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British MPs urge government to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden

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 British lawmakers have urged their government to hand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over to authorities in Sweden if that country reopens its investigation into rape and sexual assault allegations and requests his extradition.In the letter sent on Friday to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, which was tweeted by Labour politician Stella Creasy, more than 70 MPs called on him “to stand with the victims of sexual violence.”They added that “the UK should tell Sweden that it will have our full cooperation” if they choose to reopen the rape case against Assange.The MPs note that the investigation in Sweden was “discontinued only because of Assange’s unavailability” while he was inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London.Assange was arrested on Thursday by British police after spending seven years holed inside the embassy. However, much of the coverage focused on the US request for his extradition on a single charge of conspiring with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to steal military secrets.

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