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WikiLeaks founder defies UK police
Assange decides to remain in Ecuador’s embassy in London after applying for asylum in Ecuador.
Assange decides to remain in Ecuador’s embassy in London after applying for asylum in Ecuador.
Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:0AM
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Julian Assange has not complied with a British police order to surrender himself, deciding to remain in Ecuador’s embassy in London after he applied for asylum in Ecuador.


On Wednesday May 30, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that WikiLeaks founder could be extradited to Sweden while giving his lawyer a 14-day chance to challenge the pending extradition.

However sixteen days later on 14 June, the Supreme Court in London reaffirmed its rejection of Assange’s appeal against his extradition to Sweden saying the case is without merit and it is dismissed.

On Thursday June 28, the British police served Assange with a demand that he surrender himself to a central police station as the first step in his extradition to Sweden.

However, Assange decided to remain in Ecuador’s embassy under the protection of the Ecuadorian government because asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims, as described by a member of his defense fund.

In 2010, Assange released hundreds of thousands of classified US documents, including a video showing US forces firing at Iraqi civilians and journalists.

Following the release of documents, Bradley Manning, a US army soldier, was arrested in Iraq over the suspicion that he had passed the classified documents to Assange.

Media reports said he was subject to torture. Assange and Manning have been targeted by the US government as criminals and concerns are being voiced over what Assange’s extradition to Sweden could lead to.

A report published by The Independent in 2010 confirmed that informal talks had been held between Sweden and the US about Assange’s "temporary surrender" to the US.

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