Assange costs UK £10m in police duties – IBT

Julian Assange
Julian Assange

The cost to the UK government in policing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has reached £10m according to the International Business Times.

Assange has been holding up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June 2012. He is avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he has been accused of sexual offences against two women in 2010.

Assange who denied the allegations fears Sweden would extradite him to the US where he faces charges of leaking government secret documents.

A UK Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Hugo Swire is cited to have said in a statement to Parliament that the government would welcome a visit from the Swedish prosecution if they sought to question Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been offered asylum.

Assange founded the whistle-blower website Wikileaks which published secret documents of the US and other governments around the world.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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