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{UAH} Julian Assange: Swedish prosecutors drop rape investigation into WikiLeaks


This is a warning to you and all romeos of this world. Some evil women can make your life hell if you drop them. Fortunately I have remained on good terms with nearly all my former girlfriends, a few have simply blacked me completely from their lives, but most are on talking terms at least. Assange has spent years in solitary confinement because a woman claimed he continued to have sex with her after she told him she was  no longer enjoying it and wanted him to stop. Assange was then turned into a political football by the Swedes, and Australia, and  hang out to dry. I visited him at the Ecuador embassy at one point, but he was in high spirits.  I hope he can now walk out a free man and continue with his crusade against American terrorism in the world.

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Julian Assange: Swedish prosecutors drop rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder... but he still faces arrest if he leaves embassy

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The Evening Standard

Swedish prosecutors are to drop an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The decision brings to an end an lengthy legal stand-off with the anti-secrecy campaigner, who has lived in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to the US.

However, he still faces arrest by the Met over a lesser allegation of failure to surrender to court if he leaves the building.

"Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

Julian Assange: The case against him has been dropped by Swedish authorities (EPA)

Assange, 45, has always denied the allegation that was made against him.

He said he took refuge at the embassy because he feared his arrest in Sweden would lead to him being extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks' release of 500,000 secret military files.


Anonymous activists outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

WikiLeaks tweeted this morning: "Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant."


Bubble wrap and packing boxes were brough into the Embassy (AP)

Former US army intelligence official Chelsea Manning was this week released from jail after serving seven years for passing passed classified government materials to WikiLeaks.


Removal vans were also seen at the embassy (AP)

On Friday morning, Mr Assange tweeted an old photo of himself looking happy.

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.

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.

The focus will now move to the governments of the UK and the United States.

Mr Assange was on bail when he arrived at the Ecuador embassy in Central London almost five years ago.

WikiLeaks tweeted: "UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to UK."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said today Mr Assange would face arrest if he left the embassy.

He said: "Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012. The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.

"Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime.

"Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offence. The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence."

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