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Sweden has dropped its investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors have announced.

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The country's director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said the preliminary rape and sexual assault probe has been discontinued.

WikiLeaks said an arrest warrant issued for Mr Assange would be revoked, sparking speculation he would be leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The Austrian activist sought asylum there in 2012 over fears the Swedish investigation would result in him being extradited to the US over leaked military documents and diplomatic cables.

The UN called on Swedish and British authorities to free Mr Assange from "arbitrary detention" in a report released last year, although the findings were not legally binding.

As the Swedish investigation continued in December 2010, Mr Assange was jailed in Wandsworth Prison in isolation for 10 days and then put under house arrest for 550 days under powers granted by an international arrest warrant.

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