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French Sec. of State Would Consider Asylum for Julian Assange

French Sec. of State Would Consider Asylum for Julian Assange

More than 70 British legislators are urging the government to make sure WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.

The letter, co-ordinated by Labour MPs Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy and signed by cross-party members and peers, reads: "We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the [Swedish] complainant should see justice be done".

Julian Assange "smeared poo on the walls" at the Ecuadorian embassy in London during his seven year stay there when he was claiming asylum, an Ecuadorian minister has claimed.

He spent nearly seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted over two separate allegations - one of rape and one of molestation.

When he took up residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2012, it was to avoid answering the sexual allegations against him in Sweden, which had sought his extradition for questioning.

Those charges were dropped in May 2017, but Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the case after a request by one of the alleged victim's lawyers.

Two British judges previous year agreed to block the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love to the USA, on the grounds it would be "oppressive", in a ruling hailed a "landmark judgement".

But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Assange should not be extradited to the U.S. to face a charge of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer.

The Daily Mail also picks up the tale, saying he faces decades in a U.S. jail after he was hauled out by eight policemen and put before a judge as extradition proceedings got under way.

Clearly, this is why the U.S. government is so tenaciously pursuing Mr Assange's prosecution - to protect the mechanisms used by the status quo to maintain itself.

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The Swedish accusation against Assange dates from August 2010 when the alleged victim, who says she met him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm a few days earlier, filed a complaint.

"There's specific global extradition law protection that prevents you from charging someone with additional (offences)", he added. But Ecuador abruptly withdrew its asylum and invited the police to arrest Assange on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Swedish Prosecution Authority said they were following the news of Assange's arrest.

Britain is bound by law not to extradite a suspect to a country where he or she could face execution for the crime, but this is not an issue at the moment because the crime Assange faces does not put him at risk of capital punishment, he said.

Mr Marchan said: "He has said that we were spying on him, he has said we were lying, we were agents of the United States".

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Sweden have confirmed that while the investigation has not yet been officially resumed, they are looking into the case.

A coalition of campaigners representing survivors of sexual violence urged the home secretary to focus on the unresolved rape allegations emanating from Sweden against Assange.

After his dramatic arrest, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail.

Former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett said people giving Assange "unqualified support" were being "extremely unwise".