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Assange braces for 12 months in hiding


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Assange braces for 12 months in hiding

The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange has said he expects to remain sheltering in Ecuador’s London embassy for up to a year.

He has been in the building for more than two months, avoiding extradition to Sweden to answer allegations of rape and sexual assault.

In a TV interview recorded this week, Assange remained optimistic of a diplomatic solution to the stalemate that has strained relations between Britain and Ecuador.

The 41 year old and his supporters suspect that extradition to Sweden would be followed by a move to the United States where he could face charges after he published thousands of secret US diplomatic communications in 2010.

He claims he is being politically persecuted by Washington, and he denies any wrongdoing in Sweden.

Britain says it is legally obliged to extradite him, but for the moment he is beyond the reach of UK authorities in the embassy.

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