Julian Assange: "The war is far from over"

The Wikileaks founder said he cannot forgive the "terrible injustice" he has suffered

Julian Assange: "The war is far from over"

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has called the Swedish prosecutor's decision to drop its investigation into an allegation of rape against him as an "important victory and vindication".

Speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, Mr Assange continued by saying "the war is just commencing".

He said cannot forgive or forget the "terrible injustice" he has suffered over seven years.

He told crowds in central London that his children had grown up without him during the total of seven years he has spent in detention.

Assange criticised the EU during his speech, and said: "The reality is detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the European Union."

Although he is no longer facing action from Swedish prosecutors, Assange is still at risk of arrest if he tries to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.

He is wanted by British police for breaching bail conditions - and WikiLeaks is concerned this could result in him being extradited to the US, where he would face prosecution for publishing swathes of classified military and diplomatic documents.

In a statement, Swedish prosecutors said: "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange".

"I would like to thank Ecuador, its people and its asylum system, despite very intense pressure including pressure to use the European Union's trade system to penalise Ecuadorian exporters," he added.

He also thanks his legal team, who he said "worked very hard for money".

Chelsea Manning

He also addressed this week's release of Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning, calling it a "more conclusive" victory.

"Through an extensive fight, we and others managed to have him released early," he said, using the ex-soldier's former pronouns.

In a statement to ABC News, Manning said: "I appreciate the wonderful support that I have received from so many people across the world over these past years.

"As I rebuild my life, I remind myself not to relive the past.

"The past will always affect me and I will keep that in mind while remembering that how it played out is only my starting point, not my final destination."

She will now assist with a documentary about her life.

 

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