THE investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been dropped by Sweden's Director of Public Prosecution it has been revealed today.
The dramatic announcement came ahead of a press conference by the DPP, Marianne Ny, into the long running saga.
Mr Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years and has been granted political asylum.
He was questioned six months ago in the presence of Swedish officials over a sex allegation, which he has always denied.
Mr Assange faces extradition to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the embassy.
A brief statement ahead of today's press conference said: "Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange."