Sweden to interview Assange in embassy
Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren has entered the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be questioned over a rape allegation.
Isgren was dropped at the embassy door at 9.30am on Monday and had to make her way up the steps through a throng of journalists.
The 45-year-old Australian has agreed to be interviewed on Monday by Isgren and an Ecuadorean prosecutor with a Swedish police investigator also present.
Assange has been holed up at the embassy since mid-2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he fears he could be further extradited to the US over WikiLeaks' release of classified government documents.
Prosecutors plan to ask Assange to consent to providing a DNA sample.
Assange's recently acquired cat was meanwhile watching proceedings from the window sill of one of the rooms on the embassy ground floor.
A few Assange supporters gathered across the street and hung banners on the railings saying "Free Assange" and "Thank You WikiLeaks".
In February this year, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a decision condemning Sweden and the UK for the "arbitrary and unlawful deprivation of liberty" Assange had been subject to.
At around 11.30 am crowd barriers ordered by police began to be set up opposite the embassy where around 100 journalists and about 20 Assange supporters were gathered.
Two police officers stood guard at the embassy door as the maid waited for the interviewers to come out.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell joined the group of Assange supporters, saying he hoped the questioning would lead to the WikiLeaks founder being freed.
"WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have performed an important public service in exposing government deception and human rights abuses," he said.
"We are appalled it has taken the Swedish prosecutors six years to come and interview him."
Sources said the questioning of Mr Assange could take up to three days.