EU official tells Assange 'just go to Sweden, face sex assault allegations'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should "just go" to Sweden and face allegations of rape and sexual assault, one of Europe's top officials has said.
Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, has demanded Assange should "answer the questions" about the alleged attacks.
Malmstrom also dismissed the threat of his onward extradition to America as "purely theoretical," the Independent reports.
"I'm not engaged in this, I know there are talks. But he's accused of rape, of sexual harassment and if he's innocent, which he might be - I don't know - why doesn't he just go and answer the questions?" the paper quoted Malmstrom, as saying.
"I don't believe for a minute that's why he would go to the US," Malmström, who is herself a Swede, said.
Assange, 41, has been holed-up in a west London embassy building for nearly six months.
He fears that, once he arrives in Sweden, he will be sent on to America over allegations that he was involved in the leaking of sensitive documents.