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WikiLeaks founder trapped in embassy building for two years


08-18-2014 19:20 BJT

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is reportedly suffering from a life threatening heart defect and a chronic lung condition that may require hospitalization. The 43-year-old Australian native has been trapped inside Ecuador’s embassy in London for the past two years.

On August 16, 2012, Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador, but he was unable to leave the embassy building due to an arrest warrant issued by a Swedish court for his alleged role in two sexual assault cases.

Assange denied the charges and claims they are politically motivated, when a Swedish court struck down an appeal by Assange’s lawyers and ruled to uphold the arrest order. The Swedish court insists the British should arrest Assange and extradite him to Sweden for questioning.

But Assange fears the real objective is to hand him over to authorities in the Unites States, where the government would try him for crimes against the state for revealing confidential documents. Assange has been investigated by US authorities since WikiLeaks published leaked military and diplomatic documents back in 2010.

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