* WikiLeaks founder Assange says faces prosecution
* Also disappointed with how Swedish justice abused
* Assange angered United States over secret cables
STOCKHOLM, Dec 12 (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange, who angered Washington by releasing secret cables, said
in a documentary on Sunday he faced prosecution by the United
States and was disappointed with how Swedish justice had been
Assange has been remanded in custody in Britain after a
European arrest warrant was issued by Sweden, which wants to
question Assange about allegations made by two women of sexual
crimes. He has denied the allegations.
"I came to Sweden as a refugee publisher involved with an
extraordinary publishing fight with the Pentagon, where people
were being detained and there is an attempt to prosecute me for
espionage," Assange said in an interview in the documentary,
aired on Swedish public television.
"So I am unhappy and disappointed with how the Swedish
justice system has been abused," the 39-year-old Australian
added in the documentary, which was made before his arrest.
Assange faces a fresh British hearing on December 14. His
Swedish lawyer has said he will fight extradition to Sweden.
One of his British lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, told ABC News
in London on Friday that a U.S. indictment of Assange was
imminent, but the report offered no further details or comment
by Robinson why she believed charges were likely to be filed.
The U.S. Justice Department has been looking into a range of
criminal charges, including violations of the 1917 Espionage
Act, that could be filed in the WikiLeaks case involving the
release of hundreds of confidential and classified U.S.
(Reporting by Patrick Lannin)
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