Ecuador Weighs Sending WikiLeaks' Assange to Sweden

  • VOA News

    September 24, 2012 08:09

    Ecuador is considering how to make WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange available to Swedish justice officials to answer sex crimes allegations.
    Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters Friday officials are weighing whether Assange's statement could be taken at their embassy in London.

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears to speak from the balcony of Ecuador's embassy, where he is taking refuge in London on Aug. 19, 2012. /Reuters

    Patino says they could also ask Britain if Assange could be transferred to Ecuador's embassy in Sweden for questioning. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's diplomatic mission in London since mid-June to avoid extradition to Sweden. Britain has said he will be taken into custody if he leaves the mission.

    Assange fears if he is taken to Sweden, he will be turned over to the United States for possible trial.

    Assange angered the U.S. after his WikiLeaks webster released leaked secret military documents and diplomatic cables.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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