UK police threaten to arrest Assange if he leaves Ecuador embassy

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However, British police said he is still a wanted man for failing to surrender in the country in 2012. President Donald Trump has said it is "OK" with him if Sessions does that.

He gave a clenched fist salute to his supporters, and scores of journalists and TV crews, before maintaining that a "legal conflict" with the United States and the UK continues.

"This is a total victory for Julian Assange". That is not something I can forgive.

He says says his battle is not over, and "the proper war is just commencing".

That's unclear. Assange suspects there is a secret US indictment against him for WikiLeaks' publication of leaked classified American documents, which has infuriated USA officials.

Melinda Taylor, a member of Assange's legal team, called attention to the US, telling NBC News that "as long as the national security prosecution continues there continues to be a risk to him".

Fritz said the process had dragged on for too long and that her client was "shocked" by the decision to drop it now.

Samuelson said Sweden's judicial system "spoiled and wasted five, six years of his life. but he is happy today".

Mr Assange was questioned six months ago in the presence of Swedish officials, who faced criticism for the length of time it has taken to make a decision.

Julian Assange's lawyer is asking French president Emmanuel Macron to intervene in support of the WikiLeaks founder. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy.

Branco says: "We need a political intervention to make this situation end".

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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning served seven years in prison for giving classified material to WikiLeaks.

Marianne Ny told a news conference: "When we investigate serious crimes, we do not consider the costs".

"Consequently, there is no basis upon which to continue the investigation". Swedish prosecutors dropped cases of alleged sexual misconduct when the statute of limitations ran out in 2015, leaving only the rape allegation. She says: "We don't make any statement of guilty or not". In a court document seen by Reuters, chief prosecutor Marianne Ny said there were no further avenues to pursue to take the investigation forward. "My assessment is the transfer can not be carried out in a foreseeable future".

Assange said Friday that "my legal staff have contacted the United Kingdom authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward". Sweden asked Britain to extradite Assange for questioning, and in June 2012 he sought refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid arrest.

But British police said they would still arrest Assange if he tried to leave the embassy, saying he had breached the terms of his bail by refusing to turn himself in when an arrest warrant was issued in 2012.

But it adds that Assange is. The South American country has granted him asylum, but it is not clear how Assange would travel there without the permission of British authorities.

After the Swedish announcement. WikiLeaks tweeted: "UK refuses to confirm or deny whether it has already received a United States extradition warrant for Julian Assange".

British police said before the announcement that Assange is still wanted in Britain for jumping bail.

Officials said in a statement that, under Swedish law, investigations must be completed as quickly as possible and must be dropped "when a prosecutor has exhausted the possibilities".

The Swedish Prosecution Authority said Friday that chief Marianne Ny "has made a decision to discontinue the investigation". The arrangement was necessary, he had said, to keep Swedish authorities from turning him over to the United States for his role at the helm of WikiLeaks, which has enraged governments around the world by publishing tens of thousands of leaked classified US documents.

Ny added the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.

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