20 June 2016 - Julian Assange starts 5th year in Ecuador's embassy
Agence France-Presse (The Guardian, 19/06/2016)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange starts his fifth year camped out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Sunday, an occasion his supporters said they would mark with events celebrating whistleblowers.
Assange, 44, is wanted for questioning over a 2010 rape allegation in Sweden but has been inside Ecuador’s UK mission for four full years in a bid to avoid extradition.
The anti-secrecy campaigner, who denies the allegation, walked into the embassy of his own free will on 18 June, 2012, with Britain on the brink of sending him to Stockholm, and has not left since.
(The Economic Times, 19/06/2016)
The 44-year-old is wanted for questioning over a 2010 rape allegation in Sweden but has been hiding in the embassy since he was given asylum as he fears being extradited to the US to be quizzed over the activities of Wikileaks if he travels to Sweden.
His supporters have planned a series of demonstrations around the world, including London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Belgrade, under the banner 'First They Came for Assange'.
Several cities across the globe started the week marking the detention of the WikiLeaks chief, Julian Assange, who has been living in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex-crime allegations.
Assange denies the allegations
Steven Viney (ABC News, 19/06/2016)
Inside, Mr Assange reportedly sleeps in a makeshift bedroom, exercises to maintain fitness, celebrates birthdays with embassy staff, and monitors his food intake for poisoning, all the while continuing to work on his WikiLeaks project.
Mr Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape allegation, which he denies.
If extradited to Sweden, Mr Assange fears he will be sent to the United States and put on trial for publishing classified documents.
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