Julian Assange questioned over assault allegations

HOUSTON — The man some say took down Hillary Clinton might just get knocked down a peg himself.

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is finally facing the facts over sexual assault allegations from six years ago. Two women in Sweden claim Assange molested them in 2010. One of them claims he coerced and raped her. Assange denies the allegations.

Sweden issued a warrant for Assange's arrest years ago, but since 2012, he's been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and trying to avoid extradition. Assange fears going to Sweden could lead to extradition to the U.S. to face the death penalty for espionage.

Authorities allowed a Swedish prosecutor into the embassy Monday to formally question Assange. The investigator also plans to take a DNA sample from the Wikileaks founder, if he agrees. Three of the four counts have expired under statute of limitations; only the rape charge stands. That will expire in 2020.

The Swedes have been investigating the case for six years but no charges have been officially filed. That could change following this latest questioning.  But if charges come, Assange is still protected inside the confines of the Ecuadorian embassy.

And after spending four years inside the building, how much worse could a jail cell be?