Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange

Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange
Swedish prosecutors released a statement today saying that they will drop the preliminary investigation against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

"Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the office said in its statement.

Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador's embassy in London, since 2013. The lawsuit accusing him of rape in Sweden, has been pending for almost 7 years. Assange has denied the claims and stated that it is a manhunt against him and WikiLeaks.

Shortly after the release of the statement, Assange posted a photo of him smiling, to his Twitter account:




While the European Arrest Warrant issued for Mr Assange has been withdrawn by the Swedish prosecutor, Assange will still be arrested when he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy by British police on a separate warrant for failing to appear in court years ago.

Written by: Petteri Pyyny @ 19 May 2017 5:47
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  • rbi149

    This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP.

    19.5.2017 11:25 #1

  • Dela

    Originally posted by rbi149: This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP. The leaks that put Wikileaks on the map had nothing to do with the Obama administration though. The so called "collateral murder" video and the Iraq war logs etc. were all Bush-era material.

    Whether Assange has committed any crime against the U.S. is debatable. Wikileaks can only publish what it is given by leakers (or possibly hackers), there is no evidence Assange ever stole anything or that he was the source of any leak.

    19.5.2017 11:48 #2

  • triviaace

    It's nice to see that Sweden gives criminals a free ride. Refer to the fact that Wikileaks meddled in the 2016 American election with Russian help. Maybe when I decide to commit a crime, I can travel to Sweden and get my free ride. Who are the criminals now?

    19.5.2017 12:46 #3

  • Sophocles

    Originally posted by Dela: Originally posted by rbi149: This is not a victory for free speech. There is no guarantee that the information this criminal releases is accurate or not politically motivated (or self-serving). His screwing with the U.S. elections was a major factor in Trump's victory and we all have seen what that has meant for the security and stability of Western governments. Assange released nothing of the enormous amounts of information which would have undone Trump because of his vendetta against the Obama administration. Do you really want a man of his petty motivations affecting YOUR elections? LOCK HIM UP. The leaks that put Wikileaks on the map had nothing to do with the Obama administration though. The so called "collateral murder" video and the Iraq war logs etc. were all Bush-era material.

    Whether Assange has committed any crime against the U.S. is debatable. Wikileaks can only publish what it is given by leakers (or possibly hackers), there is no evidence Assange ever stole anything or that he was the source of any leak.
    I have to agree with rbi149! Wkikileaks is more show than substance, because Assange grabs onto any information provided to him without having a clue as to the veracity of its source. Anyone with modest PC skills could send him doctored or even fake information and get it posted. Hence his quick acceptance of the so-called leaks provided to him by Russian hackers. There's no doubt in my mind, and there shouldn't be in anyone's mind that Assange helped to elect Trump, the most unstable and dangerous human to hold office since the Cold War, and perhaps even WWII. Assange had a chance to make something great, but he squandered it to serve his ego.

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    19.5.2017 16:24 #4

  • Obi_

    Looking at the comments,I can see missplaced anger at the one person who alerted the world about the criminal actions of governments of the west. Inspired others within the govt's to spring a leak. The USA making laws unknown to but a few. Well documented Rendition Torture prisons around the world.. All due to whistle blowers and you have the hide to make accusations out of rumours by those who would want Assange 'demonized' That man is your hero and mine. One can tell who are the 'GOOD' of the world. Just look on the hate list of western govt's Cheers and good luck.

    19.5.2017 21:21 #5

  • baldy43

    I believe that the greater part of the comments here are just stupid by people from the US that want to place the blame onto another person because Trump so called won the 2016 election.
    If they had any guts they would have taken the time to vote instead of sitting on the side lines and hoping that the person they liked would have won.
    At least here in Australia by our Constitution have to vote in every Federal and the State that you live in, this is the fairest way to get a better outcome from any election. But we might not like the outcome we do not try to place the blame on another person that is cooped up overseas.
    So in ending all I can say is get a life then live with it.

    19.5.2017 21:30 #6

  • Sophocles

    Originally posted by Obi_: Looking at the comments,I can see missplaced anger at the one person who alerted the world about the criminal actions of governments of the west. Inspired others within the govt's to spring a leak. The USA making laws unknown to but a few. Well documented Rendition Torture prisons around the world.. All due to whistle blowers and you have the hide to make accusations out of rumours by those who would want Assange 'demonized' That man is your hero and mine. One can tell who are the 'GOOD' of the world. Just look on the hate list of western govt's Cheers and good luck. I have no idea why you think the above comments had anything to do with anger, misplaced or otherwise. You do know that it's possible to rationally view an event or set of events in the absence of anger right? Probably not! Here's the reality! Wikileaks at its inception by posting U.S Iraqi war atrocities was a service to any free thinking people. But when Wikileaks became an unwitting participant to Putin's efforts to destabilize western democracies, it became an untrustworthy and unwitting pawn to his hegemonic aspirations. So look for all the misplaced anger you want, but don't confuse what Wikileaks has become as free speech.

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    19.5.2017 21:52 #7

  • Sophocles

    "I believe that the greater part of the comments here are just stupid by people from the US"

    The "greater part of which comments?" Until you came along there were only four comments, so how great did they get? I will be the first to agree that there are some stupid people in the U.S, but then that's also true of Australia. We have a population that's about 14 times that of Australia, so even if you extracted the "stupidest" people in the U.S, the intelligent ones left would still out populate your entire country, including your stupid. Now if you want to demonstrate that you're in fact among your more intelligent, then consider this. How does Assange vet his sources before posting? Or does he just take whatever comes to him over the internet as fact?


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    19.5.2017 22:07 #8

  • Bozobub

    You DO realize that exactly zero of the emails Wikileaks exposed have been successfully shown to be incorrect/false, right?

    Hmmm.. "Untrustworthy", eh? Not too familiar with our country's foreign (and internal) policy/actions, are you? Ask a Kurd how that is, we hose them regularly =p .

    Assange is a monumental twit, yes. Criminal? Perhaps but charges were never filed in the "ironclad" case, I'll note. And none of that impugns the information he gathered at all.

    Pull a convincing statistical sample of bogus documents out of Wikileaks (out of, say, 1000-10,000 randomly chosen docs) and then you'll have a point. Until then, nope! You simply don't have any to show, much less a convincing number/frequency of them.

    20.5.2017 00:06 #9

  • KillerBug

    Governments don't even bother denying WikiLeaks stuff. For example, the US government still says marijuana has no medical use decades after saying that the chemicals in it do have a medical use. Official lies are the norm. Yet even the US government doesn't deny the validity of the leaks posted; they admit these things ARE TRUE.

    The leaks probably did affect the election, but if someone had sent data about Trump that would have been posted too. There would probably already be a ton of stuff about trump if not for the fact that Trump himself tends to leak his own bad press in press conferences. If you want to blame someone for the democrats emailing each other about screwing Sanders, blame the democrats.

    Remember that Wikileaks doesn't limit themselves to US politics either. For example, when a power company owned by the UK government was planning to bury atomic waste in Australia, it was WikiLeaks that broke the story. That has nothing to do with the US...and if anything, the Clintons would probably support such a leak and the effects of it.

    As to the criminal charges, it is always a bit hard to believe charges that only appear right after a government gets mad at the person being charged. I fully realize the issues with women being reluctant to come forward and evidence disappearing with time...but if someone came forward blaming anyone else then no charges would have been considered simply because there would be no evidence. Even if such charges actually were true, it would be impossible to have a fair trial at that point; the very fact that charges were filed was proof that the government was biased. So yes, even if the charges were true, it would still be a witch hunt and it's nice that it is finally over.

    As for comments that most US citizens are stupid...well, just consider that Trump and Clinton won the primaries. Sure, the democrats fixed their primary and Trump didn't get a majority but there are obviously a lot of very stupid people in the US...one of them is even president now!

    20.5.2017 11:13 #10

  • rbi149

    The very fact that they can choose WHICH information to leak means they are a potential tool for states like Russia to interfere in the politics of other nations. You're telling me that Wikileaks had NO information on Trump that would have damaged his campaign? Right....

    24.5.2017 12:59 #11

  • Bozobub

    Originally posted by rbi149: The very fact that they can choose WHICH information to leak means they are a potential tool for states like Russia to interfere in the politics of other nations. You're telling me that Wikileaks had NO information on Trump that would have damaged his campaign? Right....

    Except that's true of EVERY source of information ever in the media, including all news sources, from Fox to MSNBC to NPR to the BBC to Al Jazeera. Quibble fail.

    24.5.2017 14:45 #12

  • Sophocles

    Originally posted by Bozobub: Originally posted by rbi149: The very fact that they can choose WHICH information to leak means they are a potential tool for states like Russia to interfere in the politics of other nations. You're telling me that Wikileaks had NO information on Trump that would have damaged his campaign? Right....

    Except that's true of EVERY source of information ever in the media, including all news sources, from Fox to MSNBC to NPR to the BBC to Al Jazeera. Quibble fail.
    It's all but impossible to fact check or to verify anything posted on Wikileaks, because the content they post isn't publicly available and no one is admitting to it, or it's a work of fiction passed onto them to spread as disinformation. The people at Wikileaks have no means to verify the authenticity of information they've received, and neither does anyone else without a public admission.

    If the CIA wanted to falsify information that might help them in a covert operation, wouldn't it be easy for them to have it passed off to Wikileaks as a hack of the CIA? All the CIA would have to do is smile while pretending to complain about a hack that never happened.

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    24.5.2017 22:07 #13

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by Sophocles: It's all but impossible to fact check or to verify anything posted on Wikileaks, because the content they post isn't publicly available and no one is admitting to it, or it's a work of fiction passed onto them to spread as disinformation. The people at Wikileaks have no means to verify the authenticity of information they've received, and neither does anyone else without a public admission. Actually, people do tend to admit to WikiLeaks stuff; it happens all the time. For example, whenever there is a leak about the US government the government responds by saying that the information was leaked by a traitor...thereby confirming the authenticity. Even if this wasn't the case, others tend to come forward to confirm the leaks anyway. There is also the issue of the other side of communications. For example, if a bunch of emails are released there are thousands of people with the other sides of the email conversations. Sometimes it's pictures or videos...really hard to deny.

    Could the CIA do a fake leak like you describe? Probably...but it would basically have to be something that was completely toxic to the CIA in order for people to actually pay attention in the first place; the blow-back wouldn't be worth the benefits.

    24.5.2017 22:39 #14

  • Bozobub

    Originally posted by Sophocles: Originally posted by Bozobub: Originally posted by rbi149: The very fact that they can choose WHICH information to leak means they are a potential tool for states like Russia to interfere in the politics of other nations. You're telling me that Wikileaks had NO information on Trump that would have damaged his campaign? Right....

    Except that's true of EVERY source of information ever in the media, including all news sources, from Fox to MSNBC to NPR to the BBC to Al Jazeera. Quibble fail.
    It's all but impossible to fact check or to verify anything posted on Wikileaks, because the content they post isn't publicly available and no one is admitting to it, or it's a work of fiction passed onto them to spread as disinformation. The people at Wikileaks have no means to verify the authenticity of information they've received, and neither does anyone else without a public admission.

    If the CIA wanted to falsify information that might help them in a covert operation, wouldn't it be easy for them to have it passed off to Wikileaks as a hack of the CIA? All the CIA would have to do is smile while pretending to complain about a hack that never happened.

    Sorry, you won't be saving rbi149's failed argument, no matter how you try =) .

    25.5.2017 00:36 #15

  • Sophocles

    Sorry, you won't be saving rbi149's failed argument, no matter how you try =) .
    I'm not trying to save rbi149's argument, because it's your arguments that are flawed.

    Quote: Except that's true of EVERY source of information ever in the media, including all news sources, from Fox to MSNBC to NPR to the BBC to Al Jazeera. Quibble fail. "Legitimate" news sources are expected to vet the information and then verify their source before publishing. Wikileaks receives their information from the internet and have absolutely no means to insure that what they're receiving is true. That means that they're posting their content solely on good-faith, because the information might actually be disinformation that's meant to mislead. The CIA, NSA, FBI, SVR RF, MI6, or any other intelligence source could present false information to Wikileaks that only they can verify, and if it's intentionally meant to mislead then they would want to verify it. The number of ways that Wikileaks can be easily misused are so numerous that it's limited only by the imagination.





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    25.5.2017 08:10 #16

  • Bozobub

    Nope. S/he made a flat claim that simply is unsupportable, no matter how you squirm. And I'll note that your "legitimate" news sources have a significantly *worse* record for accuracy, so far, than WikiLeaks. Wanna go down the Faux News "accuracy" rabbit hole? I promise you, it won't be pretty!

    Once again, until you can present me with even ONE verifiably incorrect datum WikiLeaks possesses, much less a statistically significant sample, you have nothing at all but innuendo and insistence. In fact, WikiLeaks DOES vet their sources:
    (From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaks...of_submissions)
    "WikiLeaks has contended that it has never released a misattributed document and that documents are assessed before release. In response to concerns about the possibility of misleading or fraudulent leaks, WikiLeaks has stated that misleading leaks 'are already well-placed in the mainstream media. WikiLeaks is of no additional assistance.' The FAQ states that: 'The simplest and most effective countermeasure is a worldwide community of informed users and editors who can scrutinise and discuss leaked documents.'

    According to statements by Assange in 2010, submitted documents are vetted by a group of five reviewers, with expertise in different topics such as language or programming, who also investigate the background of the leaker if his or her identity is known. In that group, Assange has the final decision about the assessment of a document."

    You may not like how they vet their sources but to pretend they don't vet them at all is simply mendacious BS. Nor is "it could be misused" a particularly cogent argument; ANYTHING can be misused. Once again, wanna discuss the misuse of Faux News? It won't be pretty.

    25.5.2017 10:48 #17

  • Sophocles

    Quote: Nope. S/he made a flat claim that simply is unsupportable, no matter how you squirm. And I'll note that your "legitimate" news sources have a significantly *worse* record for accuracy, so far, than WikiLeaks. Wanna go down the Faux News "accuracy" rabbit hole? I promise you, it won't be pretty! I haven't a clue who "S/he" is and I don't really care. The fact is that your previous post is seriously flawed because it assumes that Wikileaks receives infallible information which isn't possible.

    As for going down a rabbit hole and faux news, bring it on, but unless you're a fan of FOX NEWS and Brietbart, we'll probably find more to agree on than not.

    Quote: WikiLeaks has contended that it has never released a misattributed document and that documents are assessed before release. So now your proof of Wikileaks veracity is Wikileaks itself! Isn't that a little like asking inmates in a prison to be their own judges?

    The reality is that Wikileaks has absolutely no way of verifying the source of their information no matter what Assange or other members of Wikileaks say.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of Wikileaks, but if I can see holes in it, then so can more capable individuals with little or no scruples. I believe that a lot of what Wikileaks has posted is, albeit generally useless information, is factual, but there's no way to verify which posts are true and which are plants. They just don't have the resources or access to effectively vet their information, and nothing that you can counter with will convince me otherwise.

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    25.5.2017 15:58 #18

  • Bozobub

    "S/he" is rbi149, the person who made the failed claim you are fervently defending. If you can't keep up, take notes.

    Insist what you like, but you won't be able to get around the simple fact that Wikileaks currently has a far better record for accuracy than *any other* news/media source you care to name. Once again, until you can show even ONE contrary example, much less a statistically significant result out of a large, random sample, you quite literally have nothing but innuendo and implication. Further insistence otherwise is utterly useless until then.

    Insistence does not generate existence, no matter how fervently or often you try. Your concerns are certainly are good to keep in mind but they are, in one way or another, true about every known media source.

    25.5.2017 17:15 #19

  • Sophocles

    Quote: "S/he" is rbi149, the person who made the failed claim you are fervently defending. If you can't keep up, take notes. Then you need to read back a few posts because I'm not defending anyone, and I haven't a clue as to why you think otherwise.

    Quote: Insist what you like, but you won't be able to get around the simple fact that Wikileaks currently has a far better record for accuracy than *any other* news/media source you care to name. The above statement is in error because it makes the assumption that something is true without any evidence to support it. For instance you're assuming that Wikileaks as a "fact" has a "far better track record for accuracy than any other news media." First let's just clear a couple of points. The first is, that there is no way anything on Wikileaks can be accurately fact checked, because that would require for the fact checker to have access to the source. But mainstream news media can be fact checked because the source is accessible, and can be held accountable.

    Quote: Once again, until you can show even ONE contrary example, much less a statistically significant result out of a large, random sample, you quite literally have nothing but innuendo and implication. The above statement is referred to as an informal fallacy, or an attempt to shift the burden of proof, because you no proof to support your claim. You're in essence asking me to prove or disprove a negative,which is akin to asking and atheist to prove or disprove the existence of God. So let me try and simply this! If you can't verify that a set of information is true, then you can't verify if it's not true either, and therein lies the flaw of Wikileaks. By the way "innuendo and implication" is redundant since innuendo is a form of malicious implication.

    Quote: Insistence does not generate existence, no matter how fervently or often you try. Your concerns are certainly are good to keep in mind but they are, in one way or another, true about every known media source. And nonsense doesn't generate sense, or at least not to most people, but to some it apparently does. To sum! There is no way that anyone can verify the content on Wikileaks even through admission, without knowing the who, and the how, the information was gathered, and then comparing it to the original source.

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    25.5.2017 18:34 #20

  • Bozobub

    Nope. YOU are the one impugning a source of information that has been 100% correct 100% of the time, so far, even under pretty extreme test at times*. That's far better than any other source you will ever name. Go ahead, try to prove me wrong; even Al Jazeera, whom I respect a great deal, bones it every now and then.

    The onus is on you. Every single piece of information anyone has put to the test from Wikileaks in the past, that I am aware of, has been either shown to be correctly attributed or impossible to determine; find me ONE that's simply incorrectly sourced. One. Then I'll gladly listen but until then, you still have nothing.

    While you marinate on that, however, you need to remember a very large number of these documents have been *admitted* to be fully accurate. That puts a very, very large crimp in your argument.
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    *In attribution/authenticity, that is. I am saying nothing about the (in)correctness of the original writers of said document(s).

    25.5.2017 23:05 #21

  • KillerBug

    Originally posted by Sophocles: And nonsense doesn't generate sense, or at least not to most people, but to some it apparently does. To sum! There is no way that anyone can verify the content on Wikileaks even through admission, without knowing the who, and the how, the information was gathered, and then comparing it to the original source. By the standard you are setting, almost nothing can be verified, regardless of who published it, regardless of the sources. If several people see a murder, the murderer sends a bunch of emails talking about the murder, and then admits to the murder, you could still say it isn't 100% certain by the standard you are trying to impose on WikiLeaks, and ONLY on WikiLeaks. Even if there was a video you could say it was faked. There is a certain point where you have to let go of that last 0.000001% chance because otherwise you can't even believe the things you see with your own eyes.

    26.5.2017 01:43 #22

  • Sophocles

    Quote: By the standard you are setting, almost nothing can be verified, regardless of who published it, regardless of the sources. I don't see how you got that from this?

    Quote: To sum! There is no way that anyone can verify the content on Wikileaks even through admission, without knowing the who, and the how, the information was gathered, and then comparing it to the original source. There are enormous differences between trying to verify content on Wikileaks, and solving and prosecuting a murder, although sometimes the wrong person is tried and convicted. In a murder case the defendant is assumed innocent until prove guilty. The prosecutor can convict only on the "Preponderance of the Evidence," and to that they must establish "means,opportunity, and motive, as well as providing physical and verifiable evidence or a murder wouldn't even go to trial. And then to convict the prosecutor must prove his/her case "Beyond Reasonable doubt."

    Those are some pretty high standards that go far beyond what Wikileaks is able apply to their vetting or verification process. Now when Wikileaks get their hands on video,which isn't often, then it's possible to fact check it even if it's been altered. Documents however are different because they're easily created, undetectably altered, and are more often than not anonymously transmitted to Wikileaks. Not every Wikileaks source is a Chelsea Manning!


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