Sunday 25 February 2018

Assange faces probe over assault claim

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Reuters
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo: Reuters

Kevin Rawlinson in London

THE WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could yet avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations after Ecuadorean officials invited the Swedish authorities to its London embassy, offering to host an interview there instead.

Senior Ecuadorean sources said they had sent a formal request to Sweden and would be happy to facilitate questioning between Mr Assange and the Swedish prosecutor in their west London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder has been staying for more than a month after claiming asylum.

Supporters have expressed fears that the US is seeking to prosecute Mr Assange for his involvement in the US diplomatic cable leaks and would use his extradition as an opportunity to pounce. But Ecuadorean officials said they were also seeking assurances that, in the event of his extradition to Sweden, Mr Assange would not later be sent to the US. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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