'Swedish prosecutors announced yesterday that, after almost 10 years, they were finally abandoning a “preliminary investigation” into allegations of “sexual misconduct” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sweden’s deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, told a press conference that there was “insufficient evidence” to proceed.
The ignominious collapse of the investigation—which, over the course of a decade, was dropped three times and never passed beyond the “preliminary” stage—brands it as a state frame-up and dirty tricks operation. It demonstrates that Assange has been the victim of an unprecedented international political conspiracy, spearheaded by the US, and aided and abetted by its allies, including Sweden, Britain and Australia.
The ending of the investigation is an absolute vindication of the warnings made by Assange since 2010 that the sole purpose of the Swedish allegations was to blacken his name and provide an alternate route for his dispatch to an American prison.
After 10 years of sordid machinations and flagrant violations of international and domestic law, the Swedish investigation lies in tatters, while Assange is held in a maximum-security British prison awaiting proceedings for his extradition to the US, where he faces a sentence of up to 175 years imprisonment for exposing war crimes and global diplomatic conspiracies.
All the smears—endlessly trumpeted by the corporate press as proof that Assange was a “sex offender” or even a “rapist”—stand exposed as lies and fabrications, concocted to victimise, besmirch and persecute a courageous journalist and publisher.
The complete discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played such a linchpin role in the US-led vendetta, exposes the utterly lawless character of the entire operation against Assange.
As UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer stated in an official letter to the Swedish government publicly released last week, the investigation “was the primary factor that triggered, enabled and encouraged the subsequent campaign of sustained and concerted public mobbing and judicial persecution against Mr. Assange in various countries, the cumulative effects of which can only described as psychological torture.”
Despite never coming close to the issuing of criminal charges, the Swedish investigation was used to embroil Assange in the legal system and was the chief mechanism for enforcing his arbitrary detention.
It was Britain’s backing for Sweden’s unprecedented request that Assange be extradited merely to “answer questions” that forced him to seek political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012. The Swedish case provided the bogus rationale for Britain’s siege of the embassy and its threats that it would arrest Assange if he set foot outside the building.
The investigation was used relentlessly to slander Assange and to try and undermine the immense public support for him. It created the political climate in which the WikiLeaks’ founder could be dragged from Ecuador’s London embassy by the British police in April this year and the US could openly seek to prosecute him for his legally-protected publishing activities.
The Swedish allegations, moreover, provided the ideological and political cement for the unholy alliance that was assembled against Assange, spanning from the blood-soaked American intelligence agencies, to the official political parties in the US, Britain and Australia, to the corporate media, the pseudo-left and innumerable practitioners of identity politics.'
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