April 11, 2019 / 12:50 PM / 13 days ago

U.N. rights expert seeks access to Assange, evidence

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van, after he was arrested by British police, in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights expert will ask Britain to let him meet Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to assess his claims that his privacy has been violated.

Joe Cannataci, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, also said in a statement he planned to ask a Spanish magistrate for access to what he called “fresh new evidence of violations of Mr. Assange’s privacy” that he may have.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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