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London—WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy on February 5, holding a copy of a U.N. ruling that his 3.5-year detention in the embassy was unlawful, and that he should be freed and awarded compensation. "How sweet it is,” he said to a crowd of journalists. “This this a victory that cannot be denied." Assange, a computer hacker who enraged the United States by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables, had initially sought temporary asylum at the embassy in 2012 to avoid a rape investigation in Sweden before being detained by British and Swedish authorities. Both Britain and Sweden denied that Assange was being deprived of freedom, noting he had entered the embassy voluntarily. Britain said it could contest the decision and that Assange would be arrested if he left the embassy.
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