U.N. Panel Rules In Julian Assange's Favor In Detention Complaint: BBC

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A United Nations panel has found Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been unlawfully held in a case related to sexual assault allegations against him, the BBC reported Thursday. The uncomfirmed report said the Geneva-based panel decided Assange has been "arbitrarily detained." Assange in June 2012 took refuge at Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces an investigation for assault. Assange hasn't been charged and he denies allegations he raped one woman and molested another woman in Stockholm in 2010. Assange has argued the investigation is politically motivated. If the U.N. panel had ruled against Assange in his detention complaint against the U.K. and Sweden, he said he would surrender to British police.

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