Holed up in Ecuador's embassy, WikiLeaks' Assange to win support from U.N. panel

February 5, 2016 12:35 AM

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Holed up in Ecuador's embassy, WikiLeaks' Assange to win support from U.N. panel

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid a rape investigation, was detained arbitrarily in contravention of international law, a U.N. panel will rule on Friday.

Assange, who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, appealed to the panel saying he was a political refugee whose rights had been infringed by being unable to take up asylum in Ecuador.

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