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Swedish Plan to Question Julian Assange at London's Ecuador Embassy Stalled

© AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth / WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - Sputnik International
Plans for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London have stalled over Ecuador's demand for Sweden to grant the WikiLeaks founder asylum as a condition of the meeting.

Assange, who is Australian, took refuge at the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him over allegations he sexually assaulted and raped two women in 2010. He denies the accusations.

"You can't give anyone asylum at another country's embassy, that's against international law," Cecilia Riddselius, of the Swedish Justice Department, told Reuters. "If he wants asylum, he has to come to Sweden."

Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States, where he could be prosecuted for WikiLeaks' publication of classified military and diplomatic documents five years ago, one of the largest information leaks in US history, Reuters reported.

Placard with the slogan We are all Assange written in Spanish below another that reads Ecuador, country of freedom on the railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on June 21, 2012, where Assange is still holed up seeking political asylum. - Sputnik International
WikiLeaks’ Assange in Ecuador Malware Riddle

At first, prosecutors insisted that Assange travel to Sweden for questioning, but reversed their decision in March and agreed to hold the interview in London.

In early June, prosecutors asked UK authorities for legal assistance and requested permission from Ecuador to interview Assange.

Riddselius said the Justice Department had done all it could to allow the questioning to take place, and the matter was now "completely in Ecuador's hands," Reuters reported.

A Swedish Prosecution Authority spokesman said a prosecutor went to London earlier this summer, ready to question Assange, but the Ecuadorian Embassy did not allow her to enter and she had to return home.

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