WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

France rejects asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

France rejects an asylum request made by the founder of transparency website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 3, 2015) (REUTERS) – France swiftly rejected on Friday (July 3) a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The founder of the transparency website had appealed directly to President Francois Hollande, days after WikiLeaks published documents showing the United States had spied on successive French leaders, including Hollande himself.

“My life is in danger,” Assange wrote in a letter to the Socialist president which was published by Le Monde newspaper.

Less than an hour after his letter was published by Le Monde’s website, Hollande’s office issued a statement saying the asylum request was rejected.

Assange has been living for the past three years in Ecuador’s London embassy, where he took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

He fears Sweden could then extradite him to the United States, where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks’ publication of vast numbers of classified documents.