Swedish prosecutors have dropped rape charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after seven years, NBC reports.
Assange briefly celebrated on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in England where he’s hid out for the past five years. He’s still wanted by British police for failing to appeal in court, and risks being extradited to America and charged for publishing classified information if he were to leave the embassy.
“While today was an important victory, an important vindication, the road is far from over,” he said from the balcony to a few supporters. “The UK said it would arrest me regardless,” saying the CIA wanted them to.
“My legal staff has contacted the United Kingdom authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward,” he said. “The legal conflict with the United States and the United Kingdom at a formal level continues.”
Assange said he’d continue to publish secret U.S. documents.
“Today we published material from the CIA,” he said.
Assange celebrated Chelsea Manning’s release by calling her him:
“We managed to have him released 28 years early from his sentence,” Assange said.
Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence after she spent seven years in prison.
Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, said she “has decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape” by Assange. He’d been accused by two women of rape and sexual assault in 2010, which he claimed was a result of his political activity.
Ny said she’s not confirming Assange’s innocence, just that charges have been dropped against him.
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