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Assange becomes Ecuadorian citizen five years after fleeing Sweden probe

The embassy where Assange has been living since 2012. Photo: Matt Dunham/AP

Published: 12.Jan.2018 07:01 hrs

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become a citizen of Ecuador more than five years after moving into its London embassy to escape arrest over a Swedish rape investigation that he claims is linked to his whistle-blowing activities.

The pale, lanky Australian, a former computer hacker, is at the centre of a dispute that his supporters see as a battle between digital rights crusaders and over-mighty governments.

He has defied the US army and the Central Intelligence Agency with a torrent of damaging leaks that has led some officials in the United States to call for his imprisonment.

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