Remember Julian Assange?
Maybe only vaguely. As his fame is slowly eroded by wave after wave of news cycles, it's surprising to think back on the heady days of 2010, when the WikiLeaks founder was either Public Enemy No. 1 or the world's greatest hero for transparency. These days, he's barely a presence: overshadowed by Edward Snowden, still stranded in Ecuador's embassy in London, struggling to make the same waves he did with the massive, Chelsea Manning-enabled cache "Collateral Murder."
One group that hasn't forgotten about him is the Swedish government, which is still investigating allegations of rape and molestation against Assange. Prosecutors want to interview him, and have insisted that he go to Sweden. Assange has refused, saying that if he goes he might be extradited from there to the United States. He took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden by the U.K. government.
Now Swedish prosecutors say they'll travel to London to speak with Assange. They don't like it, but basically he's managed to run out the clock: The statute of limitations for the crimes will run out soon.
"My view has always been that to perform an interview with him at the Ecuadorean embassy in London would lower the quality of the interview," prosecutor Marianne Ny said in a statement. "Now that time is of the essence, I have viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies in the investigation and likewise take the risk that the interview does not move the case forward."