Prosecution tasked to investigate Assange are being criminally investigated themselves
Today on the 15th of June 2016, Wikileaks announced on their Facebook page that the Swedish police have launched a criminal investigation into prosecutor Marrianne Ny over her handling of the Assange case. Marrianne Ny (Swedish Prosecution Authority) heads the investigation against Assange that accuses him of committing rape.
Details to this investigation are yet to be released by the Swedish Police according to Wikileaks, but what can be said about Marrianne Ny’s legal team (The Swedish Prosecution Authority) is that they’ve been unable to build a concrete case against Assange up till now due to the failure to question him in a timely fashion on the accusations levied. Questioning is the first step in the criminal prosecution procedure in Sweden, and only after the questioning can a prosecution authority follow with indictments.
Julian Assange was granted full asylum by the Ecuadorian government on the 16th of August 2012 where he has remained ever since. In March 2015 Marianne Ny showed willingness to allow Assange to be interviewed in London by stating that the interview would be conducted by a deputy prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren, as well as a police investigator. Furthermore in December 2015 an agreement was reached by Ecuador and Sweden which would allow Assange to be interviewed in the Embassy.
Despite these developments, Marrianne Ny’s team had not questioned Assange to date, hence leading speculation that today’s announcement by the Swedish police to launch a criminal investigation against Marrianne Ny’s handling of the Assange case may have dervived from their findings that her case was politically motivated. Assange denies the offences and claims that the investigation against him is politically motivated and that if he surrendered to Swedish custody he would be indicted for espionage by the US for his work with WikiLeaks, which has released millions of classified documents.
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acTVism Munich plans to continue translating the event organized by the University of Arizona, “A Conversation to Privacy” that hosted Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky. acTVism Munich believes that privacy is a central ingredient to democracy and creating awareness on it on a global scale is of utmost important for the future of human freedom and liberty. Secondly, we plan to begin translating an event that was organized by the New York Public Library (NYPL) that hosted Yanis Varoufakis and Noam Chomsky. This event took place on the 26th of April, 2016, and focused, amongst other issues, on the state of European democracy; the underlying problems confronting it and the solutions moving forward.
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On the 19th of June 2016, acTVism Munich is planning on travelling to Berlin where WikiLeaks is hosting an event for their founder, Julian Assange, who has been barred from leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London on allegations which have been proven to be false. In this event, the significance of whistleblowing and investigative journalism will be brought to light and acTVism Munich will produce a report which will include interviews with Sarah Harrison (Lawyer for Wikileaks), Jacob Appelbaum (Founder of Tor), Hans Christian Ströbele (Privacy adocate), PJ Harvey (Musician) and Angela Richter (Theatre Director). This event will also be broadcasted globally via the internet in locations such as New York, Sydney, Naples, Quito, London and Geneva. We are anticipating, as with previous events, a media blackout, and hence acTVism Munich aims to cover all the developments that unfold during this event. This trip requires your assistance – from transportation, lodging, food, production and translations costs – it will be very difficult for our volunteers to raise the necessary financial capital to undertake this trip.
Lastly, acTVism Munich received Edward Snowden’s confirmation about participating in a future event known as “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues – Connecting the Dots”. In this event we plan to bring leading experts together to discuss the connections between various issues and reveal the system at work. We believe that we can only arrive at viable solutions by increasing public awareness of the principal and structural faults of our system.
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