Julian Assange marks 3rd anniversary inside Ecuador embassy

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Posted: Jun 19, 2015 12:16 PM

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange is marking the third anniversary of his stay inside Ecuador's London embassy.

The WikiLeaks founder entered the building on June 19, 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sexual assaults.

British police stand outside, ready to arrest him if he leaves. London's Metropolitan Police says the operation has cost 11.1 million pounds ($17.6 million) through April.

Sweden wants to question Assange over alleged rape, sexual molestation and coercion involving two Swedish women. Assange denies the allegations and believes extradition to Sweden is merely the first step in efforts to bring him to the U.S. over WikiLeaks' secret-spilling activities.

Swedish prosecutors say they are willing to interview Assange at the Ecuador embassy in June or July.

Assange supporters were to rally outside the embassy Friday.