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Julian Assange extradition could take "months or years"

Julian Assange extradition could take

A witness who prosecutors were seeking to interview and an associate of Assange based in Europe who also requested anonymity said that before his arrest Assange had expressed concern that US prosecutors would also bring charges against him related to WikiLeaks' publication of Central Intelligence Agency computer hacking tools, which the website described as its "Vault 7" cache.

Ms Abbott, the shadow home secretary, appeared to play down allegations of rape and sexual assault against Assange as she backed Mr Corbyn's demand for the United Kingdom to resist his extradition to the US.

Clearly, this is why the U.S. government is so tenaciously pursuing Mr Assange's prosecution - to protect the mechanisms used by the status quo to maintain itself.

Meanwhile, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said the UK Government had given him a written assurance that Mr Assange would not be extradited to a country where he could face torture or the death penalty.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state weighed in on Assange while at a speaking event with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

And it doesn't get much more discourteous than smearing shit on the walls, as Ecuador's Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo has claimed Assange did.

The Ecuadorian government had historically been sympathetic to Assange's cause, but a regime change two years ago heralded a less supportive approach.

"It would be right to extradite him to Sweden, it would not be right to extradite him to America, at this point in proceedings", James said.

However, Mr Hrafnsson said Assange had been thrown "overboard" by Ecuador, adding: "I thought it was awful to treat an individual like that".

The political debate over whether to extradite Assange is already taking shape, with Britain's opposition Labour Party urging the government not to hand him over to the Americans.

The lawyer noted that it is likewise "a big question" whether a U.S. court would heed the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which has stated that Assange has been arbitrarily held up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

But his arrest prompted the lawyer for a Swedish woman who alleged she was raped by Assange during a visit to Stockholm in 2010 to say they wanted the case reopened.

In a statement Ms Fritz said: "That what we have been waiting for and hoping for nearly seven years now, of course, comes as a shock to my client".

On Friday, Swedish prosecutors said they were examining the rape case at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

"It is therefore of grave concern to us that it appears that the Swedish authorities were not aware of the plans made to arrest Mr Assange yesterday in London, and we would welcome clarity as to what action the United Kingdom authorities took to ensure that the Swedish prosecutors were informed in advance of this decision", it adds.

She added that "no rape victim should have to wait nine years to see justice be served".