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Sweden drops rape probe against Julian Assange

Sweden drops rape probe against Julian Assange

However if Assange were to return to Sweden before the statute of limitations for the suspected offenses expires in August 2020, the investigation could be reopened, she said.

A statement from Wikileaks said that they were anxious that Assange could still be extradited to the United States, where he could face trial for leaking state secrets.

Friday was the deadline for prosecutors to renew or lift the warrant for Assange's arrest.

Assange, an Australian national, has previously said that he feared that if he left the embassy he could end up being extradited and face the death penalty in the United States over allegations of revealing hundreds of thousands o secret US military and diplomatic documents through WikiLeaks, CNN reported. Lawyer David Allen Green, who has followed the case, tweeted: "Once outside embassy, Assange more at risk from any U.S. extradition attempt than if he had gone to Sweden".

Appearing on the balcony of the embassy after the Swedish announcement, Assange said he was ready to talk to Britain "about what is the best way forward" and with the U.S. Department of Justice, but also defended his right to stay put.

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The development could mean that Assange is free to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been hiding for nearly five years to avoid extradition.

Last month CIA Director Mike Pompeo called WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service", and Sessions, responding to a question about Assange, said the Trump administration was stepping up its efforts against all leaks of sensitive information.

Today will be declared as a historic victory for whistleblowers as Julian Assange paved the path to his freedom two days after Chelsea Manning was released from prison.

"Detained for seven years without charge.while my children grew up and my name was slandered", the WikiLeaks founder said. He has repeatedly reiterated his innocence and said the sex was consensual.


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