The controversy surrounding Wikileaks’ Julian Assange may not be ending any time soon, but the case for his extradition may be over.
Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for years, as a fugitive wanted on a litany of crimes – some far more criminal than others.
Of the serious allegations against Assange, a years-old accusation of rape in Sweden was the center of debate this week as the now-detained whistleblower fought against his extradition in the case. Assange has long plead his innocence, and his supporters believe that the allegations may have been drummed up or exaggerated as a way for authorities to get their hands on the internationally-known agent of truth.
Assange’s other actions of interest all stem from his time exposing government secrets to the masses – something that the average global citizen is not likely to find offensive or wrong. After all, we are battling the grip of tyranny the world over in the 21st century.
Now, as concerns over Assange’s health continue dominate the headlines about him, a court has ruled in his favor regarding the Sweden case.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to Sweden for a revived rape investigation, but should still be questioned in the case while he is imprisoned in Britain, a Swedish court ruled Monday,
The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange doesn’t face extradition to Sweden any time soon.
But is this really the end of the case for Assange?
Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, said she has not decided whether to appeal.
“I will also issue a European Investigation Order in order to interview Julian Assange,” Persson said, adding that she hasn’t picked a possible date for the questioning in England.
The United States has also prepared charges for Assange under the Espionage Act – a revelation that has irked freedom advocates the nation over.