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Assange warns on collapse of US rule of law

AFP, LONDON

A former computer hacker, Assange has not left the Ecuadoran embassy since June 19 last year, when he walked in claiming asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes.

Ecuador granted him asylum — accepting his argument that he could face prosecution and even the death penalty in the US — but British authorities refuse to allow him safe passage out of the country, leaving him stuck inside amid a diplomatic deadlock. Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs is due to fly to London for talks over Assange with his British counterpart on June 17.

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