The bureaucrats claim that destroying Julian Assange emails was not in any way problematic.
The British government deleted Julian Assange emails that relate to his ongoing “exile” in the Ecuadorian embassy. These emails were between the Crown Prosecution Service and Swedish law enforcement back when Assange was accused of rape—a charge that has since been dropped. People want to know what CPS told the Swedish government about Assange.
The government insists they deleted nothing relevant to the case, but we have no way of knowing that is true.
The Guardian reports, “UK prosecutors admit destroying key emails in Julian Assange case.”
The Crown Prosecution Service is facing embarrassment after admitting it destroyed key emails relating to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy fighting extradition.
Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014.
The destruction of potentially sensitive and revealing information comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London next week.
Adding to the intrigue, it emerged the CPS lawyer involved had, unaccountably, advised the Swedes in 2010 or 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.
The Guardian got the opinion of Jenner Robinson, a barrister.
Robinson, who has also represented Assange, said: “The missing information raises concerns about the Crown Prosecution Service’s data retention policy and what internal mechanisms are in place to review their conduct of this case in light of the fact the UK has been found to have breached its international obligations.”
A United Nations panel last year found Assange had been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden.
Robinson said: “The CPS has disclosed some material which is very limited. We know there is more.”
She added: “Serious questions must be asked about the role of the CPS. Had the Swedes interviewed Assange back in 2010 one wonders whether this case would have continued for such a long time.”
The Swedes had interviewed many other people in the UK in relation to other cases, Robinson said. “We had been offering the Swedish prosecutors Assange’s testimony since October 2010. We didn’t know at the time that the CPS was advising them not to take up the offer.”
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