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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London in this August 19, 2012 file photo. — Reuters picWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London in this August 19, 2012 file photo. — Reuters picSTOCKHOLM, May 19 — Swedish prosecutors said today they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today, bringing to an end a 7-year legal stand-off.

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement.

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies. — Reuters

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