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 he 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.”

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