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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be allowed to walk free and be compensated for his "deprivation of liberty", a UN legal panel has found.
Mr Assange, 44 - who faces extradition to Sweden over a rape claim, which he denies - claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012.
He has been arbitrarily detained since his arrest in 2010, the panel said. The UK Foreign Office said the report "changes nothing" and it will "formally contest the working group's opinion". The panel's ruling is not legally binding in the UK and a European Arrest Warrant remains in place.
WikiLeaks has done yet another data dump of classified documents, this time of 276,394 Sony Corp. communications, including email, travel calendars, contact lists, expense reports and private files.
The whistleblower website disclosed the file release on Thursday, via its Twitter account. In April, WikiLeaks published its first set of 30,287 Sony documents and 173,132 email exchanges. Those documents were said to contain a series of incriminating disclosures about Sony, including “an investigation for bribery,” according to WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks added a new set of records to its online database of documents stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment and made public by hackers.
The new information includes “legal entanglements including an investigation for bribery,” WikiLeaks said in a Twitter post on Thursday. The organization, led by Julian Assange, is known for making unauthorized documents public. In April, it created a searchable, permanent library for Sony records that were stolen and originally posted by hackers in 2014.
Sweden asked U.K. and Ecuadorian authorities to allow prosecutors to interview WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London before a statute of limitations in the sexual-assault case runs out this year.
Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecution Marianne Ny submitted a request for assistance to U.K. authorities and a request to Ecuador for permission to interview Assange at its London embassy during June or July at a“time that would be suitable for all parties,” according to a statement Monday.
WikiLeaks is demanding answers from Google after learning that the company handed user information to the FBI and didn't acknowledge the incident for more than two years.
The whisteblowing site on Monday issued an open letter to Eric Schmidt asking the former Google CEO and current chairman to explain when and where it gave law enforcement details on three journalists who were working for WikiLeaks in 2011.