Swedish Prosecutors Are Going to London for a Friendly Chat With Julian Assange

Image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Image: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Ecuador is officially fed up with Julian Assange.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Swedish prosecutors will be paying Ecuador’s four-year houseguest a visit a week from today. To recap: Sweden is the country from which the Wikileaks founder and “editor” fled in order to avoid rape charges. Those outstanding charges and the fear of extradition is why Assange has been seeking asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

While the investigation proper will be conducted by an Ecuadorian prosector, a Swedish assistant prosecutor and police investigator will be present during the meeting. With Assange’s consent, the prosecutors also hope to collect a DNA sample to aid in their investigation.

The visit from Swedish officials comes just weeks after Ecuador confirmed that it was responsible for cutting off Assange’s internet access. At the very least, this should quell the rumors that Assange has been either dead or interned at a CIA blacksite.

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[Chicago Tribune]

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Not that I’m holding my breath, but if the rape allegations are true, I would love to see some real journalistic investigation and story about not just that charge, but about Assange’s entire deal with women. Guys who are rapey tend not to just be rapey in one or two isolated instances. It makes me honestly wonder if there’s a whole cavalcade of gut-turning stories about Assange.