Assange ‘must be extradited’

The UK government stressed to Ecuador yesterday that it was under an obligation to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden, where he faces questioning over sex crimes claims.

Foreign Secretary William Hague held talks with Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino in New York, where ministers have gathered this week for a United Nations meeting.

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Mr Assange has been in Ecuador’s London embassy since June as part of his bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

He fears being sent to the United States if he travels to Sweden, to face interrogation over the whistle-blowing 
website.