Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is to be questioned on Nov. 14 at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been living for more than four years.
Swedish prosecutors, who made the announcement, say that Ecuador has granted their country’s request and that a joint interview will be conducted involving officials of both countries.
The interview, originally planned for October, is to address the allegation of a rape in Sweden in 2010, a crime that Mr. Assange denies and for which he has yet to be charged. Indeed, it was allegations of rape and sexual assault that initially caused Assange to seek asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in June 2012, citing fears that extradition to the Scandinavian country would leave him vulnerable to a similar request from the United States on charges of espionage related to WikiLeaks.
A Swedish assistant prosecutor and police investigator will be present at the London embassy when an Ecuadorean prosecutor interviews Assange, according to the agreement struck between Sweden and Ecuador. If the interviewee consents, a DNA sample will also be taken.