Sweden’s state frame-up collapses
19 November 2019
Chris Marsden, Socialist Equality Party national secretary, responded to today’s announcement by the Swedish Prosecution Authority: “The official end of Sweden’s nine-year ‘investigation’ into Julian Assange is the complete and final collapse of an attempted judicial frameup.
“The Swedish Prosecution Authority (SPA) claims that ‘the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question.’
“In reality, the frame-up allegations on which Sweden sought Assange’s extradition stand discredited. The Swedish state has been exposed as a pliant tool of Washington. All that remains is the reality of the US Espionage charges now being used in an attempt to silence Assange for exposing war crimes.”
Marsden said the decision by the SPA had come “just days after United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer’s September 12 open letter to Sweden. Melzer’s letter exposed a nine-year campaign by the Swedish state to smear Assange as a sex offender and to deprive him of fundamental legal and democratic rights.”
Melzer’s letter to the Swedish government had declared:
“The medical, factual and circumstantial evidence at my disposal shows that the manner in which Sweden conducted its preliminary investigation against Mr. Assange, including the unrestrained and unqualified dissemination and perpetuation of the ‘rape suspect’ narrative, was the primary factor that triggered, enabled and encouraged the subsequent campaign of sustained and concerted public mobbing and judicial persecution against Mr. Assange in various countries, the cumulative effects of which can only described as psychological torture.”
“Who can now argue with that appraisal?” Marsden said.
“Despite never charging him with a crime, Sweden’s investigation provided a pseudo-judicial pretext for embroiling Assange in the legal system and forcing him to seek political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid onward extradition to the US.
“He was then maligned by the media and abandoned by the pseudo-lefts, right-wing feminists and supposed civil liberties advocates based on an insistence that he must face state manufactured rape allegations for which no evidence has ever existed.
“All those who repudiated due process and lined up behind a transparent state frame-up, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, must hang their heads in shame. Anyone who now refuses to defend Assange does so because they share the Trump administration’s goal of silencing one of the world’s foremost opponents of imperialist war crimes, state repression and attacks on fundamental democratic rights.
“The Socialist Equality Party will redouble its offensive seeking Assange’s freedom. Our candidates in the UK general election have made this demand the centrepiece of its campaign and will spare no effort to achieve this goal.”
Marsden is currently contesting the seat of Sheffield Central on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party.
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The conspiracy charges against Assange criminalise core journalistic practices and are a frontal assault on the freedom of the press. He has been charged for exposing US war crimes that led to the deaths of one million people in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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