WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange declared victory Friday after Swedish prosecutors dropped their seven-year rape investigation without charging him with a crime.
Assange also vowed to continue publishing secret U.S. documents on WikiLeaks.
Assange spoke after Marianne Ny, the chief prosecutor in Sweden, announced that she “Has decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape” by Assange.
Assange, a 45-year-old Australian, became the target of Swedish authorities in 2010 after two women came forward accusing him of rape and sexual assault.
Assange denied the accusations and took refuge in the embassy in London two years later to escape extradition to Sweden.
“Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on June 29, 2012,” the force said in a statement.
Swedish officials withdrew a Europe-wide arrest warrant for Assange after coming to the conclusion that it would be impossible to bring him to Sweden, Ny said.
Ny warned that the investigation of the alleged sexual offenses could be reopened if Assange sets foot in Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.