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No additional funds were spent on his capture beyond the spending already budgeted for 'Diplomatic Protection'. The Diplomatic Protection Group is responsible for the guarding of embassies. The money that was spent trying to apprehend Julian Assange from inside the Ecuadorian Embassy (or rather, waiting for him to come out) was covered by the existing ...


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Yes, back in 2015 a figure of around £11 million was estimated by the Metropolitan Police. This figure represents the total amount of resources allocated to monitoring the embassy for the three years between Assange entering the embassy (June 2012) to April 2015. From The Telegraph in June 2015: The embassy, behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, is watched by ...


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The problem here is that the Swedish legal system is different from the more familiar Anglo-American system, and a term of art like "charges" can't be relied on to correspond one-to-one between them. Formally, "An arrest warrant was issued on the basis that Julian Assange is accused with probable cause of the offences [of coercion, molestation, and rape]."1 ...


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Source - Judgement issued by The High Court, 2nd November 2011 The European Arrest Warrant issued by the Swedish Prosecuter set out the following four offences: 1. Unlawful coercion On 13-14 August 2010, in the home of the injured party [AA] in Stockholm. Assange, by using violence, forced the injured party to endure his restricting her freedom ...


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An editorial opinion (16 August 2012) from The Guardian was that Assange is not entitled to protection under the 1951 UN refugee convention. Refugee protection does not apply to the WikiLeaks founder and it is wrong of him to claim it As defined by the United Nations convention on refugees, a refugee is a person who "owing to well founded fear of being ...


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Julian Assange is currently subject to a European Arrest Warrant. The text of this warrant reads. I request the person mentioned below be arrested and surrendered for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution or executing a custodial sentence or detention order. The standard process in swedish law is for the prosecutor to interview all ...


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Probably not The claim has never been independently made outside of True Pundit, and it cited anonymous State Department sources. Clinton claims not remembering saying that. I don't recall any joke. It would have been a joke if it had been said, but I don't recall that. It very unlikely that killing Assange with a drone was a serious suggestion, as he ...


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Assange is accused of raping one woman (SW) and molesting another (AA). He previously had consensual sex with both of them. The accusation is that he then had unprotected sex with both of them against their will and while one of them was asleep. From the police interview, regarding SW: [SW] squeezed her legs together because she did not want to have ...


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The links you provide contain many ridiculous claims that need separate questions to address individually. However, they also contain counter-evidence to the overarching claim. The first Outer Dark video mentions that actor/activist Pamela Anderson visited him. Anderson was reported visiting him in mid October and also again in mid-November, well after the ...


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According to the BBC, the cost was over £10 Million as of February 2015. Per this BBC report from 6 February 2015 Scotland Yard has spent about £10m providing a 24-hour guard at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed asylum there, figures show. ... Between June 2012 and October 2014, direct policing ...


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Just to bring the information in the other answers together ... In the UK the phrase "UK Government" is taken to mean the Prime-minister and their cabinet members (including the home secretary responsible for policing in England and Wales - but not in Scotland or Northern Ireland). The police forces, not politicians, choose how to allocate their resources ...


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Assange was wanted for questioning. The original prosecutor dropped the investigation into rape, which was misreported as "charges", by Assange himself (see Jack of Kent link on my site) This was appealed on behalf of the plaitiff by Claes Borgstorm, her målsägarbiträde (no direct English equivalent - a sort of advisor/counsellor. In Sweden, this is a ...


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Julian Assange was wanted for questioning regarding an accusation of rape and sexual molestation. Assange was only wanted for a "preliminary investigation after it was closed once. It should also be noted that Assange was not informed what the allegations against him were in detail. It is, however, indeed true that questioning is required before one can be ...


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