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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Julian Assange Hails ‘Important Victory’ After Sweden Ends Probe

A month shy of his fifth year of refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge, west London WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stepped onto the balcony to hail “an important victory”. Clenching his fists he stated in measured tones to the media scrum below him: “Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge… while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” “My legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and we hope to engage in a dialogue about what will be the best way forward,” he added, saying he was also “happy to engage” with the US. Scotland Yard had confirmed Assange still risked arrest if he stepped out the Ecuadorean Embassy after Swedish prosecutors revoked an arrest warrant for the transparency activist over rape allegations. The Met who claimed to have spent £12m in round-the-clock security to prevent the fugitive’s escape stated Assange was still wanted for jumping bail and would execute an …

Julian Assange's cat sits at the window of Ecuador's embassy as prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden interviews Assange in London, Britain, November 14, 2016.

Julian Assange ‘Cat and Mouse’ Continues

And the Julian Assange saga goes on in west London’s Knightsbridge at the Ecuadorean Embassy where the WikiLeaks founder is holed up. Four years, £12.6m police surveillance costs, a UN ruling of unlawful detention and several balcony appearances later the Swedish chief prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has finally braved the press scrum to question Assange over allegations he sexually assaulted  a woman in Stockholm in 2010. The Australian has continued to protest his innocence saying consensual sex took place claiming the charges are politically motivated. He has expressed his fears of extradition to the US where he is unlikely to be welcomed with open arms after embarrassing data dumps masterminded by his whistleblowing organisation. However, Assange still has his die-hard supporters with Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson also dropping in with a tray of delicacies for the Australian. Harrods’ food hall is quite handy, but it could turn out to be a foolhardy jaunt for nibbles when Scotland Yard is lurking around the corner and ready to pounce. But under no risk of imminent arrest is Assange’s recently …