Sweden drops some sexual abuse cases against Julian Assange – Los Angeles Times

Swedish prosecutors announced Thursday that they were dropping their investigation into some of the sexual-abuse allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up for three years in the Ecuadorean embassy here in the British capital.

But a more serious accusation of rape remains lodged against Assange, meaning that the white-maned whistle-blower doesn’t plan to quit the small suite of rooms he hasn’t left since June 2012, in London’s tony Knightsbridge neighborhood.

His persistence in staying put, out of reach of British authorities charged with arresting and extraditing him to Sweden, has basically allowed Assange to run out the clock on allegations that he sexually abused two women in separate incidents in Stockholm five years ago this month. The investigation into allegations of molestation and unlawful coercion in one of those incidents was dropped Thursday; the allegation of molestation in the other incident will lapse next Tuesday.


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