Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

BREAKING: Julian Assange declares WAR with West as he hits out at EU 'federation'

Swedish prosecutors announced the decision to drop the sex offences investigation against this morning. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Marianne Ny said she had decided to “discontinue” the investigation into an alleged sex offence, although it is unlikely to lead to Mr Assange immediately leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

He has claimed asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy for almost five years. 

Speaking on the embassy balcony, Mr Assange branded the news a victory before attacking the EU saying “detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the EU.”

He said: “Today is an important victory for me and for the UN Human Rights system. But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and almost five years here in this embassy without sunlight. 

“Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something that I can forgive. It is not something that I can forget. 

“The inevitable inquiry into what has occurred in this moment of terrible injustice is something that I hope will be more than just about me. 

“Detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the EU that has been exploited for political reasons.”

He added: “It’s a measure that was introduced as part of the EU system to turn the European Union into a federation.

“In 2014 in in response to my situation and other abuses the UK government changed the law to prevent further extradition without charge from the UK, but it is still a problem in the rest of the EU.”

Mr Assange believes he faces extradition to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the embassy.

Scotland Yard says it is obliged to execute a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court for the arrest of Mr Assange following his failure to surrender to the court in June 2012, should he leave the embassy.

Prime Minister Theresa May said extradition requests will be looked at one a “case-by-case basis”. 

She said: “In relation to Julian Assange, any decision that is taken about UK action in relation to him were he to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy would be an operational matter for the police.”

The Metropolitan Police stopped its round the clock presence outside the Embassy in October 2015 amid controversy over the escalating cost of the exercise – believed to be more than £12million.

Mr Assange added: “The claim by the UK that it has a right to arrest me for seeking asylum in a case where there have been no charges, which has now been dismissed is simply untenable. 

“My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward. 

“To some extent the UK has been exploited by the process it entered into with the EU where it agreed to extradite people without charge or any consideration of the facts. 

“It is a forced position that the UK has been put into.”

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