Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Against Europe's 'Baba Jukwa — JULIAN ASSANGE

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The Wikileaks founder also sent a celebratory tweet.

June 12: Assange asks Supreme Court to reopen case.

"What I do know is that Sweden does not stop him from doing it. Sweden is out of the game", he said. First Amendment rights, that my arrest and the arrest (of) my other staff is a priority.

Mr Assange reacted to the news by tweeting a photo of himself smiling inside the Ecuadorian Embassy where he has been living for nearly five years.The European arrest warrant issued for Mr Assange is being revoked, sparking speculation he would be leaving the London embassy. "The proper war is just commencing". The U.S. has not dropped its interest in Assange, and London Metropolitan Police were quick to say they will continue to enforce an outstanding arrest warrant for him.

Last month, USA attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said arresting Assange was a priority.

"This has gone on long enough", Long said. The move precedes Stockholm court's examination of a demand by Mr Assange's lawyers that Sweden drop his European arrest warrant.

"The truth is, he gave a very good explanation: this was consensual sex between two adults and nothing else".

Assange makes a rare public appearance on an embassy balcony. "Finally we got there".

Mr Assange has always denied the rape allegation.

Julian Assange's lawyer is asking French president Emmanuel Macron to intervene in support of the WikiLeaks founder.

Scotland Yard said it was obliged to execute a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court for the arrest of Mr Assange following his failure to surrender to the court in June 2012, should he leave the embassy.

Sweden's top prosecutor says "costs were not a reason for putting down the investigation" of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted".

Assange told reporters Friday he would be happy to discuss his case with the U.S. Department of Justice. She said prosecutors had been unable to make a full assessment of the case and were not making a finding on whether Assange was guilty of the allegations.

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In a court document seen by Reuters, she said there were no further avenues to pursue to take the investigation forward.

Ny told a news conference in Stockholm: "He has tried to dodge all attempts to avoid Swedish and British legal authorities. My assessment is the transfer can not be carried out in a foreseeable future", Ms Ny told reporters.

Assange loses an appeal against the arrest warrant.

"This implies that we can now demonstrate that the U.S. has a will to take action. this is why we ask for the arrest warrant to be cancelled so that Julian Assange can fly to Ecuador and enjoy his political asylum", he told AFP at the time.

7 - Assange is arrested by British police on a European warrant issued by Sweden and held in jail after a judge refuses to grant bail.

Police kept up round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until a year ago, when the operation was scaled back.

The letter demanded that Sweden guarantee that Assange won't be extradited to a third country. More serious are the possible charges he faces in the United States for WikiLeaks' aggressive publication of thousands of pages of classified government documents.

After the Swedish announcement.

Wikileaks tweeted on Friday morning: "UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a U.S. extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to United Kingdom", the group tweeted. Police say the next day he faces arrest for breaking the conditions of his bail.

Sweden's top prosecutor says she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after nearly seven years.

A brief statement ahead of today's press conference said: "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today made a decision to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange".

US and British officials Friday declined to say if the United States has requested Assange's extradition.

Sweden has dropped its rape investigation into Julian Assange.