The Swedish prosecutor has announced that she has closed the investigation of Julian Assange. The press conference was more revealing in terms of the bias and prejudices of the corporate media than anything it revealed about the Swedish criminal justice system.
The corporate media's so called journalists managed to frame their questions in a manner that presumed Assange's guilt. Obviously, the presumption of innocence does not apply to anyone deemed to be an enemy of America's elite.
With the dropping of the Swedish case, Assange ought to be free to leave the Ecuadorian embassy. However, he would be very unwise to do so. In relation to the now defunct Swedish case, Assange was placed on bail. His entry into the Ecuadorian embassy resulted in his violation of the bail conditions. Even though he claimed and was granted asylum, and the substantive case has been dropped, absurdly he can be arrested the moment he leaves the embassy for the breech of bail. In the case of such an arrest, it seems likely that the US would request his extradition.
Recently, Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General, stated that bringing charges against Assange is a priority. CIA Director Pompeo was even more lurid, sounding like someone who had read too many spy novels. He absurdly denounced Assange and WikiLeaks as a hostile intelligence agency. The US elite are unanimous in their hatred of Assange. Hillary Clinton infamously said that she wanted him droned. Others have also called for his assassination.
In this context, the notion that Assange would receive a fair trial is hardly credible. Indeed, the obvious reason why the US has still not come up with any charge is because legally there clearly is no case to answer. This is illustrated by all the loose talk about him being a traitor. Such people seem oblivious to the fact that Assange is not a US citizen. Foreigners cannot be traitors. Whatever charge the Attorney General came up with that could plausibly put before the courts would inevitably put all news organisations and journalists at risk of criminalisation, as Assange's "crime" was the publication of authentic information. Prosecuting Assange would effectively eviscerate the first amendment.
Yet, the corporate media's so called journalists are busily acting as cheerleaders for the witch hunt, apparently oblivious to the fact that a successful prosecution of Assange would leave every news organisation that published stories based on or using classified information open to similar treatment. The corporate media are apparently determined to end freedom of expression.