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Assange lawyer has key info on rape claims: Report

Published on Aug 23, 2012 2:21 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyer on Thursday said he had key information relating to the rape claims his client was facing which would be surprising when revealed, a report said.

Mr Baltasar Garzon, who spent hours in a briefing with Assange on Sunday discussing his legal strategy, said the defence had requested a prosecutor from Sweden travel to London to take a statement from the former hacker.

"I think that will be a very good option," he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 41-year-old Australian, who has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London since June, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and molestation, claims he denies. British authorities won their case to extradite him to Sweden but because he sought asylum in Ecuador's embassy they have so far been unable to send him there.

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