Assange: Prosecutor attempting to influence imminent Court of Appeal ruling

Statement by Julian Assange on Wedensday's press conference by prosecutor
Marianne Ny:

"The prosecutor's press conference yesterday strongly appears to be an
attempt to influence the Court of Appeal which is due to make a decision
tomorrow. Ms. Ny stated in the press conference that she had no news to
give and gave no reason for calling the press conference while the Court
was still deliberating instead of waiting until next week. Instead,
prosecutor Ny spent her time making false and misleading statements about
her conduct -- as several members of the press who were in attendance
pointed out. With two prosecutors, two translators, the Swedish prosecution
authority spokeswoman and several other staff the press conference must
have cost the Swedish state near 100k SEK in opportunity costs and
expenses. Marianne Ny's obsession with publicity and prestige has compromised her
ability to conduct a fair, impartial and professional investigation.

I am innocent. I have not been charged. I have already been previously
cleared by the Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm Eva Finne on exactly the same
allegation. The alleged complainant states in court records that she was
placed under duress by police and did not make a complaint. Prosecutor Ny
should not even be mentioning my name. Every press conference or press
release she gives, which now total more than 40, is an additional abuse of
my presumption of innocence. No other subject of a preliminary
investigation is treated in this manner. The UN has already found her to be
acting unlawfully as has the Swedish Court of Appeal.

I have instructed my lawyers to make a formal complaint to Prosecutor
General Anders Perklev over the conduct."

8 Sept 2016

Assange Case Fact-Checker

Significant information has come to light since the Assange story was
originally covered in the media and UK courts in 2012.

The facts, as contained in official court documents and other official
material on this case, are the following:

*1. The UN formally found in February 2016 that Julian Assange is
unlawfully detained by Sweden and the UK.* On 5 February 2016, the UN
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention announced its decision
<> after a
16-month investigation into his case. Sweden and the UK participated in the
process, but their arguments failed to convince the panel that their
actions against Julian Assange were justified. The UN ordered Sweden and UK
to immediately release him and compensate him for violating his rights.

*2. Assange has not been charged and he is not wanted for trial.* The UK
Supreme Court acknowledged that Assange is not charged in Sweden
<>. The prosecutor
acknowledged in correspondence with UK authorities
<> that the matter is a
’preliminary investigation’, and that no decision had been made to charge.

3. *Assange does not "believe" there is an ’espionage’ case against him, it
is a fact.* On 19 May 2016, the FBI told a US court
<> that it
continues to actively pursue Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. On 15 March
2016, the US Department of Justice filed a 113 page document
<> to court saying that there
is a pending national security prosecution against Assange and WikiLeaks. A
federal warrant from 2012 shows that the WikiLeaks case concerns Espionage,
Conspiracy to commit Espionage, Theft of Government Property, Electronic
Espionage (classed as a terrorism offence under the Patriot Act), and
(general) Conspiracy <>.
Assange’s alleged co-conspirator, Chelsea Manning, is sentenced to 35 years
for revealing information to WikiLeaks. She filed an appeal
<> against her sentence on 18 May 2016.

4. *Assange has not "refused to come to trial or indeed be questioned"* Assange
has asked that he be interrogated in the UK by Swedish authorities since
2010, but the prosecutor declined. Correspondence from 2015 shows Assange
agreed unconditionally <> to a questioning. Since he
was arrested in 2010, 44 other people have been questioned
<> in the UK by Sweden. The
Swedish Court of Appeal (confirmed by Sweden’s Supreme Court) made a
finding in 2014 that the prosecutor in the case had breached her duty in
the Assange case by refusing to progress the case by questioning Assange in
the UK for 5 years.

5. *Assange did not "flee".* Assange stayed in Sweden for 5 weeks in order
to be questioned, during which time the prosecutor declined to question him
on a number of occasions. Assange left Sweden with the consent of the
prosecutor. He entered the Ecuadorian embassy and applied for asylum, which
is his right, and was granted it in relation to the US espionage case.

Agreed facts to the UK Supreme Court 2012
<> Ecuador
Foreign Minister Ricardo Paino Asylum Grant Press Conference transcript

*6. Assange has already been cleared and the woman says the police made it
up in order to ’get him’.* On August 25 2010, Assange was cleared of the
suspicion of ’rape’ by Stockholm’s Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne, who stated
she "made the assessment that the evidence did not disclose any offence of
rape". On 25 of August, the prosecutor stated that "The conduct
alleged disclosed
no crime at all
<> and that
file (K246314-10) would be closed". The case was only resurrected after a
politician, Claes Borgstrom, intervened in the case. The police report
states that she felt “railroaded by police and others around her”. While
she was at the police station to inquire about HIV tests she sent messages
to friends saying that she that she "did not want to put any charges on JA
but that the police were keen on grabbing him" (14:26) and “did not want to
accuse JA for anything”; that “it was the police who made up the charges”;
and that she was “shocked when they arrested JA" because she "only wanted
him to take a [HIV] test” (17:06).

Agreed facts to the UK Supreme Court 2012

Sworn Affidavit by Julian Assange, September 2013

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