WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Declares Victory After Sweden Drops Rape Probe

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By F. Brinley Bruton , Mo Abbas and Corky Siemaszko

May 19, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange declared victory Friday after Swedish prosecutors dropped their seven-year rape investigation without charging him with a crime.

But because he is still wanted by British police for failing to appear in court, Assange’s muted celebration took place on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, which has been his refuge for the past five years.

“While today was an important victory, an important vindication, the road is far from over,” he said after waving to a small crowd of supporters. “The UK said it would arrest me regardless,” he added, saying it was under intense pressure from the CIA to do so.

“My legal staff has contacted the United Kingdom authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward,” he said. “The…

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