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    Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will look into options for taking legal action against Sweden in light of recently released correspondence between UK and the Swedish prosecution, WikiLeaks spokesman told Sputnik Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — According to documents received by Italian L'Espresso weekly under the Freedom of the Press Act and published Monday, the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) strongly recommended in 2011 that Sweden’s prosecution insist on extraditing Assange to Sweden instead of questioning him in London.

    “It is quite obvious that in light of the new information, they [lawyers] can look into options of taking a legal action against Swedish state,” Hrafnsson said.

    At the same time, the recently released correspondence between CPS and its Swedish colleagues are explicit proof that the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is politicized, the spokesman said.

    “If there was any doubt in anybody’s mind about the political nature of this human rights violation against Julian Asssange, that doubt should vanish with the release of this information,” Hrafnsson said.

    WikiLeaks defense lawyers repeatedly stated that the process against Assange had been protracted and Swedish prosecution could have questioned him years ago.

    Assange, a 44-year-old Australian national, is wanted for questioning by Swedish authorities since 2010 on accusations of sexual coercion and rape. He has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden and then to the United States where he could face espionage charges.

    The WikiLeaks founder argues that Sweden’s rape charges are a ploy to extradite him to the United States, where he is wanted for publishing thousands of leaked top-secret military documents and diplomatic cables.


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