Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who enraged Washington by releasing classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now facing hostility from the Australian government.
Assange, an Australian citizen, was accused of rape and sexual assault and faces extradition to Stockholm. He believes the allegations are a conspiracy to have him extradited to the U.S., a claim which Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has dismissed as “fantasy.”
Assange is currently holed up in Ecuador's embassy in Britain, in an attempt to avoid being transported to Sweden, according to AFP.
However, Carr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late Monday that Assange would be safer in Sweden than Britain.
“The Swedes say: it is our policy... that we never extradite someone on a matter to related to military or intelligence,” Carr said.
“They just don’t do it.”
“To suggest that the Swedes are after him as a CIA conspiracy to get him to Stockholm and allowing him to be bundled off to Langley, Virginia (CIA headquarters) is sheer fantasy.”
Assange approached the Ecuadorian embassy in June and he was granted asylum in August, however Britain has refused him safe passage.
On Monday Britain told Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa that that it remains committed to finding a diplomatic solution.
Correa on Sunday called on “Europe” to settle the fate of the former computer hacker.
“It’s a diplomatic situation for which a solution must be found... as quickly as possible,” Correa said.