Julian Assange may still face rape charge in Sweden, prosecutors say

Julian Assange may still face rape charge in Sweden, prosecutors say

Between Assange's reportedly hacking the Ecuadorian embassy's network, creating diplomatic incidents with intemperate tweets, and apparently troubling embassy staff with notoriously poor hygiene, it seems that the Ecuadorian government finally had enough.

"Despite being sick and in pain from prolonged detention and torture".

In the US, Hillary Clinton said Assange should "answer for what he had done". "Please be patient, gentle & kind to him", she asked of police and court personnel.

In the court it was also announced Assange was facing a charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in the United States for his alleged role in WikiLeaks' 2010 dumping of government secrets.

In the UK Parliament Thursday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid outlined how court proceedings for extraditions play out in Britain.

In an interview with the Dozhd television channel, Zakharova suggested the arrest "is an issue of vengeance or revenge on behalf of the USA political establishment, which couldn't reconcile itself with the release of information that turned on its head the worldwide community's very idea of how America's executive and legislative power operate".

For President Donald Trump's part, he simply claimed not to know anything about WikiLeaks at all, despite heaping praise on it in the past. But Judge Napolitano said that the extradition process to the US may take years, as the United Kingdom faces legal issues of its own.

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Russian officials have continued to criticize the arrest of WikiLeaks co-founder and activist Julian Assange, who was detained in London on Thursday.

Westminster Magistrates' Court found him guilty of a British charge of breaching bail on Thursday. Assange is charged with conspiracy to help former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning break into a computer and steal classified documents and could face five years in prison. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody.

If found guilty of the USA charges, Assange could get five years in prison.

It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him.

But even after Sweden dropped the charges, Assange stayed in the embassy as he still faced a United Kingdom charge of failing to surrender to a court. He had stayed inside the embassy building for almost seven years.

But potentially just as significant could be the announcement by Sweden's prosecuting authority that it is considering whether to reopen an investigation into an allegation of rape against Assange that was closed in 2017. That's striking since Assange and WikiLeaks have surfaced, albeit obliquely and not by name, in multiple criminal cases brought by Mueller.

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