giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com May 26, 2018


Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe into WikiLeaks' Assange

19 May 2017, 11:07 | Darnell Patrick

Julian Assange has signalled he will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London despite the Swedish authorities suddenly dropping a seven-year investigation against him.

Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny announced in a statement that she "has chose to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape" by Assange.

Although Sweden has withdrawn its request for a European arrest warrant, The Guardian reports that Ny maintained the probe could be reopened if he returns to Sweden before 2020, a date set by statute of limitations.

He has been living at the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, and the British police have said they will arrest Assange as soon as he walks out of the embassy because he has broken his conditions for bail - a relatively minor offence under British law - by failing to surrender on June 29, 2012 for extradition to Sweden. 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.

"As a result of the decision to discontinue the investigation, the prosecutor has reversed the decision to detain him in his absence and withdrawn the EAW (European Arrest Warrant)". "The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy". British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that "any decision that is taken about United Kingdom action in relation to him (Assange) would be an operational matter for the police".

Assange's Swedish lawyer last month filed a new motion demanding that the arrest warrant be lifted after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April that arresting Assange would be "a priority".

Scotland Yard stood down the 24/7 police presence outside the Ecuadorian Embassy building in 2015 but pledged to make "every effort" to arrest Mr Assange if he left.

"But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge under house arrest and nearly five years here in this embassy without sunlight", Assange said.

Assange is wanted by British police for extradition to Sweden.

GOP senator: North Korea missile test 'one of most advanced yet'
But leader Kim Jong Un has promised a sixth nuclear test, warning that his country's weapons could strike the U.S. mainland. In all, six sanction resolutions have been imposed on North Korea, since it carried out its first nuclear test in 2006.


IShares Edge MSCI USA Size Factor (SIZE) Rises 0.48% for May 19
Traders often add the Plus Directional Indicator (+DI) and Minus Directional Indicator (-DI) to identify the direction of a trend. Used as a coincident indicator, the CCI reading above +100 would reflect strong price action which may signal an uptrend.


Rodman & Renshaw Reiterates Neutral Rating for Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX)
The stock witnessed 48.04% gains, -21.41% declines and -24.5% declines for the 1-month, 3-month and 6-month period, respectively. On average, analysts expect that Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl will post $3.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.


Friday's announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden.

Mr Assange has not set foot outside the building, ultimately fearing he could be extradited to the United States over Wikileaks' publishing of huge amounts of classified information.

June 19, 2012- Assange takes refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London and asks for political asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Mr Assange previously said he would go to the USA if Wikileaks' source Chelsea Manning was granted clemency.

WikiLeaks tweeted after the Swedish announcement: "UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a USA extradition warrant for Julian Assange".

Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Per E. Samuelson says it is a "day of victory" for the WikiLeaks founder after Sweden's top prosecutor dropped an investigation into a rape claim against him. "Focus now moves to United Kingdom", the group tweeted.

The transgender former U.S. intelligence analyst left Fort Leavenworth on Wednesday, months after Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence as one of his final acts as President.

The investigation was dropped days after Chelsea Manning, who provided WikiLeaks with classified intelligence on Iraq and Afghanistan that shocked the world, was freed from prison.

It ends a three-year police operation which is estimated to have cost more than 12 million pounds ($17 million).



Other News

Trending Now

Donald Trump considering 11 candidates to replace former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey
Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times he wasn't under FBI investigation. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

Ford Confirms 10% Salaried Job Cuts
The company's market value is now behind Tesla and General Motors, and its stock price has fallen over 40 percent since 2014. The company plans to offer enticing retirement packages to salaried employees to reduce overall headcount, Reuters reports .

Wallie Morris: Protect individuals with pre-existing conditions
That market has national plans which provide work based coverage for the staff of every congress member. Then, we are right back where we were when it became necessary to create the Affordable Care Act.

Syria war: Russian Federation claims USA attack killed civilians
Syria's ally Russia said earlier today that the strike had hit civilians and was unacceptable, Russian news agencies reported . The U.S. -led coalition is battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in Syria and is generally not attacking Assad.

Cannes ban: Netflix hits out at French 'establishment'
But the potted plants aren't there to look good - they are a security measure to avert terrorist attacks during the film festival. It's the first time any Netflix movies have been considered for the prestigious Palme d'Or award - and it will be the last.

Longtime Clinton Aide Shares Video Of Debate Prep For 'Unwanted Trump Hug'
Reines tweeted a video of his "favorite moment from debate prep", featuring Hillary Clinton and a Trump stand-in. Comey's efforts failed when Trump finally noticed him and pulled him in for an uncomfortable embrace.

UK's Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election
Brexit is the issue voters can not escape, less than a year after they chose to part ways with the EU. May told her party not to become complacent as opinion polls had been repeatedly wrong.

U.S. launches strikes against Syrian militia
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, "We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war, but we will defend our troops". Syria has condemned the strike as a "brazen attack" that undermined claims the alliance is fighting extremists.

Google extends AI features into more of its apps, tools
The crowd of developers in the audience cheered: millions of new iPhone users to reach for innovative voice-based interactions. Google is also adding a feature to Photos to create soft-cover and hard-cover albums of pictures at prices beginning at $9.99.

Silva sees Man City progress under Guardiola in trophyless campaign
Let's prove that we are a club that is looking to achieve important things, maybe one day be the main club in the city and take this club forward'".