Julian Assange: UK ‘Threat’ to Arrest Wikileaks Founder

Julian Assange

Ecuador has accused the UK of making a “threat” to enter its embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.

Mr. Assange took refuge at the embassy in June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over assault and rape claims, which he denies.

Ecuador says a decision on his claim for political asylum will come later.

The UK Foreign Office says it can lift the embassy’s diplomatic status to fulfil a “legal obligation” to extradite the 41-year-old.

The Wikileaks website he founded published a mass of leaked diplomatic cables that embarrassed several governments, particularly the US’s, in 2010.

Mr Assange says he fears that if extradited to Sweden, he will then be passed on to the American authorities.

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