WikiLeaks founder Assange could be out of Britain’s Ecuadorian embassy

Written by BY JOANNE FROGGATT AND PHILIP HELLARD, CNN London, United Kingdom Russia seems to be doing its best to mess with English justice. Since 2012, Julian Assange has been holed up inside the…

WikiLeaks founder Assange could be out of Britain's Ecuadorian embassy

Written by BY JOANNE FROGGATT AND PHILIP HELLARD, CNN London, United Kingdom

Russia seems to be doing its best to mess with English justice. Since 2012, Julian Assange has been holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he’s lived for over six years, fighting attempts by the United States and Britain to extradite him for questioning in relation to the 2014 Wikileaks release of 250,000 classified US military and diplomatic documents.

On Tuesday, a British court considered whether a request by Sweden to extradite Assange should be rejected because of a lack of evidence from the countries that the Swedish government was able to interview the Wikileaks founder. If the motion is granted, Assange would be free to come and go from the embassy, and would not be extradited to Sweden for the time being.

Prosecutors in Sweden recently said that they could not offer Assange evidence that would ensure his appearance in court. They did say, however, that they have gathered over 7,800 pages of evidence from all sides of the dispute, which included the US.

Judge Howard Riddle remarked that Assange is “not in Sweden for the purpose of investigating a crime” and that the relevant evidence in this case could have been gathered prior to 2012.

Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012 after he was granted political asylum.

The prosecutor’s case is that WikiLeaks published information that was “potentially threatening to the security of persons” under Swedish jurisdiction.

US-led forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are believed to have come under attack from WikiLeaks. A US soldier, Bradley Manning, is serving a 35-year sentence for releasing classified documents to the website in 2010.

Swedish officials want to interview Assange on allegations that he sexually assaulted two women. Assange has always denied the accusations.

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