Swedish Authorities Drop Julian Assange’s Rape-Related Investigation

Swedish Authorities Drop Julian Assange’s Rape-Related Investigation

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been in Ecuador’s Embassy in London since 2012 in order to “escape extradition to Sweden” over a rape-related investigation. But after almost seven years of pursing the case, Sweden is dropping the investigation.

Per E. Samuelson, Assange’s lawyer in Sweden, told The Associated Press it was a “day of victory.” He added that Assange was “very unhappy” about the long investigation, which he said cost his client “five, six years of his life.”

 

Sweden’s top prosecutor said “costs were not a reason for putting down the investigation.” Marianne Ny told a news conference: “When we investigate serious crimes, we do not consider the costs.”

Assange reacted to the news by posting a photo of himself smiling. Because that’s what we do in 2017.

What does this mean? Is he totally free now? Not quite. While he’s free from trouble in Sweden, he’s still wanted in the U.K. for jumping bail. And the U.S. is reportedly considering charges against him too.

I’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

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