Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

DNY59/iStock(STOCKHOLM) — Sweden has dropped a rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Officials said the evidence against Assange has weakened due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the alleged incident.

“I would like to emphasise that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events. Her statements have been coherent, extensive and detailed; however, my overall assessment is that the evidential situation has been weakened to such an extent that that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation,” said Eva-Marie Persson, deputy director of Public Prosecution.

Assange has always denied the 2010 sexual assault accusations and fought extradition for years.

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