Assange expelled?

Reports out of the UK claim that Julien Assange will be kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy soon:

JULIAN ASSANGE, the fugitive computer programmer, is set to be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London “within hours”, a “high-level” source claims.

The WikiLeaks founder has been in the London building since 2012 after seeking asylum there as Swedish police wanted to question him over allegations of sexual assault and rape. WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday night: “A high-level source within the Ecuadorian state has told WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within ‘hours to days’ using the INA papers offshore scandal as a pretext and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.” Mr Assange is wanted by American authorities for his role in publishing secret US documents.

I have to admit, I never quite understood why he was so concerned about being put on trial in Sweden, considering the penalties for the crimes of which he was accused. But, I expect there was probably considerably more to it than that, given all the drama that has surrounded Wikileaks over the years.


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