Menu
News

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.

Topics:  editors picks julian assange

News Corp Australia

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Greg builds his dream car

TORANA PRIDE: Emerald Car Club president Greg Young with his Holden Torana SS Hatchback.

Meet Mistress, the proud possession of Mr Greg Young.

Get out in Central Highlands

GET INTO IT: Put the fun back in family adventures and enjoy the great outdoors.

Discover more of the Central Highlands with the family.

Christmas gifts for lucky winner

CHRISTMAS JOY: Eric Cowper, Emmie Abell, IGA manager Julie Edwards and CQ News general manager Karin-ane King.

IGA and CQ News will be giving away three $300 grocery vouchers.

Local Partners