PostFinance, a swiss post office bank, has frozen Julian Assange’s accounts, according to BBC.
The accounts being closed include a defense fund and a personal account of Assange’s worth approximately 31,000 euros.
Wikileaks has been releasing secret government (United States) documents to the public, angering officials who say Assange is a threat to national security.
Paypal and Amazon have also cut off their services to the whistle-blowing website, according to BBC.
Violation of Espionage Laws
According to the Guardian, Assange faces legal attacks from the United States on charges of espionage.
Currently, an investigation is underway to find out whether or not he has violated these laws.
In an interview with Time magazine, Assange turned the guns on Hillary Clinton, claiming that she should resign if it can be proved she was behind US diplomats committing espionage in the United Nations.
“Yes, she should resign over that,” Assange said, according to the Guardian.
In the midst of the political fire, Assange has been added to Interpol’s worldwide most-wanted list for sex crimes. The warrant was issued by an international public prosecution office in Sweden.
Swedish prosecutors have issued an international and European arrest warrant, also called an EAW, on allegations of rape for Mr. Assange.
Assange admits to having consensual sexual encounters with two young women on a summer trip to Sweden, but denies any wrongdoing.
According to the Guardian, Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer, claims that the allegations are only a part of a smear campaign against his client.
If the United Kingdom, where Assange is hiding out, decides to comply with the Swedes, things will get dicey for Assange.
It has been argued that the best choice for Assange is to face the music, fly to Sweden and face his accusers.
Stephens still argues that the attempts to extradite Assange have no legal standing because he has not been charged with a crime. Without a charge, the European arrest warrant does not hold up.
In order for the warrant to be carried out, an official charge must be made and served on the accused person.
Assange’s legal henchmen have taken the warrant to Sweden’s supreme court and are optimistic of the outcome.
If worse comes to worse, Assange has stated that he may find safety in Switzerland, or possibly Ecuador, which offered Assange asylum.
On the bright side, a move to Ecuador would offer Assange a passport, which is something he could use right now.
Hide And Go Seek
Since the heavy political and legal bombardments started, Assange has moved in to hiding somewhere outside of London. The UK has not made an indication as to whether they will extradite Assange to Sweden.
Assange is safe for now.
WikiLeaks: Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange – The Guardian
Wikileaks: Swiss Bank Closes Julian Assange’s Account – BBC