(FILES) This file photo taken on February 5, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (C) addresses media and supporters from the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in central London. / AFP / Jack Taylor
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange started his fifth year camped out in the Ecuadoran embassy in London Sunday, an occasion his supporters were to mark with events celebrating whistle-blowers.Assange was due to speak to his followers on a live video stream from inside the embassy.The 44-year-old is wanted for questioning over a 2010 rape allegation in Sweden but has been inside Ecuador's U.K. mission for four full years in a bid to avoid extradition.A hero to supporters and a dangerous egocentric to detractors, Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and has been portrayed in two movies in recent years.Last month a Stockholm district court maintained a European arrest warrant against Assange, rejecting his lawyers' request to have it lifted.Assange will appeal the ruling, one of his Swedish lawyers, Per Samuelsson, told AFP.
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