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“Now all eyes are on the U.S. — that’s the reason for his asylum,” she told NBC News. “As long as the national security prosecution continues there continues to be a risk to him.”
London’s Metropolitan Police said Assange remains a wanted man.
“Westminster Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on June 29, 2012,” the force said in a statement. “The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the embassy.”
Within minutes of Ny’s announcement, Assange tweeted a picture of himself.
Swedish officials withdrew a Europe-wide arrest warrant for Assange after coming to the conclusion that it would be impossible to bring him to Sweden, Ny said.
“He has tried to dodge all attempts to avoid Swedish and British legal authorities,” she said at a press conference in Stockholm. “My assessment is the transfer cannot be carried out in a foreseeable future.”
Ny warned that the investigation of the alleged sexual offenses could be reopened if Assange sets foot in Sweden before the statute of limitations expires in August 2020.
Assange previously promised to leave the embassy “soon” —
in August 2014.