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Britain disappointed at UN panel decision on Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been at the Ecuadoran embassy in London since 2012, having taken refuge to avoid being sent to Sweden where he faces a rape allegation that he deniesThe British government voiced disappointment on Thursday after a UN panel rejected its request to review a ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained. “Julian Assange is not, and has never been, arbitrarily detained in the UK,” junior foreign minister Alan Duncan said in a statement. “We completely reject the opinion of the UN Working Group and are very disappointed that they will not review their deeply flawed and incorrect position,” he said, adding that Assange’s presence at the Ecuadoran embassy was “entirely self-inflicted”.

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