Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into Julian Assange for suspected rape

Ny added that the investigation could be reopened if Assange came to Sweden before the statute of limitations deadline for rape allegation in 2020.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement that Sweden's Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, "today made a decision to discontinue the investigation" into a rape claim against Assange.

Even with Sweden dropping its investigation, Assange might not be packing his bags and leaving the embassy just yet.

While the pardon officially excuses Assange from the investigation in Sweden, British authorities said the fugutive was still wanted in the United Kingdom for skipping bail in 2012.

The police ended their round-the-clock guard outside the embassy in October 2015 but said they were strengthening a "covert plan" to prevent his departure.

Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on June 29, 2012. His site in 2010 leaked hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents.

Last month, CNN reported USA authorities had prepared charges to seek Assange's arrest while The Washington Post reported us federal prosecutors were weighing charges against WikiLeaks members after the Justice Department declined to do so during President Obama's time in office.

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"The European Arrest Warrant no longer holds".

Organizer Ben Griffin told RT that now the investigation into Assange has been dropped, the British government should allow Assange to leave the embassy and travel freely to a destination of his choosing.

Yesterday Swedish prosecutors announced they would discontinue their investigation into the claim.

Some legal experts say it makes his position less secure. Now the United States, CIA's Director (Mike) Pompeo and the USA attorney general have said that I and other WikiLeaks staff have no rights, we have no First Amendment rights, and that my arrest and the arrest of our other staff is a priority. "He gave a very good explanation to what happened between him and the woman and that explanation [fit like] a glove to all the circumstances in the case".

It is not yet freedom for WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said that breach of bail is punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine. Assange takes refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London and asks for political asylum. On Friday, the group released what it said were new details of Central Intelligence Agency cyberespionage tools.


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