Swedes cleared to interview Julian Assange

Ecuador said it will set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange inside its London embassy — a potential breakthrough in the years-long impasse over the WikiLeaks founder.

Mr Assange is wanted for questioning about a rape allegation from his visit to Sweden in 2010. He has not been charged and denies the rape claim, and other allegations made against him by two women. In June, 2012, he sought shelter in Ecuador’s embassy, in the English capital and has been there since.

Ecuador announced last year that it had agreed to a Swedish proposal to interview Mr Assange at the embassy, but it has not happened yet. Ecuador’s foreign ministry said a date would be set “in the coming weeks.”

Swedish prosecution authority spokeswoman Karin Rosander said Sweden submitted a formal request in January to interview Mr Assange, and a reminder in June, and received Ecuador’s reply on Tuesday.

“It means that a questioning can make the case go forward,” Ms Rosander told The Associated Press. “This is decisive to be able to take a decision whether to formally charge him or not.”

She said the Swedish prosecutor is on vacation. and no date has been set.


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