Most people know Assange from the excellent work he did with WikiLeaks. But releasing information about American war crimes made him some powerful enemies. It was only a matter of time until they would find a way to get back at him.
In August 2010 these powerful people saw an opportunity. During a visit to Sweden Assange had sexual affairs with two women (who for legal reasons can not be named). Woman A happily tweeted about her relationship with Assange after the alleged rape took place. These tweets were later removed, but numerous screenshots are preserved. Exactly what happened the days afterwards is not fully known, but it is not unreasonable to assume that one of these powerful people reached out to woman A in some way and persuaded her (and her friend, the other woman) to press sexually political charges.
Now the larger political circus was set in motion. Remember that the U.S. was at the height of its power back then and no country on earth (except maybe Serbia for a short while, a move that was thoroughly punished as a warning signal to other countries) dared to go against the hegemonic will of the Empire. To believe Sweden has an independent justice system would be naive at best, a fact that was proven beyond doubt in the Pirate Bay political farce.
Assange said he was afraid Sweden would extradite him to the U.S. and at the time the politically correct Swedish establishment ridiculed him and labelled him a conspiracy nut. But time proved Assange right in his fears. Court documents published in May 2014 proves Assange was still under active and ongoing investigation at the time by several government agencies, including the FBI. In Assange’s earlier TV show World Tomorrow the president of Equador – Raphael Correa – said Assange was welcome to reach out to him if he ever found himself subject of political persecution (because of his work with WikiLeaks). Correa predicted events correctly and Assange later took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London.
Every fact in this case points in the direction that Assange was right in his fears that Sweden would really extradite him to the U.S. if he set his foot in Sweden again. So Assange could not travel back to Sweden to respond to the rape allegations and the Swedish prosecution refused to travel to London to perform the hearing there (we can only guess on why they refused to travel, but it certainly looks like their refusal might be part of an attempt of getting Assange extradited). Well extradited he would likely face charges of being a malicious foreign actor and expect similar treatment as Bradley/Chelsea Manning.
In February 2016 the U.N. (UNWGAD) came to the same conclusion! They found that Assange’s residence in the Embassy of Ecuador – to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden/U.S. – was arbitrary detention in violation of international law, and that Mr Assange should be afforded the right to compensation.
Now the U.K. and Sweden really faced a dilemma. Should they follow the U.N. decision and international law or should they continue to be stooges of the Empire? Well it is a rhetorical question. Of course they chose the stooge path…
The Guatemalan human rights lawyer Renata Avila sums it up perfectly: