Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

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Prosecutors first interviewed Assange in November previous year in the Ecuadorian embassy.

A statement released online declared Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny's intention to "discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange".

Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation, but Assange still faces the risk of arrest in Britain, and he fears he will be extradited to the United States and tried over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents. "My assessment is the transfer can not be carried out in a foreseeable future".

The 45-year-old Australian has always denied the 2010 rape allegations, which he feared would see him extradited to the United States and tried over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents. He has always denied the claims, which he feared would see him extradited to the United States and tried over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents. He has spent almost five years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden, which announced Friday that the investigation has been discontinued. "My client is shocked and no decision to (end the case) can make her change that Assange exposed her to rape".

August 13 - Swedish prosecutors drop investigations into the allegations of sexual assault against Assange because they had run out of time to bring charges but continue with investigations over the rape allegation. Scotland Yard intends to act on a warrant for Assange's arrest that was issued after he defied a bail order in 2012.

Juan Branco told The Associated Press in Paris that he wants Macron to help Assange leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Updated at 11.46 UTC to add: Swedish prosecutors apparently made a decision to drop the charges because there is "no reason to believe" he will be surrendered to the country's authorities in the foreseeable future.

No, because he still faces arrest over breaching United Kingdom bail conditions, and the possibility of extradition to the US. Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke the arrest warrant.

The statement did not issue any ruling of guilt or innocence, but concluded merely that it was "now not possible to take any further steps that would move the investigation forward". We have won the Assange case.

Melinda Taylor, a member of Assange's legal team, called attention to the USA, telling NBC News that "as long as the national security prosecution continues there continues to be a risk to him".

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"But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge under house arrest and nearly five years here in this embassy without sunlight", Assange said.

While the WikiLeaks website was registered in 2006, the group began its operations in 2007, with Assange saying it would use encryption and a censorship-proof website to protect sources and publicise secret information.

After the news was announced, Wikileaks tweeted that the "focus now moves to the UK", saying the United Kingdom had "refused to confirm or deny whether it has already received a USA extradition warrant for Julian Assange".

September 27: Assange leaves Sweden for Britain.

After the news was announced on Friday, Wikileaks tweeted that the "focus now moves to the UK".

The Metropolitan Police force says that there is a British warrant for Assange's arrest after he jumped bail in 2012, and it "is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested that the arrest of Assange could be an American priority, saying last month the us was "stepping up our efforts on all leaks".

Does the United States want Assange to be extradited?

British Police issued a statement today that Assange was still wanted in Britain on less serious charges.

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

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