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Sweden Asks Ecuador's Permission to Interview Wikileaks Founder

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FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, August 18, 2014.

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures during a news conference at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London, August 18, 2014.

Swedish prosecutors have asked Ecuador's permission to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, over allegations of rape.

The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced the move Wednesday, saying it is "not possible to estimate" when an answer might be given.

Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over the rape charges.

From Sweden, Assange could be extradited to the United States to be tried for the online publication of classified information, in one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

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