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Wikileaks' Julian Assange has rape allegations dropped

Julian Assange
Julian Assange

SWEDISH prosecutors have revealed they have closed a seven-year rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape by Julian Assange," it said in a statement.

Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in 2012 to escape extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sex-crime allegations from two women.

He has been there ever since, fearing that if he is arrested he might ultimately be extradited to the United States.

Friday's announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden.

British police said before the announcement that Assange is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail.

It is not clear if that may change now that the investigation has been dropped.

Mr Assange posted a photo of himself smiling on Twitter immediately after the news was released.

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