Lawyer says Assange's accuser is shocked

Timeline - Swedish prosecutors drop Assange rape probe

The Australian national has previously expressed concern that he could end up being extradited and facing the death penalty in the United States over allegations of revealing government secrets through his site, WikiLeaks.

British police said they would arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy on the relatively minor charge of jumping bail, but the more severe threat is a possible sealed USA indictment against him.

"The decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation is not because we have been able to make a full assessment of the evidence in this case, but because we did not see any possibilities to advance the investigation forward", Public Prosecution Director Marianne Ny said in a televised press conference.

Sweden's top prosecutor says "costs were not a reason for putting down the investigation" of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

"This unnecessary delay was despite the repeated insistence from the Ecuadorian government - ever since the granting of asylum in 2012 - that this interview was not only possible but that Ecuador would facilitate its carrying out in our Embassy".

"What I do know is that Sweden does not stop him from doing it. Sweden is out of the game", he said. They were not allowed to question him directly but only through an Ecuadorean prosecutor.

Julian Assange says Sweden's decision to drop a rape inveatigation against him is "an important victory for me and for the United Nations human rights system".

However, British police say Assange still faces arrest for jumping bail if he leaves the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday it would be "an operational matter for the police" to decide whether to arrest Assange if he left the embassy. Juan Branco told The Associated Press in Paris that he wants Macron to help Assange leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

Both U.S. and British officials have declined to comment on whether there is a warrant for Assange's arrest. The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.

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It added: "The priority for the MPS must continue to be arresting those who are now wanted in the Capital in connection with serious violent or sexual offences for the protection of Londoners".

Police officers stand outside the Ecuadorian embassy in August 2015.

Friday was the deadline for the Swedish prosecution to send a request to Stockholm District Court in the Assange case. President Donald Trump has said it is "OK" with him if Sessions does that.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his legal team will contact United Kingdom officials to seek a way forward in resolving in resolving his status.

Mr Assange originally faced three sex allegations, all of which he denied.

Assange has spent almost five years inside the Latin American country's London embassy, but he seemed robust and defiant in his brief balcony appearance. "My assessment is the transfer can not be carried out in a foreseeable future".

"As a result of the decision to discontinue the investigation, the prosecutor has reversed the decision to detain him in his absence and withdrawn the EAW (European Arrest Warrant)".

Assange also lashed out at Sweden for taking seven years to investigate allegations he maintained were baseless.

"Consequently, there is no basis upon which to continue the investigation".

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