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Assange lawyer calls for Sweden to drop charges after US statement

Published fredag 21 april kl 17.00
Lawyer: It is very clear that the US wants to arrest him
(3:00 min)
Split image: Jeff Sessions and Julian Assange.
The US Attorney General has confirmed that prosecuting Julian Assange is a priority for his administration. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP/TT, Frank Augstein/AP/TT

Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer believes there is no longer grounds for the WikiLeaks founder to be kept in pre-trial custody in Sweden, now the US has openly expressed a wish to arrest him.

Per Samuelson told Radio Sweden that it was now clear that Assange claimed asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London because he feared extradition to the United States, and not because he feared facing justice over rape accusations in Sweden.  

"Now it is very clear that the US wants to arrest him," Samuelsen said. "The Swedish prosecutor has always denied that the US wanted to arrest him. They have said that there is no pre-investigation going on, but now we can prove that there is."

US Attorney General Jess Sessions on Thursday said that arresting Assange was "a priority" for the United States atfer Wikileaks published emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee during last year's election campaign. 

Julian Assange has been living in the embassy since claiming political asylum there in 2012.

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