Wikileaks founder Julian Assange urges UK, Swedish governments to 'restore his liberty'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange makes appeal for UK and Swedish governments to restore his liberty

Julian Assange has made a fresh appeal for his liberty

Monday, February 6, 2017

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has today made a new appeal for UK and Swedish authorities to "restore" his liberty.

The jounalist, who has been living in Ecuador's London embassy for over four years, faces sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

He believes that, if he is extradited to Sweden, he will then be extradited to the US to be interrogated over Wikileaks' activity. 

Assange spoke out to say that neither the UK government nor the Swedish authorities has respected the finding of the UN working group that he was being "arbitrarily detained" in the Ecuadorian embassy.

He said: "I call on UK and Sweden to restore my liberty. They signed treaties to recognise the UN and its human rights conventions. 

"Their governments accepted the jurisdiction of the working group in my case,  but at no time in the 16-month process did they withdraw.

"This refusal to respect the decision comes at a terrible cost, for other states can now illegally detain Swedish and UK citizens with impunity."