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Reality forces Swedish prosecutor drops rape charges against Assange

Reality has finally caught up with Sweden.

The nation’s top prosecutor is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years.

The announcement means the outspoken WikiLeaks leader no longer faces sex crime allegations in Sweden, although British police say he is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail 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 is in custody he might ultimately be extradited to the United States.

“This is a total victory for Julian Assange,” Per E Samuelsson, his lawyer in Sweden, told Swedish Radio. “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,”

Source: LA Times

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