Sweden has dropped the investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange.

Deputy Attorney General Eva-Marie Persson said at a press conference: "I want to inform of my decision to end the preliminary investigation."

Tuesday's decision follows a decision in June by a Swedish court that Assange, who denies the prosecution, should not be arrested.

Two months earlier, the founder of Wikileaks had been expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012.

He was immediately arrested and is currently serving a 50-week sentence in Belmarsh Prison in south-east London for breaching bail conditions.

He also fights extradition to the United States, which accuses him of publishing secret documents.