Sweden has decided to drop its rape investigation against Julian Assange.
For seven years, the Swedish government had been investigating a rape allegation against the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. Marianne Ny, the Director of Public Prosecution, decided to end the investigation into the case because it was impossible to serve him notice.
Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the past five years, fearing that his extradition to Sweden would eventually lead to his extradition to the United States where is wanted for leaking thousands of classified US government documents. Ecuador has asked to UK to allow Assange safe passage out of the country, but London police warned that they would be legally obliged to arrest him.
Though the rape investigation against Julian Assange has been dropped, the Metropolitan Police Service says that he is still being charged with failing to surrender to a court. This lesser crime could be punishable by up to a year in prison, or a fine.
In a response to the dropped allegation, Assange himself tweeted a response that is certainly bitter, and ominous:
Detained for 7 years without charge by while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget.
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) May 19, 2017