Julian Assange Rape Investigation Dropped


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Sweden has dropped its rape investigation into Julian Assange.

"Seven years of detention without charge - imprisoned under house arrest and nearly five years in this embassy without sunlight", he said. "The proper war is just commencing".

Assange could face a trial in the United States over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret USA military and diplomatic documents.

The source criticised the Swedish prosecutor for "unnecessary delays" in the case but welcomed the latest decision.

It remains unclear whether there is a standing USA extradition order for Assange.

He took refuge in the embassy in 2012. Long added: "This has gone on long enough".

"We have today won an important victory, but the road is far from over".

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"Today we published material from the Central Intelligence Agency", he said. "He is the only political prisoner in Western Europe".

Samuelsson, the lawyer in Sweden, told Swedish Radio he had been in touch with Assange via text message and the Australian had written, "Serious, Oh My God".

However, Assange is still not a free man, since he can be prosecuted anytime till 2020 if he chooses to return to Sweden.

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Swedish prosecutors dropped cases of alleged sexual misconduct when the statute of limitations ran out in 2015, leaving only the rape allegation.

"My client is shocked and no decision to (end the case) can make her change (her mind) that Assange exposed her to rape", she said.

Swedish prosecutors received a translation of the interrogation four months later, but "all materials were translated into Spanish then into English then back into Spanish then into Swedish", Ny said, making it hard for the investigation to move forward.

Swedish prosecutors chose to pause the investigation because there is "no reason to believe" he will be surrendered to the country's authorities in the foreseeable future.

"The UK said it would arrest me regardless", he stated.

"But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge under house arrest and nearly five years here in this embassy without sunlight", Assange said.

The Metropolitan police in London said Assange would also face immediate arrest for breaching his bail conditions; a warrant was issued when he failed to attend a magistrates court after entering the embassy, according to the Guardian.

The Metropolitan Police this morning said Assange continued to be wanted for failing to surrender in June 2012 and police were "obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy".

Still, they acknowledged that the prosecutor's decision left Assange wanted for a "much less serious offence", and the police "will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence".

He also argued that he risked being extradited by Sweden to the United States and tried for espionage.

"I would like to thank Ecuador, its people and its asylum system, despite very intense pressure including pressure to use the European Union's trade system to penalise Ecuadorian exporters", he added.

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