Breaking! Sweden Drops Rape Investigation of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

Time

(STOCKHOLM) — Sweden’s top prosecutor said Friday she is dropping an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement Friday that Marianne Ny “has decided to discontinue the investigation.”

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. Last month, President Donald Trump said he would support any decision by the Justice Department to charge Assange.

WikiLeaks tweeted after the Swedish announcement: “UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a US extradition warrant for Julian Assange. Focus now moves to UK,”

Friday’s announcement means Assange is no longer under any investigation in Sweden. But the Metropolitan Police said Assange is still subject to arrest for the “much less serious offense” of jumping bail in 2012.

The 45-year-old Australian computer hacker was wanted in Sweden for questioning over a rape allegation stemming from a 2010 visit.

“This is a total victory for Julian Assange. He is now free to leave the embassy when he wants. We have won the Assange case. He is of course happy and relieved. He has been critical that it has lasted that long,” Per E Samuelsson, his lawyer in Sweden, told Swedish Radio. Samuelsson was not immediately available for comments.

Assange still can’t leave the Ecuadorian embassy without being arrested:

Related: Iceland believed the FBI wanted to frame Assange.

Assange supporters fear that he will be extradited to the U.S. and put on trial.

Video: Surprise Trump Pre-Debate Press Conference Features Four Clinton Rape Victims

I really think people are afraid to watch the women raped by Bill Clinton speak. It’s an unpleasant reminder that Bill Clinton is a bad dude with a pleasant smile. He doesn’t look like a rapist.

It’s also an unpleasant reminder of how we let him off the hook while he was president.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a press conference with Bill Clinton accusers and victims at a hotel near the debate hall at Washington University in St. Louis just an hour and a half before debate start time Sunday night.

Sitting at a table with Trump, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathy Shelton introduced themselves one by one and explained why they are voting for the candidate. As a refresher, Jones accused Clinton of flashing him at the White House. Broaddrick accused Clinton of raping her and Willey accused the former President of aggressively groping her. All of them say Hillary Clinton threatened them after the incidents about remaining quiet and not causing problems.

Kathy Shelton was raped at 12-years-old in the 1980s and Hillary Clinton represented the man who did it as a public defender. Tape surfaced a few years ago showing Hillary laughing about the rapist passing a lie detector test and getting off without prison time.

All of these women will be in the debate hall tonight.