By Karla Adam, (c) 2017, The Washington Post
LONDON – Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, closing a nearly seven-year legal saga that led the WikiLeaks founder to seek sanctuary in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
But British police said that Assange still faced arrest on charges of jumping bail if he walked out of diplomatic protection, which Assange claims is needed to keep him from being extradited to the United States on charges of disclosing confidential military and diplomatic documents.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement that Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, “today decided to discontinue the investigation” into a rape claim against Assange.
Assange had disputed the allegations and argued that he risked being extradited from Sweden to the United States and tried for espionage.
In 2012, Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy. Assange’s lawyer, Per Samuelson, called Sweden’s decision a “total victory.”
“From Sweden’s point of view this is now over,” Samuelson told the Reuters news agency.
WikiLeaks said that the focus would now shift to Britain. “U.K. refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a U.S. extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to U.K.,” the anti-secrecy website tweeted.
The silver-haired activist also posted a Twitter image of himself wearing a white T-shirt and smiling.
The London Metropolitan Police, however, made it clear in a…
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