Rape investigations into the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, have been dropped by the Swedish Director of Public Prosecutions.
Assange, who has been living in the Ecuradorian embassy in London, since 2012, has been trying to avoid extradition to Sweden for over 7 years. It was feared that if he was extradited to Sweden, he could be sent to the US, where he may face a trial for leaking thousands of US secrets as Wikileaks founder.
The Swedish Director of Public Prosecutions said that
“Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange.”
Shortly after the announcement, Assange posted a picture of him smiling onto his Twitter account
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) May 19, 2017
Just last month, US Attorney-General, Jeff Session, said that arresting Assange was still a priority. He said that
“We’ve already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,”
This comes after Chelsea Manning, who had provided Wikileaks with US intelligence on Iraq and Afghanistan, which caused outrage across the world, was released from prison this week, as one of Obama’s final acts as President was to allow her her freedom, after campaigning by Amnesty International and other groups.