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Mr Assange spent nearly seven years in the embassy in London where he sought political asylum in 2012 when he failed in his legal battle against extradition to Sweden. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum.

The moderator wondered whether Hillary Clinton might have thoughts on Julian Assange's arrest - noting that Clinton has "some familiarity" with the WikiLeaks founder's work.

The comments came after more than 70 Parliamentarians signed a letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid urging the Government to ensure Assange faces Swedish authorities if they request his extradition. They also confirmed he would resist extradition, saying that it set a "dangerous precedent where any journalist could face U.S. charges for publishing truthful information about the United States".

More than 70 parliamentarians wrote to the home secretary, and the shadow Home sScretary Diane Abbott, urging them to prioritise the outstanding charge over the USA charges relating to Wikileaks' activities.

His separate extradition case on charges of computer hacking is set to be next heard by video-link at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 2.

But Ecuador withdrew his asylum status and allowed British police into the embassy on Thursday to arrest the white-bearded Assange.

"In this case, the suspected crime of rape would be subject to statute of limitation in mid-August 2020".

When asked what he thinks should happen to Assange, who is charged with leaking national security secrets, Trump said, "I don't really have any opinion".

The sexual assault charges were dropped but Assange refused to leave the embassy, prolonging his self-imposed exile.

But on Friday, Swedish prosecutors said they were examining the rape case at the request of the alleged victim's lawyer.

British politicians are free to lobby the government for a certain course of action, but it's up to the courts to decide whether the US request for Assange's extradition - and a possible future request from Sweden - should be honored.

He could receive up to a year in prison when sentenced at an as yet undetermined later date.

As Assange settled in to his first night in British custody, his allies and enemies alike are gearing up for what promises to be a long, dogged legal slog, not only over his possible extradition to the US but over how courts should view his actions. He also sought refuge because of fears that Sweden would ultimately extradite him to the U.S.

The US Department of Justice has accused him of conspiring with former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to commit "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States".