Ecuador Accepts Julian Assange's Bid for Asylum: Report
This is a breaking news. Check back for updates. Citing officials within Ecuador's government, Ecuador's president Rafael Correa has agreed to give Julian Assange asylum, The Guardian reported Tuesday afternoon. "Ecuador will grant asylum to Julian Assange," an official in the Ecuadorean capital Quito, who is familiar with the government discussions, told the British newspaper.
Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum
NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes with news that Ecaudor will grant Julian Assange's request for political asylum. An Ecuador official told The Guardian that the country's president, who earlier indicated his decision would arrive after the Olympic Games, will approve the request Assange made in June. "Government sources in Quito confirmed that despite the outstanding legal issues Correa would grant Assange asylum – a move which would annoy Britain, the US and Sweden. They added that the offer was made to Assange several months ago, well before he sought refuge in the embassy, and following confidential negotiations with senior London embassy staff. The official with knowledge of the discussions said the embassy had discussed Assange's asylum request. The British government, however, 'discouraged the idea,' the offical said. The Swedish government was also 'not very collaborative,' the official said. The official added: 'We see Assange's request as a humanitarian issue. The contact between the ...
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Ecuador Grants Assange Asylum; UK Threatens to Storm Embassy
The government of Ecuador announced officially Thursday that it would grant Wikileaks founder Julian Assange political asylum. "The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition to protect those who seek refuge with us at our diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to Mr Assange," said Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño from Quito.
UK Government Warns Ecuador It Could Storm Embassy for Assange
Ahead of an expected decision by the Ecuadorean government on whether or not to grant political asylum for Julian Assange later today, the UK government on Wednesday notified officials in the Latin American country that it could, citing clauses in British domestic law, storm the embassy to arrest the founder of Wikileaks. In the early hours of Thursday, an enlarged police presence was observed outside the embassy building in London.