Swedish prosecutors have dropped their long-running investigation into rape claims made against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But, should Assange ever find his way back to Sweden-say, before August 2020, when the statue of limitations expires-Ny has said the investigation can immediately resume.
Assange still faces arrest in Britain, however, for failing to surrender to a court in London in 2012, when he lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden and took refuge in the embassy. If he were to be extradited to the US, he could face charges related to WikiLeaks, which posted thousands of classified military documents leaked by Chelsea Manning in 2010.
Top prosecutor Marianne Ny said that the investigations and the arrest warrant are being dropped since it has become impossible to serve a legal notice to Assange.
"We are not making a statement about his guilt".
Julian Assange said on Friday that Sweden's decision to drop a rape investigation against him is a "victory" and he is looking for dialogue with British and US authorities over his future.
The United Nations has decried the unfair treatment of Assange, declaring that he was being arbitrarily detained and that his human rights were being violated.
"We have been waiting a long time for this decision", he said, adding: "Julian Assange has been a victim of a huge abuse of procedure".
"Ecuador regrets that it took Swedish Prosecutor more than four years to carry out this interview".
"Whilst Mr Assange was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) for an extremely serious offence, the MPS response reflected the serious nature of that crime".
After a seven-year stand-off with Sweden, Assange may still not be able to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy.
The police ended their round-the-clock guard outside the embassy in October 2015 but said they were strengthening a "covert plan" to prevent his departure.
He said that a "legal conflict" with the United States and the United Kingdom was continuing and that a "proper war was just commencing".
The rape allegation against the Australian computer programmer had followed a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010.
Wikileaks staff are working to get the U.S. Government to drop charges against Assange. "While today was an important victory, and and important vindication, the road is far from over".
Media reports in the USA said prosecutors were preparing or considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, and Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets.