Sweden just dropped the Julian Assange rape investigation

Sweden just dropped the Julian Assange rape investigation
Credit: Julian Assange (Espen Moe)

Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecutions has announced it has dropped the investigation into Julian Assange’s rape charges, which have dogged the Australian-born Wikileaks founder since 2010.

Assange was initially charged with two separate allegations — rape and molestation. The charge of molestation was dropped in 2015, due to prosecutors running out of time to question him.

In a statement, the prosecutor’s office said, “Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange.”

The Swedish prosecutor has also withdrawn the arrest warrant for Assange.

Moments ago, a triumphant WikiLeaks tweeted:

Assange responded to the news by tweeting a photograph of him smiling.

Assange has resided in Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012, over fears the Swedish authorities would extradite him to the United States. He was granted asylum by the Ecuadorian authorities later that year.

It’s not clear what happens next, although according to the official Wikileaks twitter page, the organization is concerned the United States will attempt to extradite him from the United Kingdom. This suggests that a move from the Embassy is unlikely to be forthcoming.


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