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- Sep 20, 2018
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WikiLeaks founder taken into custody on US extradition warrant and for failing to surrender to bail
Julian Assange 'further arrested' on behalf of the US after extradition request, police say – live updates
Assange arrested following the withdrawal of asylum by the Ecuadorian government
ETA Thread on the original rape and sexual assault allegations.
As I understand it, the Swedish prosecutors never dropped the extradition request. While the Swedish statute of limitations kicked in on one of the charges, they simply suspended the rape investigation when it became clear Ecuador wouldn't cooperate, with the option of reopening it if and when Assange became available again.
For what it's worth, while I certainly think Assange should face trial in Sweden if the prosecutors there still want to pursue the case against him, the US application is potentially far more problematic, since unless there's evidence he was involved in encouraging Chelsea Manning to steal the data, then it's difficult to see what he did that the editors of major newspapers round the world didn't do too.