WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London over allegations of committing a sexual assault.
Assange, who has been sheltering in the Ecuadorian Embassy since being granted asylum after his website leaked hundreds of thousands of classified files to the media in 2012, maintains the allegations made against him are politically motivated.
British police officers have been guarding the Ecuadorian Embassy on a 24 hour basis after Sweden issued a warrant calling for the arrest of the Australian national, who could be extradited to Sweden to face charges.
He says he fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he may later be extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted for the leaking of 500,000 classified military files, and claims he could potentially face the death penalty.
Assange agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny in the embassy in a written statement, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter newspaper reported Thursday.
"We have today sent a confirmation to prosecutors that Julian Assange agrees to be questioned," Assange’s lawyer, Thomas Olsson, told the newspaper.
"He assumes that the interrogation will follow the existing rules framework."
However, Swedish prosecutor Ny said Assange would need to be in Sweden if a trial is to take place in the future.