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Sweden requests to interview Assange in embassy

Assange is wanted by Sweden for questioning over an alleged sex offence Credit: PA

Sweden has submitted a formal request to interview Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London over allegations of a sex attack.

The Wikileaks founder has been hiding out in the embassy for more than four years to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over the alleged offence, which he denies.

Ecuador confirmed that it was considering the request and will respond as soon as possible.

Mr Assange has long argued that he should be interviewed inside the embassy, a route Sweden had previously rejected.

He claims that an extradition could lead to him then being handed over to the US to face questions about his role in Wikileaks.


Ecuador: UK and Sweden must allow Assange to go free

The Ecuadorian government has demanded WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be allowed to go free from its London embassy after a UN panel ruled in his favour.

Foreign minister Ricardo Patino said the ruling, which stated Mr Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden, left both countries with no option but to accept the panel's report, which is not legally binding.

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino, seen with Julian Assange after the Australian first entered the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012. Credit: Reuters

"What more do they want to be accused of before they start to rectify their error?" he told South American broadcaster Telesur.

Mr Patino said Ecuador was analysing its next steps over Mr Assange, who has hailed the ruling as a "significant victory".

Both the UK and Sweden deny Mr Assange has been deprived of his freedom while Swedish prosecutors said the UN panel's decision had no formal impact on its rape investigation against the Australian whistleblower under Swedish law.

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