Julian Assange finally questioned next week


More than four years after he took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face questioning there on Nov. 14 over Sweden’s allegations against him of sex crimes, including rape.

This could mark a breakthrough in the standoff. Assange has repeatedly denied the accusations, which date to 2010. He maintains that he would face extradition to the US.if he appeared in Sweden for questioning. Sweden has said an interview is necessary before it can determine whether to file charges against Assange.

“I welcome the fact that the investigation can now move forward via an interview with the suspect,” Director of Prosecution Marianne Ny said.

The prosecutors said they will not release details after they conduct the interview because this is an ongoing investigation.

“Since he took refuge in the embassy, three of four sex-crimes allegations against Assange have expired, due to statutes of limitation,” as we have reported. “The fourth allegation, of rape, remains.”