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WikiLeaks founder Assange questioned over Swedish rape allegations

Assange to face prosecutors' questions at Ecuadorean Embassy Swedish moves to interview Julian Assange in embassy welcomed by Ecuador
Elettra Stolfi | 21 Novembre, 2016, 10:15

Recently, a Kremlin analyst confessed that they might helped WikiLeaks to reveal the Hillary Clinton´s emails, in order to get Donald Trump elected as the new president. Investigation into two other possible charges came to an end past year because of time limitations.

‬Guillaume Long, Ecuador's foreign minister, told the Press Association: "We are pleased that the Swedish authorities will finally interview Mr Assange in our embassy in London".

Assange rejects the accusations and has been harbored in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last four years.

Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren went to the embassy Monday and Tuesday to question Wikileaks founder Julian As.

Mr Assange has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning, citing concerns he would be extradited to the United States over Wikileaks' release of 500,000 secret military files on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. In spite of the fact that Mr Assange's Ecuadorian counsel, Carlos Poveda Moreno, raised concern that Mr Samuelson was not present at the start of the procedure, the authorities in charge proceeded anyway.

In October 2015, the London police ended their round-the-clock surveillance outside the embassy, citing the drain on public resources, but they said they remained ready to arrest Assange if he tried to leave.

Assange, who has been holed up in the embassy in London since 2012, is being interviewed by Swedish prosecutors over allegations he assaulted two women in 2010.

Assange has not been formally charged in connection with the allegation from 2010, which he denies.

According to officials, no immediate decision on the future of Assange's case will be made on Monday.

A small group of supporters stood opposite the embassy, holding up banners calling for the WikiLeaks founder to be freed. He said Assange was being "hounded" because of WikiLeaks' work in shedding light on the "terrible things" done by the USA government and others.

The Australian national claims he refused to travel to Sweden for questioning because he feared extradition to the US over WikiLeaks' release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

WikiLeaks continued to make waves during the U.S. presidential contest this year between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Ecuador's United Kingdom ambassador Carlos Ortiz was in the embassy during the interview, as well as lawyers for Mr Assange.

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