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UK News Swedish prosecutor drops investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

12:52  19 may  2017
12:52  19 may  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Sweden 's director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange . Marianne Ny filed a request to the Stockholm District Court to revoke his arrest warrant, apparently ending a seven-year stand-off.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden ’s top prosecutor said Friday she’s dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder WikiLeaks tweeted after the Swedish announcement: “UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange .

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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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LONDON (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange , almost seven years after it began and five years after the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge inside Ecuador’s London embassy.

Swedish prosecutors have decided to drop a years-long investigation into an alleged rape committed by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange , though UK police said he would still be arrested if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

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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Updated | Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may soon be a free man after Swedish prosecutors announced that they had ended their investigation into rape charges against him. In a statement quoted in Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made his first public appearance since Sweden dropped its rape probe against him earlier today. Swedish Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny (pictured today) said the rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been dropped .

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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