UK News Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

12:52  19 may  2017
12:52  19 may  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecution has decided to discontinue the investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The dramatic announcement came ahead of a press conference by the DPP, Marianne Ny, into the long running saga.

Mr Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years and has been granted political asylum. He posted a picture to his Twitter account after the news, showing him smiling and relaxing.

He was questioned six months ago in the presence of Swedish officials over a sex allegation, which he has always denied.

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Swedish prosecutors have dropped three investigations into Julian Assange . The allotted five years had expired to bring sexual coercion charges against the WikiLeaks founder .

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in hiding. Earlier this year two female Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers accused Assange of sexual misconduct. Swedish prosecutors opened, dropped , then re-opened the investigation into the allegations.

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

A brief statement ahead of today’s press conference said: “Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange.”

Friday’s development follows a letter sent to the Swedish government by the government of Ecuador saying there had been a “serious failure” by the prosecutor, including a “lack of initiative” to complete inquiries.

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The letter raised developments in the United States since the election of Donald Trump as President, including a speech by CIA director Mike Pompeo describing WikiLeaks as a “hostile intelligence service”.

Recent public declarations such as this constitute an “obvious risk” for Mr Assange, said the letter.

Mr Assange originally faced three sex allegations, all of which he denied.

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