Julian Assange The Future – supporters hold vigil

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Julian Assange the future:  Sweden’s chief prosecutor has questioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about a rape allegation at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Ingrid Isgren left the Embassy 13.30 GMT following the questioning.  She was not be able to talk to him directly.

Legal

Julian Assange denies the allegation that he raped a Swedish woman in 2010.  Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren listened as an Ecuadorean prosecutor put the questions to Mr Assange. The questioning began Monday 14 November 2016 and expected to last a few days.

Assange is accused of raping a woman, named in legal papers as SW, at her home in Sweden, in August 2010. He claims the sex was consensual.

Sexual allegations

Julian Assange was given political asylum at the Embassy in London in June 2012 after a British court ruled he should be extradited to Sweden.  He is wanted for questioning there over sexual allegations by two women — which he denies.

Ecuador Embassy

Assange fears that should he be forced to go to Sweden he will be extradited to the United States where he could face charges of leaking top secret documents by Wikileaks.  The Ecuadorean authorities gave him shelter after Assange requested asylum while he was in London.

At the embassy Mr Assange is beyond the reach of the UK authorities or anyone else. He lives alone in a single room where he has essential needs and can look after himself.

Support

Since Assange entered the Ecuador Embassy a daily vigil has been held outside in support of his freedom. There may not be many but they are staunch supporters. They refuse to leave the area saying they have a right to show their backing for the Wikileaks founder.

We visited the location in 2013, a year after his confinement to check out how support was bearing up to the long term stay

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