Scotland Yard has spent at least $15.6 million guarding the Ecuadorean embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up for nearly 1,000 days.
Assange was granted asylum there and could be arrested if he leaves the embassy. Swedish authorities want to question him about an alleged sexual assault in Stockholm in 2010; he says the sex was consensual. A Swedish court upheld an arrest warrant last year, and British courts have said he should be extradited to Sweden.
“[Sweden is] hardly an illiberal rogue state. Of course the right thing for him to do is face justice in a country where due process is well established,” British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Thursday.
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