Julian Assange: Met police say they'll arrest Wikileaks founder if he leaves embassy

Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

The charges prompted Assange to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Metropolitan police have said they will arrest Julian Assange if he steps outside the Ecuadorian Embassy - even though the Wikileaks founder no longer faces rape charges in Sweden.

The Met said they are obliged to execute a 2012 arrest warrant issued to Assange, after he jumped bail by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange had taken sanctuary rather than submit to extradition to Sweden, where he was facing rape allegations, which he always denied.

The journalist said the claims were part of a plot to see him passed on to the United States, where he could face charges for leaking thousands of classified documents via Wikileaks.

Earlier today Sweden announced he had decided to drop its investigation into Assange, who faced rape allegations in connection to a visit he made to the country in 2010.

The country's chief prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said there were no further avenues to pursue in the investigation, and thus no value in continuing it.

Assange's lawyer has described the decision as a "total victory for us."