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Assange officer 'linked to accuser'

Julian Assange's lawyer says a newspaper report casts doubt on whether the sex abuse investigation against the WikiLeaks founder was impartial.

Swedish tabloid Expressen reported on Thursday that an investigator involved in the initial phase of the probe had personal and political links to one of the women accusing Assange of sexual misconduct.

Assange's lawyer Bjoern Hurtig said that if the information is correct "one should carefully consider whether the nature of the investigation is such that he can be assured a fair trial".

Police said the investigator, Irmeli Krans, interviewed the other woman - not her supposed friend - and was not involved in the investigation after that.

Assange denies the allegations. He is appealing against extradition from the UK to Sweden.

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