The arrest warrant issued by Sweden for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) on accusations of rape and molestation has been cancelled.
The Swedish Prosecution Authority website said the chief prosecutor had come to the decision that Assange was not suspected of rape but did not give any further explanation.
On Wikileaks, a website criticised for leaking Afghan war documents, Assange was quoted as saying the charges were “without basis”.
The message appeared on Twitter before the warrant was cancelled and was attributed directly to Assange. It said the appearance of the allegations “at this moment is deeply disturbing“.
In a series of other messages posted on the Wikileaks Twitter feed, the whistle-blowing website said: “No-one here has been contacted by Swedish police. Needless to say this will prove hugely distracting“, and that it had been warned to expect “dirty tricks”.
More documents to be published
According to the Swedish Prosecution Authority website chief prosecutor Eva Finne has come to the decision that Julian Assange was not subject to arrest.
In a brief statement Eva Finne said: “I don’t think there is reason to suspect that he has committed rape.”
The website said there would be no further immediate comment.
Last month, more than 75,000 secret US military documents on the war in Afghanistan were published on Wikileaks.
The leak was criticised by US authorities, saying the website had “blood on its hands” for naming people who had helped its military in opposition to groups such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and ordered Wikileaks to return the files.
Assange, has said that in the coming weeks, Wikileaks is intending to release a further 15,000 documents.
According to media reports, Assange was in Sweden last week in order to talk about his work and defend the decision by Wikileaks to publish the Afghan war logs.
The whereabouts of Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, are currently unclear.