Swedish authorities have retracted the arrest warrant issued against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after he was accused of rape.
The arrest warrant, which was issued yesterday, has been reportedly dismissed by Swedish authorities following a lack of evidence for building up a case.
Reacting to the rape charges, Assange had said in a statement: “The charges are without basis and their issue at this moment is deeply disturbing.”
Tech news site THINQ reports that in a statement released on the official website of Swedish prosecution department, the warrant was retracted after Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne determined that Assange was not suspected of rape.
She emphasised that Assange is still suspected of sexual molestation based on charges filed by two separate women.
Reports are suggesting that Assange is the target of a smear campaign launched by the CIA and other US government agencies, and that the recent rape allegations were a part of this.
The allegations are thought to be connected to WikiLeaks threatening to release the remaining 15,000 secret US government documents on the Afghan war within a month's time.