Happily, Sweden has just dropped its nonsensical rape charges against Julian Assange. JA should now be able to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The Metropolitan Police say:
Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime. Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence. The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.
So, he still has to answer for jumping bail. But no more risk now, it seems, of being sent to Sweden, which has a terrible record of “extraordinary rendition” to the USA. Hopefully, there will be a decent street party for him when he comes out.
The end of a disgraceful chapter in Sweden’s history.
There will be no party, presumably, for his one-night stand Anna Ardin, who started all of this when she found out that JA had also bonked Sophie Wilen the same week, nor for Maryanne Ny, who must be in the running for worst prosecutor in any legal system in the civilised world. Bedding two Swedish women in a single week might be a bit over-enthusiastic, but it was never a crime, however cross the women in question might have been.
It is to be guessed that JA will be skipping USA as a holiday destination for a while now. Although, under Trump, the climate might be a bit better than if Hillary had won the presidency. She very much wanted Assange’s guts for her garters.
And a cheer for Equator, which has put up with JA in its tiny embassy for such a long time. A really worthwhile gesture for worldwide freedom of speech.