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>> Swedish officials arriving at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to question Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder interviewed over rape allegations in Stockholm in 2010, an accusation he denies. Reuters Daniel Dickinson says the Swedish prosecution authority decided last March to come to London.>> Since then, Ecuador and Sweden have been squabbling over the conditions, over whose fault it is that it has taken so long time.
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>> Assange has been holed up in the embassy for four years. He took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden, fearing he would then be handed to US authorities. WikiLeaks enraged the US by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables. Ecuador last week granted the Swedish request for assistance in criminal matters.
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>> The interview will be led by an Ecuadorian prosecutor who has gotten questions from Swedish prosecutors and investigators. There will be Swedish prosecutors there at the Embassy. And with her, she has a Swedish police investigator and they will also be able to ask follow up questions.>> If Assange agrees, he will be swabbed for DNA.
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How long the questioning will take, unclear.>> Ecuadorian prosecutors will process the material and hand it over to Sweden. And, only after that, Sweden will be able to take the decision on whether to continue with the rape investigation or not.>> A decision by Sweden expected to take weeks if not months.
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Even if Sweden drops the investigation, there's a very real possibility Assange will be arrested for jumping bail in Britain. Then his fears of being extradited to the United States could still be realized.