Australian Foreign Minister dismisses Assanges claims against Sweden

Assange US extradition fears a "fantasy"

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's claim that Sweden's case against him is a conspiracy to have him extradited to the United States is pure "fantasy," reports news agency AFP.

Carr also told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late Monday that Assange would be safer in Sweden than in Britain, where he has been holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London to avoid extradition to Stockholm to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The Swedes say "it is our policy... that we never extradite someone on a matter to related to military or intelligence," Carr told ABC television. "They just don't do it."

"To suggest that the Swedes are after him as a CIA conspiracy to get him to Stockholm and allowing him to be bundled off to Langley, Virginia (CIA headquarters) is sheer fantasy," Carr said.

"If the Swedes had him in Stockholm it would be even more hard for the US to extradite, if that's what they want to do."

Australian Assange fled to Ecuador's embassy in June after losing his legal battle in Britain against extradition to Sweden.