UN body says Wikileaks founder should be allowed to go free

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Julian Assange. Credit: photo taken from OHCHR video.

The founder of a controversial freedom of speech website has been held in arbitrary detention and thus deprived of his freedom.

That's the finding of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which on Friday released its opinion on the case of Julian Assange.

The editor-in-chief of Wikileaks is wanted by both the Swedish and United Kingdom governments.

Mr Assange first came to public attention after his website published classified United States government documents in 2010.

He was later detained by the UK authorities in connection with an arrest warrant for alleged sexual abuse committed in Sweden, and has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than three years.

Dianne Penn spoke to Sètondji Roland Adjovi, one of the members of the UN Working Group.

Duration: 4'53"

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