Julian Assange hails 'victory' as Sweden drops probe

He did not take shouted questions from the reporters assembled outside and would not say if he plans to leave the embassy located in the posh Knightsbridge neighborhood.

WikiLeaks also had a provocative role in the 2016 US presidential campaign when it published emails written by Hillary Clinton campaign officials.

The prosecutor, Marianne Ny, told a news conference in Stockholm that she could make no judgment on Assange's guilt or innocence. Sweden's top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after.

London, May 19 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange today hailed Sweden's decision to drop its rape investigation against him as an "important victory" even as he attacked the country's authorities for detaining him for seven years without charge.

The Met declined to give details on its "operational plan" on Assange, who has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, claiming that he fears being extradited to the USA if sent to Sweden.

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However, according to the women, the sex started consensually but turned forceful, particularly when Assange allegedly tore or removed a condom without informing the women and continued penetration. Assange said it was "extremely regretful" that warrants for his arrest remained in place in Britain, but said that he would attempt to engage in a dialogue to drop the charges.

Assange had always denied the rape allegation against him, and his accuser said in a statement that she was "shocked" the investigation had ended - describing it as a "scandal".

Assange has said the United Kingdom is refusing to confirm or deny whether America has made an extradition request - and he insisted he is happy to engage with the US Justice Department. Ny said the case could be reopened if Assange comes to Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in 2020.

"We don't make any statement of guilty or not", she said.

Samuelson, 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".

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If Assange leaves the Ecuadorian embassy, British officials could arrest him.

"Given that the European Arrest Warrant no longer holds, Ecuador will now be intensifying its diplomatic efforts with the United Kingdom so that Julian Assange can gain safe passage in order to enjoy his asylum in Ecuador".

The allegations surfaced after two women accused Assange of sexual misconduct during a visit to Stockholm in 2010. WikiLeaks claims that the focus now lies on the United Kingdom government. There were initially two separate allegations being investigated, but one was dropped in 2015 because the statute of limitations ran out. Last month President Donald Trump said he would support any decision by the Justice Department to charge Assange. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.

"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".

He feared being extradited to the USA if sent to Sweden as he could face trial there over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.

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British police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until December 2015, when the operation was scaled back, in part because of the cost, which had exceeded £11 million (over $24 million at the time). She was freed Wednesday, having had her sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama before he left office.

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