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Julian Assange: EU 'permits lack of democratic accountability'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he supports Britain leaving the EU because the institution "permits a lack of democratic accountability".

Speaking in a video interview on ITV's Peston on Sunday, Mr Assange said David Cameron's government has "repeatedly used the EU as political cover for its own decision-making".

"For example, the European Arrest Warrant - we think here in the United Kingdom that you have a right to a fair trial...but in my case, we don't have any of that," he said.

"Many people in the UK have been affected by that. That's a fundamental basis of sovereignty - random officials in the rest of the European Union can suddenly force your police to arrest people."

The EAW has been pushed by the former Labour government and this government and Cameron passes the buck to the EU.

The worst elements coming out of the EU have been pushed by governments in the UK.

– Julian Assange

Mr Assage has sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past four years after Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest in connection to rape allegations in Sweden.