Russia Slams Assange Arrest As 'Revenge of the U.S'

Russia Slams Assange Arrest As 'Revenge of the U.S'

Russia Slams Assange Arrest As 'Revenge of the U.S'

Swedish authorities could still go after the WikiLeaks founder, who was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew its protection and allowed British police to drag him out of the embassy.

What will happen next for Assange is still uncertain, as he begins to fight extradition to the United States. Press freedom in Russian Federation is extremely limited, and the country ranked 148 out of 180 nations in the Reporters Without Borders 2018 Press Freedom Index.

But prosecution in the United States might not be his only worry - or, ultimately, the most pressing.

While the "feces" allegation was not the only strike against Assange - he was also accused of meddling in Ecuador's political affairs to influence the country's government - but his conduct as a guest at the embassy certainly did not help. But Judge Napolitano said that the extradition process to the US may take years, as the United Kingdom faces legal issues of its own.

"For me this was never about anything else than his misconduct against me/women and his refusal to take responsibility for this", Anna Ardin, a writer and activist, said on Twitter.

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a statement saying it "is aware of the arrest of Julian Assange and is examining the US charges for press freedom implications".

But will it? But by going out of its way to charge him only under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the USA government seems to indicate it did not want to set a unsafe precedent.

The Assange prosecution "would be unprecedented and unconstitutional and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations", the ACLU's Ben Wizner tells Sullivan. There's no allegation Assange disclosed American secrets to a foreign power with the goal of harming the US. "The bottom line is he has to answer for what he has done, at least as it's been charged". "I know there is something having to do with Julian Assange". "They each had sex with me willingly and were happy to hang out with me afterwards".

After Sweden dropped the case, Assange remained inside the embassy because he was still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported being raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she would "do everything" to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted. Eight weeks later, he was granted asylum.

Looking nothing like the sleek, stylish, leather-jacket wearing provocateur we've become used to, (as he appeared in 2017 in his famous balcony speech), Assange's scraggly beard and pasty and bedraggled appearance served as a dead giveaway to the effect of years of living in isolation has had on him.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Assange would get no special treatment from his native country or consular offices.

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