Julian Assange has said Sweden’s decision to drop an investigation into allegations of rape against him is an “important victory”.
But on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up since June 2012, he said cannot forgive or forget the “terrible injustice” he has suffered over seven years.
He told crowds in central London that his children had grown up without him during the total of seven years he has spent in detention.
Assange criticised the EU during his speech, and said: “The reality is detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the European Union.”
Although he is no longer facing action from Swedish prosecutors, Assange is still at risk of arrest if he tries to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.
He is wanted by British police for breaching bail conditions – and WikiLeaks is concerned this could result in him being extradited to the US, where he would face prosecution for publishing swathes of classified military and diplomatic documents.
Assange has said the UK is refusing to confirm or deny whether America has made an extradition request – and he insisted he is happy to engage with the US Justice Department.