Ecuador says it’ll allow Sweden to question Julian Assange at embassy
Four years after Julian Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Sweden may finally get a chance to question him.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him about sexual assault allegations.
Assange, an Australian, has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing in the Sweden case.
After years of diplomatic back-and-forth, Ecuador’s foreign ministry says it will allow Swedish officials access to the embassy so they can question Assange.
“The attorney general’s office notified the prosecutor of the kingdom of Sweden of its willingness to process the interrogation of Julian Assange,” Ecuador’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
A spokesman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority welcomed the announcement.
“This is a positive step and allows the investigation to continue,” the spokesman said.
A date for the interview will be reached in “the coming weeks,” the statement said. It did not provide details on how the questioning will be conducted.
Assange has been living in the embassy since July 2012, the same year Ecuador granted him political asylum.
He has said he fears Sweden would extradite him to the United States, where he could face the death penalty if he is charged and convicted of publishing government secrets throughWikiLeaks.
There are currently no charges filed against him in the US.
one day he will walk out..when is the unknown..
“Assange has been living in the embassy since July 2012, the same year Ecuador granted him political asylum.”
time flies when you are having fun!