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20/05/2017 12:01 PM AEST | Updated 20/05/2017 12:01 PM AEST

Julian Assange Will Not 'Forgive Or Forget' As Swedish Rape Investigation Dropped

WikiLeaks founder speaks at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spoken on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London following Sweden's decision to drop a rape investigation against him.

While Assange described this as an "important victory", he used the opportunity to also speak about the the injustices he has experienced since he first arrived in the embassy in June 2012.

Although the 45-year-old is no longer facing action from Swedish prosecutors, he risks arrest by British police for breaching bail conditions if he tries to leave the embassy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the decision to arrest Assange if he left the embassy would be "an operational matter for the police".

Assange slammed the European Union during his speech, telling reporters in central London that "the reality is detention and extradition without charge has become a feature of the European Union."

He also cited the "terrible injustices" his situation has inflicted on both himself and his family.

"Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something I can forgive. It is not something that I can forget," he said.​

"The war, the proper war, is just commencing."

Previously, Swedish authorities said that the probe against Assange was dropped because there was "no reason to believe that the decision to surrender him to Sweden can be executed in the foreseeable future".

"At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted. In order to proceed with the case, Julian Assange would have to be formally notified of the criminal suspicions against him. We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued," they said in a statement on Friday evening (AEST).

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