$21 million later, London police pull back from waiting out Assange at embassy

Flat 3b, 3 Hans Crescent is the address of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

After spending millions to station officers for over 1,200 days on the off-chance that Julian Assange would step out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Metropolitan Police Service announced Monday that it would remove its constant overt presence outside the building.

The WikiLeaks founder is still being investigated by Swedish authorities for an alleged rape in the Nordic country. The statute of limitations on other alleged sex crimes expired in August 2015, but the rape accusation can stand until 2020.

Assange has remained inside the embassy for over three years. Should he leave and be arrested, he would be extradited to Sweden and possibly onto the United States where he is likely being investigated (PDF) for possible crimes related to WikiLeaks.

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