Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange's computers

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief, said reopening the case would give Assange a chance to clear his name.

Assange was arrested on April 11 at the London-based Ecuadorian Embassy after the Ecuadorian government revoked his asylum status. "If the court decides to detain him, I will issue a European Arrest Warrant concerning surrender to Sweden". He is serving a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh prison for breaking bail terms.

Persson said that British officials will decide any conflict between a European arrest warrant and a United States extradition request for Assange, who was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up with political asylum since 2012. "Julian Assange, the hostile and threatening declarations of its allied organization against Ecuador and especially the transgression of worldwide treaties have led the situation to a point where the asylum of Mr. Assange is unsustainable and no longer viable", Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said at the time.

WikiLeaks said it believed the chain of custody for the property "has already been broken". "Julian isn't a novice when it comes to security and securing his information".

Moreno previously pledged that he would not turn Assange over to any country with the death penalty.Assange accused the Ecuadorian government of attempting to end his asylum previous year because of new rules the embassy imposed on him, which required him to pay for medical bills and phone calls, stay away from commenting on political issues online and clean up after his pet cat.

Moreno chose to evict Assange from the embassy after accusing him of working with political opponents to hack into his phone and release damaging personal documents and photos, including several that showed him eating lobster in bed and the numbers of bank accounts allegedly used to hide proceeds from corruption.

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The Swedish prosecutor on Monday asked a local court to issue a detention order for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a rape case, Reuters reported.

The Swedish accusation dates from August 2010 when two women accused Assange of rape and other sexual offences following a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm.

Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador in London, England on May 19, 2017. Citing information from United Kingdom authorities, she said Assange would serve 25 weeks of his United Kingdom sentence before he could be released. Assange has denied wrongdoing, asserting that the allegations were politically motivated and that the sex was consensual.

The statute of limitations in the rape case expires in August next year.

According to the request for a detention order, Assange is wanted for "intentionally having carried out an intercourse" with an unnamed woman "by unduly exploiting that she was in a helpless state because of sleep".

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