Could Julian Assange still face rape charges in Sweden?

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Rafael Correa granted Assange political asylum in 2012 when he sought refuge in the embassy to escape USA prosecution.

The WikiLeaks founder is facing extradition to the USA on charges of conspiring to break into a classified government computer, where he could face a maximum jail sentence of five years.

Wikileaks founder Assange was arrested by British police on a US extradition request Thursday.

Hare pointed out that while Assange rose to prominence through his efforts to disrupt diplomacy, he also took refuge in "a diplomatic mission for almost seven years" to avoid extradition.

However, legal experts have said the Government has very limited powers to block extradition even if there is the political will to do so. By December that year, the Stockholm Criminal Court had issued an worldwide arrest warrant and Assange - who has always proclaimed his innocence - handed himself into British police. Prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the USA political elite's revenge over information that he made public, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Ove Bring, a professor of global law at the University of Stockholm, said that if Sweden revived the case, that would imply a new European arrest warrant, a mechanism of the European Union, that would require Britain to extradite Assange.

Whatever happens, we have a duty to ensure our concern that Assange is not extradited to the U.S. can not be interpreted as tacit support for his decision to evade Swedish investigations.

For President Donald Trump's part, he simply claimed not to know anything about WikiLeaks at all, despite heaping praise on it in the past. As with Love and McKinnon, Assange's appeal will likely be directed as much at the British public as the courts.

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Ecuador's interior minister, Maria Paula Romo, said a person with links to Assange had been arrested for allegedly conspiring against the country's government.

His arrest became possible after Ecuador revoked his political asylum, complaining among other things that he was a messy and disruptive houseguest.

Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson said they would fight the United States extradition request.

Those charges were dropped in May 2017, but Swedish prosecutors say they are now re-examining the case after a request by one of the alleged victim's lawyers.

Assange's attorneys fear that in case of his handover to the U.S., he may face up to 35 years in jail or capital punishment.

On Thursday, Zakharova said Russian Federation plans to raise Assange's arrest with "international organizations".

While it is clear that there was a degree of co-ordination between United Kingdom and USA authorities - the U.S. indictment was unsealed shortly after the Metropolitan Police announced Assange's arrest - the Swedes knew nothing of it.