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Julian Assange calls on US to drop Wikileaks investigation after two years in Ecuador embassy

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Julian Assange calls on US to drop Wikileaks investigation after two years in Ecuador embassy

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made a fresh appeal to the US Attorney General on the second anniversary of his asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

The Australian activist and former computer hacker urged the Attorney General to respect the principles of free speech.

“I call on Eric Holder today to immediately drop the ongoing national security investigation against WikiLeaks or resign,” he said.

Swedish authorities want Assange extradited to face allegations of sexual misconduct. He denies the charges and his supporters fear it is a pretext to transfer him to the US.

Assange’s lawyers say they will present “new information” to the Swedish authorities next week.

WikiLeaks sparked uproar with its publication of thousands of secret documents.

Britain refuses to allow Assange safe passage out of the embassy and has spent more than 7 million euros on round-the-clock policing.