Could Julian Assange be on the brink of freedom?

Could Julian Assange be on the brink of freedom?

I wouldn't leave.

A London court will rule on Tuesday whether it would be in the interests of justice to pursue action against WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange for failing to surrender to bail back in 2012.

If the judge rules in his favour, then Assange, 46, would be free to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he has been holed up for more than five years.

However, he might still elect to remain in the embassy, where he has been granted political asylum, because he fears Britain would arrest him under a U.S. extradition warrant, the existence of which has neither been confirmed nor denied.

I wouldn’t leave without a plan, a really good plan.

Edit. Typo.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there.

The political detention of Assange is so dangerous. The US and the UK have lost all credibility about arresting and detaining real criminals. If Assange is not released today the damage may be permanent. In real terms this means war criminals and sponsors of genocide will be difficult,if not impossible, to apprehend and detain. That’s would be the shocking and unacceptable result from this political posturing. The US and UK need to set him free. This is not a game.

Depends if they think he's worth more alive or as a martyr. Cause if he dies it'll be pretty obvious the US deep state did it or ordered it.

Just want to point out this Glenn Greenwald tweet in that thread.

In January this year (2018), Ecuador granted Assange citizenship after Britain refused a request for him to be given diplomatic status, saying he would face justice if he left the embassy.

I often wondered why he wasn't granted citizenship. Glad to see this. It won't matter to the "deep state" and it's lackey politicians but at least it's something...

Lots of tweets about this from Assange

2 years ago

The UN panel - Working Group on Arbitrary Detention decided in January 2016 that Assange is being illegally detained

The successful Assange petition to the UN panel

OHCHR statement

OHCHR opinion

The British Foreign Office said it would not pre-empt the panel’s findings, but said in a statement: “We have been consistently clear that Mr Assange has never been arbitrarily detained by the UK but is, in fact, voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by choosing to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy.

“An allegation of rape is still outstanding and a European arrest warrant in place, so the UK continues to have a legal obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden.”

UK appealed the Human Rights Panel Ruling

November 2016

UK appeal was rejected. The Human Rights Commision Arbitrary detention ruling re: Assange stands

May 2017

Sweden withdrew the arrest warrant

There is no European arrest warrant and so the reason given by the UK government no longer exists.

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