Sweden eyes Ecuador deal by year-end, paving way for Assange probe

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses members of the media and his supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on August 19, 2012Sweden hopes to reach a judicial cooperation deal with Ecuador by year’s end that would pave the way for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation, officials said Monday. “We hope to have an agreement soon … we hope to have it well before Christmas,” Swedish justice ministry official Cecilia Riddselius told AFP. Swedish and Ecuadorian officials met in Stockholm for the first time on Monday to hammer out a general agreement for judicial cooperation between the two countries.

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