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Sweden's deputy prosecutor announced Monday that she will reopen the preliminary investigation into a rape case against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.
The extradition hearing comes a day after the WikiLeaks co-founder was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching bail conditions in the UK.
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions.
MEPs have backed new EU laws to protect employees who go public with reports of wrongdoing. The new rules protect whistleblowers from dismissal and offer safe channels for reporting abuses. The reforms come amid debate over the fate over Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.
Whistleblowers across the European Union have won greater protection under landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. The new law, approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday, create "safe channels" and aims to shield whistleblowers from retaliation.
Julian Assange is embroiled in a war of words with the Ecuadorian government. The country's President Lenin Moreno has defended his decision to remove Mr Assange's asylum status claiming he 'violated his asylum conditions repeatedly'.
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who is now in custody in the UK, is facing a possible renewal of an allegation of rape in Sweden. Prosecutors said they were looking again at the case after a request by the lawyer of the alleged victim.
Brock Chisholm, a consultant clinical psychologist who examined Assange multiple times over the last year, told Euronews the thing that had the most profound effect on the Wikileaks founder was the threat of what might happen if he left the embassy.
The founder of Wikileaks was found guilty of skipping bail by Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon - after having been dragged out of London's Ecuadorian embassy earlier on.
However, the US Department of Justice made the extradition request that prompted his arrest.
A new whistleblower directive was approved by EU negotiators on Tuesday in Strasbourg. But at a press conference, when asked whether Julian Assange was a whistleblower, the reply was "no comment".
Ecuadorian Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo said a "close associate" of Assange had been arrested "for investigative purposes"
Police dragged the 47-year-old from the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, ending seven years of political asylum there.
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Assange is wanted in the US over an investigation into WikiLeaks' leaking of classified documents concerning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US Department of Justice said the charge related specifically to conspiracy to commit computer intrusion with US whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
The organisation said individuals had threatened to leak the private documents, videos and audio gathered on its founder, Julian Assange.
Former Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, told Euronews that Julian Assange faces immediate arrest
Assange has been holed up inside Ecuador's London embassy since 2012.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is meeting with German politicians today.
"There is a path for Mr Assange to take the decision to exit into near freedom," said President Lenin Moreno.
A court in Ecuador has rejected Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's lawsuit and ruled that he must abide by the London embassy's new rules.
The move comes as Assange is still being sheltered at the country’s UK embassy.
The WikiLeaks founder, who has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012, could be handed over to British authorities. President Lenin Moreno is in London apparently to meet with officials to finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection.
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The Wikileaks founder sought asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden.
A judge is set to rule on whether an arrest warrant against Assange should be dropped, paving the way for him to leave the London embassy where he’s been holed up since 2012.
Britain’s Foreign Office, who rejected Ecuador’s request to grant diplomatic status to Assange, said the only way to resolve the issue is for Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and face justice.