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Assange evades students’ queries

world Updated: Jan 24, 2013 23:06 IST
Ecuadorean embassy

Speaking by video link from his refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy to undergraduates at Oxford University, founder Julian Assange gave an impassioned defence of WikiLeaks and against censorship.

But in the Q&A session, he repeatedly refused to answer questions about his decision not to return to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

“Sweden is a free country with an independent judiciary. Why do you resist being questioned in that country?” asked one student.

Assange’s smile faded. “I have answered these questions extensively in the past,” he replied and referred the student to a website.

Guardian News Service