Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The move comes ahead of a Stockholm court’s examination of a demand by Mr Assange’s lawyers that Sweden drop his European arrest warrant.
Mr Assange has lived in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden.
He fears if he went to Sweden he could face extradition to the US.
He could face trial in the US over the leaking hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents.