Monday, December 14, 2015

Julian Assange Will Finally Get His Day in Court—In the Ecuadorean Embassy

Three years into his voluntary captivity at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will finally get his say in court, or at least in an embassy office.

Ecuador and Swedish authorities have reached a bilateral agreement for a Swedish prosecutor to travel to the UK to question Assange at the embassy in connection with a sex-crimes investigation against him in Sweden.

Assange has been wanted for questioning in Sweden since 2010 after sexual encounters with two women in that country led to a criminal investigation of rape. Assange has not actually been charged with any crime, but he is wanted for questioning. He has denied the allegations, stating that his relations with the women were consensual.

In addition to the rape allegation, Assange had initially also been wanted for questioning in relation to sexual molestation charges, stemming from an encounter with one of the women. But the statute of limitations has since run out on that alleged crime, so only the rape allegation and investigation remains active.

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