Australian news, and some related international items

Ecuador asked Sweden to question Julian Assange in London

Assange suffering, mother says THE AUSTRALIAN,  AP July 31, 2012 THE mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says her son’s health is suffering after more than a month confined to Ecuador’s embassy in London. Christine Assange is in Ecuador to meet with officials about her son’s political asylum request.

Ecuadorian officials have said they will not announce a decision until after the London Olympics end in mid-August.

Christine Assange told an Ecuadorian TV station on Monday that her son, owing to his cramped living conditions and inability to exercise, has extreme psychological stress. The activist who published secret US documents took refuge in the
embassy on June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of sexual misconduct.

Assange says he fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States. Meanwhile, Ecuador says it has asked Sweden to question Mr Assange in London…… The WikiLeaks founder fears that from Sweden, he could subsequently be re-extradited to the United States to stand trial for espionage, on account of the trove of leaked US diplomatic cables and military logs that were published on his website…..


July 31, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies

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