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  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy, London, Aug. 19, 2012.

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy, London, Aug. 19, 2012. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 January 2017

The whistleblower will still have to wait for Sweden to decide if it will go ahead with rape allegation investigations.

Ecuador has officially handed over its report to Sweden on the interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over rape allegations, Sweden' prosecutor's office confirmed Thursday.

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The report, between 400 and 500 pages long, documents the questioning carried out by Ecuadorean prosecutor Wilson Toainga, in the presence of Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where Assange has been holed-up for more than four years.

But Sweden said that before announcing a decision on the inquiry into allegations against Assange, the report needs to first be translated from Spanish, which is expected to take a number of weeks, and that “thereafter, the prosecutors will take a view on the continuation of the investigation.”

Assange continually asked to be questioned in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to clear his name in Sweden’s rape allegations, first put on him in 2010. After initial concessions from Sweden, and continued negotiations between Sweden and Ecuador, both countries came to an agreement.

The interrogation took place from Nov. 14 to 15 at the Ecuadorean Embassy, where the 45-year-old Australian national has been stuck in a situation the United Nations has described as arbitrary detention since July 2012, after being granted political asylum by the South American nation.

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Assange fears extradition to the U.S. if convicted of rape by Sweden, where he could face up to 45 years in U.S. prison after WikiLeaks released classified documents and cables related to the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010.

Assange has continually denied the allegations and in December released a 19-page statement on his full testimony provided to Swedish authorities, saying that the testimony proves that he is “entirely innocent.”

Assange claims that his sexual encounters at the center of the allegations were consensual and that the accusations are part of a plan to aid his extradition to the U.S. and have amounted to “six years of unlawful, politicized detention without charge.”

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