WikiLeaks founder considers requesting asylum in Switzerland

GENEVA — The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said Friday he may apply for asylum in Switzerland, claiming he and his group have come under increasing pressure since releasing hundreds of thousands of secret US military documents.
Assange said told reporters he was "still looking into the process" of requesting asylum, but was considering the Alpine country because "the Swiss have a history of fierce independence."
In October, Sweden denied Assange's application for a residence permit. The Australian had sought to establish a base for WikiLeaks in Sweden to take advantage of its laws protecting whistle-blowers.
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