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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned about rape allegation

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy where he continues to seek asylum following an extradition request from Sweden in 2012, on February 5, 2016 in London, England. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has insisted that Mr Assange's detention should be brought to an end. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, will be questioned by Swedish officials about an accusation of rape, The Guardian reports. The interview will take place on November 14 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which has been sheltering Assange since 2012.

The focus of the interview will be a 2010 rape allegation against Assange, which Assange claims was a consensual encounter. He has also been accused of sexual assault by a second woman, but the statute of limitations on those claims has expired.

Assange fled Sweden after the allegations against him surfaced, and sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Assembly in London. He has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning because, he claims, he faces extradition to the United States over WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Assange’s lawyer says his client welcomes the upcoming interview as a “chance to clear his name.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

 

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