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Sweden drops investigation into Julian Assange

The Swedish Prosecution Authority has announced, for the second and presumably final time, that its preliminary investigation into WikiLeaks founding editor Julian Assange is to be dropped. As the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention made clear last year, this decision is long overdue.

Julian Assange’s asylum must be respected and WikiLeaks staff must be protected from political persecution.

The conclusion of the Swedish case does nothing to alter the major threats issued against WikiLeaks and its staff for their journalistic work, which are serious and ongoing. Just last month, CIA director Mike Pompeo declared that the publisher was a “hostile intelligence service”. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Assange’s arrest was “a priority”, amidst reports charges were being prepared against WikiLeaks members.

The US Department of Justice has been running an unprecedented and wide-ranging investigation into WikiLeaks for its publishing and sourcing work since 2010. A threat to WikiLeaks’ work is a threat to all free journalism and we invite those who share these concerns to join Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone, Patti Smith and the hundreds of others who have signed our Open Letter:

https://www.iamwikileaks.org/openletter/