Well, they didn't, but I'm really just using this quote to jump into another thought - I also don't want Assange to face prosecution in the US, especially under Trump. I think he's a self-aggrandizing sack of old horse cum, and I wish he'd seen his day in court in sweden - But i don't think his initial work with wikileaks was anything he should be charged for. And if we're talking an administration with any lick of sense, there's not really anything to charge him with, at least, anything they could reasonably justify within the law and/or the constitution. (Wikileaks has since made some FAR more questionable moves, but that's another discussion.) And I definitely don't want to see him up on charges in front of a dishonest and likely corrupt AG, the reason for which is at it's core nothing more noble than covering his boss's arse, and by extension his own.
I want him to face justice for what he's done(or at least, face a court), but I'm strongly against him going down on bullshit charges in service of the corrupt and powerful. That's not justice, that's the actions of a petty and vindictive tyrant.
Yes, but a)That's fucked and we shouldn't, b)Doesn't mean he should too, and c)this and that are two different things.
As opposed to "Good luck getting justice if he's a popular guy who is quite famous and/or has any sort of platform"?
I'm sorry, I don't accept any of these excuses. Not to mention the absurd idea that Sweden is trying to get some sort of petty revenge using someone Else's suffering - have you thought maybe they were just trying to investigate and if appropriate, prosecute a crime that happened within their borders, as is both their right and obligation? Do we just give him a free pass do do what he likes to who he likes, because potentially he made some politicians very cross?
They still have an obligation to peruse those charges. In reality, they'll just let him off with a fine, as he's not a violent offender, and he wasn't up for any UK charges at the time.
He was granted Asylum because Sweden refused to promise they wouldn't extradite him - which is what Assange was counting on, because it's not really something they can do, or at least, do honestly. Of course, it couldn't be something like, say, Eucador trying to build a better global stature, and score votes for the current government back home with the Anti-US crowd. Yeah, turns out the US isn't very popular in South America, go figure, wonder why.
Or maybe it's an attempt to whitewash Eucador's pretty terrible image of persecuting the press - they're something like 106th for global press freedom, if I recall, and I'm surprised they're that high, with their history of mysteriously vanishing journalists, crushing independent outlets that refuse to serve as government cheerleaders, and using Whistleblowers and similar as political pawns.
Tell me, have you ever heard of Alexander Barankov? Probably not, you'd have to be a real news and foreign affairs junkie to have remembered that name. He's a Belarusian whistle-blower, published a bunch of documents regarding governmental and police corruption in what is largely known as the last dictatorship in Europe. Went to Eucador, got asylum, all hunky dory, right? Yeah, it was - until Eucador wanted to ally with Belarus, at which point they decided to start proceedings to - it was thought at the time - basically bounce him through a kangaroo court of a review panel, and send him back to Belarus, literally to his death, they made no secret of wanting to execute him. They damned near did it too, in the end only halting due to multiple members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights basically going to them and saying "If you do, the consequences will be dire, if you know what I mean." And shortly after that, suddenly, oh, no legal refugee claim doubts at all, silly us, why were we even reviewing it again?
Okay, so let me get this straight - the guy who was hiding out in an embassy, with the only charges against him being an arrest as a suspect in a rape investigation, under the protection of a government widely known to be corrupt and known for treating asylum claimants like political tokens to be spent, is obviously hiding out from some big, scary conspiracy after him, who are just using ginned up charges to get him and do something, god knows what but odds on it's not pleasant. And, It should also be noted that pretty much anyone with the most basic level of foreign affairs knowledge regarding South America, he's hiding out in the embassy a country notorious for corruption, who would sell him down the river the moment anyone wrote a (metaphorical) cheque for their price, and yet, this shadowy conspiracy of nations somehow just doesn't want him badly enough to pay that price, just badly enough to find two women willing to risk international notoriety and/or jail by helping them gin up said charges and spend seven years pursuing it.
Ya know, when you put it like that it just sounds totally, entirely reasonable and sane, yep yep.