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WikiLeak's Founder Completes Full Year in Ecuador Embassy

  • Reuters

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waves from a window with Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino (R) at Ecuador's embassy in central London June 16, 2013.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange waves from a window with Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patino (R) at Ecuador's embassy in central London June 16, 2013.

Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of Assange's successful asylum bid here to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions on sexual assault claims.

The 41-year-old fears Sweden will hand him over to U.S. authorities, who would try him for helping facilitate one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

In an off-camera interview with Reuters a year after he took refuge
within these walls, Assange said he remained hopeful he would eventually leave, although he did not expect it would happen in the short term.

WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of confidential U.S. documents on the Internet in 2010.

Supporters say revealing the information was in the public interest, while critics say it jeopardized lives and national security. The court martial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused
of providing reams of classified material to WikiLeaks, is underway in Maryland.

Assange sought refugee in the embassy here while on bail pending likely extradition to Sweden to face questioning over suspicion of rape and other sex crimes.

Should he leave, Britain says he will be arrested by police.
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