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Apr 302019
 

An article posted today : “I’VE KNOWN JULIAN ASSANGE FOR 10 YEARS. HIS CONFINEMENT AND ARREST ARE A SCANDAL | OPINION

“It was the UK Crown Prosecution Service which advised the Swedish prosecutors against the only judicial strategy that could have brought the Swedish rape investigation to a quick closure: questioning Assange in London, rather than trying to extradite him to Stockholm. It was the Crown Prosecution Service which tried to dissuade the Swedish prosecutors from dropping the case in 2013. Why did the Crown Prosecution Service act this way? And why did the Crown Prosecution Service write to their Swedish counterpart: ‘Please do not think that the case is being dealt with as just another extradition request’?

When I tried to dig into these facts, I discovered crucial gaps in the Crown Prosecution Service’s documents and asked the Service to provide an explanation for them. Their answer was rather incredible: they replied to me and my lawyers that they had destroyed the emails, even though the case is still ongoing, very high-profile and controversial.

The Crown Prosecution Service which destroyed the records is the very same agency in charge of handling the extradition request from the United States, as well as from Sweden, if the Swedish prosecutors reopen the case before the statute of limitations on the rape allegations expires.  Will anyone demand transparency and accountability from the Crown Prosecution Service in their handling of the Assange case from the very beginning?

As I watched Scotland Yard arresting Julian Assange and pushing him inside the van, with one of the agents seemingly barely able to hold back laughter, my attention latched onto two details of the scene. One was  Assange’s spectral white face, drained by the chronic lack of sunlight. The other was the book of interviews with Gore Vidal he was holding, History of The National Security State, one of the books I had brought to the embassy to help keep his mind busy and working. I gave him Vidal’s book in December 2016, after the US elections, and I knew he would have appreciated Gore Vidal’s brilliant analyses of the US national security state. Julian Assange doesn’t just understand technology, he also understands power.

The WikiLeaks founder is now in prison and no one knows how his fight against extradition to the US will end. His situation appears very precarious. We can only hope that after nine years of this treatment and lack of reaction from the public, the media and the public finally understand that beyond Mr. WikiLeaks, there is a human being: Julian Assange.”

 

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