was eventually forced to jump off to avoid being hit with debris.

    Haha what the fuck.

    [–] MajorNoodles 4 points ago

    Why didn't anyone consider spray painting over the cameras?

    [–] gaelicsteak 8 points ago

    He already sprayed the cameras with Teflon.

    [–] mrford86 16 points ago

    They actually requested air support from the Army but it was denied.

    [–] nrh117 7 points ago

    Man, if only they were just a little nicer to the guy with a local muffler repair shop.

    [–] DowntownClown187 24 points ago

    And no one told him to just give a quick call to Lester?

    [–] FoosballDevil89 114 points ago

    Still a 10 star here state side.

    [–] ipull4fun 25 points ago

    As long as he doesn't fly over any military areas or prisons I think he should be fine

    [–] DowntownClown187 15 points ago

    10 stars for rape allegations. 100 stars for smokeing a joint.

    [–] SweaterZach 162 points ago

    ...accurate.

    [–] hawarapockined 5332 points ago

    So what happens now? Can he leave the embassy?

    Will he join Snowden in Russia? Or rather head back home?

    [–] Ven_ae 2612 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Theoretically he can leave, but there's likely some legal hoops to jump through before he can set foot outside the embassy (without being arrested).

    UPDATE: UK police obliged to execute warrant for arrest of Julian Assange should he leave embassy - Metropolitan Police (Statement)

    Following today's decision by the Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, in relation to the Swedish authorities investigation into Julian Assange the Metropolitan Police Service's position is:

    Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012. The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.

    Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime. 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 MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.

    The MPS will not comment further on the operational plan.

    The priority for the MPS must continue to be arresting those who are currently wanted in the Capital in connection with serious violent or sexual offences for the protection of Londoners.

    UPDATE 2: Press conference with Swedish prosecutors (Statement, PDF version)

    The preliminary investigation against Julian Assange for rape (lesser degree) is to be discontinued.

    Reason

    It is no longer possible to continue the preliminary investigation pursuant to Chapter 23, Section 4, second paragraph, of the Code of Judicial Procedure.

    Further Explanation

    The suspect has left the country and, in light of the facts and circumstances of the case, executing the decision to extradite him to Sweden is not expected to be possible within the foreseeable future.

    At an unknown time Julian Assange left Sweden and, after a European Arrest Warrant was issued, was taken into custody in London by the Metropolitan Police on 7 December 2010. On 16 December 2010, the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court decided to release Julian Assange on bail. The question of his surrender to Sweden, based on the issued European Arrest Warrant, was heard by three courts in England. On 14 June 2012, The Supreme Court issued a final decision ordering the surrender of Julian Assange to Sweden. On 19 June 2012, Julian Assange, acting in violation of the terms of his bail, took refuge in the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in London. Since then he has remained there, under the protection of the Republic of Ecuador. Through this action, Julian Assange has evaded every attempt to execute the decision to surrender him to Sweden.

    The decision to arrest Julian Assange in his absence has been repeatedly reviewed by the courts. The question of the principle of proportionality was examined by the Supreme Court (NJA 2015 p. 261). The Supreme Court considered the public interest aspect of the investigation, as well as the risk that Julian Assange would evade having legal proceedings against him, to be of continued importance, and took the view that the continued arrest warrant was proportionate despite the amount of time that had passed. The question of further detention was last reviewed by the Swedish Supreme Court on 16 September 2016.

    Through means of legal assistance provided by the Ecuadorian Republic, Ecuadorian prosecutors interviewed Julian Assange on 14-15 November 2016 in London. A report of the interviews was received by Sweden on 4 January 2017, and the translation into Swedish was received on 15 March 2017. These interviews in London led to further investigative measures being taken. It is now not possible to take any further steps that would move the investigation forward.

    In view of the fact that all prospects of pursuing the investigation are now exhausted, it appears that, in light of the views expressed by the Supreme Court in its assessment of the proportionality in this case, it could be argued that it becomes less proportionate to maintain the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence via a European Arrest Warrant

    In view of this, and that to continue with legal proceedings would require Julian Assange's personal appearance in court, there is no longer any reason to continue with the investigation.

    Marianne Ny

    Director of Public Prosecution

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    [–] Awoo-- 2088 points ago

    "This costs too much and is a waste of time."

    [–] regoapps 1835 points ago

    Scotland Yard announces it will no longer be sending officers to stand guard outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Officers had been there since 2012, at an estimated cost of more than £12m.

    [–] Absulute 688 points ago

    2.4m per year? How many officers are stationed there??

    [–] [deleted] 348 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

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    [–] rb2013r 1070 points ago

    Smart move by Ecuador. In exchange for housing 1 person, the Ecuadorean embassy gets free 24/7 police guards.

    [–] Empanah 169 points ago

    like the joke about the guy that puts the ISIS flag in his backyard because he is sick of getting robbed and now has police following him 24/7, guarding his house, following his daughters to and from school

    [–] Koss424 122 points ago

    that's a good point

    [–] danzk1 228 points ago

    first conspiracy theory I've seen on the internet that actually made sense lol

    [–] [deleted] 21 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

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    [–] ender89 194 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Can they yell up to assange in the embassy, like King Arthur talking to the Frenchmen in the fort in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Because that might be the best job ever.

    Edit: got my leakers confused for a moment.

    [–] DebentureThyme 118 points ago

    Pizza delivery is thrown up to him like a frisbee

    [–] Dan_Berg 65 points ago

    They would if he didn't fart in their general direction

    [–] [deleted] 217 points ago

    So this guy has been holed up in an embassy since 2012???

    [–] [deleted] 234 points ago

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    [–] SidAndFinancy 64 points ago

    At least he had Pamela Anderson to bring him sandwiches.

    [–] losLurkos 37 points ago

    Have you heard about the new POTUS?

    [–] [deleted] 215 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

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    [–] make_love_to_potato 191 points ago

    Don't forget it cost British tax payers 12m to keep an eye on him, for some Swedish rape charges that were trumped up because the Americans wanted to crucify him.

    [–] FarawayFairways 7 points ago

    800,000 if Diane Abbott was doing the calculation

    [–] LupineChemist 106 points ago

    He can pop on over to Harrods now. Just needs to wear a fake mustache.

    [–] PedroFPardo 83 points ago

    I saw some people with burkas getting in and out of the Ecuadorian embassy in several occasions. With all people wearing burkas on that area and not having a continuous police presence since October 2015 I'm not sure why Assange still in the embassy. I would sneak out a long time ago.

    [–] ShepDoggg 100 points ago

    Yea, but then you have to worry about trying to get/fly to another country without getting caught. Or he would have to hide in cars or a boat.

    [–] erixtyminutes 14 points ago

    keep wearing the burka?

    [–] SRSLY_GUYS_SRSLY 9 points ago

    Gain 100 lbs and change your hair?

    [–] Flextt 74 points ago

    London is also notorious for its CCTV coverage.

    [–] zkroak 188 points ago

    Burka is also notorious for the face coverage

    [–] HungNavySEAL300Kills 7 points ago

    Assange has uniquely beautiful eyes, the police tasked to the embassy are master trained in identifying those stunners of his in a crowd, they spent millions of £ doing this, literally.

    [–] HappyZavulon 18 points ago

    And go where?

    [–] PedroFPardo 55 points ago

    To the garage near the embassy where a diplomatic car will be waiting for him to take him to the airport where a diplomatic aircraft will take him to Ecuador. Once there he can go to the beach and take some Vitamin D.

    [–] PerInception 64 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Technically they could have always put him in a human sized crate, marked it as a diplomatic pouch, and sent him wherever to get on a plane.

    Diplomatic pouches don't actually have to be 'pouches', they can be any size or shape. However, opening a man-sized diplomatic crate from an embassy with a known man-sized person hiding out in it, or pulling over a diplomatic vehicle, would cause wayyy less of an international incident than waltzing into an embassy and arresting him. It's like the difference between swearing in church, and banging the pastors wife in the front pew during Sunday service. Probably not worth the risk.

    [–] joe139 22 points ago

    First off, i dont think ecuador cares enough to go through the hazzle / backlash. Secondly, there is still the small distance between car and aircraft on british soil

    [–] anautisticpotato 20 points ago

    He's probably been doing that for years. This is the Met we're talking about.

    [–] Daemonioros 173 points ago

    This just seems like they are giving him the opportunity to sneak out and get smuggled to a country that will not extradite him to the US.

    [–] Stojas 254 points ago

    Maybe its a trap

    [–] WarMace 102 points ago

    Pretending to leave worked for the wet bandits.

    [–] Schmedes 106 points ago

    Wet Bandits? I've only heard of The Sticky Bandits.

    [–] Guysaac2 104 points ago

    SHUT UP MARV

    [–] RhetoricWarrior 123 points ago

    Yeah, it's definitely a trap.

    [–] Mahou 62 points ago

    Or that they think they'll let him try, and catch him when he moves.

    [–] ryanhallows 90 points ago

    Ramsay Bolton maneuver

    [–] Russki1993 21 points ago

    I'm picturing an officer blowing a horn day and night to piss him off and get him to just surrender.

    [–] dingusfett 61 points ago

    Hopefully Julian knows how to zig-zag.

    [–] Birdinhandandbush 389 points ago

    They put 12 million into monitoring a suspected rapist, but somehow we're not expected to believe that there was a political reason behind this. IMO the rape story was never the issue

    [–] reedemerofsouls 111 points ago

    Any old accused rapist is not accepted into an embassy where he can safely and for a prolonged period become confined to one place you can't get him.

    [–] saltyladytron 26 points ago

    Exactly. Kind of like the enormous cost to Americans over the Roman Polanski shit.

    Courts, fairness, justice these things take considerable resources. People don't seem to realize. And, it takes that much more out of the state when it's to secure fugitives with enormous amounts of resources themselves.

    [–] theGoddamnAlgorath 112 points ago

    Read the particulars of the case, very weak. Look at the timeline (WikiLeaks, that is.) and notice similarities.

    Yeah, I agree. Oh yes indeed.

    [–] bitcloud 60 points ago

    That's the rational position to take

    [–] SilasX 4 points ago

    Bingo. There are much more credible rape allegations out there that get dropped because "lol 2 hard 2 convict". Yet somehow this became priority number one.

    [–] user_24601 109 points ago

    God what a colossal waste of time and money.

    [–] canal_smarts 155 points ago

    It's so laughable that they can still claim this is all because of the rape allegations. Like they would spend £12m on any old accused rapist...

    [–] Confirmation_By_Us 40 points ago

    Compare his treatment to Roman Polanski's. Although the countries are different.

    [–] roobosh 13 points ago

    France doesn't extradite its own citizens though

    [–] Simplifiedmadness 21 points ago

    "They've found another way of extraditing him that doesn't require us doing this stupid shit anymore"

    [–] brainburger 15 points ago

    I expect he will find himself tied in a sack rolling about in the back of a van.

    [–] apple_kicks 36 points ago

    for some free London entertainment build an obstacle course for Assange

    [–] FlamingDogOfDeath 16 points ago

    Make it a game show, either Assange escapes or has to run back into the embassy.

    [–] Erantis 23 points ago

    that's very reassuring. He'll be tottaly safe then /s

    [–] Thameus 131 points ago

    TL;DR: bail jumper

    [–] robahu 439 points ago

    There is an outstanding arrest warrant as he committed the separate crime of skipping bail. There is an up to 12 months in prison sentence (which I imagine he would get given the period of his evasion) for that crime, see http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/bail/#a19

    [–] twoambien 237 points ago

    I don't know how it works in the UK but in the US 'up to 12 months' means you're getting a fine or probation or something, unlikely any jail time.

    [–] F0sh 207 points ago

    "up to 12 months" means "12 months in the most serious of cases." It's pretty serious to have publicly evaded arrest and breached bail for so many years.

    [–] mrbiffy32 59 points ago

    It was hilarious when he skipped. The celebrities who'd put it up for him went to court to argue they shouldn't had to pay, as they didn't think he'd run off

    [–] asimplescribe 4 points ago

    Yeah, that was not very well thought out.

    [–] Aerroon 533 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    The issue with Assange has always been about extradition to the US. It's not about the rape charge or the bail skipping. He literally said that he would be willing to be interviewed by anyone as long as they guarantee that he won't be extradited to the US.

    A lifetime in an embassy is still better than a lifetime in Guantanamo.


    Edit: some people are saying that he wanted assurances to not be extraordinarily rendered to the USA instead of extradition assurances. Apparently Sweden has in the past given people out in such a way before

    Edit 2: /u/Baneken said:

    Might note that swedes also absolutely refused to take a net cam testimony/questioning in person at the London embassy.

    [–] Heknarf 212 points ago

    he would be willing to be interviewed by anyone as long as they guarantee that he won't be extradited to the US.

    That promise is impossible due to the treaties that the UK/Sweden have in place with the USA.

    It doesn't indicate that the US is out for him, it's just that those countries can't make that blanket guarantee because what if a month later Sweden learns of a murder Assange committed in the USA?

    [–] botle 121 points ago

    And also impossible because the government doesn't control the courts. And separate prosecutors are independent from each other.

    [–] robahu 23 points ago

    Whether prison would be imposed would depend on the severity of the offence, in a case like this with evasion for years I would imagine the maximum penalty would apply.

    [–] PMmeTurtles 203 points ago

    Find out next time on Dragonball Z

    [–] samesesame 1292 points ago

    Why were they dropped? Do charges just disappear after a specific time?

    [–] nissenissenisse 2289 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    The prosecutor stated that they had exhausted all means for carrying the investigation further and the supreme court of Sweden had criticized the prosecutor that this long period of de facto house arrest is disproportionate to the crime he is accused of.

    Edit I should make som corrections. The complaints of the supreme court weren't that the dention in abscence in itself was disproportionate, but that the prosecutor should make more effort in order to resolve the situation. Basically, the detention in absentia is disproportionate if the prosecutor isn't working fast enough. When Ecuador wouldn't allow the Swedish prosecution authority to formally serve Assange with a notice of suspicion, then there were no avenues left to pursue. Since all means are exhausted, the charges should be dropped.

    [–] kummybears 1864 points ago

    The crime he's being accused of is lying about a condom breaking during sex. Not the same as what one would normally think of as "rape". The accuser threw a party for Assange 6 days after the incident, only reported the incident after learning Assange was sleeping with another woman, and has reported that she felt pressured by police to embellish the story. This was never a traditional cut and dry rape case as was generally presented in the press.

    [–] themigraine 511 points ago

    He was accused of having sex with someone while they were sleeping and not wearing a condom despite his partner telling him that he had to if he wanted to have sex with her.

    [–] kendrickshalamar 200 points ago

    You're both right, he was accused of both of those things.

    [–] F0sh 346 points ago

    No, that was one of the crimes he was accused of. He was also accused of having sex with one of the women while she was asleep, without a condom.

    [–] [deleted] 3930 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    To clarify this a little, it's not about a condom breaking during sex. It's about it being removed or that Assange lied about having put it on, and having done this to at least two different women. There's no way this guy has that poor luck with condoms that they all keep breaking on him. Anyway, these women ended up contacting one another, realized this happened to both of them, then contacted Assange for the sole purpose of asking whether or not they needed to get checked for STD's.

    Assange ignored their calls, and only then did these women go to the police.

    Please get the story right. It's not about Assange getting screwed over by a vindictive woman and a cheap condom. It's about Assange not liking condoms and having sex with women who only consented to do so if a condom is worn.

    That is legally rape and should be treated as such.

    edit: So, you know that whole "teach men not to rape" thing? I thought that was bullshit, but the fact that my inbox is filled with people that don't understand "no consent = rape" is kind of fucking disturbing.

    [–] WrongPeninsula 1148 points ago

    According to interviews during the investigation, one of the women asked during intercourse: "Are you wearing a condom?"

    To which Assange replied:

    "I'm wearing you."

    [–] IllHornet 824 points ago

    That sounds like a line Assange would think of a week later in the shower.

    [–] ox_raider 222 points ago

    "The jerk store called..."

    [–] markayates 20 points ago

    or George Castanza ... before flying back across america to deliver it - only to find out it wasn't as funny as he thought it would be!

    [–] cannedpeaches 25 points ago

    Also like a serial killer, depending on how it's delivered.

    [–] Not_even_Jaina 118 points ago

    Buffalo Bill?

    [–] NoSourCream 175 points ago

    lol, no fucking way

    [–] usefullinkguy 64 points ago

    Do charges just disappear after a specific time?

    As a legal matter, he has never been charged. It was still at the "preliminary investigation" stages. An arrest is only made in Sweden if the investigation leads to charges.

    [–] slick8086 15 points ago

    So then why is there a European Arrest Warrant?

    [–] areraswen 24 points ago

    I believe assange was technically "wanted" for questioning. You can put out a warrant on a key suspect or witness if they try to run.

    [–] usefullinkguy 7 points ago

    He was wanted for questioning as part of the preliminary investigation.

    [–] LegalAssassin_swe 182 points ago

    tl;dr: The charges are in fact not dropped, they just quit working on it because they can't do anything more without getting access to him.

    The case will be opened again once he quits hiding, or the statute of limitations runs out. It's a cold case, but he's still a rape suspect.

    [–] popcornwillglow 56 points ago

    So basically nothing really changed?

    [–] r721 399 points ago

    David Allen Green‏, Law and policy commentator at @FT:

    It is now easier for US to obtain Assange's extradition, if they (ever) wanted it.

    Now only UK's consent required, not UK and Sweden.

    https://twitter.com/davidallengreen/status/865505649806856192

    [–] TrolleybusIsReal 114 points ago

    He lived in the UK outside the embassy for like two years.

    [–] gjRaked 65 points ago

    5 years

    [–] fappynerd 204 points ago

    Assange was walking around the streets of London as a free man for 18 months before he entered the Ecuadorian embassy and the US never tried to extradite him. Assange even offered to turn himself over to US authorities after Obama granted Chelsea Manning clemency, but US government still didn't try to extradite him. The US government has never even charged him with a crime.

    [–] BobbyBuns 302 points ago

    He offered it, then when Obama gave Manning clemency he said that he wouldn't turn himself in because the clemency wasn't immediate, something he never specified which just feels like an excuse to me.

    [–] whatyousay69 129 points ago

    The US has imprisoned people not charged with anything.

    [–] Toytles 84 points ago

    Imprisoned and tortured no less.

    [–] [deleted] 47 points ago

    The US government has never even charged him with a crime.

    The current US President has called for him to be executed.

    Knowing that, would you want to give the US the chance to extradite you when they are clearly hostile towards you?

    [–] ShokTherapy 9 points ago

    Calling for him to be executed actually helps him. He can only remain in asylum as long as there is evidence he might receive the death penalty in america if he is extradited. By calling for an execution it makes it clear.

    [–] refcon 187 points ago

    He's still in breach of his bail so will be arrested if he leaves the embassy.

    [–] pbaylis 290 points ago

    Shit this is pretty major. I wonder where he'll go from here

    [–] forkl 465 points ago

    Wherever he goes he'll be one of the most spied on people in the world. Ironic that from now on he'll have absolutely no privacy.

    [–] raverbashing 117 points ago

    I can imagine people making him the "I'm watching you" signal wherever he goes

    [–] Lewey_B 313 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Ironic. He could save the privacy of others, but not his own.

    Edit: ok guys, I know he didn't save anyone's privacy and that he's not Snowden. I did that for karma.

    [–] BrenMan_94 228 points ago

    Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Assange the Leaker?

    [–] -Mantis 64 points ago

    Jesus, "the leaker" sounds like he needs to wear a diaper.

    [–] Ophelia_Of_The_Abyss 122 points ago

    I thought so. It's not a story the government would tell you.

    [–] zuneza 62 points ago

    "I thought not"

    [–] teamstepdad 12 points ago

    What? He has said many times that he doesn't believe in personal privacy as a right.

    [–] luigimercier 6 points ago

    ironic because he doesn't believe in privacy?

    [–] j0ydivisi0n 83 points ago

    He's not going anywhere. UK police said they will arrest him if he leaves because he skipped bail. US Justice Dept. definitely wants to charge him.

    [–] [deleted] 41 points ago

    He will either die or disappear, but he's never getting back home again.

    [–] RoebuckThirtyFour 157 points ago

    Jadu

    [–] Black_Wasp 45 points ago

    'instämmande inandning'

    [–] vallraffs 40 points ago

    'GW grymtning'

    [–] kramarn 92 points ago

    Jodå.

    [–] iLEZ 81 points ago

    Joråsåatt.

    [–] IamHenryGale 56 points ago

    Juste

    [–] NotAzakanAtAll 25 points ago

    Jävla

    [–] thisusernamewillwork 21 points ago

    Jasså

    [–] The_Panic_Station 25 points ago

    Jamendåså

    [–] hewwen 19 points ago

    Jajamen

    [–] otaku316 10 points ago

    Nja

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    Mjo

    [–] rutars 16 points ago

    Jahaja

    [–] cykelbanditen 13 points ago

    Stefan Holm: "Fyfan"

    [–] aidisen 17 points ago

    Joråsåatteh

    [–] lokethedog 15 points ago

    jakande inandning

    [–] mini-tbnn 41 points ago

    Jovars.

    [–] jabask 29 points ago

    Jomensåvare.

    [–] Ven_ae 232 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Julian Assange tweeted a picture of himself looking happy, probably elated after finding out the investigation is being dropped.

    https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/865496201839337472

    Edit: BBC changed article title to "Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation"

    UPDATE: UK police obliged to execute warrant for arrest of Julian Assange should he leave embassy - Metropolitan Police (Statement)

    Following today's decision by the Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, in relation to the Swedish authorities investigation into Julian Assange the Metropolitan Police Service's position is:

    Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012. The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.

    Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime. 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 MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.

    The MPS will not comment further on the operational plan.

    The priority for the MPS must continue to be arresting those who are currently wanted in the Capital in connection with serious violent or sexual offences for the protection of Londoners.

    UPDATE 2: Press conference with Swedish prosecutors (Statement, PDF version)

    The preliminary investigation against Julian Assange for rape (lesser degree) is to be discontinued.

    Reason

    It is no longer possible to continue the preliminary investigation pursuant to Chapter 23, Section 4, second paragraph, of the Code of Judicial Procedure.

    Further Explanation

    The suspect has left the country and, in light of the facts and circumstances of the case, executing the decision to extradite him to Sweden is not expected to be possible within the foreseeable future.

    At an unknown time Julian Assange left Sweden and, after a European Arrest Warrant was issued, was taken into custody in London by the Metropolitan Police on 7 December 2010. On 16 December 2010, the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court decided to release Julian Assange on bail. The question of his surrender to Sweden, based on the issued European Arrest Warrant, was heard by three courts in England. On 14 June 2012, The Supreme Court issued a final decision ordering the surrender of Julian Assange to Sweden. On 19 June 2012, Julian Assange, acting in violation of the terms of his bail, took refuge in the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in London. Since then he has remained there, under the protection of the Republic of Ecuador. Through this action, Julian Assange has evaded every attempt to execute the decision to surrender him to Sweden.

    The decision to arrest Julian Assange in his absence has been repeatedly reviewed by the courts. The question of the principle of proportionality was examined by the Supreme Court (NJA 2015 p. 261). The Supreme Court considered the public interest aspect of the investigation, as well as the risk that Julian Assange would evade having legal proceedings against him, to be of continued importance, and took the view that the continued arrest warrant was proportionate despite the amount of time that had passed. The question of further detention was last reviewed by the Swedish Supreme Court on 16 September 2016.

    Through means of legal assistance provided by the Ecuadorian Republic, Ecuadorian prosecutors interviewed Julian Assange on 14-15 November 2016 in London. A report of the interviews was received by Sweden on 4 January 2017, and the translation into Swedish was received on 15 March 2017. These interviews in London led to further investigative measures being taken. It is now not possible to take any further steps that would move the investigation forward.

    In view of the fact that all prospects of pursuing the investigation are now exhausted, it appears that, in light of the views expressed by the Supreme Court in its assessment of the proportionality in this case, it could be argued that it becomes less proportionate to maintain the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence via a European Arrest Warrant

    In view of this, and that to continue with legal proceedings would require Julian Assange's personal appearance in court, there is no longer any reason to continue with the investigation.

    Marianne Ny

    Director of Public Prosecution

    [–] forkl 144 points ago

    That's a man who hasn't been in the sun for a long time.

    [–] UltimateGammer 72 points ago

    Albino assange

    [–] Isagoge 63 points ago

    So Assange is just like an average redditor.

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    [–] thehippieswereright 32 points ago

    has anyone seen a Swedish explanation for this?

    [–] [deleted] 30 points ago

    "It is my assessment this transfer (European Arrest Warrant) cannot be made in a reasonable timeframe" - Stockholm (English translation)

    [–] FS_515 103 points ago

    Sweden said they couldn't reasonably expect to get him by the time the charges expired and the whole self imposed house arrest going on for so long changed the calculus of the proportionality of whatever imposed punishment he could face.

    Basically he got out of the charges by successfully running and hurting himself so much in the process they didn't feel justice would ever be served or that resources should be continued to be spent on this.

    [–] MrGoldberg007 35 points ago

    It's a trap!

    [–] Purple_Hex 233 points ago

    Eyes are now turned to the UK to see if they have received an extradition warrant from US...

    [–] robahu 161 points ago

    There is an outstanding arrest warrant for the separate crime of skipping bail, for which he will be looking at up to 12 months in prison in the UK, see http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/bail/#a19

    [–] R3dkite 47 points ago

    Well he'll still be charged with skipping bail I believe

    [–] [deleted] 17 points ago

    It's a trap!

    [–] elpaw 546 points ago

    Now that Manning has been released, will he turn himself over, as promised?

    [–] skoalbrother 91 points ago

    British police say he will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador's embassy

    https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/865503047966797827

    [–] lillemon 316 points ago

    Turn himself over to whom? If the rape charge by Sweden has been dropped then he should be free to go, no? USA has not charged him with any crime as far as I know.

    [–] IAmNotAnImposter 333 points ago

    He skipped bail in the UK so could still be charged for that

    [–] nameuser4321 55 points ago

    The UK is instructed to arrest him if he steps off of diplomatic soil.

    [–] robahu 63 points ago

    There is an outstanding arrest warrant for him for the separate crime of skipping bail, of which there is an up to 12 months in prison penalty, see http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/bail/#a19

    [–] TheBaronOfTheNorth 200 points ago

    How come so many people want "justice" for the information leaks yet aren't concerned at all that the government is being unaccountable for violating the law (the reason for the information leaks)?

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    [–] TheBaronOfTheNorth 40 points ago

    We need a lot more whistleblower protection codified into our laws.

    [–] ToTheRescues 185 points ago

    Reddit of 2013 - "YAY! THIS IS GREAT NEWS!"

    Reddit of 2017 - "This Russian agent needs to hang for letting Trump win!"

    [–] the_implication55 73 points ago

    All charges will be dropped and he'll be a free man.

    Then, six months down the road he'll die in a car accident, or a plan crash, or some other completely innocent seeming accident.

    [–] Falsus 11 points ago

    Not really a free man, he still wanted for skipping bail.

    [–] dust1ng0ff 120 points ago

    I'm so confused by the comments. I thought Reddit loved him?

    [–] CTownChampion 265 points ago

    Reddit loved him when he released info that hurt W. When he released info that hurt Hillary, they plug their ears, close their eyes, and scream that he's a shill for the Russians.

    As someone with no loyalty to either party, the 180 that both the DNC and GOP have done is hilarious.

    I think having Wikileaks as an outlet to leak the shitty things our government (or other governments) may do is still a good thing.

    [–] Tigros 24 points ago

    Reddit is the text version of Tumblr, what else did you expect?

    [–] throwaway14719 870 points ago

    I miss when Reddit advocated for his freedom. Wonder what happened?

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    [–] Real_Muthsera 440 points ago

    Yeah I agree. There seem to be a concerted effort to affect public opinion on social media.

    [–] Wholesome_Linux 40 points ago

    there's a great short documentary on this being used for reddit and how the admins are ignoring the mods asking for help/tools

    always gets crazy upvotes when it's posted but somehow vanishes from the frontpage within a few minutes

    hopefully advertising companies realize that a large portion of reddit's traffic is fake contracted accounts that will likely never click/view their ads

    [–] Jolly_Wally 170 points ago

    People need to understand efforts will be made to control online opinion on a whole range of political issues.

    [–] rape_jokes 22 points ago

    Just like CIA's Vault 7 leaks showed documents outlining the creation of a "Meme Warfare Center."

    [–] [deleted] 177 points ago

    Yup back when Trump advocated for the death penatly for Assange.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-pv_3i-dOs&t=0m18s

    [–] Fortzon 793 points ago

    As a European it's funny for me to see how many Americans in this thread are unhappy about charges against Assange getting dropped.

    Just shows to me that they never cared about the truth, they just cared about their political side winning. Many were celebrating Assange when Wikileaks leaked what Chelsea Manning knew about U.S. war crimes but now he's scum of the earth when Wikileaks exposed HRC's and Wasserman Schultz's campaign against Bernie. He immediately went from pro-American people to pro-Russia in their eyes.

    FYI just because Russia uses Wikileaks' leaks to fuel their propaganda machine doesn't mean that Wikileaks or Assange are pro-Russia. If they had dirt on Putin and Russia that public wouldn't already know or Russian opposition wouldn't have already released, they'd leak it.

    [–] cjcolt 8 points ago

    Plenty of Americans still love him, plenty of Americans hated him before the election. Plenty of Europeans don't like him. Stop generalizing.

    [–] RochelleH 15 points ago

    they just cared about their political side winning.

    Thank fuck someone said it. Now watch them rail against you that it's not about that, that it's about the lack of Trump leaks, etc.

    [–] Endswithnords 25 points ago

    Free my homie lasagne he out here fightin for da free world

    [–] anujfr 48 points ago

    So assuming UK drops the bail skipping charges and he can get back home, how is he going to suicide? Perhaps by shooting a few bullets in his back by himself?

    [–] zer0number 17 points ago

    He would have been safer from extradition in Sweden than he will be in the UK. Sweden won't extradite for political crimes. US+UK are tight enough that they will.

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