Swedish officials arrive at embassy for Julian Assange questioning

The Wikileaks founder has denied the allegations, which are being investigated by Swedish officials

Swedish officials arrive at embassy for Julian Assange questioning

Police officers outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Picture by Yui Mok PA Wire/PA Images

Swedish officials have finished interviewing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy.

The Wikileaks founder denies allegations of rape and sexual assault in Sweden.

He was granted political asylum four years ago by Ecuador, after fearing he would be extradited to the United States if he is arrested by Swedish officials.

He has been living in Ecuador's London embassy ever since.

He was asked questions by an Ecuadorian official while representatives of the Swedish prosecutor's office and police department are present.

If Mr Assange gives his consent, a DNA sample will also be taken from him.

Swedish officials have welcomed the opportunity to question Mr Assange in connection with their investigation.

Last year, Sweden dropped investigations into other allegations against Mr Assange.

Mr Assange - whose organisation has published confidential documents relating to the US intelligence services - is the subject of a "very serious criminal investigation" in the US, the Attorney General has indicated.

The Justice4Assange group has claimed the investigation "virtually assures that he will be indicted", although there are currently no formal charges or extradition requests from the US.

A UN group this year found that Assange had been "arbitrarily detained" by Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

Wikileaks has been back in the news in recent months as a result of their publication of leaked emails connected to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic party.

The leaks led to Mr Assange's internet access being temporarily restricted by the Ecuadorian government.