Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Assange living in fear of US extradition

Fear: Julian Assange
Fear: Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange believes there is a "significant risk" of being extradited to the United States if he leaves the Ecuador embassy in London, he said today.

Speaking inside the embassy on the second anniversary of his dramatic arrival, the founder of the whistleblowing site made it clear he will remain inside the building until the impasse over his future is broken.

The Australian citizen is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sex allegations by two women but fears being sent to the US if he leaves London.

He told a handful of journalists that threats had been made against his children and his mother since he has been living in the embassy.

A group of supporters held a vigil outside the embassy to mark the anniversary.

Mr Assange claimed the bill for mounting a round the clock police guard on the Ecuadorian Embassy was £6.5 million

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz