A global event celebrating whistleblowers and freedom of expression will be held to mark the fourth anniversary of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s stay in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Under the title First They Came For Assange, songs, speeches and readings were held simultaneously in a number of cities on Sunday. The Australian has been living inside the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over a sex allegation, which he denies. He believes he will be taken to the United States to be quizzed over the activities of WikiLeaks if he goes to Sweden, with the FBI pursuing charges including espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage, theft of government property and computer crimes. The simultaneous events at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, Berlin’s Volksbuhne, Brussels’ Theatre Bozar, Madrid’s Circulo de Bellas Artes, Milan Fashion Week, Belgrade, Naples and Sarajevo kicked off Assange Week, with additional events in New York, Quito, Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
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