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Spokeswoman: Assange to stay at embassy

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 01:02

June 29 - Despite a police order to leave, a spokeswoman for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will remain at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Sarah Irwin reports.

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A spokeswoman for Julian Assange says the WikiLeaks founder will not leave Ecuador's embassy in London. SOUNDBITE Susan Benn, Julian Assange Defence Fund, saying: "Mr. Assange has been advised that he should decline to comply with the police request. This should not be considered any sign of disrespect. Under both international and domestic U.K. law, asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims." Assange has been at the embassy since he applied for political asylum last week. On Thursday, British police demanded he leave the embassy. Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden on sex-crime allegations, but risks arrest if he leaves the embassy, after breaching bail terms. The 40-year-old denies any wrongdoing and fears extradition to the U.S. after publishing secret U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010. Sarah Irwin, Reuters.

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Spokeswoman: Assange to stay at embassy

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 01:02