Wikileaks: Brexit Will Free Julian Assanage

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says Brexit result may see him set free

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he may soon be freed from his four-year-long exile in a London embassy following Thursday’s Brexit vote. 

Assange says the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has the unintended side-effect of voiding the European Arrest Warrant (EAQ) issued by Sweden. reports:

Assange is wanted for questioning over his alleged involvement in a 2010 sexual assault, a charge he has repeatedly denied.

Intending to arrest Assange and deport him to Sweden, British police were continually stationed outside the embassy from June 2012 until October 2015 at a cost of over £10million ($20mn) to British taxpayers .

The Metropolitan Police said that although the round-the-clock surveillance was being brought to a close, its officers would make “every effort” to arrest Assange to fulfil the EAW should he leave the embassy.

The 44 year old fears that after being transferred to Sweden to face the charges, he will then be extradited to the US, where he is wanted on espionage charges over classified US documents and footage released online by Wikileaks.

In February, a UN Working Group found that Sweden and the UK were violating Assange’s rights by detaining him without charge, and called for his release and compensation.

“The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considers that the various forms of deprivation of liberty to which Julian Assange has been subjected constitute a form of arbitrary detention,” said the group’s head, Seong-Phil Hong.

“The Working Group maintains that the arbitrary detention of Mr. Assange should be brought to an end, that his physical integrity and freedom of movement be respected, and that he should be entitled to an enforceable right to compensation,” Hong added.

Brexit is potentially a means to an end for the Wikileaks founder as the warrant is valid only in member states of the EU, however, it is unclear when or how Britain’s separation from the EU will be carried out.