Wikileaks founder said he was vindicated by a UN ruling and should go free

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation. Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables, has been holed up in the embassy since June 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden. Assange charged the Swedish allegation was trumped up to permit his extradition to US over the leaked documents. Britain said it could contest the UN ruling and Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy.

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