Alongside – and Potentially in Conflict with – the U.S., Sweden Seeks Assange’s Extradition

Last month, the IELR Blog reported on the arrest and potential extradition of Julian Assange. Assange, who had been granted asylum status by Ecuador in 2012, lived in the London embassy for seven years. President Moreno of Ecuador revoked his asylum status in April 2019, and hours later, Ecuador allowed British authorities to enter the embassy and arrest Assange for his failure to surrender to the court in a previous case. After the arrest, British authorities noted that they detained Assange partially on behalf of the U.S., who sought the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder for conspiring to commit computer intrusion alongside Chelsea Manning. Though Assange has since been convicted for his failure to obey the British courts and the U.S. is moving ahead with processing their extradition request, recent developments have complicated the matter further. On May 13, 2019, Swedish prosecutors announced the reopening of their investigation into Julian Assange on rape allegations.…

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