Prosecutors in Sweden ended their investigation into sex assault claims against WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange after a five-year statute of limitations expired. Investigators had been unable to interview Assange about the claims, and thus a full probe of the case was stymied. He’s been holed up in the London Embassy in Ecuador and fought extradition back to Stockholm. Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny said, “Julian Assange has voluntarily stayed away from justice by taking refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy.” Assange has been reluctant to leave the embassy fearing that he’ll be arrested and sent to the U.S. to face espionage charges. He still, however, faces a separate rape charge for which the statute of limitations does not expire until 2020.
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