Sweden said on Friday it had decided to drop the rape investigation against Julian Assange. Top prosecutor Marianne Ny “has decided to discontinue the investigation” and lift the European arrest warrant on him. Ecuador urged the UK to allow him safe passage out of the country. The plaintiff in the rape maintained her accusations.
Mr Assange ,45, said he had been detained for seven years "without charge" while his children grew up and his "name was slandered". However, he can still expect to be arrested if he leaves the embassy because the risk of extradition to the US, where he is wanted over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents. In fact, for the instant the UK has not commented on whether it has received an extradition request from the US but said Mr Assange still faced the lesser charge of failing to surrender to a court, an offence punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine. Last month the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Assange’s arrest was a US “priority.” President Trump last month said he would support any decision by the Justice Department to charge Assange.