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Hope and anger: Assange marks two years inside

Published on Jun 19, 2014 7:22 AM
In this file picture taken on Dec 20, 2012 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Two years after he sought asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is making a fresh attempt to secure his freedom, although he is not packing his bags just yet.

Lawyers for the Australian former computer hacker will next week present “new information” to the Swedish authorities in a bid to get them to drop a four-year investigation into allegations of sexual assault, which he denies.

Mr Assange sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, which he fears is a pretext for transferring him to the United States, where WikiLeaks sparked an uproar with its publication of thousands of secret documents.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call marking two years since his confinement on June 19, 2012, Mr Assange railed against the US authorities and expressed his support for fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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