London. Swedish officials on Monday questioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange regarding allegations he sexually assaulted two women in the country six years ago.
He has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for over four years, over sexual assault charges.
The 45-year-old Australian national has been living in the embassy for more than four years after he was granted political asylum by Ecuador.
This asylum was granted amid fears he will be extradited to the U.S. and questioned over the release of 5,00,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by his controversial website.
“After UN & court findings condemning 6 years of abuses by Sweden against Assange, Sweden finally takes his statement for the first time ever,” the official WikiLeaks account tweeted.
Julian Assange denies Sweden’s allegation of rape, dating back over six years.
The questioning took place in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren arrives at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for Julian Assange’s questioning.
A DNA sample will also be taken from Julian Assange if he gives his consent.
The results of the interview will be transcribed and reported from Ecuador to the Swedish prosecutors in a written statement.
After this report, the prosecutors will take a view on the continuation of the investigation.
Assange, who has denied the sex assault allegations, has said he fears extradition to Sweden could result in another extradition to the United States, where he could face the death penalty if he is charged and convicted of publishing government secrets through WikiLeaks.
Assange has faced criticism for WikiLeaks’ intervention in the US presidential election, releasing a trove of hacked emails from Democratic organizations and figures that were damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The Obama administration said it was confident Russia was behind the hacks, and Ecuador temporarily cut off Assange’s Internet access in the embassy in response to his activities.