Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange pleads with UK and Sweden to 'restore' his liberty

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a fresh plea to the UK and Swedish authorities to "restore" his liberty, the media reported on Monday.

File image of Julian Assange. Reuters.

File image of Julian Assange. Reuters.

Assange, who has been questioned about a sex allegation in Sweden, spoke out on Sunday, a year after a UN legal panel ruled he should be allowed to walk free, the BBC reported.

"I call on the UK and Sweden to do the right thing and restore my liberty," he said. "These two states signed treaties to recognize the UN and its human rights mechanisms."

Assange said a year on the two governments had failed to comply with the ruling by the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which found that he was being "arbitrarily detained".

The WikiLeaks founder has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June 19, 2012 after he sought asylum following the rejection of his appeal against being extradited to Sweden to face sex assault allegations. He reportedly lives in a small room with a bed, sun lamp, computer, shower, treadmill and cooking facilities, the BBC said.

Assange has refused to travel to Sweden for questioning because he fears he will then be handed over to the US over Wikileaks' release of 500,000 secret military files.

WikiLeaks previously said its founder would agree to be extradited if clemency was granted to Chelsea Manning - who leaked documents to the website.

The transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on May 17 after former US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

Assange has said he would stand by his offer as long as his rights were protected.



Updated Date: Feb 06, 2017 11:22 AM

Also Watch

Social Media Star: Abhishek Bachchan, Varun Grover reveal how they handle selfies, trolls and broccoli
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 It's a Wrap: Soorma star Diljit Dosanjh and Hockey legend Sandeep Singh in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 Watch: Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh defies decades of prejudice by taking out baraat in Thakur-dominated Nizampur village
  • Monday, July 16, 2018 India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in village
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018 Maurizio Sarri, named as new Chelsea manager, is owner Roman Abramovich's latest gamble in quest for 'perfect football'

Also See