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Julian Assange, founder and head of Wikileaks, has been the subject of numerous investigations and allegations. According to Republicans during the Bush years, he was working to undermine U.S. efforts in the middle east. Under Obama, Assange worked against the NSA and CIA. Since Trump’s election, he’s been accused of being a Russian agent, working on behalf of Vladimir Putin to cause trouble for the Clinton campaign. Today, however, he has one fewer charges.

An allegation that hadn’t been made much of was the assertion that Assange had sexually assaulted a woman during his time living in Sweden. The charges were never official, but the allegations remained. It was for this reason that he initially sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy. It wasn’t so much that he was guilty, but that he feared his extradition to Sweden would ultimately lead to extradition to the U.S. for espionage trial.

The New York Times is reporting today that “Sweden’s prosecutors announced on Friday that they were abandoning their attempt to extradite [Assange], invalidating the warrant for his arrest“.

The catch is that the case could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statue of limitations ends in 2020. Still, the news of the dismissal of the charges has him feeling quite happy. He took to Twitter today to show his smile at the news.

All smiling aside, he sees the fact that he has been forced to live within the confines of the Ecuadorean embassy for 5 years as unjust. In his words, his words he has been “detained without charge”.

Over the years, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have worked tirelessly to provide government documents to the public that show the true corrupt motives of nations around the world. In doing so, Wikileaks has become a target for virtually every government at one time or another. Recently, CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, stated that bringing Assange to justice was a top priority.

This has not managed to hurt the overwhelming popular support that Wikileaks has among the public, who see the organization as a righteous counter balance to the tyranny of the state. Earlier this week a petition was launched to urge President Donald Trump to grant clemency to Assange and all Wikileaks employees.

In a time when governments hold too much power over their citizens, it is people like Julian Assange who hold them accountable. To Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Julian Assange – the future is yours! Congratulations!

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