London — Protesters rallied outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on Monday on the day that documents and electronic equipment belonging to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were expected to be seized for handover to US authorities. “Free speech” and “Free Assange”, read some of the placards held up by a small group of campaigners outside the embassy where Assange was holed up for seven years before police arrested him in April after Ecuador revoked his asylum. Assange is serving a 50-week prison sentence in Britain for breaking his bail conditions when he first fled to the embassy in 2012. He is also facing a US extradition request on computer hacking charges. And Sweden announced on Monday that it has issued a formal request to hold Assange on suspicion of rape, which could lead to an extradition request from that country too. The US case involves WikiLeaks publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents exposing US military wrongdoing in the Iraq war and diplomatic sec...

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