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Ecuadorean officials invite Swedish authorities to London to interview Julian Assange

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Julian Assange: The WikiLeaks founder faces extradition to Sweden

Julian Assange's mother lashes out at US

The mother of Julian Assange has accused the British, Swedish and Australian governments of being "sycophants" of the United States over the long-running extradition saga involving her son.

Julian Assange is facing extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in relation to accusations of rape and molestation

Ecuador is no hurry over Julian Assange as ambassador leaves London for talks on political asylum bid

Ecuador has signalled that it is in no hurry to decide whether or not to give Julian Assange asylum after it today emerged that their ambassador to London has flown home for talks on the fate of the WikiLeaks founder.

Ecuadorian ambassador in talks over Assange's request for political asylum

The Ecuadorian ambassador is understood to be flying home this weekend for talks on the country's response to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Ambassador heads to Ecuador for Assange talks

The Ecuadorian ambassador is understood to be flying out to her nation's capital this weekend for talks on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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Julian Assange's lawyer admits Ecuadorian asylum bid 'makes him look like a suspect'

Julian Assange’s Swedish lawyer admitted today that his client’s decision to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy made him look like he was trying to avoid facing sexual assault allegations. But he said the threat of extradition to the United States forced the 40-year-old to take such drastic action.

Julian Assange would not reveal where today's emails had come from

Third night at Ecuadorean embassy for Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is little closer to discovering whether his request for political asylum in Ecuador will be accepted after he spent a third night at the country's embassy in London.

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