Swedish prosecutors have announced they have dropped the country's rape investigation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for close 5 years in order to avoid extradition to the nation.
BREAKING: Sweden has dropped its case against Julian Assange and will revoke its arrest warrant— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 19, 2017
"Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding the suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange," wrote Swedish prosecutors in a statement released on Friday. "The motive is that there is no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future."
The statement goes on to say that prosecutors have withdrawn their European arrest warrant.
Shortly after the announcement was made public, Assange tweeted out the following photo from his official Twitter account.
Despite the decision of Swedish authorities, Assange still faces arrest in the UK for "failing to surrender to the court" should he leave the Ecuadorian Embassy. Although the charge is less serious than the one he faced in Sweden, arrest by the UK Police could mean extradition to the United States.
UK states it will arrest Assange regardless & refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received an extradition request from the US.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 19, 2017
According to Assange's lawyer Juan Branco, the WikiLeaks founder will now seek asylum in France.