End 'sorry saga', Cameron urges Assange

2016-02-10 17:06
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange goes back inside after speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange goes back inside after speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

London - Julian Assange should leave the Ecuadoran embassy in London and bring to an end the "whole sorry saga", British Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament on Wednesday.

WikiLeaks founder Assange faces a rape allegation in Sweden, but has been inside Quito's mission for more than three-and-a-half years in a bid to avoid extradition.

The 44-year-old Australian fears deportation from Sweden to the United States over WikiLeaks' release of 500 000 secret military files.

A United Nations panel last week found the anti-secrecy campaigner had been arbitrarily detained by Britain and Sweden.

"I think this was a ridiculous decision," Cameron said in the lower House of Commons.

"You've got a man here with an outstanding allegation of rape against him.

"He barricaded himself into the Ecuadoran embassy and yet claims he was arbitrarily detained. The only person who detained himself, was himself.

"And so what he should do is come out of that embassy and face the arrest warrant that is against him."

He stressed that the allegation against Assange was in Sweden, "a country with a fair reputation for justice".

"He should bring to the end this whole sorry saga."

A Swedish prosecutor said on Tuesday she still aims to question former computer hacker Assange inside the embassy, despite the UN report.

"It does not change my earlier assessments in the investigation," Marianne Ny said in a statement.

She said she was "currently working on a renewed request to interview Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in London".

Read more on:    wikileaks  |  david cameron  |  julian assange  |  uk

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.