Swedish prosecutors drop investigation into the allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder on Friday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Swedish prosecutors' decision to drop an investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange on Friday (May 17) was a victory, his lawyer, Per Samuelson, said. "He's won everything in Sweden. He's a free man, there is no custody decision. From the Swedish point of view, he can leave the embassy instantly," Samuelson told Reuters. However British police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for nearly five years. Assange, 45, took refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over the rape allegation, which he denies. He feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.