Julian Assange Will Not 'Forgive Or Forget' As Swedish Rape Investigation Dropped

Julian Assange Will Not 'Forgive Or Forget' As Swedish Rape Investigation Dropped

Julian Assange Will Not 'Forgive Or Forget' As Swedish Rape Investigation Dropped

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he can not "forgive or forget" what Sweden has put him through, following an announcement by Swedish prosecutors that they have dropped their rape case against him.

"All prospects of pursuing the investigation are now exhausted", she said in a statement explaining the decision to lift the arrest warrant and to end the investigation of Assange.

She told a news conference in Stockholm that the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.

Assange's Swedish lawyer Per E. Samuelson declared Friday that "this is a total victory for Julian Assange".

It's not known if USA officials have asked British police to arrest Assange because of a possible sealed US indictment against him.

It does not clear Assange's name.

"Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. The war, the proper war is just commencing", he told supporters and media after raising a clenched fist in a gesture of victory.

Assange criticised the EU during his speech, and said: "The reality is detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the European Union".

Swedish prosecutors dropped the investigation of Assange on Friday over a rape allegation, but British police said he would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for five years.

"It is no longer proportionate to maintain the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence", she said. Wikileaks also published leaked emails from the Democratic National Convention during the recent US presidential election.

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Now that Sweden's director of public prosecutions has washed her hands of the case, the ball is back in the court of the British government and judiciary, which could swiftly cut through the legal knots that have held back this case, announce that there will be no extradition of Assange to the United States, get the Swedes to take a similar stance and there would then be no legal impediment to this long overdue case being heard.

A lawyer for the woman who alleged she was raped by Assange said "it's a scandal that a suspected rapist can avoid the judicial system and thus avoid a trial in court".

Assange has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for 5 years, and he might need to stay there a bit longer. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that "any decision that is taken about United Kingdom action in relation to him (Assange) would be an operational matter for the police".

"The important distinction is that her sentence was commuted by then president Barack Obama".

In his ten-minute speech, Assange also pointed to the release of the American whistleblower and former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) who landed in prison after she leaked almost 750,000 military files and cables to WikiLeaks.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz says her client is shocked by the Swedish decision but added that "she can't change her view that Assange has exposed her to a rape".

He argues that the sex was consensual and has denounced the accusations as "politically motived". In December, he spoke for the first time on the allegations, releasing a statement and documents as he claimed he was "entirely innocent".

She accused him of having sex with her as she slept without using a condom despite repeatedly having denied him unprotected sex.

WikiLeaks complained about the lack of clarity in Assange's legal situation.

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