Sweden drops rape investigation into Julian Assange

Sweden has dropped a preliminary investigation into an alleged rape by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The country’s prosecutors announced on Tuesday that an additional interview with the 48-year-old would not "significantly change the balance of evidence".

Australian-born Mr Assange had been facing rape-related allegations which he has always denied.

Swedish prosecutors announced that the case has been "discounted."

Assange is in Belmarsh Prison in London awaiting extradition demands from the United States. He was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London in April where he had been granted asylum.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, said, "Sweden has dropped its preliminary investigation into Mr Assange for the third time, after reopening it without any new evidence or information.

"Let us now focus on the threat Mr Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment."

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