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>> Seven years without charge, why my children grew up without me. That is not something that I can forgive, it is not something that I can forget.>> Julian Assange hailing as an important victory Sweden's decision Friday to drop a probe into rape allegations. But defending his right to keep living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
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Scotland Yard issued a warrant for the Wiki Leaks founder's arrest when he skipped bail in 2012. And he fears extradition to the United States. Assange said he was ready to talk to the United Kingdom and Washington about how to end the impasse. The Ecuadorian Embassy has been a sanctuary for Julian Assange for nearly five years and it's not over yet.
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I'm Lucy Field and reporting for Reuters from outside the embassy in Knightsbridge, London. British police have made clear today that if he steps outside these walls they'll still be obliged to arrest him. Friday's decision brings to an end a seven year legal stand off.>> Julian Assange.>> Swedish prosecutors say they were forced to stop because it isn't possible to take the investigation further.
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But they could resume it if he returned to Sweden before the statute runs out in 2020. Assange denies the rape claims and says he feared the Nordic country would hand him over to the United States. Where he would face prosecution over WikiLeak's publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents.
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Assange enraged Washington and other critics who see him as a criminal who has undermined security. But to others, the 45-year-old Australian is a hero for exposing government abuses of power and championing free speech.