Julian Assange the future: Sweden has dropped their rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Top prosecutor Marianne Ny said his arrest warrant was being revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice. The lawyer for Assange has called it a victory
Julian Assange denies the allegation that he raped a Swedish woman in 2010. He was accused of raping a woman, named in legal papers as SW, at her home in Sweden, in August 2010. Assange claims the sex was consensual.
The Wikileaks founder was given political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in June 2012 after a British court ruled he should be extradited to Sweden. Met police have been guarding the building ever since. Assange’s failure to surrender to a court is an offence.
Police will remain outside the Embassy and will arrest him if he leaves the building.
Assange sought asylum fearing that should he be forced to go to Sweden he would be extradited to the United States where he faces charges for leaking top secret documents by Wikileaks.
At the embassy Mr Assange is beyond the reach of the UK authorities or anyone else. He lives alone in a single room where he has essential needs and can look after himself.
There now raises the question as to what will the UK do now. Will they lift the arrest warrant or let it ride out? Assange’s lawyer has applied to have it lifted.
Since Assange entered the Ecuador Embassy in 2012 a daily vigil has been held outside calling for his freedom. There may not be many but they are staunch supporters. They refuse to leave the area saying they have a right to show their backing for the Wikileaks founder.
We visited the location in 2013, a year after his confinement to check out how support was bearing up to the long term stay.
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