Kremlin silent about asylum, but hopes for respecting Assange’s rights

Julian Assange, phot. Forum/REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed hope that all rights of Julian Assange would be respected.

When Dmitry Peskov was speaking at Thursday’s press conference, he was asked about Russia’s readiness to grant asylum to Assange. The spokesman only noted that if information about the arrest was correct, Russia hoped that all his rights would be respected.

On April 11, the British police detained the 47-year old Australian national in London. Earlier, the Ecuadorian authorities decided to deprive him of asylum and let the police officers enter their diplomatic mission, where he had been staying since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case.

However, the Wikileaks founder has always claimed that he feared being extradited from Sweden to the United States. Now he is facing US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets.

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