Julian Assange


France rejects asylum request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, citing legal situation

PUBLISHED Fri, July 03, 2015 - 5:52am EDT

The French government says it "cannot act" on a public request for asylum from Julian Assange, citing his legal situation. The WikiLeaks founder, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations. In an open letter published in Le Monde, Assange asked French President François Hollande to grant him asylum to protect him from "the political persecution of which I am now the subject." [Full statement attached]

  Statement from France's presidential palace (English translation by BNO News) - click to expand


France has received the letter of Mr. ASSANGE. A closer examination, taking into account the legal elements and the material situation of Mr. ASSANGE, shows that France can not act on the request.

The situation of Mr. ASSANGE presents no immediate danger. He is also the subject of a European arrest warrant.

  Statement from France's presidential palace (French, original) - click to expand


La France a bien reçu la lettre de M. ASSANGE. Un examen approfondi fait apparaître que compte-tenu des éléments juridiques et de la situation matérielle de M. ASSANGE, la France ne peut pas donner suite à sa demande.

La situation de M. ASSANGE ne présente pas de danger immédiat. Il fait en outre l’objet d’un mandat d’arrêt européen.

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