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Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange

19 May 2017

Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women. First Amendment rights, that my arrest and the arrest (of) my other staff is a priority. Long added: "This has gone on long enough". British police say he is still wanted for jumping bail in 2012. She said prosecutors had been unable to make a full assessment of the case and were not making a finding on whether Assange was guilty of the allegations.

The sun-starved WikiLeaks provocateur, looking healthy if pale, emerged Friday afternoon to address the media in the open air of the embassy's balcony.

June 19: Assange enters Ecuadorean embassy in central London, seeking asylum.

According to a brief statement by the Metropolitan Police in London, the United Kingdom still has a warrant for the arrest of Assange following his failure to surrender to the court in 2012.

Mr Assange faces extradition to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the embassy.

Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny announced in a statement that she "has chose to discontinue the investigation".

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British officials said they do not comment on individual extradition cases.

In the intervening five years since Assange entered the Ecuadorean Embassy, Swedish and British authorities have concocted an ever more elaborate series of excuses not to interview him about the sexual assault allegations, despite the Queenslander repeatedly offering himself for interview, and Swedish authorities requesting that British police interviews dozens of people in the United Kingdom in relation to Swedish prosecutions during that period.

The police statement said Assange was previously wanted for "an extremely serious offence" in Sweden and the police presence around the embassy had "reflected the serious nature of that crime".

A lawyer for the woman who alleged she was raped by Assange said "it's a scandal that a suspected rapist can avoid the judicial system and thus avoid a trial in court".

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The Australian activist sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy while on bail in 2012, over fears the Swedish investigation would result in him being extradited to the U.S. over leaked military documents and diplomatic cables.

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Police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until a year ago, when the operation was scaled back.

Sweden's top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after nearly seven years.

WikiLeaks says the ball is now in Britain's court after Sweden's decision to drop its rape investigation of Julian Assange.

Sweden's top prosecutor dropped a long-running inquiry into a rape claim against Assange on Friday, saying there was no way to detain or charge him "in the foreseeable future" because of his protected status inside the embassy.

The investigation was dropped days after Chelsea Manning, who provided WikiLeaks with classified intelligence on Iraq and Afghanistan that shocked the world, was freed from prison.

While it was known that a grand jury had been established in Virginia in relation to Assange and the Manning cables under the Obama administration, Assange's fears were validated last month when it was revealed U.S. authorities meant to charge Assange despite the clear violation of the First Amendment such a prosecution of a publisher would constitute.

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Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Julian Assange