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>> Julian Assange just might be closer to leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he's been holed up for over four years. The WikiLeaks founder took refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations. Now Swedish prosecutors have finally struck a deal to question Assange in the embassy.
Reuters Nordic Bureau Chief, Alistair Scrutton in Stockholm says a breakthrough might be near.>> Nothing can really progress in this case until the prosecutors have actually questioned Assange. But the prosecutors for the last four years have insisted that Assange comes to Sweden. Assange doesn't want to go to Sweden because he thinks that he'll be arrested there and extradited to the United States, where he says there's a grand jury investigation Into him.
>> After questioning, the prosecutors could finally decide whether to press charges. Even if they drop the case though, Assange may not be out of the woods.>> It's important to run, but he broke bail when he went into the Ecuadorian Embassy, I think, four years ago. So he still faces some problems with the UK justice system.
Assange's lawyers argue that his stay in the embassy amounts to illegal detention. That's been rejected by Swedish courts, but was supported by a UN tribunal. Despite Thursday's news, few would bet against him marking a fifth year in his London hideaway.