Sweden Drops Charges Against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

On Friday, it was announced the Swedish government had dropped the rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Prosecutors pursued for this charge for seven years.

"While today was an important victory, an important vindication, the road is far from over," Assange said to a crowd of supporters. "The UK said it would arrest me regardless… My legal staff has contacted the United Kingdom authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward… The legal conflict with the United States and the United Kingdom at a formal level continues."

In other words, Assange is wanted in the US over the leaking of military and diplomatic documents, and is not leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy anytime soon. He was residing in the embassy by right of asylum since 2012.

The London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) claims that Assange faces the lesser charge of failing to surrender to a court. An offense punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine. "Now that the situation has changed and the Swedish authorities have discontinued their investigation into that matter, Mr Assange remains wanted for a much less serious offense. The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offense," MPS said in a statement.

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