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    Swedish Prosecutors to Drop Julian Assange Preliminary Rape Investigation

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    Director of Sweden's Public Prosecution Marianne Ny announced Friday that the authority asked the court to revoke the warrant of arrest issued for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, bringing an end to the 7-year legal stand-off.

    Assange celebrated the news with a tweet.

    "Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the prosecutors office said in a statement.

    Since 2012, Assange has been residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London out of fear of being extradited to Sweden and ultimately to the United States. In the United States, the WikiLeaks founder could face espionage charges for publishing secret US documents through his website.

    The investigation carried out by the Swedish authority may not be the end for Assange in terms of prosecution. In April 2017, media reported that US authorities were ready to file charges against Assange for the leaks of confidential documents via his website.

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