Swedish prosecutors are dropping their preliminary investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, after a seven-year legal standoff, reports the Guardian. Assange avoided extradition to Sweden where he was facing two rape charges by seeking asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been since 2012.
“In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued.
A second sexual assault allegation by another Swedish woman was dropped in 2015 by Swedish authorities after the statute of limitations expired but Assange still faces immediate arrest, say the Metropolitan police in London, “for breaching his bail conditions by entering the embassy, after a warrant was issued when he failed to attend a magistrates court after entering the embassy,” according to the Guardian‘s report.
Meanwhile, US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has said that arresting the WikiLeaks founder—who is considered a “national security threat” by the administration as well as by the US intelligence community—is a priority.
According to some media reports, the US justice department is now considering how to bring charges against him.