Allegations of violent sexual assault against Julian Assange are about to expire under Sweden’s statute of limitations, so he’s already packed his bags,
Julian Assange confirms he is to leave Ecuadorian embassy ‘soon’Speaking after two years’ confinement, the WikiLeaks founder was typically enigmatic, but ‘his bags are packed’
And would he address the reports that he was planning to surrender imminently to police? Assange pointed to Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks’ spokesperson, who was standing at the rear. “I understand [Hrafnsson] has said that he can confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon” – a broad smile – “but perhaps not for the reasons that the Murdoch press and Sky news are saying at the moment.”
Security cost $12million for his 3 year stay.
Mr Assange, who denies the sex claims, fears that he will be extradited on to the US to face charges relating to the huge leaks of sensitive data.
However, according to The Telegraph,
Sweden’s extradition agreement with the United States was signed in October 1961 and updated in March 1983. It prohibits extradition on the basis of “a political offence” or “an offence connected with a political offence”.
But his supporters fear that he could be “snatched” by the CIA and spirited away to the US, regardless of the extradition treaty.
There are no charges against him in the US, although he fears he could be put on trial for espionage.
Yet The Washington Post reported in 2013 that the Justice Department hadconcluded there was no way it could prosecute him.
So, play me the world’s smallest violin.
$5 says he won’t be heading to Ecuador.