Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may be about to face his greatest challenge yet

On 19 May 2017, Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny announced the end of a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But Assange is staying exactly where he is. At least until he receives assurances that he won’t be extradited to the US if leaves the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange’s fears are entirely valid. Not only is there a sealed indictment ready for his prosecution, but senior US officials are actively examining specific charges. The Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, have issued a statement saying that Assange would be arrested for skipping bail if he left the embassy. And it is entirely feasible that, once Assange is held by the British police, a US arrest warrant and extradition order could be issued.

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