Swedish Prosecutor Drops Rape Probe Into WikiLeaks’ Assange
This article comes from Breitbart.com
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s top prosecutor said Friday she’s dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years because there’s no possibility of arresting him “in the foreseeable future.”
The announcement means the outspoken WikiLeaks leader no longer faces sex crime allegations in Sweden, although British police say he is still wanted for jumping bail in Britain in 2012.
Friday was the deadline for the Swedish prosecution to send a request to Stockholm District Court in the Assange case.
Assange, 45, took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women. He has been there ever since, fearing that if he was in custody he might ultimately be extradited to the United States for his role at the helm of WikiLeaks, which has published tens of thousands of leaked classified U.S. government documents.
“This is a total victory for Julian Assange. He is now free to leave the embassy when he wants. We have won the Assange case. He is of course happy and relieved. He has been critical that it has lasted that long,” Per E. Samuelsson, his lawyer in Sweden, told Swedish Radio.