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Anti-mafia writer Saviano visits 'friend' Julian Assange

'In spite of everything, we can't stop laughing'

18 March, 19:10
Anti-mafia writer Saviano visits 'friend' Julian Assange (ANSA) - Rome, March 18 - Italian writer and anti-mafia campaigner Roberto Saviano was in London this weekend spending time with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy. "In London, I went to visit a friend of mine," said Saviano on Twitter on Saturday. "With Julian...in spite of everything, we can't stop laughing," he tweeted again on Sunday along with a picture of the two smiling and embracing. Assange was granted asylum at the embassy while he faces extradition to Sweden for rape charges. He has said he fears being subsequently extradited to the U.S., where he could be prosecuted for a series of embarrassing diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks in 2010. Saviano is best known for his 2006 best-seller Gomorrah, which led to death threats and round-the-clock police protection.

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