STOCKHOLM – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will not “forgive or forget” being “slandered” and “detained” for seven years without charge.

“Detained for 7 years without charge while my children grew up and my name was slandered. I do not forgive or forget,” Assange tweeted.

Assange is due to give a public statement shortly after rape allegations against him were dropped by Swedish prosecutors on Friday.

Swedish prosecutors have announced that they would drop their preliminary investigation into a rape case against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks after a seven-year legal standoff.

It was decided after prosecutors concluded, “at this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted”, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, said in a statement, adding, “We cannot expect to receive assistance from Ecuador regarding this. Therefore the investigation is discontinued.”

“If he, at a later date, makes himself available, I will be able to decide to resume the investigation immediately.”

The Wikileaks founder sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2012 after failing to win court battles to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegations, which he denies.

IN 2015, the Swedish authorities had dropped another allegation of sexual attack, made by a second Swedish woman against Assange after the statute of limitations expired.