Swedish prosecutors drop rape probe against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange


London, May 19 Scotland Yard will arrest wikileaks founder Julian Assange if he leaves the Ecuadorean Embassy in London despite Sweden dropping a rape investigation against him, British police said today.

An official statement from the Swedish Prosecution Authority said Ny had chose to discontinue the investigation because "there is no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future". The Metropolitan Police says there's a British warrant for Assange's arrest after he jumped bail.

"We are not making a statement about his guilt", Ny said, adding that the investigation could be reopened if Assange came to Sweden before the statute of limitations deadline for the rape allegation in 2020.

"The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence", it added.

Assange was interviewed by Sweden's deputy public prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren, in the embassy in November, following a lengthy diplomatic and legal impasse between the Swedish and Ecuadorian authorities. President Donald Trump has said it is "OK" with him if Sessions does that.

With the threat of extradition to Sweden removed, the 45-year-old Australian could potentially opt to leave the embassy. At the point when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities to continue the investigation, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue the investigation.

"It is extremely worrying that six months after the hearing at the Embassy of Ecuador in the United Kingdom, the Swedish prosecutor's office has not yet decided on the judicial situation of Julian Assange", the Ecuadoran Foreign Ministry said in the letter seen by AFP.

Ms Ny said the motive for her decision was that there is no reason to believe the decision to surrender Mr Assange to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future.

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The WikiLeaks founder, who has long denied the allegation, has been holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid Sweden's extradition request.

"Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012".

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 fearing that his arrest might result in extradition to the United States, and a USA trial over the leaks of hundreds of thousands of classified documents of the American government.

The UK government declined to comment Friday on whether the US has asked for Assange's extradition, but last month US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Assange's arrest was a "priority".

Public declarations such as this constituted an "obvious risk" for Assange, the letter said.

Ny told reporters that the WikiLeaks founder had "tried to dodge all attempts at arrest" by British and Swedish authorities.

British police kept up a round-the-clock guard outside the embassy until December 2015, when the operation was scaled back partly because of the costs, which had exceeded 11 million pounds (over $17.5 million at the time).

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.