Ecuador au­tho­rizes in­ter­ro­ga­tion of As­sange in Lon­don

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

QUITO, Ecuador — For­eign Min­is­ter Ri­cardo Patino says Ecuador will al­low Swedish pros­e­cu­tors to in­ter­ro­gate Wik­ileaks founder Ju­lian As­sange at the coun­try’s em­bassy in Lon­don where the ac­tivist has lived since 2012. As­sange is an Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen who has sought refuge in Ecuador’s Lon­don-based mis­sion to pre­vent be­ing ex­tra­dited to Swe­den, where he is sought for ques­tion­ing over sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tions made by two women. Patino told lo­cal ra­dio Publica that it was ac­cept­ing Swe­den’s re­quest to in­ter­ro­gate As­sange “as long as the sovereignty of the Ecuado­ran state and the laws in the Con­sti­tu­tion are re­spected.” He sug­gested that Swedish au­thor­i­ties could pro­vide their Ecuado­ran coun­ter­parts with the ques­tions and they could be asked in the pres­ence of a Swedish pros­e­cu­tor. Wik­ileaks has pub­lished mil­lions of clas­si­fied doc­u­ments from var­i­ous gov­ern­ments.

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