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France says ‘non’ to Julian Assange’s asylum request

Assange is presently living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

By CBR Staff Writer

The French Government has rejected an asylum request from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying he is not in immediate danger.

Assange, who is presently living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, wrote a letter to French President Francois Hollande, saying that his life was in danger.

In his letter, which was published by Le Monde newspaper, Assange said, "Only France is in a position today to offer me the necessary protection against, and exclusively against, the political persecution of which I am currently a target.

Hollande’s office issued a statement saying that Assange’s asylum request was rejected.

The office said it could not grant Assange’s request due to the legal and material elements of his situation.

"The situation of Mr Assange does not present any immediate danger. He is also the target of a European arrest warrant"

After the letter’s publication, Wikileaks tweeted that Assange did not submit an asylum application to France. He published an open letter in Le Monde to Hollande and the public.

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Recent documents from WikiLeaks revealed that the US has allegedly been snooping on France for over a decade, intercepting communications of country officials and all corporate contracts valued at over $200m.

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