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Assange completes full year in Ecuador embassy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:15

June 19 - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange concedes he may spend a long time yet holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy, a year after he first claimed asylum there. Simon Hanna reports.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears at the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in London over the weekend. Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of Assange's successful asylum bid here to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions on sexual assault claims. The 41 year old fears if Sweden will hand him over to U.S. authorities, who would try him for helping facilitate one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history. In an off-camera interview with Reuters a year after he took refuge within these walls, Assange said he remained hopeful he would eventually leave, although he did not expect it would happen in the short term. WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of confidential U.S. documents on the Internet in 2010. Supporters say revealing the information was in the public interest, while critics say it jeopardised lives and national security. The court martial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of providing reams of classified material to WikiLeaks, is underway in Maryland. Assange sought refugee in the embassy here while on bail pending likely extradition to Sweden to face questioning over suspicion of rape and other sex crimes. Should he leave, Britain says he will be arrested by police.

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Assange completes full year in Ecuador embassy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:15